Reasons Why I Love In-N-Out Burger: It’s No Secret

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In-N-Out is So Good.

Why Wouldn’t You Like It?

In-N-Out Burger is one of the most well-known fast food chains around the world today. This young chain has conquered hearts of food lovers all over, from the States to the UK and Southeast Asia.

Numerous documentaries have been made about the legendary In-N-Out, with famous celebrities like Snoop Dogg doing cameos. In-N-Out has won numerous awards, including Forbes’ Coolest Places to Work and Zagat’s “America’s Most Devoured Burger.” Also, the Huffington Post included In-N-Out on their 99 Unforgettable Places to Eat Before You Die.

In-N-Out has an excellent customer service reputation. It’s the go-to place for celebrities including Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

It was voted America’s Favorite Burger Chain for the fifth year in a row by Harris Polls in 2015. In 2016, it won the award for America’s Best Burger by adding 97 more to its list of accolades. This year, In-N-Out also topped the list as the best burger restaurant on the Zagat online survey.

In-N-Out Burger is Fresh

Simple, and Honest.

This is one of my favorite things about In-N-Out Burger: anyone can go there and get something off the menu. No matter what you’re craving at the time, you can be sure that there’s an In-N-Out item that’s going to be satisfying … and you can seriously hardly mess it up.

All of their menu items are well thought out and are sure to hit the spot … just ask Jean-Georges Vongerichten (one of the top chefs in the whole world). He’s on the board of directors for In-N-Out Burger, and for him, it’s a true favorite of his. Their menu is one of his go-to meals when he just needs something to eat fast, something that’s good quality, and just hits the spot.

Many people associate their lean burgers with fast food, but In-N-Out Burger is far from it. Sure, you can get through the drive-through and get your order in a matter of minutes, but their food is far from “fast food,” and in fact, they take quality seriously and are very particular about how their food is prepared.

K-I-S-S: Keep It Simple S……..

Fast food is notorious for its use of a large number of trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup and sodium (salt).

Trans fats are essential for the icing on In-N-Out burgers because they give the product an extra crunch. In-N-Out does not use partially hydrogenated vegetable oil in any of its products. Instead, they use a palm and soy-based oil blend.

In-N-Out Burger, like every other fast-food restaurant, has its fair share of trans fats … 5 grams of them per burger!

The trick is that the trans fats in your favorite fast food place are a small percentage of the total fat. And, naturally, many other foods you eat in your day contain dozens of times more trans fats than In-N-Out Burger does.

In short, the total amount of trans fat in your diet is far more important than the amount in any one food.

In-N-Out Burger is a Cult

It’s no secret that I love In-N-Out Burger. My first experience with it dates back to high school. A guy I dated had a friend with a family that owned an In-N-Out Burger restaurant. A few times a week, he would sneak a few burgers out of the freezer and bring them to school for lunch. I ate them all. I just had no idea about the cult of the legendary burger until a few years back when I stumbled upon this video that showed photos of hundreds of people waiting in line for the opening of a new In-N-Out Burger eatery in Texas.

This short video really opened my eyes to the appeal of the In-N-Out chain. Sure, the food is great. They cook your burger on a flat grill so it tastes really fresh. That’s not the only thing that contributes to its cult following, though.

I’ve read many articles that discuss the cult phenomenon of In-N-Out Burger, and I’ll share a few of the reasons why I think it has this following.

They Have a (Not So) Secret Menu

If you’ve ever gone to In-N-Out Burger, you’ve probably ordered off of that “secret menu.” Some are so famous they’re just as good as official items. Maybe even better. It’s the whole yin and yang thing.

Here are the top 3 “secret” items I guarantee will make you love In-N-Out even more:

Animal Style Fries …. And Double-Double Animal Fries

Yes, these fries were the very first item on the In-N-Out secret menu. Except, they aren’t so secret any longer. Why? Because now it’s actually listed on the ordering board of every In-N-Out location.

Animal Style Fries are just your typical fries, except they’re covered in cheese, the spread (which is Thousand Island dressing when it’s fresh, but may become “spread” during the course of the day to smooth out any flavor discrepancies), and topped with grilled onions. Get two orders of these, and you’ll be in animal heaven.

They Are Great to Their Employees

Any patron will tell you that In-N-Out pays well. Before their employees start work, the company teaches them about respecting customers. That’s because the management believes that the secret to their success is creating a great atmosphere for customers that results in them wanting to keep coming back.

For workers, In-N-Out offers great benefits, including free meals, medical insurance, and a 401(k) program. Superior benefits are a common feature on In-N-Out’s employee evaluation list. They are a beloved company that ironically does not spend much on advertising.

Perhaps their secret is the positive atmosphere they create in which people like to work and enjoy what they do.

Even My Wife Loves It

I love In-N-Out Burger … Even my wife loves it. Okay, maybe I’m a little biased. I’m sure you understand. It’s In-N-Out Burger, after all.

Don’t Just Take My Word For It

Below are reviews on In-N-Out Burger from different websites with an aggregate score of 5 Stars.

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Don’t Let In-N-Out Burger Pass You By

If you’ve ever set foot in California, there’s a good chance you’ve had In-N-Out burger. It’s so famous that you can find it practically anywhere in California, and it’s practically impossible to find anywhere else.

It’s a simple concept with a whole lot of flavor. In the burger world, they’ve hit it out of the park all the way down to the details. So many things I’ve tried to replicate here in New York, but there’s just no comparison.

It’s no secret that a lot of people love In-N-Out Burger. Ever since the first store was opened by Harry and Esther Snyder back in 1948, it’s been a family owned business with more than 280 locations nationwide.

In-N-Out Burger Animal Style

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you’d know that I’m a big fan of In-N-Out Burger. If you’re in the continuous-feedback loop, you’d probably know that I’m a regular at the branch at Park Street, Kolkata, India.

I don’t have a single close friend or relative who does not love an In-N-Out burger and I’d be surprised if any of my friends have never been to one.

So it’s no secret that I love In-N-Out and adding to my love for In-N-Out is the fact that they’ve recently expanded into India with many outlets in Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi.

Yet, I’ve not tried their burgers yet.


Because I’ve developed this awesome habit of eating the delicious fries that I order which keep me happily sated. I’ve had their burgers as well, but mostly they remain untouched.