Fast Food Review: Double-Double Animal Style from In-N-Out Burger

There seems to be two types of passionate burger lovers in the quick-serve world.  The one that loves Five Guys burgers and the one that loves In-N-Out.  Call it an East Coast vs West Coast type of thing if you want but I’m an East Coast guy and have never been a huge fan of Five Guys.  When it comes to fast food burgers, my money is on an In-N-Out burger any day.  The problem is, as I mentioned, I’m an East Coaster.  On the rare occasion that I get a chance to be on the other side of the country, I make an effort to grab a delicious Double-Double Animal Style from In-N-Out Burger.

Double-Double In-N-Out BurgerA visit to In-N-Out is an experience that is likely to be met with a packed crowd on late weekend nights.  Usually filled with the teenaged clientele and causing extremely long lines…well at least in all of my experiences anyways.  On this most recent visit, it was a Midnight drive-thru run and I was greeted with a line of 15+ vehicles.  A 20 minute wait wasn’t enough to stop me from toughing it out and getting my grub.  I went for a Double-Double, fries and a chocolate shake (yeah I was hungry). While the INO fries are pretty mediocre, the shake was great.  The main reason for this visit was the burger.  The Double-Double gets it’s namesake by doubling up on the burger patty and the cheese. Complete with some lettuce, tomato, pickles and I always opt to go Animal Style.  Going Animal Style means you’re getting mustard cooked into your beef patties, grilled onions and extra spread.  The spread is a Thousand Island type dressing…basically a mildly tangy and flavorful ketchup/mayo/pickle relish concoction that works for me better than regular old ketchup/mustard ever would.  All these tasty ingredients on a freshly baked bun.  The INO Double-Double has me under it’s spell.

Double-Double Animal Style

In-N-Out has stood by a slogan that is simple and rings true…”Quality You Can Taste”.  There are no heat lamps, freezers or microwaves.

Our commitment to quality starts with our hamburgers.  We make them from fresh, 100% pure beef. They are free of additives, fillers and preservatives of any kind.  But the focus on quality starts well before we deliver our hamburger patties to our stores.  We own and operate a world class patty making facility.  Since we only serve burgers, fries and drinks, making a high quality hamburger patty is everything to us.

In-N-Out Combo

Complete meal... Double-Double $3.05, Fries $1.30, Shake $1.89

At a price of $3.05 for the burger itself, I’d say the Double-Double is priced pretty reasonably.  You’re getting a hefty double burger with a filling 37 grams of protein.  I love how in a world where there are grub spots with tons of menu options, In-N-Out keeps it simple.  It’s a very limited menu but it is what it is, a burger joint that focuses on burgers. In-N-Out has a legion of loyal followers and because of this it easily falls victim to claims that it is overrated.  Well I’m in the loyal follower camp and I just know what I like…this is good stuff.  I’d put an Animal Style Double-Double up against any quick-serve burger.  Not overly messy and greasy and still delicious through and through.  In-N-Out just has the taste I like.  It’s an award winning formula that has this East Coaster longing for the Pacific time zone.

In N Out Burger

Pros: Fresh and tasty. Delicious spread. Good value. Made to order.

Cons: Long late night lines at INO.

Taste: 9.50/10
Value: 8.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.50/10
Price: $3.05

Overall GrubGrade: 9.50/10

Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 670
Fat - 41 grams
Saturated Fat - 18 grams
Cholesterol - 120 milligrams
Sodium - 1440 milligrams
Carbs - 39 grams
Sugars - 10 grams
Dietary Fiber - 3 grams
Protein - 37 grams

36 comments on “Fast Food Review: Double-Double Animal Style from In-N-Out Burger

  1. HaloEleven says:

    Yep. It’s the best. And if you are stuck in Colorado, Old School Burgers makes a damn good copycat. They even have an “Animal Style”, but they call it something else. Fries are exactly the same too, unfortunately. Five Guys has waaaay better fries.

  2. Ken says:

    In-N-Out Burger. Simply the champion. Great food (okay, maybe the fries aren’t so super), reasonable prices and outstanding service.

    The last part is really the kicker. Even though In-N-Out is usually ridiculously busy the employees are always on top of things, like handling esoteric requests from the secret menu. Sometimes if the drive-thru is really busy someone will walk around the parking lot, take down orders and radio them into the restaurant to save time.

    You can’t help but think In-N-Out Burger actually cares about its customers.

  3. Adam Bomb says:

    I reeeeally want to try an In-N-Out burger, but I’m nowhere near enough to get one 🙁

  4. Dan B. says:

    Okay, so I keep seeing In-N-Out/Five Guys comparisons/arguments on the Internet. I’ve never had In-N-Out (I’m an Eastern time zone guy), and I just recently got a Five Guys in my area and *love* it. Fresh, juicy, well-prepared hamburgers. Nothing fancy. But that’s a good thing. The burger itself isn’t “special” I suppose, but it’s just plain good, and the toppings are able to really complement the flavor of the burger because of it. (And amazing fries!) But then I see people saying Five Guys is crap compared to In-N-Out and vice versa. So what’s the deal? What actually ARE the differences in the two places that make for such hard-line fanatical behavior?

