May 13, 2010

Review: In-N-Out - Cheeseburger

In-N-Out Cheeseburger
Sometimes, because of this blog, I eat fast food items I wouldn't normally eat because they're either too big or they just don't sound very good to me.  Granted sometimes I'm delighted and surprised, but this review isn't for one of those items.  This review is about something I unequivocally love to eat: the In-N-Out Cheeseburger.

An In-N-Out Cheeseburger is something I would eat all the time.  It is something I sometimes crave.  It's a very simple burger made with quality ingredients and care and sometimes that's all you want.  Plus it's a reasonable $2.05.

It's made however you like it, but the standard is a fresh grilled beef patty, a thick slice of melted American cheese (it's cooked on the patty and is therefore always melted), a generous amount of hand-leafed iceberg lettuce, sliced onions (diced and grilled for me!), and sliced tomatoes.  All of this is sandwich between a grilled hamburger bun with spread (In-N-Out version of Thousand Island).  I've honestly, never had a bad In-N-Out burger and I can't always say that about other fast food chains.
In-N-Out Cheeseburger
It's the little touches that make the In-N-Out Cheeseburger great.  Each ingredient is showcased and apparent in the burger.  You're never left wondering where this or that went.  The cheese is thick and always melted imparting a gooey cheesiness that you sometimes miss in lesser burgers.  The buns are squishy soft but the inward facings sides are grilled to a crunch, preventing soggy buns and adding some texture to the sandwich.

Finally, the burgers are never squished into a waxy wrapper, instead, they are half wrapped in waxed paper and then put into a waxed French-fries bag on their sides, open end up, so they don't get crushed.

I'm not saying I've never had a better burger, but In-N-Out definitely makes one of the best, if not the best, fast food burgers.  That being said In-N-Out is a pretty simple place and they really only make one kind of burger, so you're left to look elsewhere for variety and things like a barbecue burger or a bacon cheeseburger.

In-N-Out-Burger Restaurant Locator

Nutritional Info - In-N-Out Cheeseburger (268g)
Calories - 480 (from Fat - 240)
Fat - 27g (Saturated Fat - 10g)
Sodium - 1000mg
Carbs - 39g (Sugar - 10g)
Protein - 22g


  1. I'm having In-N-Out tomorrow! Protein style 4x4, baby!

  2. In Utah we call that fry sauce!

  3. @Katie: You are crazy!

    @Rob: You always say that!

    @Adam: Thousand island for fries in Utah? Hm... I guess it's sorta like mayo and fries. But nothing beats Belgian fries and garlic mayo.

  4. Love In and Out! The best fast food burger- I get mine with the regular onion, but I need to try out the different styles! I haven't found a high end burger yet that I really liked though.

  5. I'd recommend the Oinkster in Eagle Rock or for a more expensive burger try Houston's.


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