24 Secret Fast Food Menu Items You Need to Try

By Rosunnara R.
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When you go to a fast food restaurant, there are the typical items you see on the menu, and then there are the hidden things they can make for you with what the restaurant has in their kitchen. Although it’s known as a secret menu, many of these items aren’t exactly a secret anymore. Some of the more well-known spots that have hidden menus include McDonald's, Chipotle and Starbucks.

If you are in a fast food rut or just want to try something different, it might be worth exploring these secret fast-food menu items. Just note that some employees suggest trying these popular orders when the restaurant is not overly crowded. 

Meat Mountain from Arby’s

You might know Arby's for their classic roast beef sandwiches and crispy, curly fries. But it also has a secret menu, which includes the aptly named “Meat Mountain.” The “meat mountain” is a sandwich piled high with all the meats Arby's offers, including chicken tenders, brisket and Angus steak. The sandwich also includes a few slices of Swiss cheese and cheddar.

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If the workers at Arby's don’t know how to make the sandwich, just let them know you want all of their protein options piled on a bun. The “meat mountain” is the highest priced item at the fast-food chain, which is something else you can brag about. For $10, this protein-packed sandwich will provide you with almost 1,200 calories. 

Suicide Burger from Burger King

The threatening name of this burger doesn’t stop people from ordering it. You can also call it the “Quad Stacker.” The flame-grilled burger is stuffed with four beef patties and four slices of cheese.

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It also includes bacon, their mysterious special sauce and a toasted sesame bun. The ingredients in a “suicide burger” adds up to 820 calories. What would go best with this menacing meal? Probably an order of Burger King’s secret menu frings, which are half fries and half onion rings. The “suicide burger” and a side of frings are one of the more popular choices from the burger chain.

Blueberry Cheesecake Milkshake from Chik-fil-A

Many folks are impressed with Chik-fil-A’s excellent customer service and iconic chicken sandwiches served on a buttery bun. But their secret menu also has some tasty treats worth trying.

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The Blueberry Cheesecake Milkshake is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a vanilla milkshake blended with a whole slice of creamy blueberry cheesecake. Warning, mixing a piece of cheesecake with a milkshake probably isn’t the most diet-friendly option. Unfortunately, not all locations will be able to make it for you, but it’s worth asking for when you're at the restaurant. 

Burritodilla from Chipotle

If you usually order a “quesarito” from Chipotle and want to go for a smaller meal, try opting for the “burritodilla.” For those of you who don’t know, a ”quesarito” is a burrito wrapped in a warm cheesy quesadilla instead of a basic flour tortilla. Many customers know about the “quesarito” as a secret menu item, but fewer customers are aware of the “burritodilla.”

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A “burritodilla” is still a burrito wrapped in a quesadilla, but it’s only filled with half the contents of a burrito. Even though the “burritodilla” has fewer ingredients than the Quesarito, it's still just as good. A “burritodilla” also contains fewer calories than a “quesarito.” While a chicken “quesarito” carries 1,685 calories, a chicken “burritodilla” only packs 842 calories.

Skittles Smoothie from Jamba Juice

Jamba Juice’s secret menu has multiple smoothies that honor your favorite candies, including pink Starbursts and red gummy bears. But we are here to tell you about one in particular, the Skittles smoothie.

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A Skittles smoothie blends one cup of peach lemonade, one scoop of lime sherbet, frozen yogurt, ice and two scoops of strawberries. When all of these ingredients are mixed, the result is a pink concoction. The Skittles smoothie is likely one of the tastiest drinks from the Jamba Juice menu, albeit probably not the healthiest. It will remind you of the fruit-flavored candy from your childhood. If you're wondering about the smoothie's nutrition, the whole thing is 455 calories, not the worst thing in terms of secret menus.

Meat Cube from Wendy’s

Don’t let the name fool you into thinking this burger is small. This secret menu item is mighty, appetizing and very unhealthy. Meat Cube fans also call it the "Grand Slam Burger."

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Wendy’s is known to have square-shaped meat patties. The Meat Cube stacks four of these square patties on top of each other, creating a cube of meat. This burger also includes a slice of cheese for each patty. The entire burger weighs about one pound. If you don't want to settle for only four patties, you also have the option of adding as many patties as you desire.

Land, Sea and Air Burger from McDonald’s

If you’re hungry for a burger, a chicken sandwich and a fish filet, McDonald’s has got you covered. Its “Land, Sea & Air Burger” is a Big Mac topped with a McChicken and a Filet-O-Fish patty.

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When a normal Big Mac doesn't fill you up, this secret menu item is an excellent alternative. All your intense junk-food cravings will be satisfied with the Land, Sea & Air Burger. If you aren’t in the mood for seafood, you can leave out the Filet-O-Fish patty to turn this secret item into a “Big McChicken.” 