  5. Ryan says:

    @ Dan B … It’s funny because INO and Five Guys burgers are really nothing alike. I think they get pitted against one another in so many conversations because in their own circles they are both highly regarded places. In-N-Out is a fast food place with more of a fast food style burger while Five Guys is a fast-casual serving up a bigger, thicker style burger. In-N-Out started out in California and Five Guys in Virginia…it’s the East Coast v West Coast rivalry I suppose…although Five Guys has expanded in a ton of places and as far West as California, sadly you cannot find an In-N-Out Burger east of Arizona.

    You’re not going to find a whole lot of customization with INO in terms of toppings…they have the standards and a spread. Five Guys has the edge here by offering up things not found at INO…such as grilled mushrooms, jalapeno peppers, green peppers, A-1 sauce and BBQ sauce.

  6. I am a INO AND Five Guys lover. (and in case you are wondering a Steak N Shake lover too. So thats both coasts and right down the middle.

    I agree, they shouldn’t be compared to each other except for the fanaticism that each carries. And the fact that they don’t cave to demands of healthy options or even kids meals. Just a juicy burger, fires, and a drink.

    The problem with Animal style is once you go there you cant go back. One time animal style and its animal style the rest of your life.

    If you havent tried it yet, when you go out west you must make a point to try it. Worth it.

  7. Alvin says:

    Why is everybody hating on the INO fries? They’re supurb, as long as you order them extra crispy and eat them quickly.

  8. Bunny says:

    I love in N Out esp. with extra tomato. Can someone tell me more about Five Guys? I have never heard of them.

  9. Bryan says:

    I’m with Alvin. Why so much hate on the fries? They are delicious!

    Also, I have no idea how you guys got it so cheap – $3.05??? I’ve never ordered Animal Style + Fries and a shake for that price. Sounds pretty cheap to me. Anyway, I’ll have to try it sometime.

  10. Dave says:

    How could you order an Animal style burger and then do yourself the injustice of getting regular fries with it?? Like you, I’m not a fan of INO’s fries. But Animal-style Fries are a whole other story!

  11. IBeAnonymous says:

    I really wish they had one of these places in Houston, so I could try it out! It’s just too far to go for all the good places 🙁 We don’t even have a Carl’s Jr down here!!!

  12. Adam Bomb says:

    @Bryan: The review is about the burger, so I’m pretty sure that he meant it was $3.05 just for that.

    • Ryan says:

      @ Adam Bomb and Bryan … Yeah $3.05 for the burger itself. Sorry if there was any confusion. Fries were $1.30 and the shake was $1.89.

  13. Michael says:

    Oh those In and Out Burgers are the best! Hands down. Memories of living in The “OC” for many years. Hitting them up after clubbing in Laguna Beach. Five Guys is fantastic also I must add, plus I love those peanuts while waiting.

  14. Heather says:

    I had never heard of In and Out Burger until I became part of this blog. I am hoping to get to CA to visit a friend next year, a trip to In and Out will be a definite must. This burger looks and sounds delicious.

  15. Ryan says:

    @ Dave … Haha…you know what? I’ve never had my fries Animal Style. What is wrong with me? I’ll make sure to correct that next time. 😀

  16. Jesse says:

    I’m going to have to disagree with the comment that IN-N-Out is better than Five Guys. While I’m a In-N-Out fan, when you stack it up next to Five Guys, FG is just better. Better burger, better fries. I did a comparison on my blog at http://url4t.com/eay after back to back trips to In-N-Out and Five Guys.

    You’ve definitely got a point about the price, one thing I neglected to mention in my comparison. In-N-Out is almost half as cheap as Five Guys.

  17. Bryan says:

    Oh ok, *whew*. Thanks for clearing that one up!

  18. Diana says:

    HOLY JEEZ LOUISE. Look at that oozing cheeseeee

  19. Raiders757 says:

    This blows. I have yet to try either one of those places. Five Guys has some locations in my region, and finally opened one up about ten miles from my home. Still, I’m not going to drive that far out of my way for a burger. Not when I have a charcoal grill and a cast iron skillet at home. I can make a pretty mean burger on either apparatus.

    Still, there are times when I am away from home, that I crave a good burger and fries. One of these days I am going to try Five Guys. In-N-Out will have to wait until I make a trip to the other coast, which won’t be anytime soon.

  20. Adam Bomb says:

    It can’t blow that bad if it’s only 10 miles away! I’d totally do it to try either place. All the good restaurants are in a neighboring town about 40 minutes away, and I regularly head over there to try new stuff. And yes, I can cook.

