What to Eat at Jack in the Box: Healthy Menu Choices and Nutrition Facts

Jack in the Box Nutrition Facts
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Jack in the Box has been among America's favorite fast-food restaurants since the first drive-thru opened in San Diego, California, in 1951. With a focus on the classic pairing of burgers and fries, Jack in the Box has always been geared toward speed and convenience. Even the salad options are designed to be portable.

If you’re looking for something quick and easy, Jack in the Box no doubt fits the bill. But how do the fast-food restaurant's offerings stack up nutritionally?

Like many modern eateries, you can check the Jack in the Box menu online before you go—though the wide array of options can be overwhelming. To help you out, here’s a closer look at the Jack in the Box menu. You can use this information as a starting place to help guide your choices.

Knowing the nutrition facts, ingredients, and allergy information of the food featured on Jack in the Box's menu helps you choose a meal that best aligns with your unique dietary needs and preferences, as well as your overall goals.

What Experts Say

"Jack in the Box has several items that use whole grains and vegetables. You can also order a side salad to add veggies to your meal if it doesn’t come with them. Many options are lower in fiber and higher in sodium, so if eating here often, balance your nutrition by choosing lower sodium foods and adding veggies to your other meals."

Willow Jarosh, MS, RD

Navigating the Menu 

Jack in the Box notes certain items on its “Better For You” menu. While these choices are lower in calories compared to other options, they may not suit your specific dietary needs. Consider the entire menu, as well as the ingredients lists, when you're making a decision.

Most Nutritious Options
  • Mini pancakes (Breakfast)

  • Hamburger (Burgers)

  • Chicken fajita pite (Chicken)

  • Grilled chicken salad (Salads)

  • Regular taco (Tacos)

  • Treetop applesauce pouch (Sides)

  • NY Style Cheesecake (Desserts)

  • Fresh brewed ice tea (Beverages)

Least Nutritious Options
  • Grande sausage breakfast burrito (Breakfast)

  • Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger (Burgers)

  • Homestyle ranch chicken club (Chicken)

  • Crispy chicken club salad (Salads)

  • Tiny Loaded Tacos (Tacos)

  • Bacon cheddar potato wedges (Sides)

  • Oreo cookie ice cream shake (Desserts)

  • Mocha iced coffee (Beverages)

Breakfast

Jack in the Box offers a full “Brunchfest” menu of breakfast items including egg sandwiches with sausage, ham, or bacon; hash browns, meat, egg, and cheese burritos; and even a mini stack of pancakes.

Breakfast sandwich options at Jack in the Box can be customized to feature egg, cheese, and meat on a roll, croissant, sourdough slices, or biscuits, but none are low in calories, fat, or sodium.

Most Nutritious Option

Though low on protein and how on carbs, the mini pancakes (8) offer the best stats among the breakfast options. Without syrup, eight mini pancakes come in at 143 calories, 2g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 28g carbohydrate, 4g protein, 6g sugar, and 350mg sodium.

If you opt for the syrup, expect to add another 117 calories and 21g sugar.

If you want to start your day with a little more protein than a stack of pancakes offers, or are trying to keep your sugar intake low, the Breakfast Jack is a lower-calorie breakfast sandwich option with 350 calories, 18g of fat, and 16g of protein.

Least Nutritious Option

Jack in the Box's grande sausage breakfast burrito comes in at 1,070 calories, 72g total fat, 21g saturated fat, 70g carbohydrate, 36g protein, 5g sugar, and 2,210 mg sodium.

Burgers

Jack in the Box is perhaps best known for its burgers, with 14 options regularly available. Its fancier burgers, like the Jumbo Jack and Buttery Jack, are packed with calories and fat. For the lowest calorie burger option, you’ll want to ask for just a plain hamburger.

Most Nutritious Option

A plain hamburger at Jack in the Box offers 340 calories, 18g total fat, 5g saturated fat, 32g carbohydrate, 14g protein, 5g sugar, and 570mg sodium.

Making it a basic cheeseburger adds only another 40 calories and 3g fat, and 2g protein.

Least Nutritious Option

Jack in the Box's bacon ultimate cheeseburger, on the other hand, comes in at 930 calories, 65g total fat, 25g saturated fat, 3g trans fat, 32g carbohydrate, 55g protein, 6g sugar, and 1,590mg sodium.

Chicken

In addition to its classic burger options, Jack in the Box also has all your chicken favorites like nuggets and tenders, chicken burgers, and sourdough chicken sandwiches.

You can choose from a variety of toppings and dipping sauces, just keep track of any additional calories, fat, and hidden sugars.

Most Nutritious Option

The 5-piece chicken nuggets (77g) provides 238 calories, 17g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 13g carbohydrate, 9g protein, and 604mg sodium.

