In N Out Inspired Protein Style Burgers

“Protein-style” lettuce wrap cheese burgers with a delicious sauce, inspired by the one and only; In-N-Out!

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Living ten minutes away from In-N-Out is straight up dangerous. I love their burgers, protein style, animal style, regular style.. they’re all so good. The best part is their sauce which I did my best to create an at-home copy cat version. It’s tangy and creamy.

I always get my burgers delivered from Butcher Box. I love that I know they’re made with quality grass-fed beef. This is no way sponsored (however, I wish it was lol) I just cannot recommend butcher box enough. From the looks of my blog, you can probably tell – I’m a big meat eater. Which is crazy because growing up.. I hated meat.

Now a days, there’s so much controversy about eating meat. Is it healthy? Or with vegan being more and more common.. some people just see it as un-fair. By the way, I totally respect people who don’t eat meat!

But, with my life-style and preference.. I like eating meat. It gives me energy and I like the meals I make and share using it. With that being said, I do really think it’s important to eat and support companies who use quality meat. I’ve been getting my meat (and wild-caught salmon now!!) delivered from Butcher Box – and the best part is it’s affordable. Their animals are humanely raised (SO important) and have no antibiotics or hormones ever. Their beef is 100% grass-fed and grass finished, pasture-raised and free to roam, and packed with key nutrients and Omega-3s. They also have pork, chicken, and NOW salmon – woo!


In N Out Inspired Protein Style Burgers




3 burgers, I use the butcher box burgers

mesquite seasoning to taste, optional 

1/2 tbsp olive oil 

salt to taste

1 tomato, sliced

68 dill pickle slices

1/2 a head of iceberg lettuce, cut into little “buns” I layer them for more support

sliced sharp cheddar cheese, to taste, optional


1/4 cup mayo, I use avocado oil mayo

2 tbsp ketchup

1 tbsp dill pickle juice

23 tbsp dill relish

salt and pepper to taste


Make the sauce by combining all the ingredients. Mix together and refrigerate until ready to use.

Heat your grill to high heat. Season burgers with salt and mesquite seasoning. Lightly brush the burgers with some olive oil. Carefully, add the burgers to the grill and cook until golden on the one side (about 3 minutes, depending on the size of the burger), flip burgers then cook on the other side for about 4 minutes (this will give you a medium rare burger – cook longer if you want them cooked more medium/medium well or until its cooked to your desire) Add the cheese (if using) to the tops of the burger a minute before removing from the grill.

Assemble the burgers with this sequence: lettuce bun, sliced tomato, burger, desired amount of sauce, pickles, the other half of the lettuce bun.. ENJOY!


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