In-N-Out Style Cheeseburgers (Copycat Recipe)

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We eat a lot of burgers in the summer.  While we have them all year long I feel like we eat them a lot more during the summer.  I’m not sure why except that there’s nothing like a great burger and fries on a hot summer day.  I’ve made a lot of different types of burgers and sliders and love experimenting with different flavors.

Love In-N-Out Burgers? Make your own Copycat version at home!

When reading one of my cooking magazines I came across a recipe for In-N-Out Style Cheeseburgers.  Now we don’t have In-N-Out Burger restaurants where I live but I’ve heard a lot about the burgers and I’ve always wanted to try them.   I figured now that I had a recipe I could try them for myself!

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After reading through the recipe I didn’t really see much to make them unique except for the sauce and the caramelized onions.  I love caramelized onions on a burger so I was all about it.  The actual burger was simply made with ground beef, salt, and pepper.  That’s it!

It only takes a few easy steps to make the delicious Copycat In-N-Out Cheeseburger!

The sauce was made from mayonnaise, ketchup, pickles, and vinegar.  It didn’t sound very good but it was actually pretty tasty.  Once the burgers were cooked I piled them with pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, and the sauce.  Then I put the onions on the burgers.

Bite into a delicious Copycat In-N-Out Burger!

The resulting burgers were huge cheeseburgers!   I had a hard time getting my mouth around it.   It was really good though.  The caramelized onions with the fresh vegetables was delicious.   Plus the sauce was really tasty as well.  I thought it was a good burger and I’ll definitely make the sauce for burgers again!

Love In-N-Out Burgers? Make your own Copycat version at home!

In-N-Out Style Cheeseburgers (Copycat Recipe)

Like In-N-Out burgers? Make your own Copycat version at home!
5 from 17 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 26 minutes
Total Time: 36 minutes
Servings: 4 burgers
Author: Hezzi-D


  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 c. mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon pickles minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 4 Kaiser rolls or buns
  • 1/4 c. dill pickle chips
  • 4 thin slices of tomato
  • 1/2 c. iceberg lettuce chopped
  • 1/4 c. yellow mustard
  • 4 slices American cheese


  • Place the vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and sugar and mix well.
  • Cook, stirring frequently, for 20 minutes or until the onions have caramelized. Remove from heat.
  • In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, pickles, and vinegar. Mix well and set aside.
  • Add salt and pepper to the ground beef and form into 4 patties.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the burgers.
  • Cook the burgers for 3 minutes on one side then spread the top with 1 teaspoon of mustard. Flip the burger over, add a piece of cheese, and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the burger is cooked through.
  • To assemble the burgers place a tablespoon of the mayonnaise mixture on the bottom of the bun.Layer a few pickles, a tomato slice, and some lettuce on top of the bottom bun.
  • Place a burger on top of the vegetables then top with 1-2 teaspoons of the mayonnaise mixture and some of the caramelized onions. Top with the top of the bun and enjoy!


Recipe adapted from Food Network Magazine

Looking for a great burger? Try these Copycat In-N-Out Burgers with cheese, caramelized onions, and a special sauce!

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