Copy-Cat In-N-Out Burger and …

Grilling season is hear and I am thrilled about it!  My hubby and I got a new grill for Christmas last year and have been LOVING it!

I grew up in California and went back every month for a few weeks to visit once we moved to Utah.  One of the things we loved about going to California was In-N-Out!  Recently, Utah has gotten a couple of their own… but the closest one to us, really isn’t all that close.  I saw this recipe for a Copy-Cat In-N-Out and I immediatly wanted to try it out, especially for the sauce! … To me, it tastes pretty darn close to the real thing!


Copy-Cat In-N-Out Burger


By Chef in Training Published: June 1, 2012

    This burger is absolutely delicious and tastes pretty darn close to the real thing!



    1. Stir sauce ingredients together until well combined.
    2. For the bun, I butter both sides and toast it until butter melts and edges get a little crispy.
    3. Smother some sauce on bottom bun.
    4. Put on tomato slice.
    5. Place lettuce on top on top of tomato.
    6. Place patty on top of lettuce.
    7. Top the patty with onion and a little more sauce.
    8. Place on the bun top and dig in!


    recipe from: Jason’s BBQ Adventures

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    1. My husband is from Thousand Oaks, CA and were in IN. All he talks about are In and Out Burgers, Surfing, and Andy Dumps. Took me forever to figure out part of that. LOL He will be very excited over this. Thanks Bunches!!

    2. We live in Central America, and one of the things I miss most is In-n-Out!! The first thing I do when I come back to CA for a visit is go get a burger – on the way home from the airport. :) I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    3. Lydia

      We’re making these for Fathers Day today. Three generations of Dads will be here in a few hrs to enjoy a family favorite! We live in Seattle and all of us wish there was an In-n-Out in the state. Everything is good to go ( I tried the sauce and it’s spot on) . Thanks for sharing!

    4. Carrie R.

      I have always heard how good In-N-Out burgers are, but living in Florida, they are unavailable to us. So when I came across this recipe on Pinterest, I was curious enough to try to it out. Wow, if the real In-N-Out burgers taste anything like these do, I can see what all the hype is about. They were delicious! Not only did my picky, Cuban husband love them, but my 5 AND 3 year old did too. Thanks for a great recipe!!

    5. Lin

      Thanks so much! I too grew up in California and truly wish they would build here soon! Enjoy, I can’t wait to try this. Lin

    6. metta

      I really have trouble believing that there is mayonnaise in the actual recipe. I have always disliked mayonnaise and it tends to over power any recipe with it in it. I grew up on In-N-Out and I have never tasted the mayo flavor in their sauce. I could be wrong, but I have a feeling that it is actually something other than mayo…but I don’t know what it might be. i think that people assume that it is mayo because they compare it to thousand island dressing.

      • Decade

        Actually, there is mayo in the sauce. I’ve worked there for over two years now and know for sure there is mayo in there. It’s just masked with so many other flavors that you don’t notice it.

      • Firstbatwoman

        My husband hates mayo so I never told him that it’s an ingredient in the In & Out Burger sauce and now he loves it…lol And two of my friends also hated mayo & couldn’t believe it was in the sauce… You just have to keep an open mind or you’ll miss out on some of the best things in life!! I hated anchovies until I found they were in my favorite Caesar Salad Dressing recipe. I now love anchovies & a ton of other things that I never thought I’d like. Life is so much easier now that I have an open mind! YeeeHaaaa

    7. I made these burgers tonight and used your recipe for the sauce… toasted the bun… etc… without telling my husband… when he finished the burger he said “that is the best hamburger you have ever made. It tasted just like I was at In-n-Out.” So then I told him my little secret. But he totally called it! Since we live about 6 hours from the closest In-n-Out I am super grateful that you posted this!

    8. cassie

      I worked at In-N-Out for about 2 years, while I lived in CA…miss it a TON…my only problem with the recipe is that it’s missing the bun! their sweet cinnamon/sugary perfectly toasted bun makes the burger, but this will have to do! thank you for posting!!

    9. Valerie

      I grew up in Ca. and lived there until 2 1/2 yrs ago. My children and I miss In n Out so much. When we have driven back to visit we stop In Salt Lake City, Ut (closest one to us now) and quench our craving. So happy you posted this, I cant wait to try it.

      • why are” in n out burgers ”fries called animal fries? what is sprinkle on them? i have ionly had them 1 time they are wonderful need a copy cat on that too

        • Liz

          animal style fries have chopped grilled onions, cheese, and special sauce all over them. they’re one of the most amazing things i’ve ever tasted. we’ve been living in seattle for almost two years now, and there’s nothing I miss more about Ca than In N Out. :(

    10. This was the best recreation of an In-N-Out that I have had! I did a side by side comparison with the sauce recipe and the actual In-N-Out packet and it was pretty close. Main difference is the In-N-Out sauce was saltier and the pickle was more briny than sweet relish. Over all, your sauce was a little sweeter and the In-N-Out sauce was more savory. Next time I am going to not add sugar, and try out dicing up some pickle rather than relish. I may add some salt too. If anyone wants to add cheese, I recommend Velveeta over Kraft. Also, doing it as 1/8 lbs patties helps with the double double feeling. patties will seem small, but it works. I grilled on a flat plate (not over flame)and added a pinch of salt.

    11. Robin

      All the dressing is, is 1000 island. It tastes great, and I love how this recipe shows you how to make it. Once you make thousand island from scratch, you will never ever buy it in a bottle ever again. It is deeeelish.