Monday, April 15, 2013

Recipe: In-N-Out Animal Style Cheeseburger

Now that warm weather is finally here, it's time to flee the kitchen for the comforts of outdoor dining. And what's better to eat on your patio than a juicy burger? We  at Adventurous Tastes love a good burger and have tried a variety of recipes over the years (the ultimate cookout menulamb & beef burger, grind-your-own brisket burgers). But I think we might retire other recipes because we have found the definitive cheeseburger. It's so good that we've had it at least 3 times in the last month or so, and the Mr. can't even bear the idea of cooking burgers any other way.

This recipe is a copycat of the In-N-Out Double Double Animal Style Burger, courtesy of Buns in My Oven, who in turn based her posting on this thorough experimentation from Serious Eats by J. Kenzi Lopez-Alt . It is in a word, epic. It's nothing fancy, just ground beef, cheese, American cheese, onions and special sauce on a bun. Each bite is a messy, glorious taste sensation. Despite being two patties, I can easily polish off one of these in mere moments. Last time we made them, the Mr. accidentally made the burgers too big, and I still ate it in under 5 minutes. It's just that good.

So if you're an east coaster with nary an In-and-Out in sight, fret no more. You too can enjoy the bliss that is an In-N-Out burger from the comfort of your own home. Never experienced In-N-Out? First off, get yourself to the west coast post-haste. When the Mr. and I head to wine country, we always make a pit stop at In-N-Out right after the airport. They have a not-so-secret menu, and one of the options is Animal Style, which include pickles, extra sauce, grilled onions, and mustard fried onto each hamburger patty. This recipe does a pretty darn good job of replicating the original. You can thank me later.
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