Burger Goodness - In-N-Out Style

Thursday, October 14th, 2010 | click here to comment

I am suffering from a severe case of  burger withdrawal since coming back from a trip to Arizona in September.  You’d think I had the most amazing gourmet burger, but no.  My craving is for the very simple, but incredibly tasty In-N-Out burgers.

the burgers are not touching - in case you were wondering! :)

Everyone and their mother on the West coast knows In-N-Out, but I’m an East coast girl and grew up in the Tri-State area, so I knew nothing of the greatness, or cult-like obsession for In-N-Out...until now.   I wrote them off completely after going gluten-free, because burgers are intrinsically not gluten-free, but In-N-Out offers a “Protein Style” sandwich served on lettuce instead of bread!  When I found out, I could not wait to try it, and when I finally did try their burgers, I was hooked immediately.

special sauce ingredients: ketchup (heinz), mayo, dill pickles, garlic powder and pepper

I’m not a big fast-food eater, but if I lived on the West coast, I’d be at In-N-Out at least once a week.  I think for me, it was more about having not had a fast food burger in so long that made it so insanely delish for me.  I walked in to have one burger, and walked out having eaten 2, plus an order of fries, which are gluten-free too and so good!

special sauce - so good!

Since being back home, I keep thinking about those burgers and decided to try and replicate them at home.  The one thing that drives people batty for In-N-Out, is their special sauce, which is really just a mixture of ketchup and mayo.  I found a really good version online and plan on using it as my defacto spread for burgers.  It really complemented the burger and was a great dip for fries too!

I had my burger on my new gluten-free discovery, Canyon Bakehouse Burger Buns.  I got them at Whole Foods in the bakery section and they were awesome right out of the bag. They weren’t frozen, so I didn’t need to defrost them, and didn’t even bother to toast them, which is almost unheard of when it comes to gluten-free bread.  The buns were soft, and had a sweet flavor.  They really tasted just like bread to me!

gluten-free hamburger bun goodness

I love that I can now add a new gluten-free burger bun to my rotation and can’t wait to make these burgers again when I feel that In-N-Out craving coming on! Oh, and I had my burger with Ore-Ida fries, which are also gluten-free!  They hide the gluten-free label in the corner of the packaging, under the nutrition facts, but if you look, you'll find it.  :)

ore-ida fries & in-n-out style burger

In-N-Out Special Sauce Recipe


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup chopped dill pickles
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


Stir together the mayonnaise, ketchup, pickles, garlic powder, and pepper in a bowl, and place a dollop on your hamburger!


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