American, Copycat, Side Dishes

Irresistible Animal Style Fries (In N Out Copycat)

Today, we’re diving deep into the world of comfort food with a dish that’s sure to make your taste buds dance – Animal Style Fries. Originating from the iconic West Coast fast-food chain, In-N-Out Burger, these fries are not your ordinary side dish. With layers of gooey cheese, savory grilled onions, and a secret sauce that packs a punch, they’re a culinary delight that’s as addictive as it is delicious.

Why should you make this dish, you ask? Well, picture this: golden crispy fries, smothered in melted cheese, topped with caramelized onions, and drizzled with a tangy, savory sauce. It’s a symphony of flavors and textures that will leave you craving more with every bite. Whether you’re hosting a game night, a backyard barbecue, or simply looking to indulge in some serious comfort food, Animal Style Fries are the perfect choice. Plus, they’re incredibly easy to make at home, so you can enjoy that classic fast-food taste without ever having to leave your kitchen.


  • 32 ounces frozen french fries
  • 4 American cheese slices
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup mayonnaise (reduced fat or regular)
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 2 ½ tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • Dash of salt
  • Dash of pepper

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Prepare the Sauce:
    • In a bowl, mix together mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, vinegar, sweet pickle relish, salt, and pepper.
    • Refrigerate the sauce to let the flavors meld.
  2. Cook the Fries:
    • Follow the instructions on the package to cook the frozen french fries until golden and crispy.
  3. Caramelize the Onions:
    • Heat a skillet over medium heat and melt butter.
    • Add chopped onions and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    • Season with salt and pepper, then cook for another 5 minutes until onions are caramelized. Set aside.
  4. Assemble the Fries:
    • Preheat the broiler in your oven.
    • Arrange the cooked fries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil.
    • Place slices of American cheese on top of the fries.
    • Broil for about 5 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
    • Remove from the oven and top with caramelized onions.
    • Drizzle the prepared sauce over the fries.

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  • For extra crispy fries, spread them out in a single layer on the baking sheet without overcrowding.
  • Experiment with different types of cheese for unique flavor variations. Cheddar, pepper jack, or even blue cheese can add a delicious twist.
  • Don’t skimp on the sauce – it’s the secret ingredient that takes these fries to the next level.


  1. BBQ Animal Style Fries: Add barbecue sauce to the sauce mixture for a smoky, tangy twist.
  2. Spicy Animal Style Fries: Mix hot sauce or sriracha into the sauce for an extra kick.
  3. Loaded Animal Style Fries: Top with crispy bacon bits, diced tomatoes, and sliced jalapenos for a loaded version of this classic dish.
  4. Mediterranean Animal Style Fries: Swap out the American cheese for feta cheese and add sliced olives and diced cucumbers for a Mediterranean-inspired twist.
  5. Breakfast Animal Style Fries: Top with scrambled eggs, crumbled breakfast sausage, and a drizzle of maple syrup for a hearty breakfast version.
  6. Buffalo Chicken Animal Style Fries: Toss cooked chicken in buffalo sauce and top the fries with the buffalo chicken, blue cheese crumbles, and ranch dressing.
  7. Greek Animal Style Fries: Use tzatziki sauce instead of the traditional sauce and top with diced gyro meat, diced cucumbers, and crumbled feta cheese.
  8. Tex-Mex Animal Style Fries: Top with seasoned ground beef, diced tomatoes, sliced black olives, and jalapenos, then finish with a dollop of sour cream and guacamole.
  9. Hawaiian Animal Style Fries: Add diced pineapple and ham to the fries, then drizzle with teriyaki sauce for a sweet and savory twist.
  10. Veggie Animal Style Fries: Load up with your favorite roasted vegetables such as bell peppers, zucchini, and mushrooms for a healthier option.

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What to Serve it With:

  1. Classic Cheeseburger
  2. Grilled Chicken Sandwich
  3. Veggie Burger
  4. BBQ Ribs
  5. Grilled Salmon
  6. Caesar Salad
  7. Coleslaw
  8. Potato Salad
  9. Onion Rings
  10. Sweet Potato Fries

Freezing Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Animal Style Fries according to the recipe.
  2. Allow the fries to cool completely to room temperature.
  3. Once cooled, transfer the fries to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in a single layer, ensuring they are not touching each other.
  4. Place the baking sheet in the freezer and allow the fries to freeze solid for about 1-2 hours.
  5. Once frozen, transfer the fries to airtight freezer-safe containers or resealable plastic bags, removing as much air as possible before sealing.
  6. Label the containers or bags with the date and contents for easy identification.
  7. Store the frozen Animal Style Fries in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Reheating Instructions:

  1. When ready to reheat, preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Remove the desired amount of frozen Animal Style Fries from the freezer and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in a single layer.
  3. Bake the fries in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until they are heated through and crispy.
  4. Alternatively, you can reheat smaller portions in an air fryer at 375°F (190°C) for 8-10 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through for even heating.
  5. Once heated through, remove the fries from the oven or air fryer and serve immediately.
  6. Enjoy your delicious Animal Style Fries as if they were freshly made!

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