A close second is the chicken fajita pita (247g), which contains more calories and sodium, but less fat and more protein. It's also likely more a filling option: 330 calories, 9g total fat, 4.5g saturated fat, 35g carbohydrate, 27g protein, 4g sugar, and 790mg sodium.

Least Nutritious Option

Jack in the Box's homestyle ranch chicken club contains 630 calories, 28g total fat, 8g saturated fat, 61g carbohydrate, 34g protein, 12g sugar, and 1,690 mg sodium.

Salads

Most salads on the Jack in the Box menu provide 500 calories or less but that’s not including dressing. Ordering a salad with creamy dressing or vinaigrette, or other fixings like corn sticks and croutons can easily add 100 to 200 extra calories.

Most Nutritious Option

The grilled chicken salad (ordered with no dressing or croutons) offers 230 calories, 8g total fat, 3.5g saturated fat, 12g carbohydrate, 30g protein, 5g sugar, and 590mg sodium.

Adding the balsamic dressing and croutons will add another 95 calories, 4.5g fat, 3g sugar, and 530mg sodium.

Least Nutritious Option

The crispy chicken club salad (with no dressing or croutons) provides 230 calories, 28g total fat, 9g saturated fat, 34g carbohydrate, 32g protein, 3g sugar, and 1,230mg sodium.

With the ranch dressing and croutons, the totals come out to 730 calories, 55g total fat, 13g saturated fat, 47g carbohydrate, 35g protein, 5g sugar, and 1,790mg sodium.

Featured on its “Better for You” menu is Jack’s teriyaki bowl. With brown rice, this option has 630 calories and 34g of protein. However, compared to the salad, it’s a choice that’s almost twice as high in sodium with 2,120 mg per bowl.

Tacos

While they’re not a menu centerpiece, Jack in the Box does offer a few other popular fast food options, such as tacos, which can be ordered in singles, pairs, or part of boxed meals on the chain’s Late Night menu.

Most Nutritious Option

A single regular taco comes in at 172 calories, 9g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 16g carbohydrate, 6g protein, 1g sugar, and 362mg sodium. Note that the regular tacos are served in packs of two.

Least Nutritious Option

Jack in the Box's loaded tiny tacos provide 470 calories, 22g fat, 7g saturated fat, 51g carbohydrate, 17g protein, 5g sugar, and 1,340mg sodium. This taco option is definitely best to share.

Sides

In addition to the classic fast-food side of fries, Jack in the Box also offers other options like onion rings, egg rolls, and stuffed jalapenos.

Most Nutritious Option

Jack in the Box offers one fruit side which is the Treetop applesauce pouch. With 45 calories, 0g fat, 10g carbohydrate, 0g protein, 10g sugar, and 0g sodium, this option is one of the more nutritious options.

If you’re looking for fries, Jack in the Box has multiple sizes of regular and curly fries. A small order of curly fries has slightly fewer calories than the traditional cut (280 calories versus 300) but is higher in sodium. An order of curly fries from the Jack in the Box kid’s menu has just 200 calories and 440mg of sodium.

Least Nutritious Option

The bacon cheddar potato wedges pack the most punch with 650 calories, 40g total fat, 9g saturated fat, 57g carbohydrate, 17g protein, 2g sugar, and 1,170mg sodium.

Dessert

Compared to its meals, the Jack in the Box dessert menu is pretty simple. The main focus of the restaurant's sweet treats is ice cream shakes, which come in vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry as well as special flavors like Oreo.

Most Nutritious Option

Among the sweet treats, the Chocolate Overload cake provides the lowest calorie count and least saturated fat with 300 calories, 7g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 57g carbohydrate, 4g protein, 34g sugar, and 350g sodium.

Though the Chocolate Overload cake has fewer calories, a close second is a slice of the NY style cheesecake, which has more protein, less sodium, and less sugar for the same serving of dessert.

Menu Hack

For a simple, slightly-sweet treat, look to the kid’s menu: A side order of Chiquita apple bites with caramel dip has just 70 calories, no fat, and 13g of sugar.

Least Nutritious Option

The regular Oreo cookie ice cream shake (16 oz) comes in at 796 calories, 42g total fat, 28g saturated fat, 1g trans fat, 92g carbohydrate, 12g protein, 74g sugar, and 361mg sodium.

If you size up to the large (24 oz), you'll see a spike: 1,145 calories, 61g total fat, 40g saturated fat, 2g trans fat, 137g carbohydrate, 17g protein, 107g sugar, and 529g sodium.

Beverages

Jack in the Box offers a wide variety of fountain drinks and bottled beverages—including water, which is always the healthiest option. Depending on your needs and tastes, there are several sugar-free, no-calorie, and caffeine-free soft drinks by Coca-Cola and Pepsi, as well as customizable “freestyle” beverage machines.

