A couple of months ago, a wonderful thing happened in north Texas. In-N-Out Burger made its first appearance. If you want me to pinpoint why I love In-N-Out, I can't. What I can say, is that the food is incredibly fresh and wonderfully tasty. If you are going to splurge on fast food, shouldn't it be as yummy as possible? I say yes.
I had been eagerly anticipating the arrival of In-N-Out since the announcement of its proposed arrival first circulated the airwaves last summer. My husband even called after it was on the news to make sure I had gotten the fantastic memo. He knows my affection for it. So when that glorious spring day arrived when the first north Texas In-N-Out opened, I was thrilled! What I wasn't expecting, was the 3-4 hour wait. That's right, it's that good. With 2 young kids and a 45 minute commute one-way, my In-N-Out road trip was going to have to wait.
Wait, I did, but only for about 3 weeks. I thought that was sufficient time. One weekend, we loaded the crew up, popped in a movie, and began our commute to the new restaurant. Surprisingly, the excitement still hadn't worn off for folks. After a 45 minute drive there, and a 45 minute drive thru wait time, we had our delicious feast. Let me tell you, it was sooooo worth it.
Tonight, rather than driving that trip again and adding commuter traffic to it, I decided to attempt my own, knock-off version.
The way I love my In-N-Out burger is what they call "protein style." This eliminates the bun and replaces it with fresh, crisp lettuce. I think it is a super yummy way to enjoy their burgers. If they had soggy lettuce that would be one thing, but it's super crisp, fresh, and fantastic.
So tonight, I laid out my crisp lettuce and added some generous slices of hothouse tomato, while I cooked an Omaha steak burger on my fairly new cast iron, stovetop grill pan. I only seasoned the meat with some Montreal Steak seasoning, as I find it to be burger gold.
Then I added some cheese, tucked the burger in neatly, and put the whole shebang together. Viola! My very own "protein style" In-N-Out-ish inspired burger. I meant to serve it with sweet potato fries, but I forgot to preheat the oven in time. That would have been a yummy side, but strawberries did the trick too.
While it was definitely no In-N-Out burger experience, it did the job. I'm already plotting my next road trip there, and happily awaiting the arrival of closer ones this summer. If you ever find yourself near one, I beg you to stop, and by all means, get yourself a chocolate shake!
Link to In-N-Out website