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9 Restaurants You Never Knew Had Secret Menu Items

You’ll want to order all of these delicious, and sometimes ginormous concoctions that you never knew existed!

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Kokomo - Circa November 2016: Burger King Retail Fast Food Location. Every day, more than 11 million guests visit Burger King II
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Burger King

This fast food giant may be well known for their beefed-up double- and triple-decker Whoppers, but you’ll also want to try one of these little-known, but far from little, menu items. (Warning: Wear your pants with the elastic waistband before consumption.)

  • Suicide Burger: Four beef patties, four slices of cheese, two slices of bacon and Burger King’s secret “stacker” sauce. (If an employee doesn’t recognize this terminology, ask for a “quad stacker” or just tell them how to build it.)
  • Burger King Club: Take the original chicken sandwich to the next level and make it a club—layers of crispy chicken, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and cheese lie between two of BK’s signature sesame seed buns.
  • Ham & Cheese: For a simpler meal that isn’t quite as gargantuan, ask the cashier for a ham and cheese on a sesame seed bun.

Don’t miss these 11 things you probably didn’t know about Burger King’s famous whopper.

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Muncie, IN - Circa August 2016: Taco Bell Retail Fast Food Location. Taco Bell is a Subsidiary of Yum! Brands I
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Taco Bell

If you want to “Live Más” per the popular Taco Bell slogan, you’ll want to expand your taste buds’ horizons “más” by ordering one of these flavorful items.

  • Chili Cheese Burrito: A burrito filled with only chili and cheese.
  • The Superman: A cheesy double beef burrito loaded with fried potatoes, sour cream, guacamole, and crispy tortilla strips.
  • The Incredible Hulk: A 5-layer burrito, but swap out the melted nacho cheese for a hearty helping of everyone’s favorite, guacamole. Make a request to nix the extra inner tortilla shell and sour cream too!
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BLOOMINGTON, MN/USA - JUNE 21, 2014: White Castle restuarant exterior. White Castle is a fast food restaurant chain and generally credited as the first fast food chain in the United States.
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White Castle

People love White Castle so much, there’s even a movie about two morons who embark on a crazy trip to the beloved fast food restaurant, so you better believe the restaurant has its own secret menu too! Make sure you know these 7 things about White Castle’s addictive burgers.

  • Chicken Parm Sliders: This secret menu item is more of a DIY creation. Get the fried chicken breast sliders with a side of mozzarella sticks then place two mozzarella sticks on each slider. Grab a little cup of marinara and nuke it in the microwave until all of the flavors have melted together.
  • Surf and Turf Sliders: This yummy item takes the best of both slider worlds! Just tell the cashier you want a slider with a piece of fried fish, a beef patty, and melted cheese.
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Indianapolis - Circa June 2016: Five Guys Restaurant. Five Guys is a Fast Casual Restaurant Chain in the US and Canada I
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Five Guys

The burger connoisseurs at Five Guys have an endless array of burger patty toppings to choose from, but now there are even more items for your taste buds to savor.

  • Cheese Fries: Ask for the fries with melted cheese on top! And don’t miss the secret ingredient that makes Five Guys’ fries so delicious!
  • Patty Melt: A gooey grilled cheese made with a juicy burger patty inside. Plus, any additional toppings you’d like.
  • Burger Bowl: Swap out that bun on your bacon cheeseburger for a bowl. The ingredients include two beef patties, bacon, pickles, grilled onions, green peppers, mustard, and mayo.
  • The Presidential: This burger earned its claim to fame when former President Obama ordered a cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, jalapeño peppers and mustard in Washington D.C. (Some employees may not know what an order of the “Presidential” means so just ask for a regular cheeseburger with those toppings.)
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SEASIDE, CA/USA - MARCH 27, 2014: Wendy's fast food restaurant exterior and sign. Wendy's is the world's third largest hamburger fast food chain with approximately 6,650 locations.
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The popular fast food joint has a hearty menu full of mouthwatering meals. If you thought three beef patties made your stomach explode, just wait till you see what their secret menu has to offer.

