Each fast food restaurant is known for having a unique menu of items associated with them. Most restaurants aim to have a handful of extremely popular dishes that are enough to sell their customers on. You can’t go to McDonald’s without seeing Big Mac and McNuggets ads all over. Chipotle is known for their burritos and burrito bowls. Every popular restaurant wants to have similar success with top menu items. The rest of the menu will form, but there are some items that will not make the cut. Various reasons prevent these meals from becoming fixtures in their specific restaurants. However, some of them do become cool little secrets for those aware of them.
There are many restaurants that have secret menu items designed to keep under wraps. Not every location will make these items if you ask for them, but they do exist at enough locations to be worth mentioning. Major chains like McDonald’s, Burger King, Chick-fil-A and others have dishes that you likely wouldn’t be aware of. They don’t show up on the menu nor are the advertised anywhere. The term secret item stays true to the name as it is only something that will be ordered very rarely. We will look at some of the dishes you may be able to find at your favorite chain. These are twenty-five hidden fast food items that aren’t on the menu.
25 Chipotle Nachos
Chipotle is the most popular Tex-Mex fast food chain that is popular for their burritos. Most people order the burrito or burrito bowl to get a large serving size of delicious ingredients together. One secret menu item is the nachos order can make.
Chipotle offers chips on the menu as a side but does not list it as one of the meal options. The order you can place off the menu would feature the nachos replacing the rice or the burrito as it’s covered with the toppings. It is a great change of pace from the usual Chipotle order.
The unique name of the McGangBang features a couple of popular items merging together for an intimidating meal. Two cheap beloved favorites on the Dollar Menu are the Double Cheeseburger and McChicken specials.
This off-menu item can place together the three pieces of meat for a larger sandwich. If ordering it, describe as a McChicken and Double Cheeseburger combo. The moniker of the McGangBang is the popular name created online as more folks started ordering. If McDonald’s refuses to make it, you can just order both and create it on your own.
23 Five Guys Patty Melt
Five Guys has become one of the most popular burger chains in the world. It is a perfect middle ground between McDonald’s and upscale burger restaurants for those that want a quality one at a fair price.
The Patty Melt is one of the off-menu items someone can order from many Five Guys locations. This burger features the melted cheese, onions and mushrooms as the toppings for the burger. There are some nights where you’re just craving for a Patty Melt, and Five Guys often provides them off the menu.
22 Jack in the Box Bacon Bacon Cheeseburger
Bacon has become one of the most popular food items in the fast food industry. It only makes sense that a burger chain would add a secret item that doubles down on the bacon in more ways than one.
Jack in the Box has an off-menu second named the Bacon Bacon Cheeseburger. Some locations will give you the burger of your dreams if you are a huge enthusiast of bacon. The meal features both bacon strips and bacon bits added to the cheeseburger.
21 Jamba Juice Skittles Smoothie
Jamba Juice is known for having a few secret items off the menu available for those that like their drinks. The best bet is to ask the person taking your order if they know how to make the Skittles Smoothie.
It consists of flavors like lemonade, lime sherbet and strawberries merging together in the drink. Skittles fanatics fell in love with this smoothie when trying it for the first time. It is worth asking about in case the smoothie is available for you to try out.
20 Taco Bell Enchirito
Taco Bell is another popular food chain that is known for having secret menu item. Some of the foods are just urban legend, but the Enchirito is one that does exist at many locations. Many Taco Bell locations will gladly make it for you if you ask.
The Enchirito features a combination hybrid of the burrito and enchilada covered in cheese and sauce. There is hope the item will be added to the menu at all locations, but it is currently an off-menu item one must request and hope for.
19 Arby’s Turkey Reuben
Arby’s is known for having delicious sandwiches offered on their menu. There are even some tasty sandwiches you can request off the menu at special locations. One item features a treat for people trying to avoid eating beef or that just prefer turkey.
Most locations will allow you to get a Turkey Reuben sandwich replacing the beef. The combination of turkey, sauerkraut and thousand island dressing are a favorite for many sandwich enthusiasts. Arby’s offers it with turkey if you request over the corned beef.
