Secret Of The In-N-Out Burger Revealed?

A chef at NYC restaurant Lure claims he’s uncovered the secret of what makes the burgers at West Coast burger joint In-N-Out burger so tasty.

According to Josh Capon, he snuck backstage at an In-N-Out during a trip to Las Vegas and picked up some tips that he now uses on the burger he serves at Lure.

The key, says Capon is this: After you throw the patty on the grill, slather the uncooked side with Dijon mustard before you flip it. He says that the mustard flavor will cook off, but the process enhances the flavor of the beef.

If anyone tries this over the weekend, feel free to let us know the results.

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Lure’s Josh Capon Knows the Secret to the In-N-Out Burger [NBC New York]

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  1. KitChamp says:

    I hope he’s wrong, simply because I don’t want to know how In-n-Out is so tasty. I want to believe it’s magic.

    It’s magic, you guys.

    • evilrobot says:

      it’s like i’ve been told there is no santa. i wish i never clicked on this thread.

      it is magic, isn’t it?

      /rocks uncontrollably in the corner/

    • nbs2 says:

      It’s not magic. It’s love.

      • Villnius says:

        Dude, we’re talking about a fast food burger cooked by minimum wage earners. It’s not love. It’s pure hatred and disdain that enhances the flavor here.

        • Jeremy says:

          In-N-Out has the highest starting wages in the fast-food industry (usually 9-10/hr) and managers can earn up to six figures. That’s why the employees are always so cheerful and fast. If only every employer had the same respect for their workers.

          • s73v3r says:

            They’re also not only consistently among the tops in service and burger quality, but in overall business performance for small restaurant chains.

        • jhuang says:

          Actually some of my friends used to work at In and Out, and they were paid fairly well (something like $9-10 an hour?). Though they grew to hate smelling like french fries day in and day out. Maybe that’s where they got their name..

        • jake.valentine says:

          The In-N-Out starts at $10 an hour near me. I would have killed for that as a teenager, even when considering the relative timeline. That company goes above and beyond to set a good example for a business. Your assumptions are wrong in this case.

  2. cloudedknife says:

    lol wut? afaik that’s just part of making an animal style burger.

    animal style: patty fried in mustard, topped with grilled onions and cheese

    seems odd to mention the mustard in only one of their ‘secret’ menu items.

    • PatrickIs2Smart says:

      Agreed. Mustard is only on the animal style burger. The secret of In-N-Out is freshness… Quality you can taste, as they would say.

    • twophrasebark says:

      The reason In-N-Out burgers taste so good is that the beef is never frozen and is delivered fresh everyday. Also no burgers are prepared in advance – ever. You order it, they cook it.

      The end.

      No magic mustard required.

      You would think other chains might copy these simple ideas but it’s expensive and they figure they can get away with less. Which is why In-N-Out tastes better.

      • WayneB says:

        You mean no other chains such as Five Guys?

        • Hands says:

          I’ve eaten there twice. First time because I heard so much about it. Second time to confirm my first-time experience. There won’t be a third time. It’s OK but that’s all. If I’m gonna eat chain hamburgers it’ll be Beef O’ Bradys.

          • YouDidWhatNow? says:

            You are weird. I can’t imagine anyone not thinking that In-n-Out is one of the very best fast-food burgers in the world.

          • mandy_Reeves says:

            I am thinking of trekking cross country to go to in n out! I hear so so so many positive reviews.

            • zibby says:

              Don’t bother. It’s just a very good fast food burger with a little mythmaking thrown in. Remember wehn you couldn’t get Coors in all parts of the country and people thought it was some great thing? Same deal. If you have a decent pub near you, their burger is probably going to be better.

        • twophrasebark says:

          Yes, Five Guys also uses fresh beef but I do not know if they also select, process and grind the beef themselves as In-N-Out does in their own plant.

          I like Five Guys but in my opinion it doesn’t match In-N-Out.

          • megafly says:

            Every single ingredient that 5 guys sells is selected by corporate. If you open a franchise you have to agree to only use approved ingredients. They only have one bakery that makes approved 5 guys buns and they airfreight them to franchisees rather than have stale buns or unapproved local buns.

