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The Meal Of Your Dreams: Animal Style Burger Pizza

Last week, we were live on Nerdist’s Facebook, eating all the things! The centerpiece of this online eat-fest was the Animal Style pizza. This hybrid of foodstuffs is what you get if you take the legendary In-N-Out Animal Style burgers and magically transform them into a delicious, cheesy pizza.

For those not in the know, Animal Style burgers are available on the In-N-Out not-so secret menu. It’s the standard In-N-Out burger with additional toppings and extra spread, but the real secret to Animal Style is frying the meat patties in mustard. While that step seems inconsequential, it makes all the difference in taste.

This behemoth of a pizza contains six patties, grilled onions, special sauce, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, and more cheese, and tastes even better than any burger fan can imagine. While our pizza was in the shape of a Death Star in honor of Star Wars Day, you certainly don’t have to go that route. Although, I’ll tell you, an armored space station never tasted so good.

Test out this unique recipe for yourself and watch our own taste-test of this burger-pizza combo on Nerdist Facebook live!

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Animal Style pizza prep-05082016
Animal Style Pizza-05082016

Animal Style Burger Pizza
Grilled onion ingredients:
-1 onion, diced
-1 Tablespoon butter
-1 Tablespoon water
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon sugar

Spread ingredients:
-1 cup mayonnaise
-5 Tablespoons ketchup
-1/4 cup relish
-2 Tb vinegar
-2 teaspoons lemon juice
-1/2 teaspoon sugar
-Pinch of salt
-Pinch of white pepper

Pizza ingredients:
-1 can pizza dough
-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
-1 pound ground beef
-1 tomato, sliced
-16 pickle slices
-6 slices American cheese
-grilled onions
-Iceberg lettuce

In a skillet over medium high heat, add the diced onions and one Tablespoon of butter. Cook until browned, then add a Tablespoon of water. Turn the heat down to medium low and and season with salt and sugar. Cook until caramelized. Set aside.

Form the ground beef into six thin patties. Season with salt and pepper and coat each patty in mustard. In a hot skillet over medium high heat cook until medium. Set aside

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Prep the pizza dough by rolling it out onto a 14-inch pan. Spread 1/2 cup sauce over the dough, top with mozzarella cheese.

Add the mustard grilled patties and top with grilled onions and and slices of cheese.

Bake for 10-15 minutes.

Once out of the oven, top with pickles, tomatoes, and lettuce. Drizzle with more sauce to serve.

IMAGES: Jenn Fujikawa
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