Nachos at Chipotle

Sick and tired of your usual burrito order at Chipotle? Why not try an order of Chipotle’s secret nachos instead? Nachos are one of the best secret menu items from Chipotle. The Nachos plate combines all your favorite ingredients. It features tortilla chips topped with melted cheese, salsa, beans, sour cream, vegetables and any type of meat you want. Expect the price to be higher than other items on the actual menu if you add many toppings.

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Also, there's a chance the Chipotle Nachos won't be a secret anymore. According to USA Today, Chipotle may expand its regular menu to include Nachos because customers continue to request the item.

Butterbeer Frappuccino from Starbucks

Harry Potter fans will be happy to learn that the Butterbeer Frappuccino is now available at their local Starbucks. It’s hidden on Starbucks’s secret menu and made to imitate the Butterbeer from the wizarding world of Harry Potter. This drink has a Crème Frappuccino (vanilla bean) base, with three pumps of toffee nut syrup, three pumps of caramel, and toppings of whipped cream and caramel drizzle.

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If you’re not a Harry Potter fan, you can always brighten up a wizard’s day with this cold drink on a nice warm day. There’s a long list of secret menu drinks you can request at Starbucks. We’ll delve into more of them throughout this story. 

Veggie Whopper from Burger King

Most people know that the Whopper is the signature burger at Burger King.
 However, did you know there are vegetarian options on Burger King’s secret menu? The vegetarian alternative of the Whopper is called a Veggie Whopper, which comes with a veggie patty instead of a regular beef patty. A Veggie Whopper also includes lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, ketchup, mayo, and onions on a toasted sesame seed bun.

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Don’t be concerned about the size of the burger. The veggie patty is just as filling as a beef patty. Even if you're not a vegetarian, you can still enjoy a Veggie Whopper. One serving of a Veggie Whopper is only 450 calories.

Grilled Cheese from In-N-Out

The West Coast burger joint, In-N-Out, doesn’t leave vegetarian fans behind. The Grilled Cheese is one of In-N-Out’s most popular secret menu items. It’s way better than a plain old Grilled Cheese sandwich.

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Their mouthwatering Grilled Cheese sandwich is a classic In-N-Out cheeseburger without the beef patty. The Grilled Cheese comes with melted cheese, fresh lettuce, juicy tomato slices and their special spread sauce. The sandwich also includes golden toasted buns and your choice of grilled onions or sliced onions. Doesn’t that sound delicious? This is an excellent option for vegetarians, people who want a lighter meal and anyone who just wants to try something new.

Pink Starburst Smoothie from Jamba Juice

If you were one of those kids who only ate the pink Starbursts, Jamba Juice’s secret menu has a special treat for you. They’ve turned your favorite candy into a delicious smoothie that you won’t be able to stop ordering.

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The “Pink Starburst Smoothie” is packed with strawberries, raspberry sherbert, sorbet, frozen yogurt, soy milk and lemonade. It touches on your sweet tooth while also being perfectly suited for summer. 

Thin Mint Frappuccino from Starbucks

It’s a sad time when Girl Scout Cookie season officially ends. How on earth are you going to get your Thin Mint fix now? Starbucks has solved all your problems with their Thin Mint Frappuccino. The coffeehouse chain transforms a plain frappuccino into a delicious creation.

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The base is a Tazo Green Tea Crème Frappuccino blended with java chips, one pump of mocha syrup and another pump of peppermint syrup. Your minty and chocolatey wishes have come true. The Thin Mint Frappuccino is a perfect refreshing drink on a sizzling summer day. 

Enchirito from Taco Bell

This beloved enchilada-burrito hybrid retired from the real menu in 2013. Luckily, Taco Bell fans can recreate the favorite red-sauced item by ordering it correctly. The Enchirito is a Burrito Supreme with extra beef and cheese covered in red sauce, and a three-cheese blend.

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If the workers can’t smother the burrito in the three-cheese blend and sauce on top, you can always assemble the Enchirito at home by asking for the red sauce and cheese on the side. Make sure to heat the dish to melt the cheese. The smell and taste will bring back many good memories of when the Enchirito was on the actual menu.  

Barnyard Burger From Wendy’s

Wendy’s has a lot of weird names for their secret menu items, but people keep ordering them. Like McDonald’s and Arby’s, Wendy’s also offers a way to have multiply the types of meat in your sandwich. The Barnyard Burger is one of the most famous, and likely fatty, items on Wendy's secret menu.

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The Barnyard Burger combines a juicy burger, crispy bacon, a spicy fried chicken patty, melted cheese, fresh lettuce and a sweet slice of tomato on a bun. How do you eat this giant sandwich? You must be creative and not be afraid to get messy. This secret menu sandwich is a great option for people who want to eat a lot of protein and aren’t concerned with their calorie intake.

Peanut Butter Bacon Cheeseburger from Shake Shack

Shake Shack is one of the most popular chains in the U.S. right now. The burger chain, founded on the East Coast, now had locations all over the world. In addition to its regular menu, the burger chain offers tasty items from their secret menu. For the ultimate indulgence, you can order a bacon cheeseburger with a side of peanut butter sauce. Once you pick up your order, pour the creamy peanut butter over the patty.

