I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Because we're friends. But really, we have to keep it between just us, because they may repeal my California citizenship if it were ever to come out.
*whispers* I'm not a fan of In 'n Out.
It's downright heretical. If you've heard of this fast food chain, chances are it's in awed, reverent tones. People make a point to visit the burger joint whenever they're in the area. Thatboy adores the place.
They make a claim that it's fresh, cheap, and quality beef. But really, I don't find a difference between it and every other fast food chain out there. It's a flat thin patty sandwiched between a tasteless bun.
I love thick and juicy burgers, which is hard to find at most chain fast food establishments. So for me, this knock off is a superior alternative. I would much prefer a homemade patty I can really sink my teeth into. Especially one with avocado, which isn't found on an actual In n Out burger.
Out-n-In California Burgers (from Cooking Light)
3 Tbsp ketchup]
2 Tbsp canola mayonnaise
2 tsp sweet pickle relish
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 lb extra lean ground beef
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
4 thin slices reduced-fat cheddar cheese
4 green leaf lettuce leaves
4 hamburger buns
8 slices tomato
1/2 ripe peeled avocado, cut into 1/8 inch thick slices
8 dill pickle chips
4 slies red onion
- Combine first 4 ingredients in a small bowl.
- Divide beef into 4 equal portions, gently shaping each into a 1/2 inch thick patty. Press thumb into center of each patty, leaving a nickle sized indentation.
- Sprinkle patties evenly with salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray.
- Add patties to pan and cook 3 minues on each side.
- Top each patty with 1 cheese slice, cook 2 minutes or until cheese melts and patties are desired degree of doneness.
- Place 1 lettuce leaf on bottom half of each hamburger bun.
- Top with 2 tomato slices, 1 patty, about 2 avocado slices, 2 pickle chips, 1 onion slice, and 1 1/2 Tbsp sauce, and top half of bun.