14 Secret Fast Food Menus Revealed
Find yourself ordering the same-ol'-same-ol' every time you hit the drive-thru? Next time, go rogue and shake up your junk-food routine by asking for items from your favorite joints' secret menus, the contents of which are revealed right here. (See also: Secrets Restaurants Don't Want You to Know)
Since these menus are technically a secret, you may experience a few confused faces when placing your order (especially from new employees), but rest assured that these concoctions are totally possible, so don't give up so easily. If you have to, bring this list (compiled with help from the site Ranker) with you and educate the friendly folks behind the counter. In the meantime, happy grubbing, fast-food sleuths.
1. In-N-Out Burger
In-N-Out is arguably the ringleader of the secret-menu phenomenon — thanks to its Animal Style burger (a mustard-smothered grilled-beef patty topped with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, and extra spread) that made headlines a few years ago — but this isn't the only off-menu item you can order at the primarily West Coast chain. Pair your Animal Style burger with Animal Style Fries (cheese, pickles, grilled onions, and spread), then wash it down with a Neapolitan Shake — a combination of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream. If you're cutting carbs, ask for a Protein Style burger, which is wrapped in lettuce leaves instead of stuffed between a bun. See also: Best Money Tips: The Ultimate In-N-Out Secret Menu)
Start your day off a different way with items from Starbucks' secret menu, which includes the Zebra Mocha (a blend of white-chocolate and chocolate mocha), the Pumpkin Chocolate Latte (the pumpkin spice latte with chocolate syrup), Cake Batter Frappuccino (a vanilla frappuccino with vanilla bean and almond flavoring), and the Nutella (a Cafe Misto blended with chocolate and hazelnut syrups and caramel sauce).
When your passion for gigantic burritos starts to wane, switch to Chipotle's secret menu, which includes: nachos (a no-brainer, really) that feature a bed of tortilla chips covered in melted cheese and your choice of toppings; quesadillas made from a burrito shell folded in half; and the brilliant Quesorito, a burrito/quesadilla hybrid with crunch. (See also: Secret Confessions of Employees)
4. Five Guys Burgers & Fries
After you scoop up a handful of peanuts, place an order from Five Guys' secret menu, the star of which is deliciously melted cheese. Cheeseheads can get their fix via cheese fries and grilled cheeses, the latter of which you can dress up with toppings like bacon, mushrooms, and onions.
Chick-fil-A is already famous for its milkshakes, but these variations from the secret menu take the cake — one of them literally. At locations that serve blueberry cheesecake desserts, ask your server to throw a slice in the blender with your shake. Voila! — blueberry cheesecake milkshake. In addition to that amazement, you can suck down rootbeer floats; order chicken quesadillas (uh huh!); and if your kid doesn't like his kids' meal toy, he can trade it in for a free Ice Dream instead.
6. Burger King
If you're in the mood to commit dietary suicide, Burger King's secret menu may be your best bet. Fittingly, its Suicide Burger — featuring four beef patties with four slices of cheese topped with bacon and a special sauce — is available alongside the BK BLT (a BLT on a burger), the Rodeo Burger (a Whopper with onion rings and BBQ sauce on top), a ham and cheese sandwich, and half fries/half onion rings (for when you can't decide between the two).
Even with so many menu items already available, there are still a few secrets up McDonald's sleeve. The McKinley Mac, for instance, is basically a glorified Bic Mac that features Quarter Pounder patties, while the mammoth Monster Mac piles eight patties into a Big Mac. If you still have room for dessert, try a Pie McFlurry (you guessed it — your favorite McDonald's pie blended into a McFlurry) or a Coke float. (See also: Cracking the McDonald's Monopoly Game)
8. Taco Bell
You don't have to make a run for the border to nosh on Taco Bell's secret menu, which features the sometimes-on-the-regular-menu Cheesy Gordita Crunch, Chili Cheese Burrito, Enchirito (an enchilada/burrito hybrid), the Superman (a cheesy double-beef burrito with potatoes, sour cream, guacamole, and crispy tortilla strips), and the Hulk (a bean-and-cheese burrito with guacamole).
9. Jamba Juice
Even when you're trying to drink healthy, you can sneak in a bit of a candy fix with options from Jamba Juice's secret menu. Sweet favorites include the Pink Starburst (lemonade, soy milk, raspberry sherbet, frozen yogurt, and fresh strawberries), the White Gummi Bear (featuring a menagerie of fruits like pineapple, oranges, and mangoes), Skittles (with peach lemonade and lime sherbet as the stars), and the Sourpatch Kid (which will make your mouth pucker with lemonade blended with blueberries and lime, pineapple, raspberry, and orange sherbets).
10. Dairy Queen
Get creative with your ice cream selections by ordering from Dairy Queen's secret menu, which includes decadent items like the Midnight Truffle Blizzard (full of dark cocoa fudge and truffle pieces), the Peanut Buster Parfait (a hot fudge sundae with crunchy peanuts), and the Lavender Blue Sundae (which adds marshmallow to DQ's original Blueberry Sundae).
Sonic is known as America's drive-in for its vast array of traditional American junk food like hot dogs and tater tots, but its secret menu delves deeper into our culture's love of deep-fried and greasy deliciousness. Unofficial finds include Frito Pie, a savory Southern nachos-esque dish that replaces tortilla chips with corn chips topped with chili and cheese; grilled ham and cheese; Purple Sprite, which combines Sprite, lemonade, Powerade, and cranberry juice; and Pickle-O's, once a menu item, but now only a relic that lives in secrecy.
12. Jack in the Box
Jack in the Box is one of the greatest fast-food chains that teases Northeast Coasters with its total lack of locations east of the Mississippi and above the Mason-Dixon Line, and then pours salt into our wounds with a secret menu of indulgent proportions. Items include the Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger and Bacon Bacon Cheeseburger (both discontinued limited-time offerings) and the mouthwatering Mint Oreo Cookie milkshake. Jack in the Box also allows you to supersize your meals with even more beef patties per sandwich if you'd like — for an extra charge of course.
13. White Castle
White Castle is so legendary that it served as the plot point for Harold and Kumar's first adventure together. After one of your own Harold and Kumar inspired adventures, swing into White Castle and order the boys' special request from the restaurant's secret menu, which comes with 30 sliders, 5 French fries, and four large diet Cokes — just for Harold. Kumar ordered the same, except he replaced diet Cokes for the Cherry ones. Hope you have a serious appetite, a few friends for sharing, and a defibrillator.
14. Shake Shack
Perhaps one of the most exciting secret menus on this entire list, Shake Shack solidifies its spot as one of the tastiest and most affordable fast burger joints with its secret menu that doesn't mess around. The Peanut Butter and Bacon Burger takes an ordinary sandwich and makes its extraordinary by topping it with ooey-gooey peanut butter, while the Shack-cago Burger transfers its Shack-cago Dog toppings (like cucumber, celery salt, and onion) to a burger. Wash it all down with a shandy — a beer and lemonade drink sure to provide just the right amount of refreshment when you need it.
Do you know of other secret-menu items from America's favorite fast-food chains? Let me know in the comments below.