Jack in the Box Jumbo Jack
In 1950 a man named Robert O'Petersen built the first Jack-in-the-Box restaurant at El Cajon and 63rd streets in San Diego, California. The restaurant was originally built for drive-thru and walk-up service only, and customers would speak into a clown's mouth to order their food. The clown was blasted to smithereens with explosives in a 1980 advertising campaign, however, signifying a shift toward a more diverse adult menu.
The signature Jumbo Jack Hamburger has been on the menu since 1974.
Source: Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.
- 1 sesame seed hamburger bun
- 1/5 pound ground beef
- Pinch salt
- 2 teaspoons mayonnaise
- 2 tomato slices
- 1 large lettuce leaf
- 2 dill pickle slices
- 1 tablepoon chopped onion
- 1 teaspoons ketchup
2. Lightly toast both halves of the hamburger bun, face down. Set aside.
3. Form the ground beef into a thin patty slightly larger than the hamburger bun.
4. Cook the patty in the hot pan for 2 to 3 minutes per side. Lighly salt.
5. Build the burger in the following stacking order from the bottom up:
1 tsp. mayonnaise
1 tsp. mayonnaise
Makes 1 hamburger.
Tidbits: If you want to add a slice of American cheese, it should go on top of the beef patty.
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Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3 by Todd Wilbur.
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Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 by Todd Wilbur.
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