18 Whataburger Chicken and Pancakes
Chicken and waffles are beloved as a tremendous combination available at many fast food restaurants. However, Whataburger decided to experiment with the concept of chicken and a sweet breakfast item.
There is a chicken and pancakes special available off the menu at most locations. It is recommended to order the combination between 11PM and 11AM. You’ll get the chicken strips, pancakes and the maple syrup to pour all over it. The meal is tempting, but it’s hard to imagine pancakes topping waffles as the top breakfast chicken side.
17 Chick-fil-A Fried Chicken Club
Many fast food fans will name Chick-fil-A as the top chain restaurant for sandwiches. If the menu items are already great, you can imagine there’s fun in trying out the secret menu items. The Fried Chicken Club Sandwich is one that you can try requesting at your local Chick-fil-A.
It is suggested to request the employee to replace the char-boiled chicken with a piece of the fried chicken. The dynamic changes as most customers prefer the fried chicken in general for a tastier club sandwich.
16 Sonic Frito Pie
Sonic is home to many unique food items that leave customers satisfied. There is at least one fun item off the menu that can be requested at many Sonic locations. Fans of the Fritos chips can find a Frito Pie at Sonic.
The Frito Pie features chili and cheese served on Fritos. Many people to try the dish vouch for it being an incredible creation. It certainly seems like it will be hit or miss depending on your taste buds. Try requesting it next time you visit Sonic.
15 Shake Shack Peanut Butter and Bacon Cheeseburger
One of the most beloved burger restaurants in the world right now is Shake Shack. The restaurants continue expanding with many people looking to enjoy the burger. One off-menu burger that stands out is the Peanut Butter and Bacon Cheeseburger.
The way to order this one is getting a ShackBurger with Bacon and requesting a side of peanut butter spready. Some locations will just add the peanut butter for you, but it’s easier to request it this way to put as much peanut butter as you want on the ShackBurger.
14 In-N-Out Grilled Cheese Sandwich
In-N-Out Burger is a beloved burger restaurant in the West Coast of the United States. Many people are hoping for expansion, but that remains to be seen. The burgers have an incredible reputation, but there is one off-menu item for vegetarians or cheese lovers.
You can order a grilled cheese sandwich despite it not appearing on the In-N-Out menu. The sandwich will feature two slices of cheese in the buns along with any fixings you request. Any West Coast fans of grilled cheese should try this one out.
13 McDonald’s Surf and Turf Sandwich
Most meals associated with the term surf and turf will feature a fancy steak and lobster as the combination. Two of the most popular McDonald’s sandwiches are used for the secret version of a Surf and Turf combo there.
The McBurger Supreme and a Filet-O-Fish are merged together for the giant sandwich. Some locations will just put it together for you while charging for both. The worst-case scenario is ordering both and just putting them together yourself to avoid any confusion.
12 Chick-fil-A Blueberry Cheesecake Milkshake
Milk shakes are a fun item to get from fast food restaurants when the ingredients and recipes deliver. Chick-fil-A is one place that offers milkshakes to those that want it. There are even some unique flavors available off the menu at certain locations.
One popular off-menu item is the Blueberry Cheesecake Milkshake. A piece of blueberry cheesecake is simply blended into the vanilla milkshake upon request. Not every location will appease you, but there are enough to at least ask about it without feeling guilty.
11 Taco Bell Cheesarito
The Taco Bell Cheesarito is a hit meal for those that have a history looking up secret menu items. Taco Bell does not have this on their menu, but the ingredients are usually available for them to easily make one for you upon request.
The Cheesarito featured the combination of melted cheese, scallions and sauce all inside of a wrapped soft tortilla.
This off-menu item among the most popular ones and many believe Taco Bell will eventually just add it to the menu if the demand continues to grow.
10 Subway Pizza Sub
Subway is the most popular food chain in the world with locations everywhere. It is the place most people associate with getting a sub sandwich. There are many great sandwiches on the menu, but some customers are more tempted by the secret ones.
The Subway Pizza Sub was on the menu for Subway for a few weeks in 2012. It made enough of an impact for folks to continue requesting it to this day. The off-menu sandwich features spicy pepperoni, cheese, tomato sauce and whatever veggies you desire.
