This week I visited JerryBuilt Homegrown Burgers in the Woodlands, TX. This is one of two locations, the other being in Houston. JerryBuilt prides itself on its unique approach to the burger joint using freshly ground beef and chicken, an in house bakery, and daily cut crinkle fries.
I went to JerryBuilt on a Saturday afternoon after the usual lunch rush should have ended. I was surprised to see how many people were in there. The place was busy, which is usually a good indicator of the quality of the food. I would not call JerryBuilt , “fast food,” but rather, “food fast.” It’s the typical order at the counter and wait for your name to be called. As I approached the counter, I took a look a the menu on the wall*. The menu was written in chalk and looks as if some of the items change from time to time. I noticed that they had several types of burgers and sandwiches (including chicken burgers that are also ground fresh daily). They also serve mac and cheese bowls and different types of hot dogs and salads.
*Funny thing I noticed: There was a girl at the counter who kept repeating, “I can help the next person in line!” I looked behind me and there was nobody there. I made quick eye contact with her and gave her that awkward smile knowing that it’s her job to keep saying it. Then I continued to look over the menu. She must have said it ten more times before I went up to order.
There was one burger in particular that caught my eye: The JCB. Jalepeno Cream Cheese Burger. This is the burger that both Marco and I ordered. We also ordered fries and drinks and had a seat at a table to wait for our food.
JerryBuilt also has those cool Coke machines that have the touch screens to choose and customize your soda. I am a sucker for soda so I was very exited to see these. First was a regular Dr. Pepper and then I switched over to Cherry Fanta. It was Fanta-stick. By the soda machines, there were two circular windows on the wall that you could peek into to see the employees working on grinding the beef and chicken. On the left side of the soda machine was an entire glass wall that allowed customers to see into the bakery where freshly baked buns were being prepared by the dozen.
The decor was very cool and set a good environment. The entire back wall was made of chalk board and had the JerryBuilt cow logo on top of it made from wood. Stacks of chalk sticks were available for anyone to use to draw or leave messages on the wall. Some of the drawings were very high up an must have required a chair or two for someone to reach.
We waited for about ten minutes before our food was ready. The burger came wrapped in paper and was seated next to a mountain of freshly cut crinkle cut fries. I unwrapped the burger to find that the bun had been toasted on both sides instead of just the inside, which made for a wonderful crunch on the first bite. The burger came with lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, and the jalapeno cream cheese. The actual burger itself was awesome. It had a wonderful juiciness to it in addition to a charred and smoky exterior. The jalapeno cream cheese was more spicy than I was expecting and gave the burger a good kick in the ass. The fries were piping hot and very crispy. On the table was french fry seasoning that I would sprinkle on damn near anything. Very good.