The Guilty-Pleasure Meal Alton Brown Craves

Alton Brown's guilty pleasure is a West Coast favorite.

Alton Brown has been one of the Food Network’s most popular personalities for nearly two decades, hosting everything from Good Eats to Iron Chef America and Cutthroat Kitchen. So what does this busy fella like to eat when he doesn’t feel like cooking? As it turns out, his guilty pleasure fast food joint is In-N-Out Burger!

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The go-to order

Brown is a big fan of the West Coast chain that’s famous for their burger, fries and shakes. He told Esquire that his order would include one “animal style” burger (that means it comes with hand-leafed lettuce, tomato, extra pickles, extra special sauce, grilled onion, and a patty that’s grilled with mustard) and a chocolate milkshake.

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Burger mania

Alton says he loves the In-N-Out burgers, which he describes as “greasy but oddly clean-tasting”. This flavor comes from fresh, never frozen beef patties that are cooked up on the same griddle that caramelizes mini mountains of onions and toasts buns. Plus, Brown can’t get enough of In-N-Out’s actually “special” sauce, which is a Thousand Island-like spread.

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Shake it off

The Food Network star raves about the chain’s shakes as well—Alton says they taste just like they did when he was a kid and that “it makes [him] tear up just thinkin’ about it.” It’s no surprise that Brown indulges in these shakes as they’re hand-spun with milk and freshly made ice cream and come in vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. If you can’t make it to the Southwest, follow these tips for making the best milkshake, ever.

As guilty pleasures go, Alton Brown’s is delicious and actually not so guilty! If you’re craving a burger now, get started with one of our best burger recipes.

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Grace Mannon
Grace is a full-time mom with a Master's degree in Food Science. She loves to experiment in the kitchen and writes about her hits (and misses) on her blog, A Southern Grace.