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Don’t Be Without In N Out ~ DIY Double Double, Animal Style

Have you never experienced an In N Out love affair? Or know the goodness that is INO, but moved to a place where the big yellow arrow doesn’t exist?

You can replicate their famous burger in your own kitchen and you know what? It comes darn close to the real thing….almost like you were sitting in a booth wearing an INO paper hat and eating it out of the little red tray with some of their crispy, natural fries on the side.


Jay came across this recipe on Flickr and casually forwarded it to me. I immediately put it on the 3-day weekend menu plan.


serves two 1/4-pound burgers

  • 1/2 pound fresh beef chuck with plenty of fat, cut into 1-inch cubes {I just used 1 pound 85% ground beef. I was NOT trying to grind or process my own meat ~ read steps 1-4 below!}
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 2 soft Hamburger buns, preferably Arnold brand {I used plain ol Ralphs hamburger buns}
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 dill pickles chips
  • 2 quarter-inch-thick slices ripe tomato
  • 2 leaves fresh iceberg lettuce, white core section removed, torn to bun-sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 4 slices deli-cut American Cheese

Procedures {Note: Instead of steps 1, 2, 3 & 4, I just used 1 pound of ground beef and formed 8 thin patties like it says in step 8}

  1. If using a meat grinder: Place feed shaft, blade, and 1/4-inch die of meat grinder in freezer until well-chilled. Meanwhile, place meat chunks on rimmed baking sheet, leaving space between each piece and place in freezer for 10 minutes until meat is firm.
  2. Combine meat in large bowl and toss to combine. Grind meat and refrigerate immediately until ready for use. Handle as gently as possible. Proceed with step three below.
  3. If using a food processor: Place bowl and blade of food processor in freezer until well-chilled. Meanwhile, place meat chunks on rimmed baking sheet, leaving space between each piece, and place in freezer for 10 minutes until meat is firm, but not frozen.
  4. Combine meat in large bowl and toss to combine. Working in two batches, place meat cubes in food processor and pulse until medium-fine grind is achieved, about 8 to 10 one-second pulses, scraping down processor bowl as necessary. Refrigerate ground meat immediately until ready for use. Handle as gently as possible.
  5. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a 10-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onions and 1/2 teaspoon salt to skillet. Reduce heat to medium low, and cook, tossing and stirring occasionally until onions are well browned, about 15 minutes. Once onions begin to sizzle heavily and appear dry, add 1 tablespoon water to skillet and stir. Continue cooking until water evaporates and onions start sizzling again. Repeat process, adding 1 tablespoon of water with each iteration until onions are meltingly soft and dark brown, about 3 times total. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  6. Make the sauce: Combine mayonnaise, ketchup, relish, sugar, and vinegar in small bowl. Stir to combine.
  7. Place closed buns in preheated oven for 2 minutes until slightly darkened and crisped. Heat 1/2 teaspoon oil in 12-inch non-stick skillet or griddle over medium-high heat until shimmering. Open buns and add face-down to skillet. Toast until dark brown around the edges, about 1 minute total. {I just lightly toasted the buns}
  8. Form ground beef into four 2-ounce patties, using damp hands to press each into a patty about 3/16ths of an inch thick and 4 inches wide. Season generously with salt and pepper. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon oil to pan, swirl to coat, and heat over medium-high heat until lightly smoking. Add burger patties and cook without moving until well browned and crusty on first side, about 2 1/2 minutes. While they are cooking, spread 1 tablespoon mustard on raw side of each patty with a spoon. Meanwhile, top each bottom bun with up half of spread, 4 slices pickles, 1 slice tomato, and lettuce. Flip patties with a thin spatula so mustard side is down and continue to cook for 1 minute. Top each patty with a slice of cheese. Divide onion mixture evenly between two patties. Place the other two patties directly on top of the onions, sandwiching them between the beef. Transfer patty stacks to bottom bun. Top with top bun, and serve immediately.


I have to say that it came real close to the real thing…my bun got all gooey from the sauce and I had tomato and grilled onions falling all over the place!

I roasted up some sweet potato slices to go with.

The only time consuming part was maybe caramelizing the onions ~ took about 20 minutes.

This recipe certainly won’t stop us from going to In N Out, but it was fun to try and see how they compared to everyone’s favorite burger.




And we certainly can’t forget this picture from under the criss-crossed palm trees…


{Kapri & Holden ~ October ’12}


This morning we visited The Gentle Barn.

It amazes me that these animals ALL have come from abuse, neglect, animal hoarding or slaughter and have been rehabilitated and regained their trust in humans.

{feeding carrots}

{petting Portia & Ellen DeGeneres’ cow, Holy}

{Yoda the emu}

The kids were a wee bit overdressed for such a place.

I had visions of a possible Christmas card photo shoot, but I think Jay’s mind was on getting home to watch the Chargers rather than snapping a bajillion photos in a petting zoo of sorts.

{on an old red tractor}

On Elliott:

Big Red Bow ~ Cheapy accessory store from a mall in Charlotte for $1

Ruched sleeve shrug ~ Belk via Lola

White tank ~ Target Disney line {D-signed}

Red rosette ~ made by Mama

Skinny jeans ~ Vigoss via Ross

Gray {fake suede} boots ~ Ross

On Holden:

Plaid dress shirt ~ Nordstrom

Graphic Tee ~ The Children’s Place

Jeans ~ Levi’s {slim straight} via Ross

Plaid tennies ~ Target for $3

Spikey hairs ~ Got2B “Glued” {yellow tube}

{Lloved this llama!}

I really enjoyed this place and would like to go back and spend more time.

Maybe a Sunday during football off season! 😉

Only open on Sundays between 10am and 2pm….


It’s so wonderful to think what this couple and all the volunteers do. To know that these beautiful creatures have come from unthinkable situations and are now literally eating out of our hands makes my heart so happy.

An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language ~ Martin Buber

{this trip served as our [visit local animal shelter] task on our summer to-do list}