A New York man found a pristine In-N-Out double double sitting untouched on a Queens block — and told The Post on Sunday that he’s in “shock” over the case of mystery meat.
“It genuinely shook me to my core,” Lincoln Boehm, 31, said about coming across a perfectly wrapped burger from the West Coast chain Saturday at around 6:30 a.m. on Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica.
The Santa Monica native and his wife, Dara Katz, had time to kill before catching a train at the Jamaica Long Island Railroad station and decided to grab a bite at the McDonald’s on Sutphin Boulevard.
There, on a nearly empty block, sat the untouched cheeseburger, “sitting comedically, like perfectly up on the street, completely untouched,” Boehm said.
“We didn’t touch it,” he continued. “We stopped for a second and took photos and looked around to see if anyone else was noticing it and then we walked on.”
Boehm wondered how the burger had gotten there and how it had remained looking “as if it had come off the grill five minutes ago.”
The fast food giant has locations in in Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and its home state of California — but none east of Kansas City.
Boehm said he’s probably had “over 1,000” In-N-Out burgers in his life and called the delicacy “my death row last meal.”
That’s how he’s sure the burger he saw is the real deal. He pointed to the trademark placement of the onion between the two patties, the lettuce at the bottom and the way the buns were toasted.
Since moving to New York nine years ago, Boehm said he’s tried to bring burgers back to the Big Apple after trips to Los Angeles — but they never held.
“Every time I’ve done it it becomes inedible,” he said. “The bun gets soggy and it becomes a mess. This one was just in such perfect condition… It just felt strange… at first I thought it was some sort of viral marketing thing”
But, Boehm added: “If it was a stunt — why on earth would they pick a street in Jamaica, Queens at 6:30 a.m.?”
Since the encounter, Boehm, who works as a creative director in advertising, says he and his friends have been on the case.
His theory is that “somebody incredibly wealthy who had a private jet… traveled with like 50 burgers and got here, and had a few extra left, and maybe, while driving to the airport was jokingly throwing them out of the car to people.”
“I’ve got a direct message inbox filled with [theories],” Boehm said. “But I would really really love to know the truth… I want to know how this happened.”
When it comes to the burger chain, New Yorkers have been tricked before. Back in 2017, a page promoting a pop-up In-N-Out Burger location went up on Facebook, but the chain debunked it as a hoax.
In-N-Out didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
An employee at the McDonald’s near where the burger was found was surprised to hear about the find.
“Nah, maybe somebody came from California with this burger?” the worker opined.