What’s the Flying Dutchman at In-N-Out Burger? (and Why Should I Order It?)

Updated December 4, 2023 by Kyle James
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In-N-Out Burger is a beloved American fast-food chain restaurant known for providing customers with scrumptious burgers, shakes, and fries. Many chain restaurants today offer special secret menu items to customers who are cool enough to be “in the know”. And, In-N-Out is no exception. Perhaps the most popular secret menu item at In-N-Out is the Flying Dutchman burger. Learn more about the Flying Dutchman below to find out if you’d like to order it the next time you’re up for trying something new.

What's the Flying Dutchman at In-N-Out Burger? (and Why Should I Order It?)

What Exactly is the Flying Dutchman?

The Flying Dutchman is a burger on the In-N-Out Burger secret menu.

This burger consists of 2 slices of melted cheese sandwiched between 2 beef patties.

The Flying Dutchman is unique from other burgers because it has NO burger buns to enclose all the greasy goodness.

So, be prepared to savor this “sandwich” with plenty of napkins on hand.

The burger also doesn’t have any extras like lettuce or onions. It’s just simply a beef and cheese sandwich.

Will Employees Know It by Name When I Order It?


Most In-N-Out employees will know the Flying Dutchman order by name.

However, if the employee is new, they might not have the slightest clue what you’re asking for.

If that’s the case, just explain you’d like two slices of melted cheese sandwiched between 2 beef patties.

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Are There Locations that Don’t Offer the Flying Dutchman?


All In-N-Out locations offer secret menu items, including the Flying Dutchman.

Again, depending on how new the cashier is, they may not know all the secret menu items by heart yet.

If that’s the case, simply explain what you’d like your order to be (i.e. 2 cheese slices between 2 beef patties).

Is It Popular Among Keto Eaters?


A Keto diet is high in fat and protein, and low in carbs.

Since the Flying Dutchman contains two beef patties and no buns typical with a burger, this makes for the perfect meal for a Keto diet eater.

Specifically, the macro breakdown of one Flying Dutchman “sandwich” is about 28 grams of fat, 0 grams of carbs, and 30 grams of protein at 380 calories per burger.

Can I Order It “Animal Style”?


You can order the Flying Dutchman “Animal Style” which will get you the typical Flying Dutchman with grilled onion, pickles, and spread on top, but still no buns.

They’ll also cook the patties on the grill with some mustard which is the de facto “animal style” way.

How Much Does the Flying Dutchman Cost?


Expect to pay a little over 2 bucks for this messy but absolutely delicious burger at In-N-Out.

For comparison, this is actually at or below similar menu items price-wise.

For instance, a regular cheeseburger is $2.40 and a hamburger is $2.10 at In-N-Out.

Therefore, don’t assume secret menu items are going to be crazy expensive compared to other regular orders.

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How Do You Eat It? With a Knife and Fork?

There’s no denying the Flying Dutchman is an extremely messy meal.

This is because no hamburger buns are holding all the burger grease and cheese juices together.

You can eat it just as you would any other sandwich; however, have plenty of napkins at the ready to wipe your hands off.

Or, you can choose the cleaner approach of opting to use a fork and knife and cutting the burger apart.

Also, consider ordering it with a “lettuce wrap” making it more or a protein burger but it will NO doubt be easier to eat with your hands.

Where Does the Name Come From?

Does the name “Flying Dutchman” sound familiar?

If yes, that’s because the Flying Dutchman is a legend about a ghost ship that sails the seas for eternity, unable to make it to port.

You may also know the name from a classic kids’ TV show you may have grown up with, SpongeBob Squarepants, where the flying ghost ship makes an appearance in an episode.

Ask the Reader: Have you ever ordered the Flying Dutchman from their secret menu and how did you eat it without needing a shower afterwards?

By Kyle James


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