        • djlotus says:

          Five Guys is good but still pales in comparison to In-N-Out. They do make a damn fine burger though.

      • cowboyesfan says:

        After years of eating at McDonalds, people are amazed by the taste of non-frozen and freshly cooked burgers.

  3. Mike says:

    OK, I’m just going to say it. I never really understood why people go so crazy for In-and-Out burgers. I’ve had them, and they are fine fast food burgers, but there was nothing about them that really stood out to me. And I go out of my way to try as many burger places as I can all over the country, my love for beef is disturbing. But In-and-Out really never did it for me.

    • Im Just Saying says:

      IN AND OUT doesn’t live up to the hype, but that doesn’t stop me from ravenously planning my entire Vegas vacation around getting there at least once. It’s a factor of their reputation (being a part of the In&Out experience), and the fact that they aren’t exactly on every street corner.

      • Geotpf says:

        They *are* on every street corner-in greater Southern California, that is (that is, also including parts of NorCal, Arizona, and Nevada).

        • cromartie says:

          I’m from Michigan, and I’d take In and Out over any other burger chain in the country. Five Guys does nothing for me, personally.

    • brado says:

      Please, Sir, leave the internet and never return.

    • TheGreySpectre says:

      I find that they are better then any other fast food burgers I have had…but they are still just fast food burgers. I would much rather go out to eat at somewhere that is not fast food.

    • bethSMASH says:

      I completely agree. I enjoy that they are pretty inexpensive and the milkshakes are thick, but I don’t think that the food is as amazing as everyone says.

    • tbax929 says:

      Agreed. We finally got a few locations here, and I’m unimpressed. I failed to see what the big deal was.

    • Bativac says:

      I have to agree with you. Tried one when we visited California this past February and I wasn’t impressed.

      It was the same when my wife raved about Whataburger. They finally opened a few here and I didn’t understand the appeal. Give me a Loop-n-Cheddar any day.

      • Mike says:

        Whataburger makes killer chicken strips with cream gravy and toast. Order that if you have to go again.

    • veronykah says:

      I’m with you. Never got it, apparently never will.
      I’d rather go to Wendy’s or BK if I’m getting a burger.
      There is an In-n-Out near my apt and the smell emanating from that place is pretty gross, gives me flashbacks to White Castle.
      There’s always a line of cars around the block though.

    • Duke_Newcombe-Making children and adults as fat as pigs says:

      SHUN THE NON-BELIEVERS…..SHUN!!!….SHUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNN….

    • craptastico says:

      i feel the same way about Sonic. they’re fine, but at most a half step up from Wendys and nothing to get excited for. and they’re tater tots were soggy, which to me should be a crime punishable by lashings

      • Mike says:

        I rarely eat at Sonic, maybe once every three or four years. I always get the tater tots and let me tell you, if they ever served me a soggy one we would have a MAJOR problem. Lashings would be a light punishment.

    • mythago says:

      1) Their stuff is made fresh.

      2) By fast-food standards, they treat their employees amazingly well.

      I still miss Burgerville though.

      • BacteriaEP says:

        I love Burgerville. As a current Portlander, and a former Los Angelino, I have a hard time figuring out which I prefer.

        That said, I will say that Burgerville is pretty expensive compared to In N Out, so maybe it wins on that basis.

      • Anaxamenes says:

        I miss In and Out burger, how about I’ll give you one of our burgervilles if you give me one of your in and out burgers!

    • defectiveburger says:

      Totally agreed. In-n-out’s never done it for me. Sucks in that I’ve been alienated from eating out w/ family and friends b/c I don’t lust over the stuff like they do, but meh. I’d rather eat good food anyway :)

    • emt888 says:

      I’m with you! Give me a Five Guys or a Culver’s (if I’m in the midwest) any day of the week.

      • Mike says:

        Yeah, given the choice between In-N-Out and a Culver’s ButterBurger, I would take the ButterBurger every time.

      • Awesome McAwesomeness says:

        Five Guys is another overrated burger joint. Their burgers are far too greasy and make me feel sick. We have a local burger chain called Jake’s that beat anyone out of the ballpark.

