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.

Jumbo Jack Burger

Jack in the Box Copycat Recipe

Makes 1 Sandwich

I suggest using factory frozen 1/4 pound beef patties from your grocers

1 sesame seed hamburger bun
2 tomato slices
chopped white onion
2 dill pickle slices
2 large lettuce leaves

1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
1/8 teaspoon lemon juice
dash onion powder
dash sugar

Cook: Preheat an electric griddle to 400 degrees .Toast your buns by laying face down on the griddle for about a minute. Set aside. Cook the still frozen beef patty 4−5 minutes per side, salting liberally before and after turning.

Top Bun:  Half of the mayonnaise sauce 1 tablespoon chopped, white onion 2 dill pickle slices 2 lettuce leaves 2 tomato slices

Bottom Bun:  Spread the remaining mayo sauce evenly. When the burger is finished cooking, drain the fat, and apply to the dressed top bun. Add the dressed bottom bun.

Mini Sirloin Burgers

Jack in the Box Copycat Recipe

1 lb. ground sirloin
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 onion sliced thin
4 slices American cheese
6 to 8 pickle slices
1 tablespoon peanut oil

Combine ground sirloin, seasoned salt, and ground pepper.  Mix well.  Slice onion thinly and place into a skillet with peanut oil.  Grill onions slowly, do not brown onions.  When the onions are almost translucent make 6 to 8 hamburger patties, make them thick (about 1/2 inch), and place into hot pan.

Grill hamburgers for 4 to 5 minutes before turning them.  Flip hamburgers, and remove onions.  When hamburger patties are done assemble them with. Bottom bun, pickle, meat patty, cheese, grilled onions, and then ketchup.

Egg Nog Milkshake

Jack in the Box Copycat Recipe

Serves 1

1 cup Premium vanilla ice cream
1/3 cup Premium Egg Nog

Combine both ingredients in a blender, and mix until blended. You may wish to top with a dash of Nutmeg.

Marshmallow Rice Krispie Shake

Jack in the Box Copycat Recipe

Makes 1 Drink

1 cup vanilla ice cream
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon Marshmallow Fluff
2 tablespoons Rice Krispies

First combine the ice cream, milk, marshmallow fluff, together, when you get this to the consistency you desire, stir in the Rice Krispies, and gently stir them in.

Now if you don’t want to buy the Marshmallow Fluff, and the cereal, Rice Krispies makes a Rice Krispie Treat cereal.  Make the same way as listed before but without the Marshmallow fluff.  These are good too, but we like using the fluff and the cereal.

Chipotle Chicken Club Sandwich

The sandwich features a spicy crispy chicken fillet, hickory smoked bacon, American cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes, on toasted sourdough rounds.

To make this at home, rub a boneless, skinless chicken breast with a Cajun spice blend.  Cook on a George Foreman indoor grill until done and build your sandwich as shown above.

Mini Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Jack in the Box Copycat Recipe

1 package heat and serve rolls
buttermilk ranch salad dressing
Franks Red Hot Sauce
iceberg lettuce
chicken nuggets

Prepare the chicken nuggets as directed on the package.  Cook the heat and serve rolls until done.  You will want to use 1 chicken nugget for each roll.  Split open the rolls, on the bottom bun coat with buttermilk ranch dressing, and then put the chicken nugget down on the bottom bun.  Add about 1 teaspoon of Frank’s Red Hot sauce to the top of the chicken nugget and then top with iceberg lettuce and the top bun.

Oreo Cookie Shake Copycat Recipe

This yummy restaurant copycat recipe for Jack in the Box Oreo milk shake will cool you off on these hot summer days.  Read on to find out how easy this drink is to make at home using simple ingredients and no cooking skills.

Ingredients for Jack in the Box Oreo Cookie Shake

  • 3 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 8 Oreo cookies 


  1. Combine milk and ice cream in a blender.
  2. Mix on low speed until smooth.
  3. Break Oreo cookies into pieces while adding them to the blender.
  4. Mix on low speed until the cookies are mostly pureed.
  5. Garnish with whipped cream and hand crushed Oreo cookie if desired.

Makes 2 servings

The Java Cookie Shake is made with vanilla ice cream blended with coffee-flavored syrup and Oreo cookie pieces and finished whipped topping and a Maraschino cherry.


To make this at home substitute cold coffee for the milk in the recipe above.


Jack in the Box is already looking forward to the summer with new, limited time Pina Colada Smoothies.
The new frozen drink is made with a blend of Minute Made fruit juices and nonfat frozen yogurt.

Jack in the Box also offers Mango, Strawberry, and Strawberry Banana Smoothies on permanent rotation.

Jack in the Box Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

4 cups fresh pineapple chunks
2 cups regular or light coconut milk
2 cups ice
1 cup vanilla yogurt
2/3 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons honey

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend for about 5 minutes or until completely smooth. Divide between 4 glasses and serve immediately.

Jack in the Box Copycat Recipe

Serves 2

1 cup mango, peeled and diced
1 cup plain or vanilla nonfat yogurt
1/2 cup crushed ice
milk, optional

Place mango, yogurt and ice in a blender or food processor and blend or process. If too thick, add a little milk.

Jack in the Box Copycat Recipe

Serves 3

3/4 cup fat free milk
3/4 cup ice cubes, crushed
1/2 cup strawberry yogurt
1/2 cup frozen unsweetened strawberries
1 small firm banana, chopped and frozen
sugar substitute equivalent to 1/4 cup sugar

In a blender, combine all of the ingredients; cover and process for 30-45 seconds or until smooth. Stir if necessary. Pour into chilled glasses; serve immediately.