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.
A 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.
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.
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.
Pros: Fresh and tasty. Delicious spread. Good value. Made to order.
Cons: Long late night lines at INO.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 9.50/10
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