In N Out burger is miraculous. It is not that the burgers are so superior to my local favorites here in NYC. In ultimate terms a handful of establishments within walking distance from my house - Goodburger, Shake Shack and even the wildly schizophrenic Blue 9 (itself a virtual carbon copy of In N Out) generally offer a superior burger experience. However considering the sheer number of In N Out stores and the volume of business they do and then considering that only fresh ingredients are used and that your burger is almost cooked to order, and that the finished product is wonderful, well that must at least qualify as a minor miracle.
In fact just mentioning In N Out burger in the same breath as far pricier boutique burger establishments such as the aforementioned Goodburger and Shake Shack is a testament to the superiority of In N Out. It should really be compared to MacDonald's and Burger King as it is ultimately fast food. And while I have not eaten at any of the national fast food chains in years I can tell you, there is no comparison.
Standard In N Out Burgers come dressed with lettuce, tomato, "spread" (otherwise known as Thousand Island dressing) with onion slice optional on a delicious white bun. I should note that the beef is really very good. A quick perusal of the companies website reveals why:
"Our hamburgers are made from fresh, 100% pure beef. They are free of additives, fillers and preservatives of any kind, and we buy only chucks, the front ribs and shoulder. No other parts are ever used. Our butchers carefully hand-cut and grind the beef in our own facility at which point the patties are shipped directly to our stores in refrigerated trucks by our own drivers. This way we have total control over the production of every burger."
This is music to the beef aficionado's ears. If only all burgers received such devotion. I think the beef is so good that I prefer my In N Out burgers with just cheese, pickle and a dab of ketchup, forgoing the lettuce, tomato and creamy dressing but fully realizing the flavor of the patty. However, almost any combination of ingredients on an In N Out burger is delicious. Indeed, in addition to the posted menu there is an almost dizzying number of "secret" menu items:
Animal style cheeseburger
I cannot recommend In N Out Burger enthusiastically enough. If you have yet to try one it should definitely be on your radar, do not think that this is typical fast food, if you have then you already know what I am talking about.
In N Out Burger