TODAY! One day only Sean E. burger at Jack’s Prime

Jack’s Prime is one of my absolute favorite burger spots. I reviewed their fantastic Gobble Gobble turkey burger last year right here on the skillet and featured them as my restaurant of choice on Check Please, Bay Area. They decided to let someone outside of their company design a signature burger for the first time ever and by some magical luck that dude is ME! I was told I could use anything I want, and after scheming a number of profiles and combos I chose to highlight some of my favorite things with Sean E’s Spooky Sweet and Salty Burger.

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The sando combines a 1/3 pound angus beef patty, pulled pork, muenster cheese, garlic onion cinnamon chutney, and yellow mustard on a pretzel bun. It’s bold and complex while still being very agreeable and savory. The burger comes with a split order of half garlic half sweet potato fries, which is the combo Sil B and I always indulge in on our monthly visits to Jack’s. It’s only going to be around for one day, today, October 21, and if you’re in the area and want to taste something truly scintillating and spooky – stop into Jack’s and get your grub on!

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Jacks Prime is located at 3723 El Camino Real in San Mateo California and they’ll be serving the spooky burger from 11 AM until 10 PM while supplies last!

VIDEO: Sean’s appearance on KQED’s Check Please, Bay Area!

Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to shoot an episode of one of my favorite local TV shows – Check Please, Bay Area, which airs on KQED/PBS.  I had the opportunity to highlight one of my favorite burger spots ever – Jack’s Prime – and try some other amazing dishes along the way.  This is my first time doing food-related work on television and it was a blast.  Check out the full episode below!

REVIEW: Jack’s Prime Gobble Gobble Burger

In the realm of burgers there are real burgers, you know, the one’s made with beef or occasionally bison or something fancy, and chicken burgers, and veggie burgers, and then there are…turkey burgers.  The forever less loved patty, standing lonely from the outside looking in, will only get ordered by those avoiding red meat, watching their cholesterol, or suffering from generally broken taste buds.  No one in the history of the world woke up, mapped out their dinner plans, and said “damn, I am REALLY craving a turkey burger…”.  Pause.  Enter – Jack’s Prime.

Full disclosure, Jack’s Prime in San Mateo is my favorite burger spot in the bay area, and it’s one of the few places I will return to eat at at least once a month.  Part of the appeal of return visits for me is a rotating cast of monthly burger specials, and for the month of November it’s their take on a turkey burger called the Gobble Gobble.  The Gobble Gobble burger is a Diestel Ranch turkey patty topped with cheddar cheese, apple cranberry chutney, house made stuffing, romaine lettuce, and mayo on an onion bun.  Yes, it is Thanksgiving dinner in a single bite, and don’t worry, there are potatoes-a-plenty on the side.

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The Gobble Gobble burger with sweet potato fries

Many of the complaints about turkey burgers – they’re bland, or dry, or boring – all get laid to rest with the Gobble Gobble.  Through the clever use of melty cheddar cheese, herbaceous stuffing, and sharply sweet chutney, you never have a chance to lament the fact that there are no glisteny red juice puddles muddying your plate.  All of the elements work in perfect harmony here, with the seasoning on the patty being a bit understated to leave room for the powerful condiments to do their job.  The chutney having both cranberries and apples helps add a sweet and tart component that plays with the overall flavor much like caramelized onions, with the stuffing adding a fluffy bounce and deep onion richness.

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Top of the bun with nice layer of stuffing

When you get a bite with both cranberry and stuffing (which is most of the time) you are immediately transported to Thanksgiving dinner in the most deliciously comfortable way imaginable.  Even the onion bun, which is the most minuscule of modifications to their usual burger bun, emulates that tasty soft dinner roll you use to sop up all the gravy at the end of the years best meal.

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Up close and personal with the onion bun

If you find yourself abruptly out of leftovers and fiending for one last Thanksgiving fix, the Gobble Gobble will be available through the end of the month.  If you’ve missed out and/or are completely sick of cranberries and turkey, you can join me in waiting with fingers crossed for an encore appearance next November.
Rating: 9/10

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Jack’s Prime is located at 3723 S El Camino Real in San Mateo, CA, and are also home to insanely perfect sweet potato fries, the best garlic fries outside of AT&T park, and the most beautifully balanced peppery sweet BBQ sauce you’ll have anywhere not serving brisket.