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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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Jack in the Box Egg White & Turkey Sandwich


Jack in the Box introduces their version of McDonald’s Egg White Delight with the Egg White & Turkey Breakfast Sandwich.

Egg White & TurkeyTo try the Egg White & Turkey Breakfast Sandwich I went to the Jack in the Box at 10537 Scripps Poway Parkway, San Diego CA 92131. I went inside so I could ask a few questions with my order. Service was very slow with very few customers in the lobby. My question for the cashier was if it was possible to get egg whites on any other breakfast sandwich. (McDonald’s allows you to substitute egg whites for any of their breakfast sandwiches.) I was told that this was the only sandwich that came with egg whites. However, according to the official press release dated December 30th 2013 from Jack in the Box “beginning today, all of Jack in the Box’s breakfast sandwiches can be made customized to include egg whites at no additional cost. That’s no yolk!” I guess he did not get the memo.

Tasting the Egg White & Turkey Sandwich

Egg White & Turkey

The Egg White & Turkey Sandwich comes with a slice of tomato, grilled turkey, a slice of American cheese and egg whites on the Jack in the Box regular bun. My first thoughts were that the tomato was going to be too much for this small sandwich. Well, I was right. The egg whites and grilled turkey have no taste to speak of. The regular bun from Jack in the Box is also tasteless. The cheese was so melted that it could no longer be noticed. The only thing I could taste was the tomato. Yuck! Who wants to eat a plain warm tomato sandwich? Not me!  On the plus side, just as McDonald’s does, the egg whites used at Jack in the Box are just that, real egg whites and nothing more.

Egg White & Turkey

Nutrition Facts for the Egg White & Turkey Sandwich

As with the McDonald’s Egg White Delight the Jack in the Box Egg White & Turkey saves on overall Calories, Fat and Cholesterol. From a health perspective the Egg White & Turkey would be a good choice.

Egg White & Turkey
Nutrition Facts for Jack in the Box Egg White & Turkey

The nutrition facts for the Egg White Delight are as follows. It has only 248 Calories, 52 Calories from Fat, Total Fat of 6 grams, Saturated Fat of 3 grams, no Trans Fat, Cholesterol of 22 mg, 833 mg of Sodium, Total Carbohydrates are 31 grams, 1 grams of Dietary Fiber, 4 grams of Sugars and 18 grams of Protein. The following are the known allergens for the Egg White & Turkey sandwich: egg, soy, wheat and milk.

Compared to the McDonald’s Egg White Delight

Egg White & TurkeyThe egg whites had a good volume that made them light and fluffy. I like the White Cheddar Cheese better than the American cheese. The mild flavor complemented the egg whites without overpowering it as I think the American cheese would have. The saltines of the Canadian bacon works very well with the egg whites. I thought a whole grain English muffin would be dry and grainy. However, McDonald’s is somehow able to provide a healthier better tasting English muffin while maintaining the consistency of the original. Overall, I like the mild flavor of the Egg White Delight.

For taste there is no debate in my mind that the McDonald’s Egg White Delight is by far the better tasting Egg White Breakfast sandwich. The Egg White & Turkey is just too plain with no flavor. Comparing the two sandwiches for nutrition it is very close. The numbers are so close on almost everything that you could almost call it a draw. The one standout nutrition fact though is for Fiber. The Jack in the Box Egg White & Turkey sandwich only has 1 gram of Fiber while the McDonald’s Egg White Delight has 5 grams of Fiber. This is a significant difference when it comes to eating healthy.

Egg White & TurkeyThe one place were the Jack in the Box Egg White & Turkey has the McDonald’s Egg White Delight beat on is on the price. The Egg White & Turkey is only $1.99 while the Egg White Delight is $3.99.

Nutrition Facts for the McDonald’s Egg White Delight

Does saving only 50 calories translate into a healthier meal? In this case, yes. Those 50 calories all come from fat so you are also reducing the calories from fat by 50. This in turn gives you 5 less grams of total fat and 2 less grams of Saturated fat. The most significant nutrition fact that you save on though is from Cholesterol. You go from 260 mg, which was 87% of your daily allowance, down to only 25 mg. Now you are only using 8% of you daily allowance for Cholesterol. Another positive is that you get one more gram of fiber. Everything else remains the same.

