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In­ N Out Double ­Double Burger Recipe

This is a recipe for making a homegrown clone of what I believe is the best hamburger in the world.


  • 1 plain hamburger bun
  • 1/3 pound ground beef
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon Kraft thousand island dressing
  • 1 large tomato slice (or 2 small slices)
  • 1 large lettuce leaf
  • 2 slices real American cheese
  • 1 whole onion slice (sliced thin)


  1. Preheat a saute pan over medium heat.
  2. Lightly toast the both halves of the hamburger bun, face down in the pan. Set aside.
  3. Separate the beef into two even portions, and form each half into a thin patty slightly larger than the bun.
  4. Lightly salt each patty and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on the first side.
  5. Flip the patties over and immediately place one slice of cheese on each one. Cook for 2­3 minutes.
  6. Assemble the burger in the following stacking order from the bottom up:
    1. bottom bun
    2. dressing
    3. tomato
    4. lettuce
    5. beef patty with cheese
    6. onion slice
    7. beef patty with cheese
    8. top bun.

Makes 1 hamburger.


One of the secrets to duplicating this and other fast food burgers is getting the beef patties super thin—about 1/4 inch­thick. If you like, you can press the ground beef into uniform shapes onto wax paper and freeze the patties ahead of time. Freezing makes the thin patties easier to handle and they will hold their shape better.

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