Double-double cheeseburger animal style

Dig into a delicious messy burger with double the patties and double the cheese!

Sometimes a simple hamburger is not enough – you need to double-up on size! While you are at it, not only double the meat but also double the cheese! Add some messy saucy lettuce, a little zing from gherkins, then wrap yourself in napkins and dig in!

This recipe is my take on the double-double burger from the American burger chain In-N-Out Burger*. As you can’t get these burgers in Europe I had to make my own. Double the meat, double the cheese, but then it’s time for the secret technique that makes all the difference.

The easy secret is to smear mustard on top of the patties and griddle them directly on the mustard. If you use a whole-grain mustard you will end up with a delicious mustard crust on your meat.

And as we all like to get messy with our burgers why not use a lettuce slaw instead of regular old whole lettuce leafs? Iceberg pretty much holds its crunch no matter what you do with it. Thinly shred up the lettuce and mix it with some mayo, diced gherkin and seasonings. An easy slaw that will make sure you have crunchy lettuce in every single bite of your delicious succulent burger.

Getting hungry yet? Make sure you have enough napkins at hand. Things will get messy!


Now this looks like messy perfection!


(This will get you 2 burgers – trust me, 1 burger per person is more than enough. You can simply double the recipe for 4 people if you have more company)

  • 2 onions
  • 3 gherkins
  • 1 tomato
  • 3 lettuce leafs, use crunchy iceberg
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar, try rice-vinegar
  • 4 beef patties of great quality, 100-125grams each
  • 4 tablespoons mustard, preferably use coarse whole-grain mustard
  • 150grams grated cheese, try some old gouda for a bit of character
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 soft buns
  • BBQ sauce


Some slicing, dicing, stirring and searing!

Cut 1 and a half onions into rings, slice 1 gherkin lengthwise, Slice-up the tomato. Reserve these veggies until needed.

For the lettuce slaw: Dice the other half onion and the 2 remaining gherkins. Very finely slice the iceberg lettuce. Mix all well with mayonnaise, vinegar and a dash of pepper and salt.

Put a skillet on high heat. Once smoking hot, place the 4 patties into the skillet and sear for 3 minutes. Spread mustard evenly on top of the patties.

Flip the patties so they cook directly on the mustard. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the sizzling patties.

Add the onion-rings to the skillet around the patties. Splash onions with Worcestershire to get them caramelized.

Let the patties and onions cook for another 3 minutes.

Once cooked, remove skillet from heat and place two patties on top of each other. This will give you two double-cheeseburger stacks.

Assembly time – build your messy masterpiece!

Halve the buns and spread the bottom bun generously with lettuce slaw. Add tomato slices and one double cheeseburger stack on top.

Spread gherkins and caramelized onions on top, then drizzle over some of your favorite BBQ sauce. Close the burger with the top bun.

Serve your double-double with fries, some more gherkin slices and lots of napkins!


Let me know what you think about the recipe in the comments below! Have you ever had a real In-N-Out Double-Double and think I’m completely going rogue here? Do you like this recipe maybe even better than the real deal? Think this recipe is missing something essential?  Place your comments underneath and let’s make this recipe even better together!


(*Please note that I’m not affiliated with In-N-Out Burger in any way. I just think that credit should be given when it’s due. I have never had an original double-double burger. This recipe is just my tasty take on their idea)

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