Vegan In and Out

Vegan In and Out

In and Out

The History Behind In and Out 

The iconic In and Out opened in October 22nd, 1948. It was the first drive thru hamburger stand to open in California. It was so cute, barely 10 square feet. Harry Snyder the founder would go to his local meat and produce market every day before the stand opened. He strived to be able to get the freshest ingredients. This was a much simpler time where things weren’t as mass produced. Getting to step into In and Out in 2017 just makes me feel like I get to step back in time.

I was pretty young the first time experiencing In and Out. We were going on a family trip, I remember my dad and stepmom (Tonie) talking so highly about it. Which made us kids pretty excited and hungry. I think it was me and my older sister’s first time eating there. We were all really hungry when we arrived, however, there was a huge line. Which if you have ever been to an In and Out, then you know what I am talking about. Lucky for us “starving” kids, we did not have to wait in line for very long. They do something right with the way they are able to keep high energy and fast pace getting through the line in a very highly efficient way. Standing in line we took a look at the menu and I remember my first two thoughts: wow they don’t have a lot of options and yum milkshakes! Although some of the original In and Out offered malts on their menus, hand mixed milkshakes didn’t get introduced until 1975. They hand mixed them in the cups having to be careful not to rip the cup while they were mixing them. I remember standing there thinking I’m getting just a plain burger no onions and french fries with a medium chocolate shake. At first I was mostly just excited for the shake, in my head I was thinking I have had burgers before so no big deal right? Oh boy were my young taste buds in for a treat when it came to that burger.

The first In and Out with a dining room opened up in 1975. It was a new era, before the 21st restaurant in Ontario opened up with a one lane drive through and an inside seating area. The other 20 restaurants were all drive-thrus with 2 drive lanes. They also offered a small seating area outside where you could eat with a place mat made out of pink butcher. This paper later turned into a place mat printed with a map of other In and Out locations around the LA area.

When we sat down I thought for sure we were going to be there for awhile waiting for our food. They again proved they knew what they were doing with speed and not keeping anyone waiting too long. We got our food in record time and we all dug in. I learned with that first bite, that I didn’t give their burgers enough credit. This was not just a regular burger. This was a delicious burger. As we ate I forgot about my milkshake that I was so excited about before. The delicious sauce dripped down my chin as I devoured this burger. Normally with three kids you don’t ever get us to shut up except for this time as we all stuffed our mouths with delicious food. There was no fighting, no arguing, and we were all relatively quiet. When I finally lifted my head after finishing most of the burger, I remembered my milkshake and fries. I normally never like regular fries, however, this is In and Out we are talking about. So I also stuffed my face with those, while slurping down a great chocolate milkshake. My first experience with In and Out was memorable; I learned that not all burgers should be treated the same and that this was probably the coolest place I had ever been.

Years past before I had In and Out again. My mom and Dave had made the decision to move to Las Vegas so that my mom could be closer to her side of the family. I was just starting 8th grade and I wasn't the happiest in the world to be leaving all my friends behind. There was one thing, though, that I was super excited for and that was Vegas had In and Outs. The 80th restaurant opened in 1992 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Believe it or not, when I lived in Vegas I tried not to go there very often; I didn’t want it to get old to me. I lived in Vegas for 5 years and I only went there about 7 times. One of the times, I was with my best friend. We were spending the night at her house and her parents took us out to eat. It was then that I learned about the not so secret menu. She introduced me to Animal style fries- yum! Fries covered in cheese and that delicious sauce with grilled onions on top. Why had no one mentioned this sooner?!

In highschool when I was vegetarian I remember the day when my bbff Ashley ran up to me in the hallway passing to the next class and she shouted, “OH GIRL YOU ARE GOING TO BE EXCITED!” One of the kids in her class worked at an In and Out and he so kindly let her in on the not so secret of there being something called the “grilled cheese”. It was weeks after that when I was actually able to try it, but holy moly was I happy. It was a burger without the burger. We laughed so hard ordering in the drive-thru because we weren’t sure if it was actually a thing but sure enough it was, which was awesome!

In and Out has quite a history, and when it comes to my history with them, I couldn’t let it end when I went vegan, I couldn’t just give it up. It was something that has a moment in each era of my life that sticks out to me. So I of course had to recreate it. Now will I ever really be able to recreate something that has almost achieved perfection? Probably not, however I got it so darn close that the first bite brought me back to that fateful day when I bit into my first In and Out burger.

Time To Get Baked


For the Burger: 

  • Vegan burger patties- (I used boca burgers) 
  • Buns 
  • 1/2 Onions 
  • lettuce 
  • tomatos 

Animal Fries

Secret Sauce

  • 1/2 cup vegan Mayonnaise (I used Hampton creek)  
  • 1/2 cup catchup 
  • 3 TBSP of sweet relish 
  • 1 Tsp sugar 
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar 
  • 1 Tsp mustard 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 


  1. Wash and peel your potatoes. Then cut potatoes into thin strips, Soak the potatoes strips  in a large bowl filled with water for at least 2 hours or over night. 
  2. Heat up your oil, Fry up you Potato strips for about 5 minutes. Drain and cool. 
  3. Once all fries come out of the oil lower the tempter of the oil and start your second fry. This will get your french fries the nice golden brown color and they will come out nice and crispy.
  4. Drain and cool.
  5. Dice your onion. In a medium frying pan start to grill you onions on low to medium heat.
  6. While your Onions are grill start cooking your burger patties.
  7. As the onions are cooking start making your sauce, in a small bowl combined all ingredients for the sauce and mix. Chill in the fridge. 
  8. Start cooking you burger. (When the first side of my boca burger was cooking I added a little bit of mustard to the top side. When you flip it you will get the mustard grill that In and Out does to there burgers.) 
  9. Lay your patty on to the bun, sauce. lettuce, tomatoes, and grilled onions.
  10. For your fries, lay your fries down, cheese, sauce, and then grilled onions 
  11. Enjoy
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