In and Out Burger Clone

Real Estate Sales Representative with RE/MAX Kelowna

You will need a flat top grill to make these, or a large frying pan.


Use basic Wonder or Dempster buns, resist the urge for fancy buns. Heat up your flat plate grill to 4 on gas stove or 400-425 if you have an indoor grill, then start with toasting the buns butter them first then toast top and bottom. Set aside to cool as you don't need them to be piping hot. 

 The Sauce:

Think Thousand Island dressing just a little less sweet. Start with:

4 tbsp - Mayo

2 tbsp - Ketchup

2 tsp - pickle relish (green relish)

then add

2 tsp - white vinegar

Mix and taste if you like it a little tangier then add a little more vinegar. Set aside

The Meat:

-Use ONLY ground chuck no exceptions!!

-Salt and pepper liberally. Roll them into balls about the size of a large kiwi.

-Place the ball in between 2 squares of wax paper and use a press or a large flat bottomed glass to flatten them down. They need to be flat and thin.

-When your flat top is fully heated place 2 flattened burgers on the grill make sure to keep them flat they need to be thin to get a good crust on the meat. Cook for 2.5-3 minutes each side or longer if you don't feel they are cooked through. If they are thin that will be the correct amount of time.

You will need to occasionally flatten the patty as they will shrink up. When the first 2.5-3 minutes is almost up squeeze a little yellow mustard and spread on the top of each patty before flipping. After you have flipped the mustard side patty over place a Kraft single slice on top of each flipped patty and cook for another 2.5-3 minutes.

Dressing the Burger

You can do this part however you see fit. But the standard In and Out Burger version is:

Sauce on bottom of bun (I recommend doing both top and bottom)

Thin slices of dill pickles

Iceburg lettuce (needs to be iceburg for the crunch)

Tomato slice

Place 2 patties on top of each other 

White onion slice and then top bun. Or fried onions if you prefer.

Most of all ENJOY!!!

Debe Maxwell, CRS and Carol Williams here you go ladies. They are super easy to make after the first time! lol








Comments (19)

Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Yum. Thanks, Steve!

Sep 22, 2022 08:42 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Steve it has been ages good to see you back loved the copy cat recipe, Endre

Sep 22, 2022 10:34 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

There is something about these clones that is something in uniquely funny but yeah still very interesting and maybe even tasty

Sep 22, 2022 11:38 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Steve - does your recipe create long lines of cars around your grill?   I have always wondered about the recipe why people seem to wait exceedingly long for an In and Out burger.  

Sep 23, 2022 04:04 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I make a similar sauce for burgers although I always use the sweet relish and some dijon as well. yum.

Sep 23, 2022 05:11 AM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Carol Williams You are welcome! I hope you try it and enjoy it.

Sep 23, 2022 06:18 PM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Endre Barath, Jr. I thought of you when I was typing this out and thought I should tag you as you have great recipes. I have retired so I usually read the odd blog post and and answer a question or two. I hope all is well with you and your family. 

Sep 23, 2022 06:28 PM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Laura Cerrano Thank you for comment. I enjoy a good burger, if you like burgers I'm sure you would enjoy these.

Sep 23, 2022 06:29 PM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Michael Jacobs Hi! Welcome back haven't seen you comment on Q&A for a long time. I hope all is well with you. I'm one of those that wait in line, I just love their burger and we can't get them in Canada so it is a treat. However now that I have the recipe I won't have to wish I was in California once a week to have one. lol

Sep 23, 2022 06:33 PM
Michael Jacobs

I check the Q&A on occasion. 

Sep 23, 2022 08:00 PM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Kat Palmiotti Thank you for your comment. This is a sweet relish too since there are a couple of different relishes I thought if I mentioned the green one people would know. Your sauce sounds good too.

Sep 23, 2022 06:37 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Steve congratulations on your retirement, Diane will not let me.... she said I am making too good of an income why quit:)) Endre

Sep 23, 2022 10:25 PM
Steve Higgins

Endre Barath, Jr. thank you very much. I turned 65 in Feb 2021 and have had many friends that have passed away or have become ill so I figured it was time, to enjoy my time. Yes, the income was very good. My licence expired in Nov. /21 so the timing was right. It would have been nice if it would have expired this summer when our market slowed down. But is there ever a perfect time?

Sep 24, 2022 06:40 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Steve Higgins you should write about your Foater Failures or your four month trip to California or both:)Endre

Apr 19, 2023 08:34 PM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Endre Barath, Jr. our 4 month trip could be summed up by "It never Rains in Southern California" It pours man it pours!! LOL  Actually it wasn't the best time we have had we really didn't do much, Tracy volunteered and I golfed. Tracy was sick unfortunately for most of the time, however that didn't stop her from missing one of her shifts or going in for extra!

Apr 20, 2023 06:19 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Steve Higgins  very funny Diane complains about this all the time everything is in extreems..... funny part is thanks to this winter we are out of the drought that we were in for three years:)Endre

p.s.: what was wrong with Tracy? California not suitable for her?

Apr 20, 2023 09:12 PM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC


Actually we are not use to not having sunny beautiful weather when there. But we both said it is good for California so we really didn't mind it much. We also go from extremes too. Right now we are in need of rain as we didn't get much snow so we are hoping we don't go from spring to fire season! A couple of years ago it was really bad here little snow and rain with high temps we were burning all over the province from June until Oct. then the rains came with massive flooding major highways being washed out. No way out from the coast to the interior except by plane or going through Washington State.

Tracy ended up with acute bronchitis and just couldn't shake it. Still has a bit of a cough.

Apr 21, 2023 06:02 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Well now, I have a match for my Molasses Baked Beans, thanks to you, Steve! THANK YOU!

I've enjoyed the banter between you and Endre Barath, Jr. on this thread! My brother in-law told us this weekend he is going to retire when he hits 50 and asked what my plans are. I said the exact opposite of you - that I don't think I'll retire because I'm afraid stopping will be the end of life for me!  I need to stay busy! LOL

Jul 10, 2023 10:38 AM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS 

Thank you for your comment. I do enjoy my conversations with Endre. 

I was 65 almost 66 when I retired. I have had to many friends and people I know that have waited and unfortunately waited too long and didn't get to enjoy their retirement. I plan to do volunteering and I spend a lot of time at the golf course, I certainly am not bored. And if my wife had her way I'd be busier than I was working! LOL

God only gives us a certain amount of time so we need to enjoy it while we have it. 

Jul 10, 2023 06:57 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

This is nice of you to share this, I know many are nuts for In & Out.

I've never understood the popularity of In & Out. I had one in my hometown since the 1990's and it was good, but not so good I'd wait in a line or drive 90 minutes to one and I had friends that would. Never go it. But, I'm an egotistical BBQ'er - but I may try your recipe on my grill !

Jul 25, 2023 06:50 PM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Hi Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets ,

Thanks for your comment. I do enjoy In & Out Burgers which we can't get in Canada, I only get to have them when we are in California. I would wait in line for 10 or so minutes but not longer nor would I drive 90 minutes for one. They are good but not that good! lol You will have to let me know what you think, if you try them on the grill.


Jul 25, 2023 07:57 PM