  21. Dan B. says:

    You won’t bother driving ten miles to get food? I live ten miles away from ANY restaurants, or stores, or anything at all other than a gast station! Granted, it’s all 55mph speed limit road, so I can get to a restaurant in 10 minutes, but still.

  22. Raiders757 says:

    I used to live in BFE back in the late 80s. Trust me, I know what it’s like living in the middle of nowhere, and wish to move back. We used to have to drive twenty miles to the nearest grocery store.

    The reason I won’t drive ten miles for a burger, is because there are so many other places I have yet to try in between my home and there. I just can’t see making a special trip just to get a burger and fries. I have a Cheeseburger In Paradise and a Red Robin right down the road from me, and those places are pretty darn good for what they are.

    My sister in law lives out near the Five Guys in my area, so I am sure I will get to try it in the near future. Right now it’s still very new, so I am sure it’s packed. It takes a while for the hype to die down in my area, so even if I wanted to go, it wouldn’t be worth it right now. I remember when the first Sonic opened here. The police had to put cones in the road and direct traffic from the street into the parking lot and back out. It was madness.

  23. Ryan says:

    @ Raiders757… I’ve heard some good things about Cheeseburger in Paradise. Haven’t been, but on my list (although it’s a hike). I hear you about the places in between. There are a lot of small, indie places that are below the radar that usually have stellar grub. I’m thinking about this Greek place specifically… now I’m hungry for souvlaki. 🙂

  24. fahtdonkey says:

    Yes, the regular fries aren’t great, but if people want them crunchier, ask them to be either well-done or crispy… they’ll fry them longer and they’ll have more body to them. Also, I always get a 3×2 with a whole grilled onion slice… grilled onion in every sloppy bite.

  25. Varta says:

    Aaaaahhhh I just got back from cali and blogged about this (literally, like, right now). I had it for the 2nd time and this time I did right and got the double double animal style, but I still stand by 5 Guys as the better burger.

  26. Azko says:

    You should try the triple-triple burger with animal style fries it will make you skip a heartbeat. The best burgers in California i would say from a fast-food chain. Get the whole grilled onion as well you wont regret any of these little tips! 🙂

  27. myles says:

    I don’t know what you all are talking about when you say In N Out’s fries suck, I think they’re outstanding. It’s just plain fried potatoes, none of that other crap that so many places use or put on their fries.

  28. Rachelle says:

    I like INO, their fries are way better well-done. However, I am disappointed when it comes to their Nutritional Info. They only list their burgers with onions. I only get them without (don’t like onions). So I can’t get the correct numbers for my food journal (yes, I’m on a diet, but still allowed to eat a burger once in a while). So I’ve had to give up INO and settle for McDonald’s which accurately lists EVERYTHING. So, if INO won’t update their Nutritional Info, I will have to wait to have a yummy INO cheeseburger until I reach my weight goal.

    • Mjbee says:

      Onions are only 10 cal per ounce… Can’t imagine that would through off your diet much. Also wasn’t that hard to look up and subtract…

  29. […] all the hype was about. And while I now list their Double Double as my all-time favorite burger (read Ryan’s review here) I can’t help but marvel at their fries. Of course, what’s a great burger without great […]

  30. Sam says:

    You really should be more specific. It’s not, unfortunately, a west-coast thing. It’s a California thing. There are no INOs to be found in Oregon or Washington.

  31. Lothar says:

    Ok. Just had my first INO experience last weekend. I live in Minnesota, no Five Guys, no INO, no Steak n Shake, No Kopp’s…I’ll definitely go back! Loved the burgers. Hated the fries. Loved the burgers again. Question…TRIPLE TRIPLE??? ANIMAL STYLE FRIES??? Details please! Tell me more about the Secret Menu.

  32. Jpac says:

    The double double is just a great American cheeseburger. The fries are easily the worst in fast food history, even worse than that artificial crusty stuff they serve at the BK…..nasty in every sense of the word.

  33. DKehm says:

    We just recently got a “five guys burgers and fries” over here in Pleasanton in CA.and im still gonna have to go with In-n-Out. why? the fries. While the burgers at both places are great, Five guys tends to load a bit much onto the burger making for a soggy bun that rips open less than halfway through your burger. and the fries are soggy too. five guys is like eating in a swamp. if you like that sort of thing go for it. im not saying the burger didnt taste good. but damn hold back on the condiments please. i want to taste my burger. The fries were thick cut (which is great) and soggy (which is not). In-n-Out always satisfies always has a huge line. fries are never soggy and if theyre plain just toss a lil salt on em and theyre better than WacArnolds fries. and the burger oh the burger. Double Double animal style spread and onion only with raw onion MMMMMMMMM now thats the shit!!!!!!!!!

  34. jon says:

    burgers don’t come with pickles, theyre included w/ animal style.