Fast Food Hit-Or-Miss

How In-N-Out Became The Burger Giant It Is Today

According to an evaluation done by Harris Poll’s yearly Equi-Trend study, In-N-Out has been dethroned as the the Burger King by Five Guys…

Okay enough with the obvious lame burger puns. Yes, In-N-Out has allegedly been dethroned by Five Guys from a poll based on brand familiarity, quality, and likelihood of considering to purchase the brand. An overwhelming majority of us here at Foodbeast aren’t too happy with the outcome of this recent study, so we thought it would be a good idea to share a bit of In-N-Out’s history and what has made it into the G.O.A.T. fast food burger joint.

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Founded in 1948, In-N-Out was the first drive-thru burger stand in Southern California, opening in Baldwin Park, CA by Harry Snyder and his wife Esther. From its very inception, In-N-Out has dedicated itself to providing high quality burgers made from fresh ingredients. After its first decade, the company expanded to five total restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley area; by its 25th anniversary in 1973, In-N-Out grew to 13 locations in the Los Angeles County area.

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Contrary to popular belief, the “secret menu” actually began to manifest way back in 1961, when Snyder catered to a customer’s custom order. It ultimately became known as “Animal Style.” If you know… you know.

It was not until 1963 that the world famous Double Double was introduced on the menu, almost immediately becoming the go-to item on the already precise and simple menu. Therein lies the charm of In-N-Out: a small, simple menu that’s affordable and almost always meets your expectations.

By the 1970s, In-N-Out really blew up to become a staple in Southern California culture; their iconic crossed palm trees at every location became a familiar sight, ice cream milkshakes were added to the menu, and a shift towards a dining room format became the standard.

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It wasn’t until 1992 that the red palm trees crossed state lines into Nevada, and it won’t be until the year 2000 that Arizonians were blessed with Double Double. The first Utah location opened in 2008, Texas in 2011, and Oregon barely in 2015. At this time, there are only 300 locations within the six aforementioned states, and has always been family owned — a rarity in the fast food industry.

A testament to their overall appeal and business savvy, In-N-Out is a billion dollar company with over 18,000 employees across the board and annual revenue numbers reaching over 600 million dollars. What’s more, such success has come without sacrificing everything their brand and product has stood for.

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In a world where restaurants have large, complicated menus, it’s refreshing to know that In-N-Out’s burgers will always deliver on the same great taste. Despite being only in SIX states and having 300 locations, it’s quite an amazing feat to be craved by people all over the world.

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Papa John’s New Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Gives You The Best Of Both Worlds

The age-old question of having pizza or a bacon cheeseburger for dinner has plagued us for as long as the two glorious items have coexisted in the same moment in history. Our wallets and our bellies adamantly tell us we simply can’t gorge upon both, unfortunately.

Well Papa John’s has a solution to that predicament with their new Bacon Cheddarburger Pizza.

The new pizza addition to the Papa John’s chain is layered with a zesty burger sauce, beef, hickory-smoked bacon, dill pickle slices, Roma tomatoes, Wisconsin Cheddar, and mozzarella cheese.

Papa John’s patrons can find the new Bacon Cheddarburger Pizza at participating locations nationwide through June 25. A large hand-tossed or pan pizza should cost  you about $10.

With news of Arby’s slinging Pizza Sliders breaking yesterday, it seems fitting a pizza chain would offer the reverse.

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Costco’s New Cheeseburger Causes Some Confusion As To What A “Chicago-Style” Burger Means

[UPDATE]: May 25 — After some initial confusion on Twitter, with readers in Chicago demanding to know what exactly a “Chicago Bun” was, some clarification was reached. Apparently many of them had never heard of a “Chicago Style” burger or bun.

Fortunately, Costco management responded, clarifying the reasoning behind the “Chicago” naming confusion.

“The vendor calls the hamburger bun out as a “Chicago Bun” on a sticker which is affixed to the outside of the box it’s delivered in,” a Costco representative said on behalf of Costco management in an email. Adding, “We make no reference to that term (“Chicago Style”) in our item description or step by step formula.”

To be more specific, Costco management clarified that the bun is actually a challah bun, a roll made with Jewish bread dough.


Costco Food Court lovers have a reason to celebrate, as it looks like the menu is expanding. Currently, Costco Wholesale locations in Corona, Pacoima, and Lakewood, Calif., with other out of state locations in Seattle, Wash., are testing a 1/3 Lbs. Chicago-Style cheeseburger, and like everything else at Costco, it’s massive.

It’s an organic beef patty, topped with romaine lettuce, smoked Thousand Island dressing, tomatoes, and cheddar cheese, all placed between fluffy, sweet Chicago-style buns. In true Costco fashion, the new burger is an affordable $5.43 with tax, which means you can still grab a delicious slice of pizza or a Costco hot dog without breaking the bank.


However, while this might seem like a new addition, Costco has experimented with cheeseburgers before. About a year ago, Reddit user Forrest263, posted a photo of a Costco Food Court menu, featuring a 1/3 Lb. cheeseburger in Livermore, Calif., but by the looks of the photo it was served on a ciabatta roll, not the current Chicago-Style bun.

