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These In-N-Out Animal Style Fries taste JUST like the “secret menu” favorite. In less time than it takes to go to In-N-Out you can enjoy these popular smothered fries at home!
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My husband grew up in California just minutes away from an In-N-Out. If you ask him what he misses most about California, he will tell you it’s 3 things: the beach, Disneyland, and In-N-Out Burger. Thankfully, he’s married to someone who loves re-creating copycat recipes! I have made these fries for him many, many times and he agrees, this copycat recipe tastes like the real deal.
In-N-Out Animal style fries are a cult favorite amongst fast food lovers. Though they are found on the “secret” menu, they are hardly a secret. Animal style fries are In-N-Out’s hand-cut fries topped with melted cheese slices, “secret sauce”, and grilled onions. They are SO good! And the best part? You can be enjoying these animal fries in less than 30 minutes!
Ingredients for Animal Style Fries
- Frozen fries – Traditional, crispy, or shoestring fries all work great for this recipe. Follow package directions for cooking. If you are feeling ambitious you can make your own fries from scratch.
- American cheese slices – we like to use Kraft Singles or Velveeta brand
- In-N-Out Sauce (see recipe below)
- Onion (white or yellow onion works great)
In-N-Out Secret Sauce
In-N-Out’s special sauce is super easy to make and only take a few ingredients that you probably have in your fridge right now. Here’s what you need:
- Mayonnaise (Best Foods / Hellmann’s mayo tastes the best)
- Sweet pickle relish
What Cheese is Best For Animal Style Fries?
In-N-Out uses American cheese for their animal style fries. Of course you can use another type of cheese but then it wouldn’t be In-N-Out style. For these fries we like to use Kraft American cheese or the Velveeta cheese slices. The Velveeta slices melt a little better than the Kraft brand and (in my opinion) taste better, but the Kraft is usually easier to find.
Making the Caramelized Onions
The caramelized (or grilled) onion is really the cherry (well, onion) on top for animal style fries. They are sautéed in butter until perfectly browned and almost crispy. First, finely dice the onion. Next, heat some butter in a large skillet until melted. Add the onion and sprinkle a bit on salt over the top. The salt will help dehydrate the onion and make it more crispy. Sauté the onion until it turns a deep golden brown with dark edges. Watch it closely because it can burn quickly.
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Frequently Asked Questions
In-N-Out Burger offers animal-style fries on its ‘secret menu.’ These fries feature a crispy base topped with melted cheese, ‘secret sauce,’ and grilled onions.
Nope. The animal fries at In-N-Out do not have bacon. Some people mistake the crispy grilled onion for bacon because it is crispy and brown, like crumbled bacon. Now, that isn’t to say that bacon wouldn’t be good on animal fries! It would be a delicious addition.
The sauce for animal fries consists of mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, and relish.
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How to Make Animal Style Fries
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- Prepare fries according to package instructions. We actually like them best when made in the air fryer.
- While fries are baking, prepare the sautéed onions. Finely chop the onion and set aside. Melt butter in a non-stilck skillet over medium-high heat. Add the diced onions to the pan and sprinkle the with salt. Sauté until the onions become golden brown with crisp edges. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Prepare the In-N-Out sauce by combining all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside until ready to add to the fries.
- When fries are heated, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put the fries close together and place the 6 slices of cover the top so they cover most of the surface of the fries.
- Place under the broiler for 1-2 minutes or until cheese has melted.
- Remove the cheese covered fries from the oven. You can leave them on the baking tray or place them on a serving platter. Add a few scoops of the prepared In-N-Out sauce over the top.
- Spoon the cooked onion over the top of the sauce and serve.
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