How LA’s Vegan In-N-Out Tastes


OK, so there are people
in LA that are comparing this plant-based burger chain to In-N-Out. We’re gonna try both and see
if we can tell the difference. So I’m taking my friend Kim, resident INSIDER vegetarian. That’s all she’s known for. That’s all I do. Sydney: To Monty’s
because I have heard that their burgers are
delicious and plant-based. Have you heard of Monty’s before? Kim: I actually hadn’t, and I’m really excited to be here and testing it out for the first time because I could always use
more veggie burgers in my life. Sydney: What is the best
part about a veggie burger, and what’s the worst part
about a veggie burger? Kim: I loathe a veggie burger that is like mush on mush on mush. A lot of the time, restaurants just don’t really
know what to do with them. It feels kind of like an
afterthought on the menu. What’s cool about places like Monty’s is that it’s the focus, doing this plant-based burger
and doing it very well. Sydney: Yeah, and they
use Impossible meat. You’ve had the Impossible Burger. Kim: Yeah, I’ve had it a bunch of times. Sydney: People have this idea of LA as being a very vegan-friendly
city, and it is. That’s accurate. The trope is that it’s
all like salads and juice and whatever, and this is the kind of… This is not health food. No, this is precisely the
kind of vegetarian food that I love, which is like
greasy, cheesy, indulgent food that makes you feel full, makes you feel satisfied, and then you can have a salad later. Nic: Literally, from day one, we opened the door, looked out, and there was about 50 people in line, and it’s kind of continued
that trend ever since. We always wanna be that
place that transitions people or shows them a way to
look at plant-based foods in a different light. For us, I think it always
starts with our grilled onions. First thing we do in the morning is slather the grill with fresh onions, and then we come with
our Impossible patties. We do them super thin. We learned that getting them
nice and crusted on both sides, they stay real moist in the middle but gives it really nice texture. And then we use Follow Your Heart cheese, and we learned early that if you add a little bit of steam in there, the cheese just literally
falls on top of the burger. We put some fresh lettuce on there, fresh tomatoes, some of
our house-made sauces, wrap that up in a nice little package, get it super hot. It’s super tasty. One of the things people
say when they come in here, it reminds them of In-N-Out, they call it the vegan In-N-Out. Growing up in southern California, there’s no bigger staple than In-N-Out. One of the things we always said was we knew we’d be getting
close to some success when people would land at the airport and put Monty’s in their phone, and that’s been something that people do for In-N-Out since its inception, and now we’re starting to
see that happen with Monty’s, so to be anywhere in the same conversation is a huge honor. I think it’s better
than In-N-Out, actually. It’s really good. I was surprised. I’ve been seeing it on Instagram, and I was reading everybody’s reviews. See, I have it up. And I’m working in downtown today, and I was telling my husband who’s not really a fan of plant-based, but he was like, “That looks good, so
go for it and get it.” I have no idea what I’m ordering. All right, let’s take a
bite because I’m salivating, it smells so good. If someone handed it to me, I’d be like, “I’m so sorry, I’m a vegetarian, I can’t eat that.” And the texture, I mean the texture looks good, checks out. Smells like a burger. Yeah. I’m like, I can’t wait. We’re working. This is work. This is my job. Yeah, this is amazing. This is really, really good. The texture’s definitely there. I wanna try a little piece of it without the bun, just to
kind of really get at it. The caramelized onions are bomb. This feels, like, indulgent
and greasy and delicious in a way that a lot of
vegetarian food never does. This is doing the trick. There’s lots of fresh vegetables, but the patty is really
what you’re here for. You’re trying to replicate a cheeseburger. This is not a veggie burger. This is a plant-based burger, and the difference being that, you know, you want it to taste like meat. Yeah, and this is an improvement on what I already thought
