Paleo Hack: In-N-Out

In-N-Out. It’s about as synonymous with “California” as Sublime and the beach. Am I right, or am I right? Since I no longer reside in California (don’t feel sorry for me, I now have legitimate mountains as my playground) it’s practically a sacrilege to not drop by In-N-Out and play at the beach while visiting.

I realize when it comes to burgers that “buns make it fun” but Animal Style will wreck a bikini bod faster than you can say “Double-Double!” And considering I was in the Golden State to do that once-a-year-Thanksgiving-thing where I eat so much I gain 7 pounds in one day, I figured it would be smart to Paleo hack it.

So here it is, my Paleo-hack that’s not on their typical menu:

“Double Meat mustard fried with grilled onions, chopped chillies, and extra tomatoes protein style. Please hold the spread.”

I’ll break it down:
Double Meat – Two meat patties, no cheese.
Mustard fried – They’ll put mustard on my meat patty before grilling it.
Grilled onions – Typical In-N-Out burgers come with raw onions but i prefer them grilled.
Chopped chillies – Because some like a little more zing!
Extra tomatoes – It makes my double meat extra beefy.
Protein Style – No bun. They wrap it in hand-leafed lettuce instead.

Double Meat mustard fried with grilled onions, chopped chillies, and extra tomatoes protein style. No spread. Thank you In-N-Out!

The best thing about this hack is it leaves me feeling full and NOT bloated with enough gas to take me to Memphis. Double double points.

Oh! And if you want to be nice, order your dog-baby a “Flying Dutchman.” Our boxer Rogue loves going to In-N-Out with us:

Until next time, California!


  1. As a New Yorker and a Celiac, this sounds like the perfect meal. I really need a trip out west to try one of these famous burgers.

  2. haha, awesome idea! keep going :)

  3. Ordering this right now, thank you!

  4. Or if you’re feeling a bit extra hungry, instead of saying “Double-Double” (if you want the cheese) or “Double Meat” Go bigger with a 3 or 4 meat. That’ll fill you up!

  5. Thank you so much for posting this. I was getting tired of plain ol’ protein style burgers but the mustard fried and the chopped chillies really made it extra tasty! And I had no idea! Beautiful photos too.

    • jessicamacho says:

      Yay! So glad you like it. I love all the “secret” options In’N’Out has. They are by far my favorite “protein style” burger joint because their hand wrapped lettuce holds so well! :oP Thanks for the photo comps!

  6. Just tried this out at an In N’ Out Burger outside of Berkeley, CA. I dropped the chiles, but other than that, it was the same. You are totally right – I felt full afterwards, finished up my water, and headed to the airport without any of the bloat that I remember from the way I used to eat those. Cutting grains and sugars out of diet was the smartest thing I’ve ever done.

    • jessicamacho says:

      Med School Odyssey – YAY!!! Glad it worked out for you. It’s my go-to California hack. :) It’s like you feel satisfied but not overly full.

  7. Kenny B. says:

    Thanks for this. I just ordered and devoured. I’m going to print it on a card and keep it in my wallet, the gal at the counter appreciated being able to read and punch it in. IT WAS AWESOME, mustard fried with the peppers made it so.

  8. This was amazing! The best burger ever!!
    Thanks. :)

  9. Nice post.
    I think burgers are the worst food to stay away from when trying to eat paleo. Thanks to you I no longer need too. And best of all, it’s Friday, the perfect day for burgers.


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