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.
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.
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!
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!
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. :)
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!