      • Buckus says:

        Tried Five Guys as they recently opened a joint in my state. I think they need to add a few guys. Burgers were ok, fries were better, but overall, a meh experience. BK Whoppers have more flavor in them.

    • lennox11432 says:

      Couldn’t agree more. Burger Joint and Corner Bistro, hell even Good Burger, here in New York are miles above In N’ Out….

    • Big Mama Pain says:

      Yeah, I always chalked this love fest up with the tendency for people to romanticize things that came from their region. I freaking LOVE Dunkin Donuts, but it is more like a cultural thing-their coffee and donuts downright blow. I think of In and Out in the same way. Plus, Californians think their shit is better than everyone else’s ; P

      • Mike says:

        “Californians think their shit is better than everyone else’s”

        I couldn’t agree more. Just don’t tell my friends and family that I think this about them, it’ll be our secret.

      • TheCorporateGeek Says Common Sense Is The Key says:

        Actually, I’m not a Californian and I love In-N-Out burgers.

        I do know that they are opening one in Garland Texas very soon as well.

        They are great burgers and their fries can’t be beat!

        Although I do agree that Californians think their shit is better than anyone else’s…But then again……they don’t even know how to run their own state…….

    • dg says:

      Ummm, I’ve only had them once and I can’t wait to get back to Vegas so I can get them again. The bun tastes GOOD, the meat tastes like real meat, the fries are just freekin’ excellent and the shakes are fabulous… PLUS, (and this is the kicker) – I don’t get a sick feeling after eating their fare.

      Contrast with McDonalds: 30 mins after eating, I’m in the loo… and an hour later – I feel sleepy.
      Contrast with BK: 30 mins after eating – you don’t want to be around me for a few days…
      Contrast with Wendy’s: 30 mins after eating, you feel sluggish as all hell..

      Maybe it’s the grease they use, maybe the quality of meat – I don’t know. But the food is great, and the staff is friendly…

    • Chaosium says:

      Agreed. I heard the obsession over them, and they are good burgers! Buuuuut I don’t think they’re obsessionworthy. I’d like it if one opened up in Washington, but I’d prefer it if there was a White Castle/Krystal :p

      • jake.valentine says:

        Your reply sounded like a rational personal opinion, until you mentioned White Castle. that place is on par with McDonalds, not In-N-Out.

    • verdegrrl says:

      Thank you! I’ve tried In-N-Out many times, and I just don’t understand the appeal. Yes, the patty is nice and beefy, but the bun is mealy, the fries limp and mushy even when ordered extra-well, the shakes hopelessly thick and gloppy.

      There are some excellent Mom&Pop burger shops to be found most places. I’d rather patronize those.

  4. segfault, registered cat offender says:

    In-N-Out burgers are people!

  5. EtherealFlame says:

    Law suit in 3….2….1….

    • brotheryang says:

      i was just thinking the same thing

    • ludwigk says:

      On what grounds trade secret? In-n-Out does not take reasonable steps to ensure the secrecy of their methods. The kitchen is in plain view to people waiting for their food, and the particular preparation that he refers to, Animal Style, is described as “a mustard cooked beef patty” right on their website! http://www.in-n-out.com/secretmenu.asp

      If you go to In n Out, and ask “what’s animal style?”, they’ll say, “grilled mustard. We take mustard, and put it on the burger and grill it.”

    • teh says:

      In-n-out also has a superb public image and I’m quite sure they would think twice before threatening that image. I go to In-n-out because it’s tasty, made of real food, and inexpensive — that’s not going to change because some NY chef thinks he knows the (rather open) “secret.”

  6. Oranges w/ Cheese says:

    Eww.. Just what I don’t want on my burger – burnt mustard.

  7. Andy says:

    So, he steals a patented (I assume) recipe that the InNOut guys are probably sworn to secrecy, then uses it in his own recipe for profit… how is this not illegal again?

    Granted I think it would GREATLY benefit the east coast to have something akin to in-n-out, but…

    You can get In-n-out with mustard in the patty, I don’t know what it’s called, and maybe he saw one of these burgers being made, but I suspect this isn’t common with in-n-out’s standard burgers.