Egg White & Turkey
Nutrition Facts for McDonald’s Egg White Delight

The nutrition facts for the Egg White Delight are as follows. It has only 250 Calories, 110 Calories from Fat, Total Fat of 7 grams, Saturated Fat of 3 grams, no Trans Fat, Cholesterol of 25 mg, 780 mg of Sodium, Total Carbohydrates are 32 grams, 5 grams of Dietary Fiber, 3 grams of Sugars and 18 grams of Protein. The following are the known allergens for the Egg White Delight sandwich: egg, soy lecithin, wheat and milk.

Summary

Eating healthy should not mean sacrificing taste. Unfortunately, the Egg White & Turkey does just that. If you want to eat healthier off the Jack in the Box breakfast menu then order any of the other breakfast sandwiches that you actually like and substitute the egg for the egg whites. For an even better option go for the McDonald’s Egg White Delight that is by far the better Egg White Breakfast sandwich. It tastes better than the Egg White & Turkey and it is a little healthier with the 4 extra grams of fiber.

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Jack in the Box Bacon Insider Review


For a limited time your can get your bacon fix at Jack in the Box with the Bacon Insider. The Jack in the Box Bacon Insider is a BLT burger infused with bacon at every level. The bacon is above the burger, below the burger and even mixed into the burger patty, you can even find bacon in the mayo. What more can you ask for.

Jack in the Box Bacon Insider

I picked up a Bacon Insider sandwich at the Jack in the Box at 9337 Mission Gorge Road, Santee CA, 92071. This is a well-run Jack in the Box and service is usually very good. This time was no exception. Service was friendly, quick and the sandwich was served hot and fresh.

The Jack in the Box Bacon Insider Sandwich

The Jack in the Box Bacon Insider is more than just a bacon cheeseburger. Yes, as you would expect you get plenty of hickory smoked bacon strips. In fact, the hamburger patty is sandwiched between the bacon strips. Then, Jack in the Box takes it up a notch by adding pieces of bacon mixed right into the hamburger patty. Jack in the Box does not stop there with the bacon. They also mix bits of bacon into the creamy mayo. Then on top of all that, you get plenty of crisp lettuce, two slices of tomato and a slice of American cheese. All this served on a brioche bun.

Jack in the Box Bacon Insider

The first question I had was “what is a brioche bun?” What I found out was that Brioche is a French bread with a high egg and butter content with a bit of sugar. This makes the bread light a puffy with a golden flaky crust and a little sweet. Absolutely, this is what I got. Jack in the Box’s version of a Brioche bun was light and puffy on the inside with a golden flaky crust on the outside, and a little sweet. Using this soft, sweet bun with all the salty bacon balances out the flavors perfectly.

Jack in the Box Bacon Insider First off, this is a good-looking sandwich. It looks like a burger from a fine restaurant. The Bacon Insider looks juicy and very tempting to eat. My first reaction when I took a bite was wow this tastes like a fantastic BLT. I loved that there was lots of crisp lettuce, two slices of tomato and lots of hickory-smoked bacon. The mayo has a hint of bacon mixed in so every bite includes the taste of bacon. The burger patty with the bacon bits mixed in is also great. The only thing that I really could not taste was the American cheese. Therefore, I am not sure if it would make much difference in the taste if you ordered it without the cheese.

The Jack in the Box Bacon Insider Nutrition

Jack in the Box Bacon Insider
Jack in the Box Bacon Insider Nutrition Facts

The Jack in the Box Bacon Insider Sandwich is 8.57 ounces and 729 calories with 398 of those calories coming from fat. As you would expect with all the bacon this is not considered a healthy sandwich. Total fat is 44 grams or 68% of the daily allowance. Saturated fat is very high at 15 grams or 75% of daily allowance. Trans Fat is only 1 gram. Cholesterol is a little high at 108 mg or 36%. Sodium is high at 1399 mg or 58%. Total Carbohydrates or good at 45 grams or 15%. Dietary Fiber is a little low with only 3 grams or 12%. Sugars are 13 grams. You get plenty of Protein with 37 grams or 74%.

