Most restaurants and fast-food spots don’t publish their “secret menus.” However, that doesn’t mean these hidden taste treats don’t exist.
Click through to get a fast-food lover’s guide to ordering off the beaten path.
Arby’s: The Meat Mountain Sandwich
The name doesn’t lie. Arby’s biggest sandwich ever is a towering monstrosity complete with what Arby’s refers to as “almost all the meats.” It starts with two fried chicken tenders on a bun bottom followed by turkey, ham, corned beef, brisket, Angus steak, roast beef, pepper bacon, swiss and cheddar. Add the top part of the bun, and you’ve got the Meat Mountain.
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Burger King: The Suicide Burger
Being that it contains the word “suicide,” you’ve probably guessed that this Burger King creation isn’t exactly a heart-healthy meal. You might prefer to call it the Quad Stacker — that works, too. It all starts with a sesame seed bun. Add four beef patties topped with melted slices of cheese, bacon and special sauce, and the Suicide Burger is born.
Carl’s Jr.: Veg It
A lot of secret menu items load up cartoonish amounts of all kinds of delicious but unhealthy stuff. At Carl’s Jr., you can head in the other direction and ask for a Veg It version of any sandwich or burger. They’ll remove the meat and serve it as is in most locations, but at select restaurants, you’ll have the option of replacing the meat with a veggie patty.
Chick-Fil-A: Root Beer Float
Employees of Chick-Fil-A locations that have both soft serve ice cream and root beer on the menu probably won’t be surprised if you order a root beer float. It’s one of the chain’s more popular secret menu goodies, according to #HackTheMenu, and making the concoction requires nothing more than combining both ingredients in a cup.
The Quesarito is one of today’s hottest secret menu items, and once you understand the process, you’ll know why it’s so popular. Burritos are wrapped in flour tortillas. Quesaritos, on the other hand, are wrapped in cheese quesadillas. That’s right, the filling inside this monster burrito is contained within a freshly made quesadilla with warm, ooey-gooey cheese inside.
Dairy Queen: The Peanut Buster Parfait
It’s common knowledge that peanut butter and chocolate are among the world’s most important flavor combinations — especially when ice cream is involved. But you won’t find the Peanut Buster on the menu at Dairy Queen. The simplistic, but oh-so-tasty, sundae made with three ingredients — vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, peanuts — is only available to those who know to request it.
Five Guys: The Patty Melt
The Five Guys Patty Melt stands out as one of the most customizable burgers in the secret menu universe. It’s basically a grilled cheese with a burger patty or patties inside. You can order it on grilled bread or a grilled bun and stack it with as many patties as you like. And if the combo of meat and cheese isn’t enough, you can add as many toppings as you want for free, even hot and spicy Cajun seasoning.
In-N-Out Burger: Quad Quad
Also called the 4×4, the In-N-Out Quad Quad is not meant for those just looking for a casual bite. Not only is this behemoth piled high with four beef patties, but it’s topped with four slices of American cheese — hence the name. You can get it with or without onions, and it comes with lettuce, tomato and spread.
Jack in the Box: Loaded Grilled Breakfast Sandwich
The regular Jack in the Box menu offers a Grilled Breakfast Sandwich and a Loaded Breakfast Sandwich, but not a Grilled, Loaded Breakfast Sandwich like the secret menu does. It all starts with cheese, ham, bacon and two fried eggs, which are all found on the regular menu sandwich. Then, as the name implies, you can opt to load it with turkey, sausage and, of course, more bacon.
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Jamba Juice: Orange Dream Machine
As just one delightful flavor in an entire secret Dream Machine line, the Orange Dream Machine is a smoothie consisting of a milk base blended with frozen yogurt, orange sherbert, orange juice and ice.
Jerry’s Subs and Pizza: The Beast
The Jerry’s secret menu is not a secret that’s very well-kept — it’s listed right there on the website. The secret menu features a tantalizing selection of giant, cheesesteak subs. Among the biggest and messiest of the bunch is The Beast — a sub sandwich that consists of a pile of steak, grilled chicken and burger meat that’s smothered in melted cheese.
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KFC: Hot Pocket Bowl
According to #HackTheMenu, the Hot Pocket Bowl used to be on the KFC menu — and still is in a few locations — but now generally exists only in secret. Named for the hot pocket of dough into which its contents are nestled, the creation features the Colonel’s signature chicken smothered in cheese, gravy and corn.
McDonald’s: Land, Sea and Air Burger
The McDonald’s secret menu is so secret they don’t even acknowledge its existence, according to Newsday. The truth, however, is that the franchise generally lets you combine their ingredients any way you choose. Among the most delectable secret menu staples are the Land, Sea and Air Burger, which requires you to order a Big Mac, McChicken and Filet-O-Fish sandwich, and stack all three together with buns on either end. Then you can layer as many extra buns in between as you like.
Shake Shack: The Peanut Butter & Bacon ShackBurger
Landing in the just-because-you-can sector of the secret menu world is the Peanut Butter & Bacon ShackBurger. The wildly popular concoction is a basic Bacon ShackBurger topped with a generous helping of Shake Shack’s special peanut butter sauce.
Sonic: Pickle O’s
Like so many secret menu greats, Pickle O’s once were regular menu staples. But the good news, according to #HackTheMenu, is that you can still order them. Many locations keep them on hand, and those that don’t will often be willing to simply batter some pickles and fry them up, which is all it takes to enter fried pickle heaven.
Starbucks: Harry Potter’s Pumpkin Juice
When you visit World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, you can quench your thirst in the hot Florida heat with as many Harry Potter’s Pumpkin Juice Starbucks specials as you can get your hands on. In the real world, however, you won’t see it on the menu — but that doesn’t mean you can’t tell the barista how to make it. All it takes is a pump-and-a-half to three pumps of pumpkin spice syrup, depending on whether you want a tall, grande or venti. From there, just fill to the line with apple juice and add ice.
Subway: The Pizza Sub
Patrons in Canada can walk into any Subway and order a Pizza Sub right off the regular menu. In the States, however, it’s all a big secret — and a delicious secret, at that. It’s a hot sub with loads of sliced pepperoni, cheese and marinara sauce. Because it’s Subway, you can dress it up with whatever toppings you like at no extra charge.
Taco Bell: The Incredible Hulk Burrito
One of the healthier options on the Taco Bell secret menu is the Incredible Hulk. It’s a big, messy, five-layer burrito that uses guacamole instead of cheese and removes the six-inch inner tortilla shell. You can take it a step further by going fresco without sour cream.
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Wendy’s: Meat Cube
Also known as a Grand Slam burger to some, Wendy’s Meat Cube contains one full pound of beef, which equals four patties. Although the standard way to make this mammoth-size burger is to add two slices of cheese, you can ask for a slice between each patty if you feel like doubling up on the fat and protein.
Whataburger: Chicken and Pancakes
Chicken and pancakes aren’t on the menu at Whataburger, but everyone who’s ever indulged in this delightful taste combination knows they should be. The good news for secret menu DIYers is that all it takes to make the dream a reality is to order a side of chicken strips and an order of pancakes, combine, douse in syrup and enjoy.
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