    • Andy says:

      Animal Style, thanks cloudedknife. Animal style also comes with pickles and extra sauce I think. FYI, in-n-out pickles are amazing. Gotta ask for them though.

    • John Meacham says:

      recipes are not patentable in general, and even if they were, patenting them would not be a wise thing to do. patenting something means not only that your protection expires, but that you have to make the full recipe public giving others wanting to create something similar a good starting point. You are much better off keeping a recipe as a trade secret. Then it is protected forever, but if it gets leaked or someone independently invents it, you are SOL.

      That said, frying in mustard is not a secret, it is just one of the standard steps of making an animal style burger. Just ask what animal style means and they will tell you. So it isn’t even a trade secret.

    • Santas Little Helper says:

      I hardly see how this is patented. Their process is entirely transparent (part of the reason for their success). You can see exactly how they cool them in the drive through.

      I think their recipe is horrendous levels of salt with pepper and the festering grease on their grills from the millions of burgers that they’ve made on them.

      • ludwigk says:

        Transparency is not a bar to patentability, in fact, “enabling disclosure” is a requirement of a patent. You must divulge enough information such that a reasonably skilled practitioner in the art (here a line cook) could reproduce the invention without undue experimentation. You may be thinking of Trade Secret.

        @John Meacham: Recipes are patentable, but I agree with your analysis. In n Out has been around for ~80 years, and any patent on their burgers would have expired long ago. Or, they would have missed the statutory period in which to patent their invention. If they cared, trade secret would be the way to go.

    • adamstew says:

      You can’t patent or copyright a recipe. There are no legal ramifications for the man, except for maybe trespass in their kitchen.

      • SabreDC says:

        Sure you can. You can patent just about any process. A recipe is no different than a process on an assembly line.

        There are currently about 3,000 patents listed in the USPTO search for food cooking processes. Recipes can be patented as either the ingredients or the method for cooking them. The problem is that most edible ingredients have already been mixed and regardless of what we do, chances are that someone has done it before.

        • ludwigk says:

          A recipe is WAY different from a process for the purposes of patentability. For a recipe to be patentable as a process, it must be novel, non-obvious, and have utility. Not all recipes will meet these requirements. It’s not just the large amount of prior art out there (speaking to novelty), but obviousness and utility are also steep hurdles for most recipes.

          A recipe could also conceivably be patented as a composition of matter.

          • dg says:

            Ummm, not so much any more folks. Read up on the recent US Sup Ct. case in re: Bikski

            Also, the problem with patenting a recipe is that they’d have to disclose how to make it in the patent! This kinda gives away your secret to the competition. That’s why you keep it secret and don’t tell anyone. It’s called a “Trade Secret” (e.g. coke recipe). You make your employees sign a confidentiality agreement and if there’s something in your sauce that you consider really secret, then you create tubs of it that they slather on, but you don’t tell them what’s in it. Maybe 2 or 3 people know the “secret” and you pay them enough that they won’t tell…

            If the secret does get stolen – then you sue the crap out of everyone involved before it’s released – you get an injunction. If it’s out – then you can sue for damages, but basically you’re screwed.

            I doubt very much that it’s simply mustard.

            Walking in the back – I’d have him arrested and banned from the restaurants. And that’d be anyone who didn’t work there…. Trade secrets aside – who wants some moron slipping on a french fry and putting his arm in the fryer?

    • whoomee says:

      How about we trade you 1 In and Out (heck we can even throw in a Tommy’s) for 1 White Castle? It is not all about the hamburger…. It is the frys too.

    • SlappyWhite says:

      Really? You think this is illegal? LMAO.
      I can just picture the cops showing up in some guys yard, and arresting some poor guy grilling, and charging him with unlawful grilling of a burger.

    • WillieTime says:

      Food companies don’t patent their recipes (though they could) because it would then become public via the USPTO. The tradeoff of a patent is a short-term monopoly for long-term public knowledge. If you knew the Coke recipe and didn’t obtain it by illegal means, you could definitely sell that product. You just couldnt call it Coke.