 

Jack in the Box Bacon Insider
Jack in the Box Bacon Insider Nutrition Facts – No Cheese

If you would like The Jack in the Box Bacon Insider Sandwich without cheese, the nutrition facts would be as follows: the sandwich is 8.18 ounces and 689 calories with 368 of those calories coming from fat. Total fat is 40.5 grams or 62% of the daily allowance. Saturated fat is still high at 13 grams or 65% of daily allowance. Trans Fat is still only 1 gram. Cholesterol is a still little high at 98 mg or 33%. Sodium is high at 1199 mg or 50%. Total Carbohydrates or good at 30 grams or 10%. Dietary Fiber is a little low with only 2 grams or 8%. Sugars are 13 grams. You get plenty of Protein with 35 grams or 70%.

Summary

The Jack in the Box Bacon Insider is really a BLT with a burger inside. The Bacon Insider tastes great on every level. If you are looking for healthy, this is not your best choice. However, for taste this is one exceptional burger. The brioche bun is great providing a little sweet to all the saltines of the bacon. Except for the American cheese that I could not taste at all the rest of the ingredients are very flavorful and add to the overall taste of this great tasting sandwich. The Bacon Insider is a little pricy at $4.99 but well worth it. The combo is only $6.59 and includes small fries and a small drink.

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Jack in the Box Chipotle Chicken Club Review


The Jack in the Box Chipotle Chicken Club combo is back. Jack in the Box delivers another great tasting combo meal at a value price. In this combo, you get a drink, fries and a hearty 9.3 ounce spicy chicken sandwich, all for just $4.99.

Chipotle Chicken ClubTo sample the Chipotle Chicken Club I went to the Jack in the Box at 9337 Mission Gorge Road, Santee CA, 92071. I tried the sandwich on two different occasions from this location. For my first visit, the sandwich was great. The second visit was not so great. There were many problems with my second visit. First, the sandwich was cold. The chicken was dry and overcooked. The hickory smoked bacon was also overcooked and too crunchy. I got a horrible piece of lettuce that was only the hard white core. If I had not already had a good experience with the first Chipotle Chicken Club sandwich I would have had to give this sandwich a big thumbs down.

Chipotle Chicken ClubMy first Chipotle Chicken Club was much better, so I am going to base my review on my first visit. To start of with, on my first visit I was served a hot and fresh sandwich. The spicy chicken breast patty was crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. The hickory smoked bacon had good flavor and just the right amount of crunch. The lettuce was green and crisp and the tomato was fresh. The toasted sourdough bread held together well. Even with the spiciness of the chipotle sauce, the American cheese flavor still comes through. The chipotle sauce adds the right amount of spicy that does not overstay its welcome. The mild and spicy ingredients work well together to balance out the flavor of this sandwich.

Chipotle Chicken Club Nutrition

Chipotle Chicken Club
Jack in the Box Chipotle Chicken Club Nutrition Facts

The Jack in the Box Chipotle Chicken Club is a hearty sandwich at 9.3 ounces and 687 calories. The 687 calories use up a little over a third of your daily calorie allowance, based on 2,000 calories per day. At 36 grams, you are using up over half of your Total Fat allowance for the day. Calories from fat are 328. Saturated Fat is 8 grams. There are zero Trans Fats. Cholesterol is in line for a sandwich of this size at 78 mg. Total Carbohydrates are good at 55 grams. You get 3 grams of Dietary Fiber and 6 grams of Sugars. A huge plus is that this sandwich has a lot of Protein at 35 grams. The following are the known allergens for the Chipotle Chicken Club: Eggs, Milk, Soy and Wheat.

Summary

The Chipotle Chicken Club from Jack in the Box is a great tasting sandwich that serves up the right amount of a spicy punch without the long aftertaste. The Chipotle Chicken Club is a hearty sandwich that is a little high in calories and very high in Fat, however, you do get plenty of protein. In addition, at $4.99 for a combo that includes fries and a drink you are getting a lot of sandwich for your money.

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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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