Behold the In-N-Out Double Double. Marvel at the melting cheese and glistening meat. Imagine the crescendo of flavor bursting out between the soft buns. Admire the freshly cut, piping hot mound of fries. This, my friends, is the stuff burger joint dreams are made of.
I found myself at an In-N-Out last week after a YouTube Vidcon meetup in Century City. My usual order is a Double Double no onions, fries and a water. I prefer to dine in.
What makes In-N-Out so good? Quality ingredients, consistency and value. Ripe, fresh tomatoes, crisp iceberg lettuce and that oh-so-special spread. Although I was a little disappointed in the showing of the aforementioned crisp iceberg lettuce this time around, it was late and I was starving, and it was still delicious!
But what happens when you try to make a Double Double at home? Is it even possible to replicate this fast food masterpiece in your own home? The answer is a resounding, albeit muffled (because my mouth is full), YES!
What are the secrets? Super thin burger patties, plenty of cheese and a hack of In-N-Out’s special spread. And though I prefer no onions at In-N-Out, on the home version I like a perfect wheel of grilled onion.
You may be hesitant to make two meat patties for yourself. I was. I mean, a Double Double is the only double burger I’ve dared to eat. The key is to make the patties really thin. I mean, super thin! I used cheddar cheese, but I can see how American cheese might make this more authentic.
The secret sauce (or spread, as In-N-Out calls it) can be replicated with a mixture of equal parts mayonnaise, thousand island dressing and sweet pickle relish.
Assembling the home version of the Double Double is easy. Start with the toasted bottom bun, a coating of spread, lettuce, tomato, burger patty with melted cheese, grilled onion wheel, second burger patty with melted cheese, and finish with the toasted top bun. Although In-N-Out doesn’t put a second layer of sauce on the top bun… I did. I know, I’m an animal.
The verdict: It was good. Really, really good. It was messy, but really fun to try! The home version of a Double Double is undeniably more healthy if you use lean meat and pair it with some oven baked fries, but that doesn’t mean you won’t need to do an extra lap around the block after eating this baby.