Feb 17, 2016

Review: Jack in the Box - Double Jack

Jack in the Box's Double Jack features a new bakery bun sandwiching two beef patties, two slices of American cheese, hand-leafed lettuce, freshly-sliced tomato, mayo, ketchup, mustard, pickles, and onions.

It sells for $5.29 at my local Jack in the Box but I got this courtesy of Jack in the Box.

Essentially, the Double Jack is the Jumbo Jack with double patties, the addition of mustard, and more cheese. It serves to highlight recent ingredient changes including Jack's new bun and freshly-prepped tomatoes and lettuce. It also reminds more than a little of the All-American Jack they offered back in 2011.

The double beef patties make for a very meaty burger and there was a few smoky, crispy moments from charring. They did away with the grill seasoning so they offered up just plain, moist beef flavor. With the lack of seasoning to the beef, they seemed to have gone a bit heavier with the sauces with extra tanginess between the ketchup and mustard (the pickles were fairly mild though). The change from mayo onion sauce to plain mayo didn't really impact the burger for me.

The lettuce and tomato were fresh but I could have used a bit more lettuce and onion to balance out the beef (but I guess that's what the Jumbo Jack is for). I don't recall having many problems with the freshness of the lettuce or tomato at Jack in the Box in the past but perhaps the fresher prep is meant to provide more consistency.

No more grill seasoning...
The two slices of cheese were nicely melted. They offered the standard generic creaminess.

The new bun isn't as nice as the brioche-like signature bun on the Buttery Jack. Compared to your standard burger bun, it has more of a chewy sheen to it as well as a slightly moister crumb. It's also a little more dense.

Overall, Jack in the Box's Double Jack is solid and, between the double beef patties, quite filling. The ingredient changes aren't earth-shaking but they do make a slight improvement. I actually liked the grill seasoning though and they seem to be countering the change by adding more sauce.

On a side note, the pricing is a little bit odd as you can get the almost identical Jumbo Jack with cheese for $2.69 (which also comes with two slices of cheese) at my local Jack in the Box. You would think that the extra patty would generally cost about $1 more but the Double Jack goes for $5.29, which makes the extra patty a somewhat expensive add-on.

Nutritional Info - Jack in the Box Double Jack (319g)
Calories - 830 (from Fat - 520)
Fat - 58g (Saturated Fat - 22g)
Sodium - 1130mg
Carbs - 34g (Sugar - 7g)
Protein - 46g

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