Carl's Jr. started 2019 by adding plant-based Beyond Meat burgers to the menu at 1,000 of its locations across the US. It now plans to end the year by adding new Beyond Meat breakfast and lunch options -- something sister chain Hardee's will do as well.
Starting on December 18th, you'll be able to order the Beyond Sausage Burrito ($4.79) and the Beyond Sausage, Egg and Cheese Biscuit ($4) at Carl's Jr. Meanwhile, Hardee's will start offering the Beyond Sausage Burrito ($4), Beyond Sausage Biscuit ($3), Beyond Sausage and Egg Biscuit ($3.49) and Original Beyond Thickburger ($6) beginning on December 30th. While none of the new menu items include any meat, they're aren't exactly vegan since most of them still have cheese and eggs.
With the expansion, CKE, the company that owns both Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, claims the two fast food chains are the first in the US to offer all-day Beyond Meat menu items nationally. For Beyond Meat, the expansion caps off a year of strong growth. Through partnerships with Subway and McDonald's, the company was able to expand its fast food footprint significantly -- all told, the company says that Beyond Meat is in more than 67,000 restaurants around the world. Moving into 2020, the company will likely try to find new ways to stay ahead of its main competitor, Impossible Foods. Like Beyond Meat, the company spent most of 2019 finding ways to get its plant-based products in fast food restaurants and grocery stores.
Update, 2:30PM ET: This story has been updated with details from Beyond Meat on how many restaurants its products are available in globally.