Checking out the new Outlaw Burger at Jack in The Box, I fully expected a clone of the popular (and delicious) Western Bacon Cheeseburger from Carl's Jr. I was pleasantly surprised. The Outlaw Burger packs a punch, with lettuce and tomato up on top so as not to distract you from the real stars: a big beef patty, two slices of cheese (including one under the meat so your tongue tastes it first), two onion rings, bacon and BBQ sauce.
The sandwich comes in a paper wrapper, so you know right off the bat I approve. Manageable in size makes it easy to handle; the Outlaw Burger is delicious. I found the bacon, cheese, onion ring and meat coexisting in mouthwatering harmony. The lettuce and tomato on top added juciness that Carl's Western Bacon Cheeseburger sometimes lacks.
Nutrition-wise, the Outlaw Burger rates 722 calories, 328 from fat, 14g of saturated fat, and 1800mg of sodium. This exceeds Carl's WBC (740, 310, 14 and 1500, respectively) in almost every category. But, slap a second slice of cheese onto Carl's sandwich and you are in a nutritional dead heat. Besides, what do you expect from a burger with cheese, bacon and onion rings?
I'm not sure if the Outlaw Burger is here to stay or just a limited promo. But I, for one, welcome it as a worthy addition to the stable of great burgers from Jack in The Box, right up there next to the Ultimate Cheeseburger.
(Nutrition information from jackinthebox.com and carlsjr.com)