Food of the Eighties, Hardee's Big Deluxe
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This was a very flavorful hamburger from Hardee's before they became Carl's Jr.
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J Palms - September 12, 2007 - Report this comment
My first experience with a Hardee's was at college. They were open all night and I took advantage of that. I coudn't get enough of the big deluxe(or the big beef either). After college, I drove 40 mins. at 2 a.m. to satisfy my craving. Yes, I had a couple of beers that night.
ACJ - January 31, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved this burger, it had that 1000 island-like spread on it, yum!
420foodmaster - March 31, 2008 - Report this comment
The big dexule rocked dude
Irene - October 23, 2008 - Report this comment
Hardee's did not "become Carl's Jr." Hardee's was purchased by the owners of Carl's Jr. so that they could incoporate certain items from Hardee's menu, like the $6 Burger. Hardee's was well-known in the South and changing the restaurants over to Carl's Jr might cause them to lose business. Carl's Jr streamlined the way Hardee's was doing business and caused those restaurants to do much better business. :)
justin - January 21, 2009 - Report this comment
the big deluxe had mayo on it. i used to make them in the 80's. good sandwich. but the frisco blew it away.
Scot - May 28, 2009 - Report this comment
I had a high school history teacher who claimed to be the first Hardees employee to make a Big Deluxe. True story.
Doug - October 13, 2009 - Report this comment
I worked at a Hardees in the early '70s and made my share of Deluxes. They were made with mayonnaise, unlike the Huskee Junior, which was two "charco-broiled" beef patties with a thick slice of gooey melted cheese in the middle, "special sauce" (thousand island dressing) and a handful of shredded lettuce, all on a seeded bun.
Sara - February 20, 2010 - Report this comment
Yes, Justin, I loved the Frisco Burger. The thing they have now just isn't the same at all.
steve - April 22, 2010 - Report this comment
bring back the big deluxes
Georgia - August 11, 2010 - Report this comment
I miss the old Big was clean, just lettuce, mayo, onions and pickles (at least I think that's all it had on it) and wasn't so goopy and over the top like the Hardee's burgers now.
keisha - January 20, 2011 - Report this comment
my mouth is watering please bring it back.
wayne kircher - January 24, 2011 - Report this comment
please i use to get it twice a week i could eat two hardees deluxe had tomatoes also please please brinag it back
John Gallups - March 31, 2011 - Report this comment
The Big Deluxe was the best .Wish Hardees would bring it back
Krista - August 08, 2011 - Report this comment
Hardees needs to bring the Big Deluxe back. It was better than any burger by Mcdonalds or BurgerKing.
mvb63 - August 17, 2011 - Report this comment
Bring back the Big Deluxe Bring back the "real" Char Broiled of bricketts
skeewiz - February 25, 2012 - Report this comment
I used to work at McDonald's but would go to hardee's to eat their Deluxe Burger, not in uniform though that may have been fun...
holmes - September 26, 2012 - Report this comment
Two big deluxes and large curley fries
Lorain Brown - November 26, 2012 - Report this comment
The husky deluxe was the best fast food burger came with lettuce tomato and mayo and was wrapped in clear was replaced by the big deluxe which came in a yellow carton...the big twin had the thousand island-like sauce...I really wish they would bring these sandwiches back and have them taste like they actually did back then.
Laura - February 19, 2013 - Report this comment
Please bring the big deluxe back.
Ubetcha - March 02, 2013 - Report this comment
I used to love the Big Deluxe. That is until I got food poisoning after eating one. So sad.
julia - April 06, 2013 - Report this comment
they are the best sandwiches ever ate them every day after school PLEASE BRING THEM BACK
peryylwp - May 07, 2013 - Report this comment
I can't believe I found a group of people that remember the Husky. I was without a doubt, the best burger ever!!
Alaylanna - May 16, 2013 - Report this comment
I just ate a Big Deluxe. Theyre over here at the Hardees in the Middle east. They serve everything from the 80s and 90s. The only problem is what do they cll that burger now because i cant find it on the nutrion facts
Steve - September 03, 2013 - Report this comment
We have a very similar burger to the husky junior here at Carl's Jr in California. It's called the "Big Carl" and it really is good. It reminds me of the old Hardees back in the day.
