Gordon Ramsay recently said he preferred In-N-Out to Shake Shack "all the way."
"Especially when it's freshly cooked and served animal style," he told Thrillist. "Nothing better."
While in Austin, Texas, I tried the celebrity chef's favorite order, and I was impressed.
The celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has spoken a lot about his love for the West Coast fast-food chain In-N-Out.
"People think Americans are obese and burgers are bad for them — they are delicious. In-N-Out burgers were extraordinary," he told the Scottish newspaper the Sunday Mail in 2008. "I was so bad, I sat in the restaurant, had my double cheeseburger then minutes later I drove back round and got the same thing again to take away."
He said in a Reddit AMA in 2016: "I wish that they were set up in London because if there's one thing I miss flying out of LA, it's an In and Out Burger."
In a recent interview with Thrillist, Ramsay said he definitely preferred In-N-Out to the East Coast chain Shake Shack.
"No offense to my friend Danny Meyer of Shake Shack, but it's an In-N-Out burger, all the way," he said. "Especially when it's freshly cooked and served animal style. Nothing better."
On a recent trip to Austin, Texas, I decided to stop at an In-N-Out to try the chef's go-to order.
The chef orders a double cheeseburger — the chain's Double-Double — served "animal style."
The Double-Double usually comes with two beef patties, two slices of American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, and spread — but animal style is slightly different.
If you order your burger animal style, the beef patties will be cooked in mustard and come with all the toppings plus pickles and extra spread, and the onions will be grilled.
However, it doesn't affect the price. My burger cost only $4.50.
The burger was large. Simply holding it required two hands.
I could see the spread dripping from the bottom of the burger, as well as the layers of crispy lettuce, tomato, and thick burger patties.
The pickles were tart and crunchy, the beef patties were over-the-top juicy and flavorful, and the cheese-to-meat ratio was perfect.
The onions came through and added a lot of flavor. I also really liked the spread, which I thought added a nice tanginess to the burger. The cheese was flavorful and thick — it covered every bit of the burger patties.
I could see why the celebrity chef would go back for another.
The burger was almost impossible for me to put down. I was truly blown away.
Though it was a large burger, I finished it with little effort — it was just that good.
After trying Ramsay's In-N-Out order, I can see why the celebrity chef can't stop singing the chain's praises. The burger was juicy, large, super flavorful, and fairly priced — and definitely worth driving back around for a second one.
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