• I was born and raised in Southern California and as an adult made the (crazy) decision to move east of the Mississippi. And one of the many things I miss is In N Out. I will not lie to you, on our last vacation back home we ate at In N Out at least four times. There was one fateful day when we drove through twice. I am not ashamed, not even one little bit.

    There was one fateful day when we drove through twice…

    I have spent the last six years living here in the south attempting to convince people that In N Out does in fact make the best drive- through burger in the entire universe. And of course, I have been doing all in my power to replicate the deliciousness of their Double Double.

    It all started when I was pregnant, and those nasty pregnancy cravings told me that I needed In N Out. I needed it as much as I needed air, and water.

    Maybe even more than water.

    Let us get down to business.

    First up is the secret sauce:
    1/3 cup mayo
    2 heaping tablespoons of ketchup
    2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
    1 teaspoon yellow mustard
    1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

    Mix everything together and refrigerate until ready to eat!

    Now for the burgers themselves. When I think about a good In N Out burger and why I think it is the tastiest around, I usually dream about the cheese to meat ratio. Their patties are thin, and seared really well, which means high heat. So heat your grill, or iron skillet up high.

    1 pound ground beef. The higher the fat content the better.
    1 egg white
    1/2 cup minced onion
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/2 teaspoon pepper
    Three dashes of Worcestershire sauce

    Mix all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Shape into six patties. Nice and thin and slightly larger in diameter than the size of your hamburg buns. Sear on each side, for about two to three minutes each side. For the last minute add a slice of American cheese to each patty. When the patties are finished cooking make stacks of to patties each. The build your burger!

    To assemble the burgers you will need:
    Fresh tomato slices
    Iceberg lettuce
    Onion slices
    Seedless burger buns
    Secret sauce
    Two patty burger stacks

    Spread some butter on the insides of your buns, toast them until golden brown.
    Slather on some secret sauce on the top inside of the bun
    Place the meat stacks onto the bottom bun, top with onion, tomato,and lettuce, and finally the top bun.

    I am aware this is not exact, but at least it helps this Southern California native survive a little easier.