There is one thing for sure that’s true when it comes to Jerry Built Homegrown Burgers – you don’t have to worry one bit about what is going into your burger! At this family-owned fast casual restaurant, even the salads are made to order, the lemonade is freshly squeezed, the buns are baked daily, and their dressings and sauces are house made. Just take a peek when you visit the counter to place your order. The kitchen and prep areas are right there, exposed for all to see, and if you look a bit further you’ll find see-through refrigerators filled to the brim with fresh produce. And according to the President and CEO, Chad Glauser, it’s all worth it.
From the handspun milkshakes, to the chicken sandwiches, chopped salads, and of course the beef patties, everything is all-natural, locally sourced, and free of any of that junk (the stuff you can’t pronounce) that plagues other fast food establishments. And that pretty much sums up my appreciation for Jerry Built. Along with the fact that they make a mean cheeseburger.
Now that you know how special Jerry Built is, we can move on to “what to order”. Here’s how I roll. Start with the Fried Pickles, because yes, they are that awesome. The thing with fried pickles is you have to cut them just right – not too thin and not too thick (and Jerry Built has that process down). If you’re into chicken, then by all means, go for the Grilled Chicken Sandwich or the Chicken Strips, but I’m putting all of my money on the burgers (and the salads) for the win. The Jerry’s Cheeseburger is my jam and it’s because of the Ernie’s sauce – it is proprietary so don’t ask, just eat it. And when I’m feeling like a salad, which is a regular occurrence for me, I go for Jerry’s Cobb. It blends kale, spring mix, and romaine with heaping amounts of roasted sweet corn, boiled egg, cherry tomatoes, and blue cheese crumbles (I forgo the bacon but please have it your way).
Jerry’s Cobb Salad
They also offer seasonal menu items that are pretty cool because you can order the specials three ways: with a chicken sandwich, on a burger, and even as a salad. Currently, The Divine Harvest Salad (Spring Mix, Kale, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Dried Cranberries, Goat Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, and Apples Served with a Housemade Honey Vinaigrette) and The Divine Burger (Angus or Grilled Chicken, Chopped Bacon, Cranberry and Caramelized Onion Compote, Goat Cheese, Arugula and Roasted Garlic Honey Aioli) are available through the end of the year.
I really like Jerry Built and feel comfortable bringing the hubby (AKA Mr. Clean Eating) and even my little 11 month old who goes bananas for sweet potatoes fries. Eating out and feeling good about it is the way to dine (I feel a New Year’s resolution coming on). And a bonus – you don’t feel like you’ve just been in a hamburger eating competition after your meal. Just another “plus” to eating all-natural and organic ingredients (which they use as much as they can).
With three locations in Houston, Jerry Built Homegrown Burgers is on a mission to change the burger game one location at a time. And we’re going along for the ride.
West University at 3501 W. Holcombe Blvd.
The Woodlands at 1335 Lake Woodlands Dr.
Memorial City at 10405 Katy Freeway
Jerry Built has kicked off their BIG GAME Sweepstakes where you’ll have the chance to win two tickets to Super Bowl LI! Through February 2nd, visit any location and log in through Jerry Built’s WiFi then log on to the access point using your Facebook, Twitter or email accounts. To view the official rules, please visit here.
Urban Swank did receive a complimentary tasting but the opinions expressed are our own.