Happy Birthday In-N-Out Burger! 70 Years Of Iconic Burgers! “Animal Style” Secret Menu Too!

Bite Down On A Big Birthday Celebration!

One of California’s most famous burger chains is celebrating a big milestone on October 22.

Yes, the burger that the rest of the US can only dream about got one year older and another year better!

Happy 70th birthday, In-N-Out!

For those unaware, the fast food burger chain called “In-N-Out Burger” opened its doors on Oct. 22, 1948 in Baldwin Park, a suburb of Los Angeles California.

The distinctive building a sign will draw your attention, as will the LONG LONG LONG lineup of cars all day and night – you can order inside or drive-thru, and there is always a crowd!

In the 70 years since it first opened, the chain has slowly expanded throughout California, Arizona and a few in Texas, and it’s mystique has grown as well – mostly because the chain refuses to expand east – oh, and they have a wild “secret menu” as well!

Try The “Protein Style” Burger!

Exactly what you expect: all protein, no bun! Instead, the burgers and cheese are surrounded by lettuce, tomato and onion, plus their secret sauce!

The “Animal Style” Burger!

This is the most well-known secret menu item: it’s a patty that has been grilled with a coating of mustard, then they add pickles, and lots of grilled onions smothered in cheese!

The Legendary “Animal Style” Fries!

Yes, they take your french fries, smother them in grilled onions, cheese and sauce, and serve them up looking as good as they taste – and on this day, I got them with a “double double” – two patty burger, the most popular one they serve!

In-N-Out’s “No Flavor” Fries!

Now, going rogue here for a moment: if you get the fries here, you MUST get them animal style, because their fries simply don’t have any flavor! I’ve been told to order them well done, but if that’s what it takes to give them a nice potato flavor, no thanks…seriously, the only big flaw in the “In-n”out” legend…so, get them like this or not at all:

Thanks to Thrillist.com for the secret menu items – there are more of course, which you can see here:


Sorry East Coast, you’re not going to get an In-N-Out Burger any time soon. The President of the company said they have no plans to open east of the Mississippi….the iconic hamburger chain will remain western US only.

The restaurant now has 334 locations in six states, so happy birthday and here’s to 70 more!

East Coasters, don’t complain too much, because you have a pretty spectacular chain or your own:

Behold The “Shake Shack” Burger!

While Shake Shake is expanding everywhere, it got it’s start in New York City, and it’s an amazing burger as well – see my review here:


Let me know if you’ve had an “In-N-Out” Burger!

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18 replies

  1. I always get the 3 x 3 grilled onion no tomato. I think the fries are bland as well!

  2. A very in depth post full of glorious tips and reviews , buttttt. There is not one on here that I would eat. Heart attacks in your hand and how the heck can you eat them? Do you need a hinged jaw? Having said that the protein style burger is probably the one I would choose mostly because I could use a knife and fork to give me a chance of eating it.

  3. Not a burger eater but that animal burger looks good anything with lots of onions and mustard is good…Great burger pictures πŸ™‚

  4. I have had neither of course, but without seeming disloyal to westerners, I do like the look of that ‘Shake Shack’ burger! πŸ™‚
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Pete, you’d be very happy with either one to be honest – both are really good! Shake Shack has done a very fast expansion across America, but In-N-Out has decided not to do that, so it will stay a regional treat! Thanks as always for the comment!

  5. Yum! Any trip to California always includes a trip to In-N-Out Burger! They’re creeping their way north but I don’t think they’ve made it to Washington yet. In the meantime, there’s Dicks Drive-In, right??

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