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Easy Gourmet Burgers In-N-Out Style
When you love the flavor of In-N-Out Burger but want to keep it up a notch and impress a party--give these a shot. The subtleties in this ingredient list will leave everyone thinking you spent two years in culinary school to perfect this.
Gourmet-Style In-N-Out Burger
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
SPECIAL SAUCE
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
SPECIAL SAUCE
Gourmet-Style In-N-Out Burger
Instructions
  1. Peel and mince your garlic. Using the flat side of your knife, smash and juice the garlic to form somewhat of a paste. In a medium-sized bowl, add ground beef and smashed garlic.
  2. The key to a great tasting burger is THIN beef patties. Mix the meet and garlic by hand and form into patties--each one approximately 3-3.5" in diameter and about 1/3" thick. NOTE: Once heated, the patties WILL shrink on the sides and thicken up in the middle, so don't be afraid if your patties seem a little too thin at first.
  3. Peel and slice sweet onions horizontally, no more than 1/2" in thickness. Pop out each layer of the onion in each slice (almost like onion rings). Wash tomatoes, slice horizontally to be about the same size as your onion slices.
  4. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Simultaneously, heat a pan over medium-high heat. Add 3 tablespoons of butter and melt in pan. Once melted, add your onion ring slices and sautée until onions are soft, fragrant, and slightly browned (about 5-7 minutes). Remove from pan and let rest off to the side.
  5. In the same pan, add some olive oil and heat until shimmering. Add hamburger patties. Flip once bottom is cooked and browned, about 5 minutes. Cook the other side of the patty. Once about 90% cooked through (about 10 minutes total), add slices of cheese (I prefer Tillamook) and cover the frying pan with a lid for 2-3 minutes, allowing cheese to melt.
  6. While cheese is melting on your hamburger patties, place the buns crust side down on a baking sheet and slightly toast in the oven for 3-5 minutes, being careful not to burn.
  7. In a small bowl, combine whole grain dijon mustard, mayonnaise, honey, and salt. Spread a layer on the inside portion of the top and bottom half of each bun. Build your burger by adding the patty, tomato slice, grilled onions, and arugula. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Growing up with my family in Arizona & California, In-N-Out has always played a role in my life. To this day, I will personally fight anyone who tries to tell me there's a better, more simple burger out there in the world. In-N-Out already solved the puzzle--there's nothing left to see here. The key to this approach is fresh ingredients, melty-cheese, very thin pattiesand just enough sauce to go around.

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