Mo - November 13, 2013 - Report this comment
Sorry to tell you Alaylanna, I ate the Big Deluxe when I went to Kuwait, Unfortunately its not the same as it use to be when I was a kid. In the middle East they serve a Super star or a Famous star on a different bun and call it a big Deluxe. I know they also have those there, but not like the old big deluxe with that special sauce
mr - December 21, 2013 - Report this comment
In 80s it wasn't. called husky we are talkinh about. hardes. i workef. there in 82 thay had 1/4 1/2. And thr delux didn't have mayo. i can't stand mayo
Charlie - January 17, 2014 - Report this comment
There is a funny Big Deluxe commercial from the 70's on youtube. And remember the Big Twin?
Nate - March 19, 2014 - Report this comment
Big Deluxe Burger was the best burger ever. I wish they would bring it back and the same way it was before. At least make it seasonal.. Please bring it back!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Billy - April 09, 2014 - Report this comment
Please bring back the big deluxe with the original ingredients, plzzz
Gary - April 19, 2014 - Report this comment
I would kill to have an original Hardees with the secret sauce, I think it was the Huskee jr. but not sure. There's nothing nearly as good now. Someone said it was thousand islands but I'm pretty sure that it only resembled that. Anyway, the char on the patty, together with that tangy sauce, cheese, shredded lettuce..... Coincidentally, at one time I lived across from Wilbur Hardee in Greenville, NC, long after he had sold out.
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Gerry - September 15, 2014 - Report this comment
Please bring the Big Deluxe back. Best burger ever!
Rick - October 04, 2014 - Report this comment
A few triple passes later,it is an was the best fast food burger, out there back in the 80'. After bar specials we use to call it......I miss the true BIG DELUXE BURGER. It dipped down the side of your mouth man........ But sweet a surrender after one bite!!!!!! At least I'd die with smile on my face instead of thinking WTF is this piece of unflavored pile of MEAT they call a burger in my mouth ........... HELLYAH
Gerry - October 29, 2014 - Report this comment
The Big Deluxe was the best burger...EVER! The regular hamburger was outstanding also. I would just buy a sackfull and eat them until I couldn't take another bite. Why do the good things always go away?
Joey - November 14, 2014 - Report this comment
I loved the big deluxe, please bring them back to Mi
Kai - December 20, 2014 - Report this comment
I loved the Husky Junior when I was a child in the 70's !
TaiChi1975 - January 21, 2015 - Report this comment
Hey Kai, I was a child of the 70's too! This was a great burger. I remember the seats in the old Hardee's. Vinnie's Pizza on Ratzer Road in Wayne, NJ still has those old seats even though it's a pizza joint. GREAT PIZZA by the way bros and sises.
james - January 26, 2015 - Report this comment
yea back then 80 they had cartoon glass big deluxe was it an the big twin but pleas they got to bring back big deluxe
Bobby J. Cool - March 24, 2015 - Report this comment
Please!!!!!! Bring back the big deluxe , deluxe Jr/ Big Twin and Big Roast Beef. Not the nasty roast beef they have now but the roast beef that tasted like Arbys. I Dont eat at Hardees at all anymore since Carl Jr. Took it over the food in my home town isnt fit to eat. And their prices are soooo high! I wish Hardees would bring back their 1970s and 80s. Menu then i would start eating there again and so would many other people i have talked to that complain about the new menu since Carl Jr. Took it over
windsorbear - March 26, 2015 - Report this comment
Lots of good stuff on here about the Big Deluxe, but there needs to be a few clarifications for those that don't know. The Big Deluxe was originally called the Deluxe Huskee. I think the name changed around 1976, when Hardee's changed their logo over to the new "slanted lettering" design. The Huskee Jr. became the Big Twin. Originally, the Big Deluxe had regular mayonnaise. Sometime in the 80's, it was changed to a "tangy" mayonnaise, and then to a thousand island type sauce. In my opinion, the regular mayonnaise worked best. It was a great tasting burger... somewhat similar to Burger King's Whopper, but with a much better taste and texture. Sometime in the 90's, I think the name was changed to "The Big Dee", and eventually was replaced by "The Big Hardee." After that, CKE Restaurants, parent of Carl's Jr., bought out the chain in 1999 and the "All Star" burgers first came into play, and then the now familiar Thickburgers. While Hardee's burgers are still good, they still don't taste as good as those original Big Deluxe burgers did... char-broiled on those char-grills with the flames shooting up into the air. During peak times, I would have 25 Big Deluxe burgers on that grill... all putting off that great smell, and when I flipped them all, the juices would hit those lava rocks and the flames would rise up into the hood system, and the customers out in the lobby would squeal!