The restaurant also has its own brand of hot and cold beverages. Here’s how the nutrition content of Jack in the Box’s own line of drinks stacks up.

Most Nutritious Option

If not opting for water, the next most nutritious option is likely the fresh brewed ice tea (unsweetened). With just 3 calories, 0g fat, 1g carbohydrate, 0g protein, 0g sugar, and 8mg sodium (and no artificial sweeteners) in a 16 oz serving, it's a solid choice.

If you drink coffee, a regular 12-oz cup of Jack in the Box’s brewed hot coffee (black) has just 9 calories, no fat, no sugar, and 2g of carbohydrate, making it another relatively healthy beverage choice for breakfast or lunch.

Least Nutritious Option

A regular mocha iced coffee (16 oz) contains 185 calories, 6g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 32g carbohydrate, 3g protein, 30g sugar, and 83mg sodium.

Make it a large (24 oz) and you'll get 318 calories, 11g fat, 7g saturated fat, 55g carbohydrates, 5g protein, 50g sugar, and 142 mg sodium.

A regular (16 oz) Jumpin’ Jack Splash freestyle drink has 226 calories, 60g carbohydrate, and 57g sugar. It's also sweetened with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). If you want to try the Jack in the Box exclusive, but you're trying to avoid HFCS, or want to avoid the extra calories and carbs, choose the diet version.

Diet-Specific Options

Jack in the Box offers limited choices for gluten-free, low-fat, low-carb, vegetarian, and vegan diets, but does not offer choices for people following a low-sodium diet.

Gluten-Free

  • Grilled chicken, southwest, side, or club salad (without croutons)
  • French fries
  • Vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry shake
  • Spicy corn sticks
  • Apple bites with caramel

Low-Carb

  • Grilled chicken salad (with no dressing or corn sticks) (8g net carbs)
  • Chicken club salad with grilled chicken (no toppings or dressing) (8g net carbs)
  • 5-piece chicken nuggets (12g net carbs)
  • Side salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing (6g net carbs)

Diabetes-Friendly

  • Side salad (no toppings or dressing)
  • 5-piece chicken nuggets
  • Southwest chicken salad with grilled chicken (no toppings or dressing)
  • Chicken club salad with grilled chicken (no toppings or dressing)
  • Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Dipping Sauce

Low-Fat

  • Treetop applesauce pouch (0 calories from fat)
  • Chicken teriyaki bowl (60 calories from fat)
  • Grilled chicken salad (with no dressing or corn sticks) (70 calories from fat)
  • 8-piece mini pancakes (16 calories from fat)

Vegetarian & Vegan

Jack in the Box has a few vegan options on the menu, including:

  • Side salad
  • Spicy corn sticks
  • Apple slices (without the caramel)
  • Homestyle potatoes, hash browns, fries, and curly fries

You can also ask for the Teriyaki Rice Bowl with extra veggies instead of chicken.

Vegetarians can choose from the vegan options plus:

  • Grilled cheese (kid’s menu)
  • Mini pancakes
  • Stuffed jalapenos
  • Onion rings

Food Allergies and Safety

The Jack in the Box menu features foods that may contain or be prepared with allergens including soy, egg, fish, milk, and wheat. The complete ingredients list is available for each menu item but may not include information about how the ingredients were produced, transported, stored, or prepared.

Jack in the Box Ingredients and Allergen Statement

Like most restaurants, our restaurants prepare and serve products that contain Soy, Egg, Fish, Milk and Wheat. While a particular ingredient statement may not list one of these allergens, our products may be prepared with equipment that is shared with products containing one or more of these allergens.

If you have a food allergy, please consult with your physician before deciding which Jack in the Box products are right for you. We also recommend checking our Ingredient and Allergen information frequently as our menu and ingredients may change.

The restaurant's website notes that when present, allergens are listed at the end of each ingredient statement for individual menu items. If you have a food allergy you'll want to review this information prior to ordering.

Jack in the Box’s allergy statement also includes a special warning about an ingredient used in many of its dishes you'll want to be aware of if you're avoiding soy.

Butter Flavored Vegetable Oil

Please note: grilled vegetables, eggs, and some bakery items are prepared in our restaurants with BFVO (Butter Flavored Vegetable Oil). This ingredient will add soy allergen to these prepared items.

A Word From Verywell

Hitting the drive-thru at a fast-food restaurant like Jack in the Box doesn't have to throw you off your diet plan or health goals. When you understand the nutrition content of the various menu choices and know how to make sense of portions and serving sizes, you can make informed decisions about the foods you eat whether you're at home or on the road.

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