      Marketing studies show that people tend to be loyal to Coke or Pepsi, but those same people can’t tell the difference in taste tests….so selling Coke as something other than Coke is pointless. Just like selling a burger that is identical to In N Out wouldnt dent their business since you are not In N Out. Really, there cant be a real difference between In N Out, 5 guys and just about half the ‘real’ burger restaurants in the country.

    • edosan says:

      That’s not something you can “patent.”

    • Concat says:

      It’s called a trade secret. Not a patent.

  8. OutPastPluto says:

    I was always much more impressed by the fries and the fact that you could actually see them in the kitchen being fresh cut.

    • dorianh49 says:

      order them lightly well done. I ask for extra salt, too. Either way, lightly well done is the only way I order my In-N-Out fries, now. mmmmmmmm

  9. SaraFimm says:

    And what about those people who are allergic to (Dijon) mustard?

    • Smashville says:

      Well, this should help weed them out.

    • snarkysniff says:

      I’m pretty sure he is wrong anyway. I’m fairly certain the flavor comes from all the lard they slather on the cooktop (see if you can catch a view of the kitchen that shows the bins above the prep area there are large blocks of lard.. what else would they be using that for besides slathering the cooktop?

    • Chaosium says:

      They stop eating where places where mustard is served, if they’re actually “allergic”.

  10. satoru says:

    I usually put on some italian dressing on the non-cooked side when I cook burgers. They turn out pretty good :)

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      My mom used to do that with round steak. She marinated it in the dressing for a while before cooking. Yummmmmm.

  11. Tim says:

    So he’s admitting to trespass and possibly patent infringement? Awesome.

  12. sirwired says:

    Now if only their fries could be as good as their burgers. Their fries are a lesson in how NOT to cook fresh-cut fries. They aren’t rinsed, and they are only fried once. Blech… they need to take lessons from Five Guys.

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      Yes!
      I’ll eat an In N’ Out burger, but I hate those fries with an unbridled passion.
      They taste like those pik-nik fries.

    • suedehead4 says:

      They taste like the bottom of an ashtray.

    • formatc says:

      +1 for mentioning Five Guys. Now I want a hamburger all the way and some cajun fries.

    • roguemarvel says:

      you can order then double fried if you want. and yuck on five guys…their fries are way too greasy
      The only way to order fries at in n out is animal style anyway

      • Capta76 says:

        Agreed, although I ask them to leave the spread off the fries – so I’m essentially getting the fries double fried w/ grilled onions…

        It’s not my favorite burger joint – Squeeze Inn in Sacramento has that privilege – but an animal style burger and fries is pretty damn good at 130am. Plus the ingrediants are very fresh and they really do treat their employees well – especially for a fast food chain.

      • sirwired says:

        I’ve gotten them double-fried before. They got dried out through and through. A proper fry is crispy on the outside, moist on the inside, with solid potato flavor. The single-frying of the In n Out fries means the outside doesn’t get cooked enough and the fries are flavorless. If you get them double-fried, the interior gets overcooked and since the oil isn’t hot enough, they STILL don’t have that nice fried taste.

        Proper fries start with a low-temp fry to cook the interior. Then Cooling. And then a high-temp fry to crisp up and enhance the taste of the exterior. There’s a reason ALL frozen fries are fried once already; because there is more to a fry than just a stick of potato.

      • zibby says:

        If you have to put all that crap on fries (animal style) then you’re doing it wrong.

    • Kris says:

      I just tried Five Guys today for the first time ever – their fries were AMAZING.

    • Kris says:

      I just tried Five Guys today for the first time ever – their fries were AMAZING.

  13. JayDeEm says:

    3×3 Spread & Grilled Onions Only
    Animal Fries

    (I don’t do this often.. maybe a couple of times a year)

    /nom

    Mustard part is not a secret as others have pointed out… it’s Animal Style

  14. swarrior216 says:

    I keep hearing good things about In-N-Out burger that I want to try it. Guess they will never come the Florida or the East coast for that matter.

  15. B-Rad says:

    Go to innout.com, skip the intro, click on menu, click on “NOT SO SECRET MENU”. Now all of you too can find the secrets to In-N-Out! Obviously this guy knows nothing about In-N-Out if he thinks there are any secrets over there. Amazing.

