Review: Bonus Jack from Jack in the Box

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If you’ve around a Jack in the Box recently, you may have noticed a few new (and returning) items, including egg nog and pumpkin pie holiday shakes, chicken nuggets, and Brownie Bites. There’s also a new burger: the Bonus Jack ($2.99), a returning item that first debuted in the 1970s to compete with the Big Mac at McDonald’s. The double-decker burger last popped up two years ago, when a combo (with small fries and a drink) was $3.99 – this time, it’s gone up to $4.49.Jack in the Box describes the Bonus Jack like this:

2 regular beef patties, Jack’s Famous Secret sauce, shredded lettuce, American cheese and a pickle on a 3 piece bun

You can immediately see the similarities between the Bonus Jack and a Big Mac. Both burgers have a secret sauce component and extra disc of bread in the middle, but Jack’s version has a plain bun, no onions, and an extra slice of American cheese.Whether or not you like this burger is going to depend on one factor: how sweet you like your burger. Jack’s Famous Secret sauce leans strongly towards the sweet side of the flavor spectrum, and doesn’t have any tang to balance it out. The sauce is more like salad dressing crossed with extra sugary ketchup.It seems reasonably portioned, but a little goes a long way, and ends up destroying any potential for other flavors to shine through in the process, including the cheese and pickle.  The beef is also blown away by the sauce, and stands out only as a textural component (and even then, you just barely notice it). To me, that voids the entire purpose of eating a burger.According to the ingredients list, the sauce has 13 different components, including tomato paste (the first ingredient), high fructose corn syrup, mustard, A1 steak sauce, and a dash of Tabasco. It sounds promising, but the main flavor components come from the tomato paste and corn syrup. I could see the sauce making sense as a dip for chicken nuggets, but on the Bonus Jack, it’s just too sweet.

Pros: Cheap, so even if you don’t like it, you’ll only be out $3 or so, something different (even if it’s not technically brand-new).

Cons: Sauce is too sweet and doesn’t make sense on a burger, flavor of sauce overwhelms all other ingredients.

Taste: 6.00/10
Value: 7.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.50/10
Price: $2.99

Overall GrubGrade: 6.25/10

More Info:
Nutrition Facts:
Calories: 540
Total Fat: 33 g
Saturated Fat: 13 g
Trans Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 88 mg
Sodium: 1062 mg
Total Carbs: 34 g
Dietary Fiber: 1 g
Sugars: 6 g
Protein: 25 g

5 comments on “Review: Bonus Jack from Jack in the Box

  1. MP says:

    Those patties are REALLY thin & small. That looks about $1 too expensive. You gotta have onions on it, too. Thousand Island dressing is already too sweet as it is. I’d pass on this.

  2. Frank says:

    Sigh. Buns and sugar sauce. A definite pass for this fast food carnivore.

  3. Billy Bob says:

    Angler, Hilly Hillar!

  4. Ryan says:

    I’ve gotten it 3 times and 2 of the 3 times they used the normal jack patty, the one time I got the small 99 cent patty. Trick is to order it without seasoning and ask them to sub onions for the pickles.

  5. Armando says:

    BONUS HACK!..totally rip off!…deceiving people from greadyness of publicity!!…NOT WORTH IT AT ALL!!….NEVER AGAIN!!!…

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