In-N-Out Double Double Cheeseburger Copycat




About: Hey y'all! My name is Lydia and I want to share my passion for cooking/baking with everyone!

Have you ever had In-N-Out or do you live somewhere where In-N-Out isn't accessible? I live on the east coast now and In-N-Out hasn't made it this far out yet.... haha but being a true Cali girl, I love my In-N-Out and every time we go back we enjoy some. But once a year sometimes isn't enough, so I took matters into my own hands and made my own at home. Surprisingly, the flavors were not that far out from the original In-N-Out Double Double and could be made to taste exactly the same with just a few extra steps. So if you want to make your own In-N-Out Double Double, then follow the step by step guide below or watch the video tutorial here:

Step 1: Ingredients and Tools

Ingredients (makes 1 Double Double)

  • 1 Hamburger Bun
  • 4 oz. Ground beef (25-30% fat if available) (2 ounce per patty)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Thousand Island dressing (or In-N-Out official spread)
  • 1 large Tomato slice
  • 1 large Lettuce Leaf
  • 1 whole Onion slices
  • 2 slices real American Cheese


Step 2: Form Patties

Begin by preheating a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Make four patties by rolling 2-ounce portions of beef into balls and weigh it out on the kitchen scale. In-N-Out uses a 25-30% fat beef patty which is not easily available at a local grocery store, in many cases it would have to be ground by hand. I used a 20% which was available at my local grocery store.

Step 3: Form Patties

Forming them slightly larger than buns. I do this by placing the 2 ounce beef in between 2 pieces of parchment paper then taking my large cast iron skillet and applying a little force to smash the beef into a patty. You will want to form them into a perfect circle with your hand if they do not come out right after the initial smash.

Step 4: Season

Salt and pepper one side of the patty now, the other half will be done when grilling.

Step 5: Toast Buns

Lightly toast the both halves of the hamburger bun, face down in the pan. Set aside.

Step 6: Cook

Set the patty seasoned side down on the skillet, salt and pepper each patty and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on the first side. Flip the patties over and season with salt and pepper and immediately place one slice of cheese on each one. Cook for 2-3 minutes on the other side. (Cook an extra minute or 2 to make the patty well-done.)

Step 7: Chop Onions & Tomatoes

For the "authentic" feel you want to get a large onion and a large tomato, then slice a large slice from the middle to use on the hamburger. (This step can be done before cooking the patty)

Step 8: Assemble

Assemble the burger in the following stacking order from the bottom up:

  • bottom bun
  • thousand island dressing (if you can get ahold of In-N-Out spread, the taste would be even more authentic)
  • tomato
  • lettuce
  • beef patty with cheese
  • onion slice
  • beef patty with cheese
  • top bun

Step 9: Enjoy!

All that's left to do is enjoy this copycat double double! To be honest, this was impressively close to the real taste. I would definitely make this one again.

Step 10: Video Tutorial

If you prefer a video tutorial, you can watch it here!



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    12 Discussions


    16 days ago on Step 10

    Darn. There goes my schedule! I am heading to "In n Out" for a double-double (two blocks).

    Pete in San Diego.

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    16 days ago on Introduction

    What's throwing me off is your eyes. Yummy. That burger looks really really good. Now you made me hungry. Thanks for the wonderful instructable.

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    16 days ago on Step 10

    You said each patty was 2 oz, but from the video, it shows each weighed 0.2 pound, which equals 3.2 oz.

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    FOOD by LydsKD8FQM

    Reply 16 days ago

    I just double checked, the scale weighs in lb' oz".
    So once the oz reaches 16 it gets to 1 lb. The parties are actually 2 oz. Although it wouldn't be an issue if you preferred to make them bigger you can. Thank you for bringing that up! Hope that clears up the confusion.


    18 days ago

    excellent! I can't wait to try this :)

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