  16. GreatWhiteNorth says:

    I thought Bender was cooking at In-n-Out and was using his secret potion… 100% with LSD.

  17. Hitchcock says:

    This is called Animal Style. Its not how all the burgers are cooked, it is however a popular variation.

    http://www.in-n-out.com/secretmenu.asp

  18. anime_runs_my_life says:

    In-N-Out is good because it’s good. I love ‘em. Their site says there’s a location out here, but I’m doubtful because the location is in an extremely bad part of town.

    • Capta76 says:

      Every In-n-Out I’ve ever seen (So-Cal local here) is right off a freeway entrance/exit –

      ….get in and out (pun intended) quick and back on the freeway and haul ass home… careful though, if you don’t time it right, you’ll be in a nice long line

  19. BillyShears says:

    I firmly believe that people in CA love this place because it’s Made In California, and everyone else likes it because the chain is so small and inaccessible and therefore has a built-in mystique. Kind of like Chick-Fil-A, except the food doesn’t live up to the hype.

    I lived in CA for years, gave In ‘n’ Out multiple tries. All I tasted was an overdone burger buried in Russian-esque dressing. I’ve come to the conclusion that people go there because of ZOMG secret menu, I can’t fathom how the food is defined as anything resembling “good.”

    • johnmc says:

      I think most of us like it because it’s fresh and of a higher quality than most of the other fast food available.

      • Rayon Fog says:

        Yes.

        One thing about In-N-Out is that it ain’t the arches – it will always be better, but it can be somewhat inconsistent from restaurant to restaurant. Still, I’ve been to dozens of them and never once had an overcooked burger with too much Russian. Yeah, there are many better burgers out there (Unami, Pie-N-Burger, Matt’s Bar, Chris Madrid’s, etc), but the entire In-N-Out package of fresh ingredients, awesome fries, and (relatively) quick service is pretty tough to beat.

        And I love that this dude thinks he’s discovered something when all he’s done is reveal something that has been available for years on the secret menu.

    • DingoAndTheBaby says:

      Yes! Thank you! I’m from California and NEVER could understand the obsession with In-N-Out. I don’t think they’re even marginally good. They taste DIFFERENT from other fast food joints, for sure, but I wouldn’t say better. But you’re so correct: it’s as if people from California like it because it’s from California…and people from outside California like it for the novelty of it (like the limited menu and “fresh” ingredients) and don’t let actual taste be a factor in determining brand loyalty.

    • kaltkalt says:

      Absolutely. It was so hyped I couldn’t believe it when I finally tried one. Far inferior to Whataburger and with Whataburger I don’t have to have Jesus-licking bible quotes all over my food, ruining my appetite. But the fact that In and Out is run by a jesus cult does not influence affect my opinion of the quality of their food, because Chick-fil-a is also run by a wacky jesus cult and I love Chick-fil-a’s food, best fried chicken sandwich ever.

      The only reason people like in and out is because it’s a small chain which means so many people don’t have access to it, and it has the clever “secret menu” so it makes people feel like they know something others don’t, which always makes EVERYTHING taste better. Nothing is more delicious than a secret, which can make a sub-standard greasy burger, with those horrendously uncrispy greasy dark soggy french fries In and Out serves (unlike the wonderfully jesus-crunchy waffle fries chick-fil-a has), taste like something amazing.

      I’ll take a Whataburger of an In and Out burger any day. And you can get a far better burger from Fuddruckers in any strip shopping center in America.

    • zibby says:

      Heh, I’ve got a friend from California that loves this place so much that I really had to hide my disappointment when we finally went to one. He loves this place so much he’ll say it’s better than places he’s never eaten at.

  20. Thyme for an edit button says:

    I don’t eat beef so I am stuck ordering a grilled cheese sandwich if I am with a group that wants to go there. It’s a pretty decent grilled cheese sandwich though.

    I like looking for the bible citations printed on the containers and cups.

  21. Norvy says:

    At my In-N-Out, you can see the grill from the dining area. This hardly rises to the level of corporate espionage.

