REVIEW: Jack in the Box Panko Onion Rings

Jack in the Box Panko Onion Rings

Even though I’ve eaten pounds of Jack in the Box Curly Fries and paid dollars upon dollars in upgrades to swap regular fries with them in my combo meals, I’m replacing them with Jack in the Box’s new Panko Onion Rings as my favorite Jack in the Box side.

To be honest, I didn’t have high expectations, but I blame the promotional photos that don’t do them justice. When I first saw a photo of them, I thought they were going to be formed onion mush inside breading, much like the uniform-sized onion rings from a fast food chain that begins with “B” and ends with “urger King.”

But in real life these look like they’re from a sit-down chain restaurant, like Chili’s or Applebees. I know that doesn’t sound like a compliment, but it’s a compliment. They come in different sizes and have actual rings of onion in them.

Oh, and look at that golden brown panko. From what you’ve probably learned via the Food Network, panko tends to be lighter and crispier than other breadcrumbs and that’s definitely the case here. The coating wonderfully crispy (of course your results may vary). With every chew it’s as if a staticky television is going off in my head. They’re also not at all greasy and the coating doesn’t easily flake off.

And that crispy coating is wrapped around rings of onion that have a slightly sweet flavor. There were times when couldn’t bite through the onion causing me to pull some of it out of the panko coating and I do wish the onion was a bit more oniony, but, my goodness, writing this review makes me want to buy more of them. I’ll be right back.

(20 minutes later)

Still love them.

I imagine Jack in the Box’s Panko Onion Rings would go great with a Buttery Jack, Jack’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Jumbo Jack, or anything else on the menu with the name “Jack” attached to it. They would also go great with any dipping sauce Jack in the Box offers, if you’re willing to pay for a container because, sadly, they don’t come with a dipping sauce. Ketchup is fine, but I got container of ranch sauce and they made these onion rings even better.

(Nutrition Facts – 443 calories, 215 calories from fat, 24 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 623 milligrams of sodium, 52 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 5 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein..)

Purchased Price: $2.79
Size: N/A
Purchased at: Jack in the Box
Rating: 9 out of 10
Pros: Wonderful crispy exterior. Uses actual rings of onion. Better than Jack’s Curly Fries. They look like they’re from Chili’s or Applebees (that’s still a compliment). Not greasy.
Cons: It doesn’t need a dipping sauce, but it would’ve been nice to have to option. Perhaps the onion could’ve been more oniony. Sometimes I couldn’t bite cleanly through the onion.

12 thoughts to “REVIEW: Jack in the Box Panko Onion Rings”

  1. “Sometimes I couldn’t bite cleanly through the onion.”

    See, this is the key to making the perfect onion. You’ve gotta use real onions, obviously and not the crap that BK uses. But you’ve also gotta make sure you can actually bite through the onion because nothing sucks more than eating onion rings and then you can’t bite through the onion and end up pulling the entire onion out of the crispy part and you’re left with a giant piece of onion and a big piece of fried crispiness.

  2. All the Jack in the Boxes in my area will give you any dipping sauces without hesitation. One of them even puts out all the flavored sauces for anyone to grab next to the ketchup.

  3. I thought these onion rings were as lousy as the average fast food onion ring.
    A real disappointment. At least I got them free with coupon though.

    For excellent onion rings, I recommend Wahoo’s beer batter onion rings, Main St Huntington Beach, near the pier.

  4. I like the onion rings, but I hate the tiny, plastic ketchup things. I had to use 9 of them to get enough ketchup. That is a huge hassle. Please get rid of those things, they are worthless, stupid, and bad for the environment.

  5. They are addicting and I love them. Jack in the box what took you so long? Please don’t ever drop them from your menu selection. To make them an option with a meal would be even better.

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