Bass Reeves - June 09, 2015 - Report this comment
Another unique thing about the Husky Jr. was the clear cellophane it was wrapped in. I loved the way it rattled when you unwrapped it. Hardees used paper for the Deluxe Husky. Wonder if they did this so they wouldn't look the same when bagging?
Heather & Mapes on more comments - June 11, 2015 - Report this comment
Hey "Bass." My hubby said you were a great law man back in the day! We watch Fox News, too. And we remember this product. It was very good.
Tammy - September 06, 2015 - Report this comment
Does anyone remember the jingle for the big deluxe? Loved them and wish they would bring them back along with ther big roast beef!
Deb - December 13, 2015 - Report this comment
Stopped eating there when they were bought by Carl's Jr. The food is not nearly as good. The Big Deluxe was my all time fav. Fast food burger.
Jeff - January 03, 2016 - Report this comment
The Hardee's today SUCKS !!! Bring back the original Hardee's .
Rose - January 23, 2016 - Report this comment
I remembered the big Deluxe; my favorite burger. I wish Hardee's would bring it back :)please!!!!!
mike - February 01, 2016 - Report this comment
Of all the things hardees keeps throwing at us on the menu now days why wouldn't they want to take a shot at bringing back the big deluxe. They could call it the retro deluxe.
Tony - April 02, 2016 - Report this comment
Don't forget the Hardees Husky from the 70's . It was awesome!
Tony - April 02, 2016 - Report this comment
Sorry, that was the Huskee Jr.
Felisha - June 04, 2016 - Report this comment
I so wish they would bring Huskee Deluxe and the Jr. back!!!! Those were the days😭😭
angie - June 20, 2016 - Report this comment
OMG was searching the web seen this, bringing back to much memories.. The 80's.. That was my first job in South Carolina@ 17 yrs old..I remember the Big Deluxe,There roast beef was the best! also The Hot Ham Cheese's. I worked in all areas started as Cashier.. Hardee's made Great Sausage Biscuits,all from scratch, I made them b4 too. unlike Mdonalds and Burger King they frozen my understanding.... Idk how they do it now. I have to agree it not the same products. It's sad to in Ohio here there alot that closed down b/c of the prices being so high.. I wish they bring back the old Hardee's, The guy that said the old flame grill oh yes best way to cook them juicy as heck!!! That was the days,wonder why Carl's took it over?? I worked for them many years.. Loved working for them... there New symbol the Star. I don't like it, kiddy like Icon.. I still have my old uniforms Lol it was brown, white,orange, I hated them not b/c the color.. but the polyester they were made from.The hats were funny back then,taking u order over the big speakers..Lol now u wear headphones. They had the Best food back then. oh the Strawberry Shakes had the real Strawberry in them...Miss those Day's.. Thanks 4 u site and making me think of memories..!! :D :)
Linda - July 17, 2016 - Report this comment
I live in Michigan and started working at Hardees after they changed over from Burger Chef. I always hated the ugly polyester uniform with the 70's inspired hats! If young people who now work at fast food, you have it lucky! I worked my but off and could never get the grease out of my uniform. I worked at Hardees from 1982 till 1984.
Paul - July 28, 2016 - Report this comment
Does anyone have a recipe for the old Husky Junior?
