I’m going to talk about my replication of the good old In-N-Out, Animal Style Cheeseburger with Animal Style Fries. Now, for a meat eater, In-N-Out is a classic staple. If you’re in a city that has these locations, you know you’re lucky and you love or loved something from this great burger joint; if you live away from an In-N-Out, you’ve heard of it or grubbed it before on a vacation to the west, and will definitely enjoy another one during your next visit to a city with an In-N-Out. Until then, you will just have to dream about it. When I was a meat eater, I loved the Cheeseburger Animal Style with a side of Animal Style Fries! Boy, oh, boy did that meal always hit the spot! Basically, what it is is a seasoned meat patty grilled in mustard then topped with American cheese, put in a bun with special sauce, grilled onions, tomato, a wedge of lettuce, and pickles, alongside an order of fries topped with cheese, special sauce and grilled onions! Just describing it makes me want to have one… But I don’t eat meat! So, what do I do? How can I enjoy this amazing classic with my meat-free, cruelty-free diet??
Well, I figured that out easily! First, I prepare my special sauce; I use Just Mayo vegan mayo, Ketchup, Mustard, and Relish. After my sauce is mixed l, I then prepare my traditional white vegan burger buns by putting a good amount of special sauce on both halves then, on the bottom bun I put a wedge of iceberg lettuce and a tomato, (I use Van De Kamp’s seedless buns because In-N-Out doesn’t use seeded buns. From there, I then heat up a skillet with olive oil and grill some onions. After the onions are nice and grilled, I set them aside (I’ll put them on top of the burger and fries once I’m almost finished).
Now comes the patty: I obviously need to use a vegan burger patty (I prefer boca vegan patties because it’s similar to a cheap beef patty, but by all means, use whichever patty you prefer), and I season the patty to my liking with seasoned salt and pepper and grill it to my preferred temperature (well done is what I prefer with veggie patties–the char flavor resembles a grilled burger to me).
Before finishing, I then grill the patty in a good amount of yellow mustard. Then I steam vegan American cheese onto the patty (I use toffuti American style slices, but you’re welcome to use whatever brand you prefer).
Once the patty is finished, I place it on top of the bottom bun with the lettuce, tomato and sauce. I then put the grilled onions on top of the patty and cheese, and top that off with some pickle slices and a little more extra sauce (after all, it’s animal style). Then I place the top bun on and, BOOM, my burger is set.
As for the fries, I use shoe string fries and deep fry them in vegetable oil. Once they’re cooked, I place them on a plate, top them with vegan cheese (again I used toffuti slices) microwave the fries and cheese for 25 seconds, then steamed it on the grill for another 25 seconds (or until the cheese is melted to your preference. Also, this steaming is just covering the grill surface and letting the covered heat melt the cheese). Finally, I topped that with the special sauce as well as the left over grilled onions, and once again, BOOM, animal style fries!!
All this took me no longer than 25 minutes and can be just as easy for you.
I know the vegans are probably happy and curious to try this, but I hope there’s one meat eater out there wondering if this really does taste like In-N-Out and decides to try this! If that does happen, then I’ve done good today and saved an animal’s life because I made you curious! And I bet you enjoyed eating the meal as well; I know I truly did, FULLY! It obviously isn’t meat, but man was it close and had all the same flavors I remembered from my In-N-Out Burger days! It made me very happy as I hope it makes you! Enjoy, and cook safely! Peace, Love, Grub!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Vegan Friendly Burger Buns
Vegan American Cheese Slices
Vegan Burger Patties
Shoestring French Fries
Onions (chopped fine and grilled)
Salt & Pepper (or preferred seasoning)
Leave whatever you dislike out, and feel free to add more cheese and extra patties to make a double double or the giant 4×4!