was a good starting point. Yeah, all right, one more, I have to take another bite too, let’s take one together. Ready? You just took one? We’ll do one more. These fries, I think, are
better than In-N-Out fries. Yeah. ‘Cause In-N-Out’s fries
suck, and we all know it. In-N-Out’s great flaw is its french fries. All in all… I can see you going to
town on that burger. What I think is that if they’re gonna call
themselves the vegan In-N-Out, or if people are gonna call them that, they kinda nailed it. Good job. It’s one of those things where
it’s a higher price point, but you 100% get what you pay for. The first week that they
opened, I’ve been here, and then actually, I keep coming back. I’ve actually dreamt about
this burger for a week now, and so I finally convinced my
sister to come out with me. I’m a former vegan, and this burger just is the bomb. It tastes like a real burger. Sydney: We know that Monty’s is delicious, but we still wanted to see
if our meat-eating coworkers would like it better than In-N-Out. So we had them do a blind
taste test to compare. First up, Monty’s Good Burger. This looks like a Krabby Patty. Honestly, it smells like vegetables to me. Mmm. Very messy, very good. Looks like a cheeseburger. Oh, is there pickles on this? Sydney: No. Yeah, what’s this? Sydney: Try it. No, I don’t like pickles. What does that taste like? I’m not familiar with it. See here. Yeah, see, more of those
things I don’t like, but that’s OK. Smells good. It tastes different. What gives? It’s good, but it doesn’t taste
exactly like a cheeseburger. I’m gonna guess it’s
either an Impossible Burger or something with, like, bugs. I guess I’ll just try it, OK. What a day. Hmm, this is good, but I’m
getting a weird flavor from it. It’s good. I’ll eat it. Am I comparing it to another burger? Hmm. I like the fries. Sydney: Next up: In-N-Out. This looks familiar to me. I’m thinking this is
In-N-Out, but we’ll see. Honestly, I’m not that impressed. Oh no. The fries are awful, I’m sorry. The fries on the other
burger were much better, but the cheese on this, on this one? It’s really good. It’s really cheesy. Are these bug burgers? I’m pro-bug. I mean, if this isn’t an In-N-Out burger, then someone’s ripping them off hard. Oh yeah. That’s really good. This one tastes more like a cheeseburger. I do like this one a lot better. Let’s see here, I mean,
normally you don’t eat a burger, like, two different burgers
at the same time, but… Yeah, that meat is
definitely missing something, versus this guy… Better fries and better
burger on this one. 99% sure this is an In-N-Out Burger. The thing is, I grew up eating In-N-Out, so to me, if this is an In-N-Out burger, I feel like it’s something
that I just always have had, so I don’t think of it
as anything special. It’s like a classic burger. Mmm. Oh, I love it. Sydney: And now, it’s time for the reveal. All right, so that one is from Monty’s, and it’s plant-based. It’s
the Impossible Burger. Caroline: Ohh. Sydney: And that other one
is, of course, In-N-Out. In-N-Out! OK, interesting, an Impossible Burger. Huh. If you said it was from
a regular burger place, I would’ve believed you. Can I try it again, now that I know? It’s good. But I would still have my In-N-Out burger. If I was vegan or vegetarian,
I would have this burger and enjoy it, but I’m
not, so in that case, I will stick to the classic, but the fries are really good. I would have these fries over these fries. It tasted like a burger, and I think when it’s already in your mind that it’s going to be
vegetables, you’re like, “oh no,” but even with that in my mind, it still tasted like a burger. It felt like a burger,
if that makes sense, and it was really good. Out of these two, my favorite’s
definitely the In-N-Out. Tasting them right next to each other, you can definitely taste the difference. I would say Monty’s and
the Impossible Burger, which I have had Impossible
Burger meat at other places, it’s comparable to regular hamburgers, maybe one you would make at home, but when it comes to
something like In-N-Out, and they have such a distinct flavor, you can definitely taste the difference.

