The next time you want to treat yourself, do it at home by making this Copycat In-N-Out Burger® Recipe with all the classic flavors of your favorite fast food chain.
If you’ve visited California or know a Californian, then you’ve most likely heard of In-N-Out. The fast food burger joint is one of the prized creations of the golden state, and any Californian you meet will speak about it like the devoted fan they are. This fast food joint has created an almost cult-like following and is always marked down as one of the first tourist stops for anyone visiting the state. It also helps that there’s an In-N-Out every 10 miles in many parts of the state.
So what makes an In-N-Out burger so special? Many tourists wonder what’s so extraordinary about a fast food chain offering hamburgers and cheeseburgers. Especially when there are a sea of restaurants and other fast food establishments that offer the same. Once you try this Copycat In-N-Out Burger Recipe you will understand what all the hype is about!
Copycat In-N-Out Burger Recipe
Well, unless you’ve had an In-N-Out burger, it’s hard to describe just what’s so fabulous about the burger. Is it the perfectly toasted bun? Is it the “secret” sauce they spread on the inside of the burger? Or maybe it’s the thin, yet fatty patty that they include in the center? Die-hard fans of the fast food joint will you tell it’s all of the above. Most people will agree it’s the perfect combination of those ingredients, and the perfect ratio of each.
In an effort to share the In-N-Out love with everyone across the nation, we attempted to recreate this famous burger at home and have shared the recipe here. While a knockoff will never be the real deal, this Copycat In-N-Out Burger Recipe comes pretty close. Whether you like your onions grilled or not, or you want to double stack this burger to make it the famous In-N-Out “double double”, that’s your choice. In any case, we definitely recommend switching it up by swapping out your usual burger for this California gem.
- 1/2 lb ground beef (73/27)
- Salt and pepper for beef
- 4 hamburger buns (potato or brioche are preferable)
- 4 iceberg leaves
- 4 slices of tomato
- 4 slices of onion
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 teaspoon pickle juice
- Unsalted butter, for the pan
- Divide the ground beef into 4 pieces. Shape each piece into a round ball, then flatten into a very thin patty. Try to flatten the patty as much as you can without it breaking apart. Sprinkle a small pinch of salt and pepper over both sides of each patty.
- Warm a large, non-stick pan over high heat. Add the patties to the pan and turn the heat down to medium-high. Cook patties on one side for about 2 minutes, just until it begins to char, then flip over and cook for another minute or so. The patties are thin so they don't need too long to cook through.
- Butter a separate pan, and toast the burger buns in this pan for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, until they're slightly crisp and warm.
- In a small bowl, whisk the mayo, ketchup and pickle juice together to combine. Smear this spread over the bottom half of each burger bun. Place a warm patty on top of the spread. Layer the iceberg leaves, tomato, and onion over each patty, then top with the remaining bun.
Home Chef Tip: To turn these into cheeseburgers, simply add a slice of cheddar cheese to each patty after you've flipped them over to cook on the second side. The cheese will melt onto the patties.
If you want to make your burger experience even better, try this easy recipe for homemade burger buns.
We hope you love this Copycat In-N-Out Burger Recipe from SoFabFood Contributor, Beeta from Mon Petit Four, as much as we do. If you love this recipe, you can find more like it by checking out our Burger recipes so you always have a fun dinner recipe on hand. Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter so that you never miss a single recipe, and for daily recipe inspiration, like us on Facebook and follow us on Pinterest. Enjoy!