Copycat In-n-Out Animal Style Fries

5 from 1 vote

An awesome copycat recipe for Animal Style Fries from In-n-Out Burger. Super easy to make and they taste exactly like the real thing.

Copycat In-n-Out Animal Style Fries

Sometimes when I go to In-n-Out to get a double-double I like to indulge in a side of Animal Style Fries. If you don’t live in California, you don’t know what you are missing. Now you can make your own animal style fries at home with this copycat recipe!

diced onions in skillet

If you’ve never heard of In-n-Out Burger, they are an American regional chain of fast-food restaurants with locations primarily in California and the Southwest known for their awesome burgers and fries.

fries in oven

So what’s so special about these fries? Well first off, they don’t appear on their regular menu. Regulars know that In-n-Out has a “secret” menu. Well, may not be so secret now since many people know about it.

cheese slices on fries

If you don’t care for American Cheese you can substitute for some cheddar cheese slices. The frozen fries you use for this recipe is up to you but the fast-food type fries are what I like to use.

Copycat In-n-Out Animal Style Fries

This copycat recipe is fairly easy to make but you must give yourself enough time to caramelize the onions. This process can take up to 45 minutes so make sure you plan accordingly.

animal style fries

Since the goal of a Copycat Recipe is for it to taste exactly like the original, it’s only natural to rate this recipe against the original. This Copycat recipe rates a solid 7 out of 10 in my opinion.

delicious animal style fries

You will need the following ingredients to make this Copycat Animal Style Fries recipe from In-n-Out (see recipe card for quantities): Vegetable Oil, Yellow Onion, Kosher Salt, Frozen French Fries, American Cheese, Mayonnaise, Ketchup, Sweet Relish, Yellow Mustard and White Vinegar.

  1. In a skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, season with salt, and cook until softened, about 10 minutes.
  2. Cover and continue to cook, stirring regularly, until the onions are dark golden brown, about 40 to 45 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven according to the directions on the french fries package.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the sauce ingredients and mix until combined. Set aside.
  5. Place the french fries on a baking sheet and bake according to the package directions. Season the fries with salt.
  6. Place the cheese slices over the fries. Bake until melted, about 1 minute. Put fries on a serving dish.
  7. Sprinkle the onions over the cheese and drizzle with the special sauce.

Printable Recipe Card

Copycat In-n-Out Animal Style Fries

Copycat In-n-Out Animal Style Fries

An awesome copycat recipe for Animal Style Fries from In-n-Out Burger. Super easy to make and they taste exactly like the real thing.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Author Rodney
Servings 6
Calories 669 kcal

Equipment

  • Skillet
  • Bowl for Mixing
  • Baking Sheet

Ingredients
 

  • 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Yellow Onion, finely diced
  • Kosher Salt
  • 32 oz Frozen French Fries
  • 6 slices American Cheese
Special Sauce
  • Cup Mayonnaise
  • ¼ Cup Ketchup
  • 3 Tbsp Sweet Relish
  • 1 Tbsp Yellow Mustard
  • 1 Tsp White Vinegar

Instructions
 

  • In a skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, season with salt, and cook until softened, about 10 minutes.
  • Cover and continue to cook, stirring regularly, until the onions are dark golden brown, about 40 to 45 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven according to the directions on the french fries package.
  • In a small bowl, combine the sauce ingredients and mix until combined. Set aside.
  • Place the french fries on a baking sheet and bake according to package directions. Season the fries with salt.
  • Place the cheese slices over the fries. Bake until melted, about 1 minute. Put fries on a serving dish.
  • Sprinkle the onions over the cheese and drizzle with the special sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 669kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 9gFat: 48gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gMonounsaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 1430mgPotassium: 743mgFiber: 7gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 359IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 243mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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2 Comments

  1. Dr Prasanta KR Dash says:

    Why this is named so, though no way it’s related to animal?

    1. The restaurant chain named it like that. Since this is a copycat recipe we are using the same name they use in their restaurants.

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