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Instant Pot Hamburgers (Copycat In N Out Burger!)

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Get ready to fall in love with your Instant Pot all over again! This Instant Pot Burger recipe is one of my favorite ways to cook burgers.

And by the way, if you're a fan of In-N-Out Burgers, you're about to be in homemade burger heaven, because these Instant Pot burgers are a copycat In n Out Burger! 

Cheeseburger made in the Instant Pot.

I'm a fan of all types of burgers but there are a few that stand out in my brain a bit more than others. And while I know that many burgers tend to be all about the toppings, there's no doubt in my mind that underneath all that goodness has to be a good beef patty as well. I absolutely love a good juicy burger with a well-seasoned patty! 

And I think you are going to LOVE these pressure-cooked burger patties.

Why you should try Instant Pot burgers:

  • They always come out juicy, NEVER dry! 
  • They are very hands-off! You can make a side dish while the burgers are cooking
  • No need to flip burgers, no grease splatters
  • No added oil for cooking the burgers
  • Make as many as you need without getting several pans dirty

If you're the type of person who prefers burgers that are NOT well-done, and are convinced that well-done burgers are dry, tough, and overcooked, you will be so pleasantly surprised by these burgers. Yes, they are fully cooked, but cooking them under pressure ensures that they come out juicy and delicious.

Ingredients:

For the burger patties:

  • 1 pound 80/20 ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ tablespoon  onion powder

For serving:

  • 3 hamburger buns
  • 3 tablespoon Thousand Island dressing (or dressing of your choice)
  • ½ tomato, sliced
  • 3 iceberg lettuce leaves
  • 3 slices American cheese (or your favorite cheese)
  • Sliced onion, pickles, or other favorite burger toppings

This recipe makes three ⅓-lb burger patties. If you wanted to make copycat In n Out Double Double Burgers, you can form the patties into 6 thin patties, but that's a bit of extra work!

Ingredients to make Copycat In N Out Burgers.

You'll also need: aluminum foil, and an Instant Pot with a trivet. You'll also need tongs or a large spoon to remove the cooked burgers from the Instant Pot.

Instructions:

This recipe has minimal steps that are easy to follow.

Step 1: In a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, salt, pepper, and onion powder. Divide the mixture into three even balls (or 6 balls, if making really thin burgers!). 

Seasoned ground beef divided into 6 balls.

Step 2: Flatten them into patties. Wrap them in aluminum foil.

Seasoned ground beef patty on top of foil.

Step 3: Add 1 ½ cups of water to the inner pot of the Instant Pot and place a trivet inside. Place your wrapped beef patties on the trivet.

How to make burgers in the Instant Pot.

You can stack as many burgers in the Instant Pot as needed - just place them on a trivet!

Step 4: Close the lid on your Instant Pot. Set the sealing valve. Cook the burgers at High Pressure for 10 minutes.

Step 5: When the timer is done, do a quick release. Open the Instant Pot lid and carefully remove the cooked patties from the Instant Pot, using either tongs or a large spoon. Carefully remove the patties from the foil - watch out for any steam of hot splatters! They might not be pretty, but they will be so juicy and flavorful!

Cooked burger patty.

Step 6: Assemble your burgers: Immediately add a slice of cheese on top of the hot cooked burgers so it melts a little. Add your thousand island dressing to the bottom bun. Add your tomato, lettuce, burger, cheese, and onion slice.

Enjoy! I love serving these burgers with homemade Sunchoke Chips or Parmesan Truffle Potato Wedges.

Burger cooked in the Instant Pot.

Can you use a different type of meat for the burgers? 

Give it a try!! To be honest, I haven't tried it yet, but I don't see why not! If you give it a try, please leave a comment and let me know, or tag me on Instagram (@babaganoshblog) with your creation!

Are these burgers low-carb? 

If you leave off the bun and dressing, you bet! You can totally still eat these when you're following a low-carb or keto diet, with just a few simple modifications. 

Even without a bun and dressing, these burgers are delicious! 

Fun topping suggestions for your Instant Pot burgers

Toppings are my favorite part of any burger. There are so many great burger toppings to choose from that I can't possibly type them all out but I can give a few suggestions on some of my favorites! 

  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • dill pickles/sweet pickles
  • sliced onions
  • fresh jalapeño (or pickled!)
  • fried onion rings
  • bacon
  • various cheeses (Colby, cheddar, jalapeno, pepper jack, swiss, mozzarella, etc.) 
  • coleslaw

And of course don't forget about the condiments such as:

  • ketchup
  • mustard
  • mayonnaise
  • bbq sauce

As you can see, I could probably go on and on for a massive list of topping suggestions! However you top your burgers, or even if you leave them plain, they're going to be great! 

If you make this In n Out burger recipe, please take a picture and tag me on INSTAGRAM or FACEBOOK. You can find me at @babaganoshblog on both. I love seeing your creations!

More delicious burgers to try:

Or if you simply need more ground beef recipe ideas, try these awesome beef nachos!

Other meaty Instant Pot recipes you will love:

If you enjoyed this recipe, let me know with a comment and a star rating below. And don't forget to share it on Facebook and save it on Pinterest for later!

Cheeseburger made in the Instant Pot.
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Instant Pot Burgers

Once you try Instant Pot Burgers, you might never make them on the stove-top again! Juicy, delicious, and so easy to make and best of all - hands off!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3
Author: Kate

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef 80/20 is the tastiest!
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • ½ tablespoon onion powder

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, salt, pepper, and onion powder.
  • Divide the mixture into three even balls (or 6 balls, if making really thin burgers!). Flatten them into patties. Wrap them in aluminum foil.
  • Add 1 ½ cups of water to the inner pot of the Instant Pot and place a trivet inside. Place your wrapped beef patties on the trivet.
  • Close the lid on your Instant Pot. Set the sealing valve. Cook the burgers at High Pressure for 10 minutes.
  • When the timer is done, do a quick release. Open the Instant Pot lid and carefully remove the cooked patties from the Instant Pot, using either tongs or a large spoon. Carefully remove the patties from the foil - watch out for any steam of hot splatters!
  • Assemble your burgers: Immediately add a slice of cheese on top of the hot cooked burgers so it melts a little. Add your thousand island dressing to the bottom bun. Add your tomato, lettuce, burger, cheese, and onion slice. Or use your favorite burger toppings!

Notes

  • The nutrition facts are estimated for the patties only, and do not include buns or toppings.
  • To make an In n Out Burger recipe, you'll want these toppings:
    • 3 slices American cheese
    • 3 tablespoons Thousand Island dressing
    • ½ tomato, sliced
    • 3 iceberg lettuce leaves
    • ½ onion, sliced

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Burgers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 390 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Trans Fat 2g
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 877mg37%
Potassium 429mg12%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 4IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* The nutritional information shown here is just an estimate and not meant to be used as dietary/nutritional advice. Please consult a nutritionist for exact nutritional information based on the exact ingredients you use.

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