A beginner’s guide to In-N-Out Burger

How to order from the famous menu

PLEASANT HILL, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 28: The In-n-Out logo is displayed on the front of an In-n-Out restaurant on October 28, 2021 in Pleasant Hill, California. Contra Costa county health officials shut down an In-n-Out restaurant in Pleasant Hill on Tuesday after the popular burger chain ignored repeated warnings to check the vaccination cards of customers who wanted to dine indoors. San Francisco health officials shut down the Fisherman's Wharf location for several days earlier in the month for the same issue. That location is currently only offering to go orders. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) (Justin Sullivan, 2021 Getty Images)

HOUSTON – If you’re planning to eat at the famous fast-food chain, you might want to brush up on the lingo first.

Here’s our beginner’s guide to In-N-Out.

The basics

This restaurant only serves hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries and shakes. You won’t find any chicken sandwiches, nuggets or salads here.

Next level beefing

  • Double-Double = 2 patties, 2 cheese.
  • 3x3 = 3 patties, 3 cheese.
  • 4x4 = 4 patties, 4 cheese.

That secret sauce

Well, it’s a secret, but the internet describes it as a Thousand Island-style dressing or a spread made up of a mixture of ketchup, mayonnaise and sweet pickle relish.

The secret lingo

Animal Style: Can apply to your burger or your fries.

  • Animal style burger = mustard-grilled patties, the secret spread, extra pickles, grilled onions.
  • Animal style fries = the secret spread, cheese, grilled onions.

Flying solo

  • Flying Dutchman = No lettuce. No onions. No bun! Just two patties and two slices of cheese.

The lighter side

  • Protein Style = Wrap your burger in lettuce. Ditch the bun.

The shakes

There’s strawberry. There’s chocolate. There’s vanilla. But if you’re feeling adventurous, order all three flavors in one cup. It’s called the Neapolitan.

The alternative

Overwhelmed by the secret language? There’s always Whataburger!