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Animal Style Burger

Animal Style Burger for an In-N-Out experience right at home.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 People
Author: Derek Wolf



  • 1-2 lbs Ground Beef 85/15
  • 1.5 tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1.5 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1.5 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • Yellow Mustard as needed

Caramelized Onions:

  • 1 Whole Yellow Onion diced
  • Canola Oil as needed

Special Sauce:

  • ½ cup Mayonnaise
  • ½ cup Ketchup
  • 2.5 tbsp Relish
  • 2 tbsp White Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp White Sugar


  • Brioche Burger Buns
  • Sliced American Cheese
  • Sliced Tomatoes
  • Sliced Lettuce
  • Dill Pickles chips


Caramelized Onions:

  • Preheat your Oklahoma Joe’s Judge Charcoal Grill to medium heat (around 300F) for direct cooking.
  • Add a cast iron skillet to heat up for 2 minutes over the fire.
  • Add 2 tbsp of oil then your diced onion.
  • Slow cook the onions, making sure to stir often, until they turn to a dark brown color (about 45 minutes of cooking).
  • Once the onions are done, pull them off and keep warm.


  • In a bowl, mix all the ingredients for the special sauce then place in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Heat your Oklahoma Joe’s Judge Charcoal Grill high heat (around 450F) for direct cooking.
  • Grab a handful of ground beef (around 1/4 lbs… ish) and gently roll it into a ball. Repeat this for 6-8 balls or until you’re out of meat.
  • Add a cast iron skillet or plancha over the flames to heat till it's slightly smoking (about 450 on the skillet).
  • Add a burger ball to the skillet. Place a piece of parchment over one ball and then firmly press with the spatula until the burger is “smashed” on the skillet.
  • Season the patty with salt, pepper and garlic. Let cook for another 1-1.5 minutes.
  • Before flipping, drizzle some yellow mustard on the unflipped patty.
  • Carefully flip the burger patty over and then season the new side. Top with a slice of cheese and let melt for 1-2 minutes.
  • Once melted, pull off and rest. Repeat for the rest of your patties.
  • Before building, toast your burger buns till golden brown.
  • Build your burger with the special sauce, pickled, tomato, lettuce, 1-2 burger patties, caramelized onions and more special sauce.
  • Serve and enjoy!



Calories: 742kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 4330mg | Potassium: 680mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 267IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 4mg