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In-N-Out Cook: Reddit, Here are Secrets Behind Beloved Fast Food Joint

Friday, 01 Mar 2013 01:31 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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An In-N-Out cook's Reddit "Ask Me Anything" forum has piqued the Internet's interest, after the employee dished about secret menu options, what goes on in the kitchen after hours, and how some workers can make more than $100,000.

The employee, known as "dravila9" on Reddit, has worked at one of the popular burger chain's Arizona shops for nearly four years. In the forum, which was posted on the social news site Wednesday, dravila9 posted photos of the cooks' late-night culinary creations (donuts, super baked potatoes, bacon-everything), answered customers' burning questions, and revealed secret menu options (In-N-Out is known for its simple menu, but rumor has it there are secret items patrons can order).

Previous "AMA" hosts include Bill Gates, President Barack Obama, Snoop Dogg, Roger Goodell, and Dave Grohl.

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Here are some highlights from the cook's AMA session:

Question: Is it true that as an employee you get better than minimum wage and benefits? I've heard In-N-Out does well by its employees.

Answer: Starting out you get $10 an hour but you can move up pretty quick I'm at $12.50 right now in line for another raise once my divisional manager comes back from surgery. Part-time associates get vision and dental benefits and a small life insurance policy. Full-time associates like myself get medical, dental, vision, disability (if you want it), plus life insurance. In-N-Out really is a great company to work for if you don't mind working with food all day. Store managers can make over $100k a year and assistant managers make between $40k and $70k and you don't need a degree or previous management experience.

Q: What's one thing you don't serve that you wish you did?

A: Bacon burgers and onion rings. Took bacon in to cook after closing and it really changes everything.

Q: If you could use any of the ingredients in the kitchen, what would you make and what would you call it?

A: I've made donuts putting the buns in the fryers with syrup from the shakes and coring out a potato and frying it and filling it with chopped meat patties, melted cheese, onions, chiles, and grilled tomatoes. Too good.

Q: What's the best thing on the menu?

A: Double double with the whole grilled onions with pickles and raw chopped onions I substitute ketchup for the spread (never been a fan of it) plus some animal fries with both grilled onions and raw chopped onions and sliced chiles.

Q: Do you have a "secret menu"? If so, what is your favorite item on it?

A: Yeah secret menu mostly the animal style burgers and fries. On the burgers it comes with lettuce, tomato, and spread plus grilled onions, extra spread, pickles, and the meat is cooked in mustard. Animal fries are just regular fries with two melted pieces of cheese, grilled onions, and the spread. Protein style burgers are just wrapped in lettuce instead of the bun actually pretty good if you can get past being a guy and not eating a real burger. And then the 4x4's and 3x3's are the bigger burgers pretty much any combo of 4 meat and 4 cheese you can get just no more than 4 per burger. Flying dutchman's are just two meat patties with melted cheese in the middle. And you can get sliced chiles inside the burgers and the whole sliced onion can be grilled and you can sub ketchup and mustard in place of the spread if you want.

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Q: Do you get to bring home leftovers?

A: Just leftover produce once in awhile. We never have leftover burgers since we always cook to order.

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