Foodmaker, Inc., is the operator and franchisor of Jack in the Box restaurants, the fifth-largest fast-food hamburger chain in the United States. Jack in the Box had evolved from a car hop restaurant opened in 1941 as Topsy's Drive-In. Over the next several years, as the drive-in restaurant concept began to enjoy increasing popularity, Topsy's Drive-In was expanded to four locations and renamed Oscar's, then renamed Jack in the Box in 1950, when its first drive-through unit was opened in San Diego. The chain expanded to 24 units by 1961 and to 182 units by 1966, the year that Foodmaker, Inc., was established.




Sirloin Swiss & Grilled Onion Burger

What's on it?  A larger burger patty with melted Swiss cheese, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, pickle strips and peppercorn mayonnaise sauce on a bakery style bun.  To make this at home get yourself some good quality beef to make the patties and splurge on some nice big buns, not those little prepacked things in the bread aisle.

Serves 4

1 small red onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon whole peppercorns, crushed
1 1 /2 pounds ground beef
4 kaiser rolls, split and toasted
Swiss cheese slices
tomato slices
lettuce leaves
pickles slices

Place onion on a greased baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt; toss to coat. Bake at 400 degrees for 8-12 minutes or until tender. Cool slightly. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, crushed peppercorns and onion mixture; set aside.

Sprinkle beef with remaining salt; gently mix. Shape into four patties. In a large skillet, cook patties over medium heat for 6-8 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160 degrees and juices run clear. Add cheese and allow to melt. Serve on rolls with mayonnaise mixture and, if desired, tomato and lettuce and other ingredients.

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