  22. Bativac says:

    I wanted to mention that I appreciate the Clockwork Orange tag. That was pretty damn clever.

  23. Jerem43 says:

    East coast – Five Guys.

    Fresh burgers from fresh ground beef and fresh cut and cooked fries.

    I’m hooked and I manage a BK

  24. Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

    I think he’s wrong about it.

    For ‘fast food’ In-n-Out is really slow.

  25. Paladin_11 says:

    Wait a minute… The Lure in NYC serves food? My they’ve changed since I was last there.

    ;-)

  26. Chaluapman says:

    Ummm, duh? I’ve been doing this to porkchops and hamburgers for years. Besides, it’s not a secret, it’s posted on the website.

  27. Gladeye says:

    I don’t think In-n-Out is mind-blowingly good, BUT they use fresh ingredients, have a simple menu so food is prepared quickly and by the order, and their prices are fairly cheap. As an added bonus, their employees are consistently cheery and friendly, but not in a creepy Disneyland kind of way.

    A fun fact – The owners of In-n-Out are devout Christians and they discreetly include bible passage references printed in some of their packaging. Look under your cup the next time you go there and along the rim you’ll see John 3:16 or something similar.

    • JKulp42757 says:

      Interesting….so two of the best fast food chains (In-N-Out for burgers & Chik-Fil-A for chicken sandwiches), are both Christian owned. Most Christians (other than Catholic) don’t drink, and a lot of people say because of that we head to food….I believe it.

      • megafly says:

        “Most Christians don’t drink”?!?!

        Go to almost any bar in the U.S. on Friday night and start asking people their religion.

  28. sheriadoc says:

    Sounds like Animal Style to me. Just moved to CA and quite enjoy In-N-Out. I’ve only been there maybe five times, but they never get your order wrong. In fact, once they gave me an extra fries by accident. What fast food joint makes an error in the customer’s favor? I tried Jack in the Box once and they pretty much got my entire order wrong even though I was the only customer there.

  29. HogwartsProfessor says:

    I’m dying to try it. Next time I’m out there I will. We have a Culver’s here I think, and I need to try that too. But it will have to wait until I go to Target, as it’s right next door. I don’t go to the south end of town unless I have more than one thing to do down there. Too much traffic/wastes gas.

  30. joel. says:

    If you order Animal Style that’s what they do. Pretty sure that’s not standard practice on their normal burger though.

  31. b612markt says:

    In-N-Out is good, but nothing beats a Whataburger.

  32. ilikemoney says:

    Whataburger > In n Out. I had to say it.

  33. AoE says:

    Hahahahaha! Oh, New Yorkers, you’ll never be able to replicate delicious Cali burgers if you do it like that.

  34. denros says:

    This is pretty crazy, I’ve been experimenting with different hamburger recipes / techniques and stumbled across something similar, except I actually mix the mustard in the ground beef before I form the patties. I also usually toss some chopped garlic in there… either way the result has made this a regular practice for me.

  35. lakecountrydave says:

    This guy considers himself a professional chef, and he needs to learn to cook a burger at a fast food joint. Plus, he seems thrilled with himself for copying the idea to put mustard on the burger while it’s cooking. I do not think that I would enjoy the culinary experience at Lure.

  36. DanGarion says:

    The only In n Out burger that has mustard in the cooking process is the animal style burger. They don’t do anything like this on the normal burger, and it’s regular ol mustard not dijon…

  37. joycecarolgoats says:

    wow, that sounds so delicious! who wants to make one for me???

  38. LHH says:

    The “chef” is an idiot. It is no secret. That burger at In-and-Out is called “animal style”.

    http://www.in-n-out.com/secretmenu.asp

    What an assclown.

  39. Not Again says:

    I live out here in the west coast, and while their burgers are good, and much better than McD’s, burger king, Wendy’s or most any of the other major chains, I never thought they were what everyone here made it out to be. It’s more the novelty of it all. The name of the chain and the story of how good it is that is constantly told to others, makes everyone psychologically think it’s the best. The only Chain I think would be better than In-and-Out, and this is a personal thing, is Carl’s Jr. their “Six Dollar Burger” Menu items are great.

