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Twist up the Ultimate Cheeseburger with BBQ or Jalapeño Ranch


Twist up your favoritesJack in the Box has a new campaign of “Twist up your favorites” and what better way to twist up a favorite than to bring us two variations of their Ultimate Cheeseburgers with the BBQ Ultimate Cheeseburger and the Jalapeño Ranch Ultimate Cheeseburger. I will review and provide nutrition facts for these two new Ultimate Cheeseburgers along with the original Ultimate Cheeseburger and the Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger.

I picked up my Ultimate Cheeseburgers from the Jack in the Box at 9337 Mission Gorge Road, Santee CA, 92071 over several visits. I like this Jack in the Box because I typically get good service and the food is served fresh and hot. My only issue at this location is that they do not always serve the complete menu. For example this location does not currently serve the Breakfast Monster Taco. I asked one time about another item they did not carry and was told that this was a training location. Not sure why that impacts the menu. Anyway, still a well-run store.

The BBQ Ultimate Cheeseburger

Jack in the Box BBQ Ultimate Cheeseburger

The BBQ Ultimate Cheeseburger is made with two beef patties, American cheese, Swiss-style cheese on a toasted sesame seed bun with BBQ sauce and grilled onions. Now I like BBQ sauce and grilled onions so I was expecting to really like this burger. However, I found it to be just ordinary. The BBQ sauce has a sweet flavor that was unimpressive. The grilled onions provided little additional flavor. It was not a bad burger, just not anything to get excited about.

Jack in the Box BBQ Ultimate Cheeseburger - Open

Nutrition Facts for BBQ Ultimate Cheeseburger

Jack in the Box BBQ Ultimate Cheeseburger Nutrition Facts
Jack in the Box BBQ Ultimate Cheeseburger Nutrition Facts

The nutrition facts for the BBQ Ultimate Cheeseburger are as follows. It has 806 Calories with 405 of those Calories coming from Fat, Total Fat is very high at 45 grams, and Saturated Fat of 21 grams is off the charts high. That is 105% of your daily allowance in just one burger. 3 grams of Trans Fat, Cholesterol is also high with 143 mg, Sodium is very high with 1663 mg, and Total Carbohydrates are good at only 52 grams, 4 grams of Dietary Fiber is ok, 8 grams of Sugars. You do get 100% of your daily allowance for Protein with 50 grams. The following are the known allergens for the BBQ Ultimate Cheeseburger: dairy, wheat and soy.

The Jalapeño Ranch Ultimate Cheeseburger

Jack in the Box Jalapeño Ranch Ultimate Cheeseburger

The Jalapeño Ranch Ultimate Cheeseburger is made with two beef patties, American cheese, Swiss-style cheese on a toasted sesame seed bun with creamy ranch sauce and sliced jalapeños. The Jalapeños do provide a lot of spice while the ranch sauce helps to cool the burger down a little. This is not to say that this is not a spicy burger, because yes it is very spicy. I did like the Jalapeño Ranch Ultimate Cheeseburger.

Jack in the Box Jalapeño Ranch Ultimate Cheeseburger

Nutrition Facts for Jalapeño Ranch Ultimate Cheeseburger

Jack in the Box Jalapeno Ultimate Cheeseburger Nutrition Facts
Jack in the Box Jalapeno Ultimate Cheeseburger Nutrition Facts

The nutrition facts for the Jalapeño Ranch Ultimate Cheeseburger are as follows. It has 797 Calories with 432 of those Calories coming from Fat, Total Fat is very high at 48 grams, and Saturated Fat of 21 grams is off the charts high. That is 105% of your daily allowance in just one burger. 3 grams of Trans Fat, Cholesterol is also high with 147 mg, Sodium is very high with 1783 mg, and Total Carbohydrates are good at only 42 grams, 2 grams of Dietary Fiber is low, 5 grams of Sugars. You do get 100% of your daily allowance for Protein with 50 grams. The following are the known allergens for the Jalapeño Ranch Ultimate Cheeseburger: eggs, dairy, wheat and soy.

The Ultimate Cheeseburger

The Ultimate Cheeseburger is made with two beef patties, American cheese, Swiss-style cheese on a toasted sesame seed bun with Mayo-onion sauce, mustard and ketchup. I have eaten this burger many times in the past. It is a great burger to eat on the go. It is very filling and works when I am really hungry.

Nutrition Facts for Ultimate Cheeseburger

Jack in the Box Ultimate Cheeseburger Nutrition Facts
Jack in the Box Ultimate Cheeseburger Nutrition Facts

The nutrition facts for the Ultimate Cheeseburger are as follows. It has 820 Calories with 440 of those Calories coming from Fat, Total Fat is very high at 49 grams, and Saturated Fat of 21 grams is off the charts high. That is 105% of your daily allowance in just one burger. 3 grams of Trans Fat, Cholesterol is also high with 145 mg, Sodium is very high with 1780 mg, and Total Carbohydrates are good at only 44 grams, 2 grams of Dietary Fiber is low, 7 grams of Sugars. You do get 100% of your daily allowance for Protein with 50 grams. The following are the known allergens for the Ultimate Cheeseburger: eggs, dairy, wheat and soy.

The Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger

The Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger is made with two beef patties, American cheese, Swiss-style cheese on a toasted sesame seed bun with Mayo-onion sauce, mustard and ketchup with three slices of bacon. This is another one of my favorites. When I am in the mood for bacon and really hungry the Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger hits the spot.