100 Replies to “How LA’s Vegan In-N-Out Tastes”

  1. I wanted to throw my phone when he said he think it's better than In N Out………..Never ever I don't care how great it is

  2. Over price make it affordable for everyone. Plants doesn’t cost that much compared to meat base products

  3. I’m from Toronto going to L.A for the first time in a week I’m vegetarian always wanted in out but there’s not a lot of options for me there so I’m soooo excited to eat there

  4. They opened one near my house and I want to try it but I'm not trying to pay 11 dollars for a single patty burger.

  5. I'm so sad that in and out does not have a branch that serves halal food and I can't try it since I don't live in America how is anyone tell me

  6. Come to AZ❤😍 we need more places like this. We have Green which is good but only 2 locations and they are so far away from me.

  7. I'm not vegan, I'm vegetarian, but I don't like when places try to make vegan stuff taste like meat. I want a whole new flavor, and not a meat taste, because you can always taste the difference between meat and plant based, weather it is good or not

  8. Order your in n out fries, fried light. They are softer and taste so much better. I never liked in n out fries until I had them fried light.

  9. Is the cheese even vegan? Anyways, I just get the grilled cheese from regular In N Out, it has no meat, still good & cheaper 🤷🏽‍♀️😂 oh & love my Beyond Meat (Plant-Based) burgers 😫😋

  10. i have always wanted to know what burgers they gave us in school lunches because they were delicious.

  11. Here’s the ingredient list:

    Water, Soy Protein Concentrate, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors, 2% or less of: Potato Protein, Methylcellulose, Yeast Extract, Cultured Dextrose, Food Starch Modified, Soy Leghemoglobin, Salt, Soy Protein Isolate, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Zinc Gluconate, Thiamine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Niacin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin B12.

  12. In and out is disgusting. I sure hope this doesn't taste in and out. I'll try it. Unfortunately, almost all vegan restaurants are pricey.

  13. Lol most of them voted for IN-N-OUT, but I wanted to see their reaction if they were told the worse one is over 3x the cost

  14. GROSS –  Incredibly
    bad for you – Palm oil and processed shit!  
    Vegans are UNHEALTHY!!  If you
    love anorexia, colitis, gall stones, bad teeth, early death and DAMAGING oxalates,
    lectins, and gut health issues…GO FOR IT.  
    Green shit KILLS.   EAT MEAT!!!

    Veganism may well be a mental disorder!!!!!!

  15. I’m vegan for more than 4 years and I have to say-this was the worst vegan burger I’ve ever tried in LA or San Diego! This place smells disgusting, (unfortunately, they don’t have good ventilation) and burgers have the same smell like frying oil that has never been changed. All burgers that I’ve tried before had a nice delicious smell.
    Have never been to In-n-Out before, but if their burgers smells and tastes like this one-thanks God!

  16. The real deal tastes better and is cheaper….. thus our obesity problem….but hey you only live once and you might as well make the best out of it

  17. idk if this is a California thing, but it seems like most of them take their bites really low; the top buns are still intact afterward!

  18. im on my 10th nut i spazzed my abs are killing me dicks numb kept rubbing out spazzaming all over place went into nut coma woke up drank water freshen up cleaned antibacterial wipes spayed abd hovvererd the floor n walls
    had a great nut piss wooooooooo

    the best better then cumming still spazzed a bit

    now im fatigue eating a bowl of ice cream watching ice cream videos
    and drinking water

    round 11 and 12 13 14 15 coming soon 😎😥🤑💪✊👍

  19. Nice marketing technique at 3:30 "please form line outside" aka make us look busyier than we really are and make it look like a must have. All photos attached to Google maps either just have close ups of the food or a half empty restaurant

  20. That vegan burger almost made me throw up. It’s absolute dogshit, the only good thing that came out of my order was the tater tots.

  21. she was either so hungry or she loved it or she was both.. am gonna go for the latter! she really really liked it!!!! she didnt even look at the 'fold bites' she made over the burger and she looked great eating it! hehe. lets go to montys! #nomenoveganyet 😁

  22. Food insider can i apply as one of these gals eating and traveling and reviewing foods? I'd love to have a job like this
    I mean who wouldn't?🤣

  23. "It feels Indulgent, greasy and delicious like vegetarian food never does." Umm ever heard of Indian food. It's all of those things and much more. In my opinion if you wanna eat tasty vegetarian food go for Indian food.

  24. I see a lot of people saying that nothing beats In-N-Out but besides people that are vegan, there’s also people like Muslims and cannot eat meat that isn’t halal so I think for us it could be like our In-N-Out, even though it is kinda pricey. I’m only saying this because I am Muslim and feel like it’d be a good place to go and try

  25. I hope everyone realizes that vegans say that it tastes like an in an out burger, who have probably not had a real meat burger in years. So making a comparison to a real meat burger should not be made.

  26. I went there last week it was pretty good but they put too little lettuce only one slab but overall it was a great casual friendly place. 8/10

  27. I am a chef but all these cooking shows showing people stuffing themselves is disgusting, what a bunch of selfish people…there are so many people with no food to eat especially children from broken homes and here you have these idiots stuffing themselves with more food than they can eat and are not even grateful..just complaining and whining..worst of all they are going to throw all those burgers out that they didn't eat..sickening

  28. Why not just eat regular meat? If solely vegan or vegetarian to put yourself on some moral high ground then eating a fake meat would be just as bad.

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