There was (and often repeats) Taco Bell’s Kalua Pork Burrito & Quesadilla (“the FIYAH!“) and McDonald’s Taro & Haupia Pies. And now once again a national fast food chain is offering an exclusive menu item for Hawaii, this time with Jack in the Box all new SPAM® Teri Jr. Jack, launched this past Thursday at all Hawaii locations, for a limited time 2-month run.
Before continuing, I must say that having to consume a fast food burger (with SPAM® in it, no less) for the sake of this review, yes, you should thank me for yet again “taking one for the team”! *rolls eyes*
If you’ve had their Jr. Jack, then this is essentially the same thing, being a smaller version of the Jumbo Jack, with the addition of a slice of griddle-fried Hormel SPAM® and a slathering of Teriyaki Sauce.
Let’s have a look how it arrives from the counter…
The can of SPAM obviously added for visual reference.
Let’s get a look at it unwrapped…
Better yet, let’s dissect it layer by layer…
• A very fresh and supple plain bun that’s been lightly toasted (a good sign!).
• A light spreading of Mayo’ on the bun’s topside, where notice they don’t go overboard like, say, at Burger King where they try to strangle your arteries with the stuff.
• Also slathered on the bun’s topside is an adequately-thick and very tasty teriyaki sauce that tastes “local”, in all sincerity.
• Several adequate pieces of chopped white onions in there for added flavor and texture contrast.
• Fresh ‘n crisp Iceberg lettuce, along with a single slice of fresh, not overripe tomato.
• One single sliced dill pickle.
• One single approximately (thinner on one side) 1/4″ thick cut slice of griddle-fried SPAM “classic” (NOT the new Teriyaki flavor).
• Jack in the Box’ standard Jr. Jack beef patty, which is about the size of most typical fast food “value meal” burgers.
Hai, let’s try it…
And? Dude! This is a winnah! I’m really surprised! I totally thought it was gonna’ suck, but nope, Jack’s SPAM® Teri Jr. Jack is ROCKIN’ IT!
I was expecting the SPAM to clash with the beef patty or simply be over-the-top, but it’s the exact opposite. In fact, as you bite through the perfectly-sized burger, it doesn’t really taste like the SPAM is added on top of it, but that it’s an integral part of the tasty beef patty in each and every bite. It makes the “all beef” patty (if you can say that) taste more like a 50/50 burger, having half pork and half beef in it.
The saltiness of the SPAM acted like “turbo boost” for the beef patty, making it explode with flavor, while not being overbearing, thanks to the fresh lettuce and tomato that helped cut through the salt.
Personally, what I think makes this SPAM-meets-beef burger shine the most is that DILL PICKLE. Yup, that single, thin, acidic, pungent slice of dill pickle was the ticket, being the perfect “palate igniter”, marrying together the multifaceted blend of beef and pork, the robust and sweet depth of the teriyaki sauce and the freshness from the veggies. So much so, that I think this sandwich would be amiss without it.
Although the SPAM doesn’t cover the entire surface of the beef patty, because it’s so salty, the approximately 1/4″ thick griddle-fried slice they put on it is the perfect amount to make every bite satisfyingly onolicious with that magical blend once again of pork and beef.
And I wouldn’t do one more thing to this, except perhaps of course using a better quality beef patty, and maybe a little more Teri’ sauce. Other than that, Jack’s new SPAM® Teri Jr. Jack is just about perfect as delivered. And at just $1.99 each plus tax, is a fantastic value. Just the one I sampled for this review and I was “good”.
As for nutritional information, Jack in the Box currently doesn’t have the SPAM® Teri Jr. Jack listed on their website, however here’s the numbers for the standard Jr. Jack:
Fat – 15g (Saturated Fat – 5g)
Sodium – 720mg
Carbs – 32g (Sugar – 5g)
Protein – 13g
This actually isn’t the first time Jack in the Box has introduced a menu item with SPAM, as according to The Impulsive Buy (hilarious review blog; you gotta’ read it!), back in 2012, they introduced the SPAM Croissant Sandwich.
That’s all their exclusive Hawaii menu items, making SPAM and Portuguese Sausage its main feature, while there’s also a Teri (Teriyaki sauce) Jr. Jack, which is the same as this burger, sans the SPAM® for $1.69.
Summing it up, I say Jack in the Box pretty much nails it with their new SPAM® Teri Jr. Jack. Onolicious winnahz! Try one (or a few) yourself and let us know what YOU think!
What? Jack in the Box all new SPAM® Teri Jr. Jack, available for a limited time
Where did you buy it and how much? Jack in the Box’ Ward & King location, $1.99 each
Big shaka to: The “porky” SPAM flavor totally compliments the beef patty, making it taste like a 50/50 burger; perfect marriage of ingredients; very fresh veggies and bun; great-tasting “local” flavored teriyaki sauce; burger as a whole has that old school homemade taste, like something you’d get a local mom ‘n pop, not a fast food chain; an excellent value considering, size, freshness of ingredients (except patty) and price.
No shaka to: Beef burger patty slightly dry (however remedied by the “juicy SPAM and teri sauce); could use a bit more teri’ sauce; fast food nutritional “values”.
The Tasty Island rating: 4 SPAM Musubi (or make that 4 SPAM Burgers)
The Tasty Island related links:
• JITB Munchie Meals Review
• New University of Hawaii ‘Throwback Jack’ Antenna Ball
• Go Warrior Jack!
• Jack’s Jumbo Deal
• Product Review: SPAM® Teriyaki
• SPAM® Spread on Rice ‘n Crackers
• TULIP vs. TREET vs. SPAM Musubi Showdown!
P.S. In honor of the late Harry Lyons and Corky Trinidad, two of Hawaii’s legendary editorial cartoonists, here’s a cartoon I illustrated to depict this review…
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