Slater’s 50/50 – Peanut Butter & Jellousy
8082 Adams Ave · Huntington Beach, CA 92646
It’s peanut butter jelly time! Slater’s 50/50 features a unique, award winning burger containing the childhood and budget friendly Batman and Robin classic. Dubbed Peanut Butter & Jellousy, this concoction boasts a 100% Black Canyon Angus beef, a thick-cut slice of bacon, a generous dabbing of peanut butter, and real strawberry jelly, all sandwiched between a honey wheat bun. Sweetening up the deal, there is also an á la mode version with a scoop of ice cream!
Peanut butter is slathered onto both top and bottom buns, propelling the gluey paste to the forefront. It becomes a bit overbearing, in an adverse way especially if you aren’t a weekly Jif or Skippy enthusiast The nutty paste is overall creamy, but when it hits the edges of the toasted wheat bun, the taste becomes gritty and pasty almost like eating a sandy piece of cardboard. The wheat bun would work well with just the peanut butter (less of it) and jelly (more); its thick breading topped with oats supplies respite from the thick spread.
A lot of the contents explode from the back after taking that first bite, the red strawberry jamming out all over the plate. The light brown paste gets all over the place, dripping down onto the fries and sticking onto your hands. This is downright one of the messiest burgers you’ll ever have in your lifetime.
Minutes after the burger arrives in front of your face, the ice cream immediately begins to melt in the midst of the intense heat of the beef. It cascades like a waterfall down the silhouette of the burger, creaming out all over the plate. Heed the pro tip – if you do decide on the ice cream, request the á la mode on the side so that it doesn’t liquefy and saturate the other items on the plate. The fries soak up the contents, which can actually make for a pleasant dip if you’re the type of person who enjoys dunking their fried potatoes in a shake.
Overall, the entire taste experience feels a bit disjointed. The thick, pasty nature of the peanut spread really imposes itself on the front end, the sweetness from the strawberry jelly and ice cream doing its best to provide a differing after note to combat the heaviness. This savory and sweet duo doesn’t pair well with the salty nature of the burger patty; the burger takes a backseat from the dominating flavors of the peanut butter, bacon, and jelly. If anything, the beef contributes its meaty consistency and absorbs more of the other flavors. Meanwhile, the bun adds substance to the overall meal and tries to mellow things out.
The best part is, by far, the thick-cut bacon. Its flavor complexity and meatiness is the other part of the burger that stands out, besides the PB part. Pairing bacon and peanut butter actually works out just fine and is surprisingly enjoyable.
The burger itself fetches for roughly 12.49, á la mode 13.99. At that price point, more is expected than a childhood experiment of throwing together a hamburger with a PB&J and putting a scoop of vanilla ice cream inside. Sure, the honey wheat bun adds sophistication; the thick cut of bacon also giving it a signature Slater’s 50/50 touch. All in all, though, the Peanut Butter & Jellousy is nothing more than a novelty dish, one could be easily recreated at home. Peanut butter and jelly simply doesn’t belong on a burger. It doesn’t even work well with ice cream. There is a reason why this burger isn’t featured at all the other burger joints out there – there really isn’t much to be jealous over.