In-N-Out Style Burger Bar

In-N-Out Style Burger Bar

animal style

Well, this post was supposed to go up a few days before 4th of July. But, we all know how that goes!!! I though I would share it with y’all anyway, since summer weekend grilling parties are still happening!

IN-N-OUT Style Hamburgers

My husband and I are thinking about moving out-of-state. The sunshine tax here in California is getting to be too much, especially when the sun can’t even get through this damn marine layer!!! However, moving out-of-state would mean no more In-N-Out or fresh Mexican food! So please excuse me while I test out recipes to guarantee I have mastered them while I am still local and can cross reference the flavors.

Mason Jar Milkshakes

So, first up, Animal Style Spread. I thought it would be fun to put together a whole In-N-Out Style burger bar at a bbq, complete with vanilla, chocolate and strawberry milkshakes. Everyone loved it!


As you can see, I added a menu with different styles. I had a small condiment area with ketchup, mustard, mayo, “secret sauce” and grilled onions in which guests could make their burgers however they pleased.

IN-N-OUT Style Secret Sauce

Or, they could go a bit more crazy and do “Monkey Style” which is a traditional cheese burger with the standard ketchup, mayo and mustard, but topped with a spoonful of animal style fries. This one was of course my favorite!

 Animal Fry Cheeseburger

If you’re looking to make your summer BBQ over the top and fun, try this burger bar out!!! Anyone who has ever been to In-N-Out will love it!!!

Animal Style Fries

I have provided the recipes for Animal Style Sauce, Animal Style Fires, and Grilled Onions. I will be posting the milkshake recipes here over the next week or two. Thank you to the amazing Emily for helping me set this up and photograph it! I can’t wait to formally introduce her, as she is going to become a gluten-free contributor on the blog!!!!

IN-N-OUT Style Cheeseburger with Grilled Onions

In-N-Out Style Burger Bar


    Grilled Onions
  • 6 large onions diced
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Animal Style Spread
  • 1 cup mayonaise
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 3 tbsp Dill pickle relish
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • Animal Style Fries
  • 1 large package frozen french fries
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Animal Style Spread
  • Grilled onions


    Grilled Onions
  1. Heat oil in a heavy skillet
  2. Add onions and brown sugar
  3. Cook on low until caramelized, stirring occasionally (about 40 minutes on my electric stove)
  4. Animal Style Sauce
  5. Combine mayonaise, ketchup, relish, salt, pepper, sugar and vinegar in a bowl and mix to combine.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  7. Animale Style Fries
  8. Prepare fries as directed on package
  9. Once done, place fries in an oven safe serving dish and sprinkle cheese on top.
  10. Broil fries for about 3 minutes (just long enough to melt cheese)
  11. Remove from oven and spread 1 cup of Animal Style Spread
  12. Sprinkle on grilled onions


Add the Animal Style Sauce and Fries to your cheeseburgers. Trust me, you will not regret it!

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29 Responses to In-N-Out Style Burger Bar

  1. Cathy @ ShePaused4Thought July 8, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    What a clever & fun party setup! The burgers looks scrumptious.
    PS… I hope you don’t leave CA, but I totally understand.

    • theseasidebaker July 9, 2013 at 8:06 am #

      Usually I do the food setup and my mother does the table decor, but she was unavailable that week. So not my best work, but fun nonetheless! If I leave, I will have a big going away party…and you better come!!!

  2. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting July 8, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    Next time you need a taste tester, I am driving to SD and bringing cupcakes. 🙂

  3. Puja @ July 9, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    Yum! I love animal style fries! Looks like such a fun bbq! 🙂

  4. Beverly July 9, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    Looks delicious!!!

    And you know, here in Texas we have sunshine, In N Out and Mexican food…. Just sayin’:-)

    • theseasidebaker July 9, 2013 at 11:48 am #

      You have In-N-Out in TX???? Texas is on our list. I just got back from Austin and absolutely loved it!

  5. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor July 9, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    I want to come to your parties! I’m drooling from all these pics. Unfortunately, we don’t have any In-N-Out’s here in Florida. Who needs them though when you can make all this!

  6. Steve Thomas-Patel July 10, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    Nice pics. I love the props! Especially the chalkboard.

  7. BBQChik March 31, 2014 at 7:26 am #

    The sauce was spot on.

  8. T May 6, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

    I’m writing to thank you for this amazing recipe. I made the animal fries tonight, and they were amazing! The only thing I did differently was to chop up dill pickles and fried fresh potatoes and used Kraft singles. Thanks again!

  9. Devon May 19, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

    Omg. I just moved from LA to Nashville and had a major In n Out craving. Your post made my mouth water! I can’t wait to make your special sauce recipe, thank you!!!

  10. lana February 21, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

    wow! How did you do the buns?!

    • Jackie Bruchez February 22, 2015 at 2:15 pm #

      I put a little bit of mustard on the buns then grilled them.

  11. Inger March 29, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

    How did you do the milkshakes?

  12. Lindsay Egan December 3, 2015 at 9:02 am #

    Looks amazing, definitely going to make this, thank you for creating this:) Can you please share the ingredients for the burgers?

  13. Jane March 8, 2016 at 6:59 am #

    Love the recipes! Thanks! This might be a silly question, but what kind of paper are you wrapping the burgers in? Something about it that reminds a lot of us of the good ole days at hometown burger joints. I think it would be fun to wrap up burgers and such at parties. Thanks!

  14. Gary Zee May 13, 2016 at 5:43 pm #

    Beautiful, great authentic versions! Thanks!

  15. Jill August 20, 2016 at 5:27 am #

    Milkshake recipe???

  16. Gary Zee February 2, 2017 at 8:49 pm #

    Thanks for reposting! I’m gonna do these for Super Bowl eve!

  17. Amy @ These Wild Acres February 17, 2017 at 3:45 pm #

    What a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. Christine April 10, 2017 at 9:00 am #

    how long does the sauce keep for?


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