Taste

Should you eat the Jack in the Box Hot Mess Burger?

Image
This is what the Hot Mess Burger looks like in real life.

You caught the funny Super Bowl commercial. You know, the one where Jack relives his hair metal glory back in "Oakland, 1989." And now, it's time to try Jack's latest fast-food misadventure, the Hot Mess Burger. Right? No?

First off, this burger's name should be taken literally and not in the urban dictionary, Hollywood gossipy, Fashion Police or Rachel Zoe kind of way. It is hot, sort of, thanks to a few pickled jalapeño slices, and it's incredibly messy. Do not attempt to eat this in the car after a drive-through pickup. It is loaded with gooey cheese, alleged to be pepper jack but with no discernible flavor, and a mayo-like sauce that will leave a laptop keyboard-ruining residue if the proper precautions aren't taken.

On the plus side, it's on grilled sourdough, always one of Jack in the Box's most edible offerings. There are onion rings, usually a good idea, although the cheese has corrupted their normally reliable crispiness. Instead, we get slimy bread-yuns. And again, the only heat comes from the mild vinegar tang of those jalapeños, of which there are not enough. The meat patty is an afterthought on the Hot Mess. This burger is all about drippy cheesestuff and greasy guilt.

Tags: Dining
Share
Photo of Brock Radke

Brock Radke has been writing about Las Vegas for more than 15 years. He currently covers entertainment, music, nightlife, food ...

Get more Brock Radke

Previous Discussion:

  • It’s operated by Cyndy Violette—World Series of Poker bracelet-holder, Ladies Poker Hall of Fame inductee and proud vegan.

  • For $20 more you can get unlimited mimosas or rum punch or bloodys or Champagne or margaritas or beer. Now we’re brunching, people.

  • The attentive staff cooks everything for you, so you don’t have to guess when your food is ready.

  • Get More Dining Stories
Top of Story