9 Wendy’s Spicy Barnyard Burger
The variety of burger chains has everyone picking a favorite. Wendy’s is often at the top of the list for their burgers and chicken sandwiches. However, there is one unique and delicious off-menu item that can be ordered at most locations.
The Barnyard Burger features a chicken patty, beef patty, bacon, cheese, tomatoes and lettuce between the buns. An easier way to request this without as much confusion is to order the Asiago Ranch Chicken Club and adding a burger patty to it.
8 Sonic Pickle O's
The Pickle O’s used to be part of the Sonic menu and was beloved by many fast food customers. It was a unique addition to a menu in place of the normal options like fries or onion rings in the appetizers section. The battered and deep-fried pickles were a delicious snack to add to an order.
Despite being removed from the menu, many Sonic locations will still sell the Pickle O’s to you. It depends on the amount of orders being prepared at the time. There is a good chance your Sonic will deep fry the pickles to add to your meal if you are kind and the timing works out.
7 McDonald’s Hash Brown McMuffin
Another off-menu McDonald’s item that many people love is the Hash Brown McMuffin. Customers that love McDonald’s breakfast food items were ecstatic when the restaurant announced they would start serving breakfast all day a couple of years ago.
This has led to a few new off-menu ideas coming to fruition. The Hash Brown McMuffin features a hash brown being added to the McMuffin sandwich of your choice. Many McDonald’s locations will make it for you, but it’s easier to just order both items and adding the has brown to the sandwich yourself.
6 In-N-Out Animal Style Fries
In-N-Out Burger is home to one of the most popular and requested off-menu items at any fast food restaurant. Customers go wild for the Animal Style Fries special merging together many of our favorite foods.
The fries are topped with melted cheese, grilled onions and the beloved secret sauce.
Unlike most other items on the list, there’s no real trick to this one. You just have to ask for the Animal Style Fries and you’ll be able to get your wish despite it not being on the menu.
5 Burger King Quad Stacker
Burger King is the home of the next item on the list. The burger shown here will either provide you excitement to try it out or put fear into the idea of eating it. This off-menu item is known as the Quad Stacker.
The massive burger features four beef patties, four slices of cheese and bacon. You must request it as such as it’s unknown if employees will know it under the Quad Stacker name. This sandwich is not for the faint of heart, or anyone that fears heart-related illnesses striking them.
4 KFC Build-a-Bowl
The KFC Bowl has become one of the most popular options on the menu. This dish features small pieces of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and sweet corn all together topped with gravy and cheese. It’s hard to improve on this, but the option is there to change it up.
You don’t need to order a specific bowl recipe off the menu to get one. There is the appeal of building your own bowl by adding or removing certain items from it. Ask if you can customize your bowl and KFC employees will likely allow it.
3 Arby's Melt
The Arby's Melt used to be one of the top Arby’s sandwiches one could order from the menu. Changes were made, and it is no longer an option to order when looking at the menu choices. However, most locations will appease you if requesting to have the Arby's Melt made.
The sandwich basically just adds the melted cheddar cheese sauce to a roast beef sandwich. It is simple enough for most Arby’s to easily go for it. Don’t be afraid to speak up if you miss the Arby's Melt and want it again.
2 Chipotle Quesarito
Chipotle locations often see requests to make the popular off-menu item known as the Quesarito. It features a combination of a burrito and a quesadilla for those that want to take it up a notch from just ordering a packed burrito.
The burrito is wrapped by the quesadilla and is a huge meal for someone to finish in one serving. Be smart about when your request the Quesarito. It may not be the wisest move to ask for the off-menu item when your Chipotle is crowded with a huge line.
1 McDonald’s Monster Mac
The wildest secret menu item for McDonald’s may very well be the Monster Mac. This item is for those that clearly seek adventure in their fast food orders. A Monster Mac is a Big Mac taken to a new level.
It features eight beef patties and eight slices slice between the buns for a massive burger. You just have to order a Big Mac and request the number of patties and cheese you desire. The Monster Mac is not a burger that the average person should try. We’re not sure who exactly should try it, but it’s available as a top off-menu option.