Copycat In N Out Animal Fries

Copycat In N Out Animal Fries -- Family Fresh Meals

Every restaurant seems to have one special dish it’s known for. At In ‘N’ Out Burger, it’s their Animal Style Fries.

Technically, these aren’t even on the menu. They’re part of In ‘N’ Out’s secret menu, the one that’s only available to those in the know. Fortunately, thanks to the Internet, that’s pretty much everybody.Copycat In N Out Animal Fries - Fries on a fork

So anyone can walk into In ‘N’ Out and order up the Animal Style Fries – a basket of golden French fries topped with grilled onions, melted cheese, and Thousand Island dressing. However, since the In ‘N’ Out chain only exists out west, these special fries were a treat that was truly off the menu for us easterners…until now.

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Turns out, it’s actually quite easy to whip up your own version of In ‘N’ Out’s special sauce at home. All you need is ketchup, mustard, relish, vinegar, and sugar. And once you’ve got the sauce, all you have to do is fry up some onions and melt some cheese to turn frozen French fries straight out of the bag into Animal Fries, right in your own kitchen.

So now, this secret menu item is truly open to everybody.

How to Make Copycat In N Out Animal Fries

Directions:

  1. Cook Fries According to package directions.  While fries are cooking, melt butter in a frying pan over medium high heat, add onions and brown sugar and salt. Reduce heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally until onions are caramelized. This takes 10-15 minutes – you can add 1-3 tsp of water as needed. Copycat In N Out Animal Fries - sauting onions in a pan
  2. Combine mayonnaise, ketchup, relish, sugar and vinegar to a small bowl and mix well.Copycat In N Out Animal Fries - sauce ingredients in a bowlCopycat In N Out Animal Fries - whisking together In N Out secret sauce
  3. To serve: Place fries on a plate. Immediately cover with American Cheese Slices while the fries are still hot.Copycat In N Out Animal Fries - Cheese slices melted on top of cheese
  4. Next, place the caramelized onions in the center and top with the animal fry sauce.Copycat In N Out Animal Fries - sauteed onions placed on top of melted cheeseCopycat In N Out Animal Fries - pouring In N Out Sauce over fries.Copycat In N Out Animal Fries - Served on a white plate
5 from 32 votes

Copycat In N Out Animal Fries

Animal Fries are my absolute favorite. Turns out, it’s actually quite easy to whip up your own Copycat In N Out Animal Fries at home.
Prep Time 18 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes

Ingredients
 

Ingredients:

  • 32 oz Frozen French Fries of your choice
  • 1 large yellow onion - finely chopped about l 1/2 cup chopped
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoons water

For animal fry sauce:

  • 3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 4 slices American Cheese

Instructions

  • Cook Fries According to package directions.
  • While fries are cooking, melt butter in a frying pan over medium high heat, add onions and brown sugar and salt. Reduce heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally until onions are caramelized. This takes 10-15 minutes - you can add 1-3 tsp of water as needed.
  • Combine mayonnaise, ketchup, relish, sugar and vinegar to a small bowl and mix well.
  • To serve: Place fries on a plate. Immediately cover with American Cheese Slices while the fries are still hot. Next, place the caramelized onions in the center and top with the animal fry sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 640mg | Potassium: 340mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 4.9mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1mg

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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    5 stars from my teenager. This recipe is the bomb dot com. Easy, quick & filling. I air fried the oreida french fries for about 20 minutes. Also used olive oil instead of butter, white onions instead of yellow and sharp shredded cheddar cheese instead of American. Everything else was on point. Thank you so much!!

  2. 5 stars
    Really good! I airfryed my fries for about 15 – 18 minutes I did not use any relish and for the cheese i just used plain marble but in the end it turned out pretty good! If you really want a lot of flavor i would recommend using a lot of the sauce and a little extra cheese 😉