While visiting the Long Beach, California location, a Costco employee relayed that Costco would be rolling out the new Chicago-Style Cheeseburger in additional locations by March 2018.

In that case, we’re marking our calendars.

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IHOP Threw A Cheeseburger Into An Omelette And It Looks Like A Mouthful

With American diner chains, there’s a Twilight Hour between breakfast and lunch where you don’t know whether to choose between an omelette or a cheeseburger. It’s maddening for anyone feeling those hunger pains tearing through their indecisiveness.

Brand Eating reports the International House of Pancakes has added a new menu item that’s sure to quell the storm in your stomach: a Cheeseburger Omelette.

Featuring the best of both worlds, the breakfast dish is stuffed with USDA Choice ground beef, hash browns, onions, and tomatoes. The new omelette is also topped with American cheese, ketchup, mustard, and pickles.

You can find the new Cheeseburger Omelette on menus of participating IHOP locations for a limited time, likely through the next few months.

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8-Year-Old Expertly Drives His Younger Sister To McDonald’s For A Cheeseburger

Sometimes, you just really want McDonald’s.

That’s what caused an eight-year-old boy to drive himself and his four-year-old sister to a location of the Golden Arches in East Palestine, Ohio. According to SF Gate, the kids had already eaten dinner but were still hungry, and both parents were asleep in the house.

Instead of waking up the parents to drive them to McDonald’s, the boy decided to take matters into his own hands. FOX8 reports that the child, who had apparently taught himself to drive through YouTube videos, made sure his sister was safely in the back of his dad’s van before driving it about a mile across railroad tracks and through multiple turns to reach a local McDonald’s location.

Concerned witnesses called police regarding the child driver, but also noted that he never hit anything and observed all stop signs, traffic laws, and speed limits. When they arrived at the McDonald’s, the boy paid for cheeseburgers using money from his piggy bank.

A family friend who happened to be eating there notified the children’s grandparents, who came to pick them up upon hearing the news. Police also arrived to figure out what exactly happened with the entire controversy, and the case is reportedly still under investigation.

It’s definitely puzzling that an eight-year-old would have the ability to drive a van that well. But it’s also awesome and inspiring at the same time.

Props to you, kid. You definitely earned that cheeseburger.

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I Fed My Coworkers A Donut Cheeseburger From Walmart And Here’s What Happened

On a recent stroll down the frozen food aisles of Walmart, we found a peculiar box of microwaveable cheeseburgers that you would find at a county fair: Donut Cheeseburger.


As we sat in morning traffic, the 57 freeway crawling like a complacent toddler, we took joy in the fact that ridiculous food trends were slowly leaking into the frozen dinner world. We now live in a time where a Deep-fried Twinkie and Donut Cheeseburger won’t cost you at ticket to the fair. Don’t get us started about parking prices.

You just pop them into the microwave for a couple of minutes and you’re ready to enjoy this stoner dish in the comfort of your own – well, anywhere with a fridge and microwave. That’s the point, right?


The Donut Cheeseburger featured chopped beef steak topped with American cheese, pepper berry bacon jam, and is sandwiched between two donut cake buns.

Upon removal from our beloved microwave, home of many frozen meals, we were surprised by the enticing aroma emanating from the once-frozen sandwich. Hopefully it tasted as good as it smelled, because we’d like to see the best in most packaged foods.

We passed the burgers around the bullpen to see what the brave Foodbeasts who dared to partake had to say:


It’s not even a good “2am” food. I don’t know who this was made for.


It tasted like a McGriddle, but it was supposed to be a cheeseburger.


It was half-decent stoner food that tasted like couch cushions when sober.

The frozen packaged food item was sold under the Great Value brand and comes in packs of 2. It seems that they’re only available at the Walmart Supercenter.


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Chef Perfectly Recreates In-N-Out’s Animal Style 6×6 Burger

We’re lucky enough to live in Southern California where we can hop into a car anytime we’re craving In-N-Out and have a mouthful of cheeseburger about 15 minutes after those cravings set in. Unfortunately, half the country doesn’t have that luxury. Sorry, East Coast.

However, the dude from HellthyJunkFood decided he wanted to make In-N-Out’s infamous 6×6 Animal Style burger. This means you don’t have to grab a plane ticket to enjoy the one.

Just make it at home.

Check out his method of grilling and stacking six cheese-topped beef patties with the tangy spread of the beloved West Coast burger chain.

While you do this, we’re gonna hit the drive-thru.


This Deep Fried Cheeseburger Pringles Breaded Burger FTW [WATCH]

Nick, the man behind the amazing blog Dude Foods, is the kind of eater we all aspire to be like. Thanks to his help, he’s getting us there, one Pringles encrusted meal at a time.

After deep frying hot dogs and then breading them in Pringles Hot Diggity Dog flavored chips, Nick decided to start making his way down the line of junk food Pringles flavors. Nick made the hot dogs, then set out to buy Pringles Pizza chips in order to decorate a pizza in the same way.

Through his snapchat, Nick spoke with a fan and discovered the existence of Pringles Cheeseburger, and boy are we glad he did. Sticking to the trend he’s created, Mr. Dude Foods himself created a Pringles Cheeseburger-coated deep fried burger, and it looks glorious.

Check out his video below to see how to make this monstrosity of a beauty.