Well, this is primarily going to be a blog about baking, but I made these burgers tonight and just had to share them. This recipe explains how to make these using your toaster oven, however feel free to cook the hamburger patties any way you wish. If you plan to make more than 2 hamburgers you will probably want to make these using the broiler of your standard oven. If I had the option, I probably would have grilled them instead!
I had my first In-N-Out burger a couple of years ago while on vacation in Los Angeles, CA. These things sure are addicting. Unfortunately, if you want one you are pretty much out of luck if you don’t live in the Southwest… Until now. This recipe is pretty darn close to the real thing in my opinion.
First, get all of your ingredients together. Slice your tomatoes, onions, rinse/dry your lettuce, etc…
Next, make the sauce by putting all of the ingredients in a bowl and wisk them together…
Prepare your bun by spreading butter on both sides and then toasting it until the edges are lightly brown and crispy. If you just want the inside toasted instead of the entire bun, you could just heat a frying pan and grill it. I am going to try it this way next time because it turned out a little dry and fell apart while eating it.
After the bun is done toasting, set your toaster oven to the broil setting and preheat. Prepare your hamburger patties and place them on your toaster oven’s broiler pan. Each patty was about 3.5 ounces prior to cooking (next time I will probably make them slightly smaller or just use 1 patty because they ended up sort of thick). I just seasoned them with a little salt and pepper.
Broil them for 8-10 minutes, flipping them over halfway through.
When they are done, turn off your toaster oven, remove the pan, and place a slice of american cheese on each patty. Place the pan back in the toaster so the cheese melts.
While your hamburger patties are cooking, you can finish preparing the bun. Spread sauce on both sides…
Add the tomato, onion (if desired) and lettuce to the bottom half of the bun…
When the patties are done, place them on top of the lettuce, then add the top half of the bun and you’re finished! Enjoy!
Copycat In-N-Out Burger
You will need:
Onions and additional toppings, if desired
½ Cup Mayonaise
2 Tbs Ketchup
1 Tbs Distilled White Vinegar
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp Sweet Pickle Relish
2 tsp Finely Chopped Onion
Prepare your toppings: Slice the tomato, onion, lettuce, etc.
Make the sauce: Put all the ingredients in a bowl and wisk them together.
(Note: I don’t like onions on my burger, so instead of buying a whole onion just to get 2 tsp worth for the sauce, I just minced 2 tsp of frozen pre-chopped onions that I thawed ahead of time)
Prepare the bun: Butter each side and toast it until the edges are slightly brown and crispy.
Make the hamburger patties: Preheat the toaster oven on the broil setting. Form each patty and season with a little salt and pepper. Place patties on your toaster oven’s broiler pan (I lined mine with non stick foil to make cleanup easier). Broil for about 8-10 minutes, flipping over halfway. Turn off the toaster oven and take out the pan. Place a slice of american cheese on each patty and then return the pan to the toaster oven so the cheese melts. (If you don’t have a toaster oven, or just don’t want to cook the hamburgers this way, you most certainly can broil them in the regular oven, grill them, or cook them however you wish!)
Finish preparing the bun: Spread some of the sauce on each bun then add the lettuce, tomato, onion, and any other topping you want. Next add the hamburger patties and top of the bun. Enjoy!