Since I discovered this eighth wonder of the burger world just a few weeks ago, I've been counting off the days until it's "acceptable" to go to In N Out again - and going, again and again. I've settled on once a week - with the big compromise that I don't order fries. Just the burger and a diet coke. Since there are about as many calories in the fries as in the burger, (believe it or not - 400) it actually isn't such a bad deal.
For those of you who have yet to discover this delicious invention - ordering your burger Animal Style means the meat is cooked with mustard, and grilled onions, pickles, and extra "spread" are added. It's part of their "secret menu" that includes grilled cheese (no meat), any burger "protein style" (wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun), and the "flying dutchman" (two patties and two slices of cheese and nothing else.) They'll also do the fries Animal Style - topped with grilled onions, cheese and the spread. (The regular menu has only three options - the Double Double, a hamburger or a cheeseburger, with fries, shakes and sodas.)
I've always ordered my In N Out burgers (either a single cheese or hamburger, never a double) with ketchup and mustard instead of sauce, and with onion that is cooked in a slice and laid on the meat - so this whole thing was a bit of a shock for me - in terms of how delicious it was. After deciding that I don't like the processed cheese they use - I decided one day to order a Double Meat, Animal Style and add ketchup and mustard. (Normally, it just has the spread.) I was starving that day, so I also added a "well done" fry (the only way to get them crispy) and a Neopolitan shake, which has all 3 flavors in one cup. Freaking. Amazing. The burger has an almost ethnic flavor to it with the sharpness of the pickles, the mustard and the sweet onions - and the double meat (1/4 pound total) adds the right richness to balance it out. Why they don't just make all their burgers this way to start with I couldn't tell you - but once you know what you're missing there's no going back. I tried one the old way last week just to be sure.
At $2.85 for the Double burger, and $1.29 for the soda, the price simply can't be beat. I know it's not exactly healthy - but if you're like me - just manage your meat (and calorie) consumption for the rest of the day, and you'll have no trouble justifying it at all!
For more on the In N Out Secret Menu - check out this guide, complete with photos.
For locations and more information, click here.
Photo via flickr