Growing up, we took a lot of road trips to California since my mom’s family is from there. We had a tradition that we would leave at just the right time to stop for lunch at In-N-Out Burger. It became something I looked forward to as a kid, a teenager, and then as an adult. Maybe it’s just nostalgia, but I just love an In-N-Out burger and fries! Now that my husband and I live in California, it’s still something that we try to keep special, so we usually only enjoy it when we are out on a road trip, too. Now, my kids look forward to it, and I love seeing them get so excited for their burgers and fries!
If you have never had In-N-Out before, they are known for their simple and fresh burgers. Seriously, there is hardly anything on the menu, but everything they make, from their fries, to their burger patties, to their produce is prepared right at their restaurant and never frozen. Believe me, you can taste the difference! Besides everything being so fresh, the other thing that makes their burgers different is their sauce they use, or as they call it, “spread.”
If you google “copycat spread” on the internet, lots of recipes will pop up. The main ingredient for this sauce is mayonnaise. This is not something that works for me for two reasons. First, and the main reason, is that I’m allergic to eggs and I can’t have mayo anymore. Yes, that means I haven’t had “spread” on my In-N-Out for over a year, and I miss it! Second, mayonnaise has so much fat. It is delicious, yes, but often when I’m already spending quite a few fat macros on a hamburger, I don’t want to spend much more for a sauce.
These reasons made me get to thinking that it may be a good idea to try a lighter spread, and I am so happy with the results. I made one simple substitution: swap out the mayo for light sour cream. Yep, that’s it. This swap will save you over 7 fat and 62 calories per 20 g serving! To me, that’s totally worth it! We paired this skinny spread with our burgers last night, and they were so delicious. We didn’t miss the extra fat from mayo one bit!
- 120 ml light sour cream
- 45 ml Ketchup
- 30 ml Sweet Relish
- 6 g sugar
- 7 g Distilled White Vinegar
- Combine all ingredients in an airtight container. Refrigerate until ready to use. Give a good stir before serving with burgers and fries!