  40. aen says:

    I first tried an In-and-Out after years of Five Guys bliss. What I was presented with was a dry, thin patty with tons of lettuce. The fries reminded me of potato sticks that come in a can.

    It was a busy time of day, so maybe that had something to do with it. I’ll need to go again to see if I can pin down all the fuss.

    • justjoe says:

      In-N-Out definitely is NOT Five Guys. I introduced Five Guys to some Los Angeles based friends and one friend made references on how it was similar to In-N-Out.

      Fast forward a few years and I make my first trip to LA. First stop: In-N-Out. Shoestring fries and thin patties.

      I can walk to the nearest In-N-Out. I drive 35-40 miles to go to Five Guys, instead.

  41. iSleipnir says:

    I don’t eat burgers that often, but if I’m craving one, I’d rather head to the local brewpub. The one in town makes their burgers from painted hills beef and you can get them topped with burbon grilled onions! Yum!

  42. OnePumpChump says:

    Mix a little yellow mustard into your hamburger patty. It’s great.

  43. TVGenius says:

    NEWS FLASH: East Coast chef figures out the secret of the Animal style burgers that everyone out West has known for years. Yawn.

  44. jake.valentine says:

    As much as California gets under my skin politically, In-N-Out is easily the best burger joint out there. Five Guys is worthy of mention, but those of you who talk about White Castle and Whataburger……seriously?!? Those places are in the same class as McDonalds.

  45. LasVegasEnvy says:

    Okay people, I dont usually comment on things but since I live in Las vegas and love In-n-out Burger here’s the deal. Nothing at In-n-out is ever frozen, EVER. ALL of the vegetables, ALL of the bread products, All of the dairy products, ALL of the meat, is brought in daily from local producers. That means there will never ever be an In-n-out Burger further east than Utah. Their headquarters are here in the west and In-n-out Burger is privately owned. The only people with stock or an option to buy stock are family members or employees. Its a great place to eat and one of the greatest companys you’ll never own stock in, unless of course you get a job there.

  46. anonyname says:

    @HogwartsProfessor – don’t waste your time with Culver’s; they’re really greasy. The Five Guys by Home Depot is good, or try the new SmashBurger by the high school in the northwest part of town (if my guess is correct!).

  47. golddigger says:

    I’m not surprised at the mustard trick. My husband coats steak with mustard before grilling it. (He also salts it 20 minutes before cooking.) Everyone who has ever had one of his steaks has changed to cooking them with mustard.

  48. smo0 says:

    I had In and Out last night….

    but I don’t eat red meat so I had a grilled cheese with animal style fries…. I’d still go there – their fries are AWESO-!

  49. dwasifar says:

    Eww, did someone barf on those fries?

  50. pencotron says:

    This is a secret? Dude, everybody knows this. The problem is that it can never be duplicated at the house – trust me – I have tried!

  51. teke367 says:

    I’ve had In-N-Out Burger once, didn’t even know it was a big deal until I returned home from California. I know being there one time doesn’t make me an expert, but I wasn’t impressed that much. Sure, it was nice to eat a burger that didn’t taste like McDonalds/Burger King, etc, but I didn’t think it was anything to write home about.

    It wasn’t that busy (most of the tables were filled, but not all, maybe 3 to 4 people in each line) but the staff couldn’t handle it. This was in L.A. and I imagine one of the busier locations.

    Definitely a decent place, but if the wait is like that all the time, not worth the frustration.

  52. Verdant Pine Trees says:

    Let’s see:

    1) In n’ Out has mice print on their cups and bags that feature Biblical text. You don’t even see it unless you randomly read the bottom of your cup.

    2) Whataburger has gigantic painted slogans on all their windows about God and the United States:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rustyboxcars/2709402985/

    But you refer to In n’ Out, not Whataburger, as being a Christian culty kind of place?

    • Clogtowner says:

      I quit them 2 years ago when I found out they were pushing their religion on to me. Preach not lest thou be preached at!

  53. SlappyFrog says:

    I think Mr. Capon didn’t realize he was watching them prepare an ‘animal style’ burger.