Nutrition Facts for Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger

Jack in the Box Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger Nutrition Facts
Jack in the Box Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger Nutrition Facts

The nutrition facts for the Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger are as follows. It has 910 Calories with 500 of those Calories coming from Fat, Total Fat is extremely high at 56 grams. That is 86% of the daily allowance. Saturated Fat of 24 grams is really off the charts high. That is 120% of your daily allowance in just one burger. 3 grams of Trans Fat, Cholesterol is also high with 165 mg, Sodium is extremely high with 2190 mg, and Total Carbohydrates are good at only 44 grams, 2 grams of Dietary Fiber is low, 7 grams of Sugars. You do get 114% of your daily allowance for Protein with 57 grams. The following are the known allergens for the Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger: eggs, dairy, wheat and soy.

Summary

If you are looking for healthy the Ultimate Cheeseburgers are so far off the chart unhealthy that they should all be avoided. However, the next time I am really hungry I will be back for an Ultimate Cheeseburger. What can I say, I enjoy fast food.

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Review of the Jack in the Box Sourdough Cheesesteak Melt


Jack in the Box Sourdough Cheesesteak MeltI love a good Philly Cheesesteak. Can Jack in the Box deliver with its new Sourdough Cheesesteak Melt? Let me start by saying that I am very picky when it comes to Philly Cheesesteak. My favorite is from a little place in Venice California located at 1720 Lincoln Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291 called The Great Western Steak & Hoagie Company. The building is not much to look at from the outside or on the inside either but this will be the best Philly Cheesesteak sandwich you can have outside of Philly.

Jack in the Box Sourdough Cheesesteak Melt

For this review though I will stick to comparing the Jack in the Box Sourdough Cheesesteak Melt to another fast food restaurant chain, the Big Philly Cheesesteak from Subway.

Sourdough Cheesesteak Melt from Jack in the Box

I have had the Jack in the Box Sourdough Cheesesteak Melt three times now. The first two times from the Jack in the Box at 2905 Alta View Drive, San Diego CA, 92139. Both times the sandwich was served with prompt service and hot. The only issue I had, was that both times there did not seem to be much meat on the sandwiches. Plenty of cheese, sauce, onions and bell peppers just very little meat. So to be sure I tried the sandwich a third time at 9337 Mission Gorge Road, Santee CA, 92071. This time there was plenty of meat (twice what I had before). The service at this Jack in the Box is always great. The sandwich was served hot and toasted perfectly.

Jack in the Box Sourdough Cheesesteak Melt

The first two sandwiches were good. But I did not feel that I got my moneys worth with so little meat. The third sandwich with twice the meat was perfect. The sauce, onions and bell peppers make this sandwich good as the veggies are grilled and roasted to bring out the flavor and to give them the right texture to make this taste like a Philly Cheesesteak.

Big Philly Cheesesteak from Subway

The Big Philly Cheesesteak from Subway was way off the mark. It was not a bad sandwich it was just not a Philly Cheesesteak. The onions and bell peppers of course were not grilled or roasted so even though I had them toasted with the sandwich they were still too crunchy and did not have that sweet flavor you expect from a Philly Cheesesteak.Jack in the Box Sourdough Cheesesteak Melt

I got this sandwich at the Subway at 50 Town Center Parkway, Suite D, Santee CA 92071. I went in during lunch so it took a while to get through the line and place my order. Once I got to the front they had their assembly line process down. The first person takes your order, gets the bread, places the meat and cheese and then placing it into the toaster. Of course I upset the process by asking for the veggies to be placed on before toasting. After toasting the next person puts on the rest of the veggies and sauces. A third person cuts and wraps and the fourth takes your money. They did do a good job getting the orders through but not a very friendly crew. No “unnecessary” interaction with the customers, no have a nice day, would you like anything else. Instead of coming in just to get lunch more people might come back more frequently if it was a nice place to visit.Jack in the Box Sourdough Cheesesteak Melt

For taste Jack in the Box wins by far over the Subway Big Philly Cheesesteak. That is, if you can get one made with the right amount of ingredients. To compare it to a real Philly Cheesesteak I would say that Jack in the Box comes as close as you can get from a fast food place. It is by far better than their last attempt with the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich they had several years back. That one did look more like a Philly Cheesesteak but the taste was all wrong.

Nutrition

When it comes to Nutrition the Jack in the Box Sourdough Philly Cheesesteak is a little better for you than the Subway Big Philly Cheesesteak. And no it is not because Subway makes a bigger sandwich. Actually the two sandwiches are about the same size. The Jack in the Box Sourdough Philly Cheesesteak comes in at 228 grams and the Subway 6” big Philly Cheesesteak comes in at 255 grams (made as I described above).

The Sourdough Philly Cheesesteak has 145 fewer calories at 485 calories compared to 630 in the Big Philly Cheesesteak and 3 less grams of fat at 26 grams. Carbohydrates are also lower at 40 grams vs. 56 grams. Jack in the Box is higher in sodium though at 1646 compared to 1400. The other major difference is in the protein. Jack in the Box is much lower in protein at 27 grams vs. Subway at 38 grams.

Summary

For something that is close to the idea of what a Philly Cheesesteak should be the Jack in the Box Sourdough Philly Cheesesteak is as close as you are going to get from a fast food chain. They understood that it is more than just the ingredients that make it a Philly Cheesesteak. You need to prepare it the right way. Subways attempt proves that. Without grilling the onions and bell peppers it is just not a Philly Cheesesteak. Also, toasting the bun with the cheese is not enough; the cheese needs to melt into the sandwich making every bite a combination of sweet flavor. Subway missed the mark.

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