Since moving to California In-N-Out has become one of my go-to places to get a great burger. One of their secret menu items is an “Animal-Style” burger, which includes a savory spread of mayonnaise, mustard, and chopped pickles on the top bun. A well-kept secret is that you can actually get this spread in small packets if you ask for it at the counter. Sometimes, I will ask for extra spread and save some spread packets to make this tasty tuna dip.

In-N-Out style Tuna spread

The foundation of this recipe lies in the tuna and mayo. A unique blend of the other ingredients gives this spread a tangy kick.

Time: 5 minutes. Serves 2-4.


A tuna dip recipe, inspired by In-N-Out.
A tuna dip recipe, inspired by In-N-Out.

1 5oz can chunk white tuna in water

1/8 small red onion, chopped

1 packet In-N-Out spread (you can use this recipe if you don’t have In-N-Out spread)

1/4 teaspoon lemon juice

a few dashes of paprika

Salt and pepper, to taste

3 tbsp mayonnaise

1 box Club crackers


  1. Drain the water from the can of tuna.
  2. In a small storage bowl, break up the chunks of tuna with a fork. Mix in chopped onion.
  3. Add spread, lemon juice, paprika and mix, further breaking up the tuna. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Stir in 1 tbsp of mayonnaise and mix well with tuna. Repeat until spread achieves a paste-like consistency and no separate chunks of tuna remain. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired.
  5. Serve immediately with club crackers or cover and refrigerate.

Published by Geoffrey Liu

A software engineer by trade and a classical musician at heart. Currently a software engineer at Groupon getting into iOS mobile development. Recently graduated from the University of Washington, with a degree in Computer Science and a minor in Music. Web development has been my passion for many years. I am also greatly interested in UI/UX design, teaching, cooking, biking, and collecting posters.

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