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What exactly does a bacon cheeseburger from Shake Shack include? At Shake Shack, a bacon cheeseburger is also called a Smoke Shack. This cheeseburger features applewood smoked bacon, cherry peppers and their signature Shake Sauce. The Shake Sauce is a blend of mayo, ketchup, mustard and spices. 

Animal Style Fries from In-N-Out

If you are ever on the West Coast, you must try Animal Style Fries from In-N-Out. If you live on the West Coast you likely already have. Animal Style Fries are french fries topped with melted cheese, chopped grilled onions and In-N-Out sauce. The secret menu item likely the worst secret around since any In-N-Out fan knows about it. It’s a simple combination of ingredients that’s very tasty.

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Animal Style Fries are super popular and delicious. The name may be misleading, but vegetarians can devour these special fries anytime they want, although the calorie count might be daunting. One serving of Animal Style Fries is 750 calories. Some In-N-Out fans suggest going all out and ordering an Animal Style Burger to complete your indulgent meal. 

Monster Mac from McDonald’s

McDonald’s loves to go big with their secret menu items. You can just ask anyone who has ordered a Monster Mac from the hidden menu. This massive burger is a Big Mac loaded with eight patties. Plus, it comes with all the extra Big Mac ingredients including the Big Mac sauce, pickles, lettuce, onions, American cheese and buns between the patties.

The Monster Mac will provide you a great dining experience regardless of all the ingredients. Since this sandwich is a combination of eight burgers, you will consume a lot of protein and calories. Make sure to come hungry.

Build-a-Bowl from KFC

Did you know the bowls at KFC are completely customizable? That’s right; you can remove the grilled chicken and substitute in fried chicken or add corn to your mashed potatoes. There are so many different combinations you could try with the bowl.

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For example, you can create your own Popcorn Chicken Poutine bowl. The specific item is listed on KFC menus in Canada. Which means that everyone else must customize their bowls with specific ingredients. To make a Popcorn Chicken Poutine bowl, order the regular popcorn chicken bowl with fries. Next, add two slices of cheese and gravy on top. You can eat the dish after you cut the cheese with a utensil to make it resemble cheese curds.

Beer Float from Shake Shack

A great way to end a stressful day is to head to Shake Shack and order a Beer Float. Instead of ordering the regular root beer float, you can create an adult version at the burger joint. The Beer Float is made with a dark beer and a scoop of Shake Shack’s signature frozen custard.

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If the Shake Shack you are at doesn't add the frozen custard into your beer, you can purchase the beer and custard separately and create a DIY version. Shake Shack has a wide selection of beer, so you have plenty of options to choose from to customize your Beer Float.

Hash Brown McMuffin from McDonald’s

Everyone knows that the Big Mac at McDonald's is a popular item. However, there are also many people who love the crispy hash browns from the McDonald’s breakfast menu. People are so crazy about them, that they’ve put them inside of their breakfast sandwiches instead of just having them on the side. Welcome the “Hash Brown McMuffin” to McDonald’s secret menu.

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To build the Hash Brown McMuffin, order an Egg McMuffin and a hash brown patty and place the hash brown right in the middle for the ultimate breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so make it epic by creating a Hash Brown McMuffin. 

Protein-Style Burger from Shake Shack

Shake Shack may be famous for its gourmet burgers, crinkle-cut fries and delicious milkshakes, but their secret menu does a healthier choice. Health-obsessed patrons love the Protein-Style Burger.

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Not only does this burger cut carbs, but it also cuts calories. A Protein-Style Burger is wrapped in butter lettuce instead of buns. The secret menu item is super easy to assemble because it’s only four ingredients: a beef patty, melted cheese, tomatoes and lettuce leaves. Thanks to the beef patty, it still packs a bunch of flavor. A Protein-Style Burger is great for people who want a low-carb, gluten-free or smaller meal. 

Fried Chicken Club from Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A is best known for its mouthwatering chicken sandwiches. Many fans enjoy the Fried Chicken Club from the Chick-fil-A secret menu. On the regular menu, Chick-fil-A only offers a Grilled Chicken Club.

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But to make the Fried Chicken Club, is as easy as asking them to replace the grilled chicken breast with a piece of crispy fried chicken breast. It's a simple switch, but it makes a big difference in flavor. The Fried Chicken club comes with tasty ingredients including a multigrain bun, Colby-Jack cheese, applewood smoked bacon, tomato, leaf lettuce and honey roasted BBQ sauce. 

Grilled Cheese from McDonald’s

The giant fast-food chain has some great options for vegetarians in its secret menu. While most McDonald’s secret menu items are loaded with meat, a few vegetarian options are available.

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If you ask nicely for the employees to make a Grilled Cheese for you, most places can cook one for you. The simple Grilled Cheese features cheese inside of their grilled hamburger buns. Even though it's easy to make, the Grilled Cheese is one of the most popular secret menu items customers request at McDonald's.