Jerry hines - September 19, 2016 - Report this comment
I ate the and cook the deluxe husky when I worked at Hardee's the best burger they had all these Burgers I have now is too expensive outrageously oversized not have the flavor of the deluxe husky they need to bring it back we need to start some kind of a convention or something to get this rolling
Karl The Kraut 141 - September 20, 2016 - Report this comment
In Wayne, New Jersey of Ratzer Road there is a pizza joint named Vinnie's. Actually, GREAT pizza. Anywho, they used to be a Hardee's back in the 1970's. In fact, go there now and you'll see they still have the Hardee's chairs with the "H" as a back rest. So cool!
Annie - January 20, 2017 - Report this comment
Hardees Big Deluxe was THE BEST burger from any restaurant around! It's delicious taste is still unmatched. If they brought this back in the original format, I think their sales would skyrocket. I'm not a fan of fast food, but I'd eat an original Big Deluxe seven days a week!!!
Bill - April 26, 2017 - Report this comment
Bring it back! My last Hardy's Husky was 25 years ago.I have been searching for that special taste for years. Wish they could bring it back.
buster - June 22, 2017 - Report this comment
anyone have the basic set up for the BIG DELUXE that I ate every day for four years of undergraduate school at Western Illinois University...thirty yeats to make one at home.
Karl 141 - September 20, 2017 - Report this comment
The was a Hardees by us back in the 70's. We loved the Big Delux!
Rags - February 18, 2018 - Report this comment
I worked the grill at Hardee's in the late 80's. The big deluxe was mayo pickle lettuce tomato onion cheese..... In that order.
Jerry - March 09, 2018 - Report this comment
My 1st job was in 1976 at the Hardee's in Chillicothe Mo, man what a great time we had. I started working the grill, moved around to opening and closing shifts. Good times...
Christle - June 02, 2018 - Report this comment
i remember the big deluxe, it was my favorite also. i never go into hardees because i don't see my burger. if they brought it back, i would go in and purchase one.
red harper - August 18, 2018 - Report this comment
bring back the 1970 menu
Amy Marron - October 11, 2018 - Report this comment
Loved the Huskee Jr. when I was a kid....Mom brought it home once a week in the early 70`s:-)....Bring it back!!!
Lee - October 16, 2018 - Report this comment
I worked at Hardees in the mid seventies. The original was called the Hardees Huskie and then was changed to the deluxe huskie. The Hardee Huskee had special sauce, shredded lettuce, slice of cheese on a quarter pound burger. The deluxe was made with mayo, 3 pickles, 2 onion ring slices, shredded lettuce, 2 tomato slices, slice of cheese on a 1/4 pound burger
Bruce - November 12, 2018 - Report this comment
Frank Joyner, from Nashville NC, named the big burger, the Huskey. He was working at one of the original Rocky Mount NC restaurants at the time. Mid 62's.
Cyndi - July 28, 2019 - Report this comment
Bring back the original BIG TWIN please. The classic double cheeseburger does not come close IMO
Jared - December 02, 2019 - Report this comment
I worked at Hardees for 2 years. 1984-1986. The big deluxe had the pentagon shaped burger with mayo, lettuce, tomatoe, cheese and two pickle chips. Their flag ship burger was the bacon cheese burger, followed by the mushroom and Swiss. Not sure why people are not talking about their amazing chicken sandwich. I had it all the way with mushroom sauce on it
Thomas - July 05, 2020 - Report this comment
i grew up eating this sandwich. i remember being 12 and eating 2 of them! so delicious! I loved it. new hardees sandwich just isn't the same..:( like everyone else says...plz bring it back!
Dave - January 22, 2024 - Report this comment
The big deluxe was the best fast food burger of all time. Please bring it back.
Mr. Greg & The Cookies - January 23, 2024 - Report this comment
Dave you are right! The big deluxe was amazing! It was the best fast food burger. Anyone remember the Hardees on Ratzer Road in Wayne, New Jersey? It's now Vinnie's Pizza. They do have great PIzza

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