West coasters, In-N-Out obsessives, and foodies the world over had their hearts broken and their cholesterol levels saved when, after getting trolled by a single food blog into believing the legendary burger joint had created a new secret-menu item, it turned out the Monkey Style burger was one elaborate ruse. The off-the-books burger that could have been — but never was — combined spread, cheese, and grilled onion covered Animal Style fries with a Double Double burger. So, yum, but: bummer.
On Friday morning, FoodBeast's Elie Ayrouth unleashed an investigation into his search for the so-called Monkey Style burger. In the accompanying video, Ayrouth attempts to order the burgers from an In-N-Out drive-thru, only to be told that In-N-Out doesn't offer them at any of its locations. Here's where things get weird. The video cuts to a "top secret" screen with scrambled voices; we're led to believe that some top secret source has provided our guide a box full of the mythical burgers.
However, in the video you can clearly see that the burgers are Monkey Style-less as they're handed to Ayrouth:
And yet he somehow ends up with this:
On Tuesday afternoon, In-N-Out stepped forward to debunk the myth: Carl Van Fleet, the chain's vice president of planning and development, told LAist, "There is no such thing. It seems to be a story that originated somewhere in cyberspace. For a variety of reasons, we're unable to prepare burgers in the manner that a few websites have described as 'Monkey Style'."