  • The Grand Slam: This burger has been nicknamed the “Meat Cube” because four of Wendy’s square-shaped signature beef patties are piled on top of each other with nothing more than a slice of cheese separating each layer.
  • The Barnyard: It’s a protein-packed combo for meat lovers. It’s one layer of bacon, one layer of beef patty, one spicy chicken filet, and ham with cheese in between each layer.
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COSTA MESA, CA/USA - OCTOBER 17, 2015: Sonic Drive-In Restaurant exterior. Sonic Corp. is an American drive-in fast-food restaurant chain.
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It’s no surprise that America’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, SONIC, also has a secret menu to appease your taste buds.

  • Pink Flamingo: A fun and fruity drink made of Sprite mixed with orange, pineapple, and cherry flavoring.
  • Purple Sprite: This purple concoction’s ingredients include Sprite, Powerade, lemonade, and cranberry juice.
  • Sonic Sunrise: This tasty drink is easy! Mix cherry limeade and orange juice together.
  • Extreme Tots: For a flavor explosion in your mouth, load your tater tots up chili, cheese, onion, jalapeños, and ranch dressing.
  • Ring Leader Loaded Burger: This secret menu item is extremely easy to build. Just order a burger with grilled onions, bacon strips, and onion rings, and you’re all set!
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JACKSONVILLE, FL - MARCH 16, 2014: A Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant in Jacksonville. Chick-fil-A, specializing in chicken sandwiches, has over 1,700 restaurants in the United States.
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You may think Chick-fil-A has dreamed up every deep fried chicken combination imaginable, but wait, there’s more!

  • Free Icedream Cone: If you order off the kid’s menu, Chick-fil-A will give you an ice cream cone in lieu of a kid’s toy. But this secret perk isn’t explicitly stated on the menu, so you must ask for it.
  • Buffalo Chicken sandwich: It’s simple, just ask the staff to pour buffalo sauce on your fried chicken.
  • Fried Chicken Club Sandwich: Switch out the grilled chicken for a piece of savory fried chicken. Here, learn how to layer a sandwich.
  • Spicy Char: Ask for a spicy chicken patty instead of a charbroiled chicken patty to make on your sandwich.
  • Blueberry Cheesecake Milkshake: A slice of blueberry cheesecake with a vanilla milkshake. This decadent milkshake is offered at select locations, but due to this technicality, it’s still considered a secret menu item. If you don’t see it at your local Chick-fil-A, it doesn’t hurt to try snagging one
  • Chicken Quesadilla: This is a well-known secret menu item that’s been circulating for a long time now, but a Chick-fil-A spokesperson could not confirm that this was an actual item you could get. But Chick-fil-A did tell USA TODAY that cooks “may occasionally experiment with recipes in the kitchen.” It’s worth a try! Here are the nutritionist-approved foods that are totally OK to order at Chick-fil-A.
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Bangkok, Thailand - September 15,2017: KFC drive thru on Ramintra Rd., Opposite Synphaet Hospital.


It’s good taste like Colonel Sanders’ that kept his restaurant chain in business for more than 80 years! After you’ve tried some of these secret menu items, you may just be exclaiming, “Finger lickin’ good!”

Hot pocket bowl: A hot pocket of dough covered in fried chicken pieces, melted cheese, hot gravy, and corn.

Poutine: Think of a heaping pile of fries topped with fresh cheese curds and smothered in gravy. This delicacy is only sold in Canadian KFC locations, but some KFC locations in the United States will let you order it, if they have the ingredients on hand.

Triple Down: This sandwich sans the bread is made of nothing but three pieces of boneless white chicken fillets stacked together with bacon and cheddar cheese nestled between each crispy layer.

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Indianapolis - Circa October 2016: Arby's Retail Fast Food Location. Arby's operates over 3,300 restaurants I
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Arby’s signature sandwich list just got a whole lot longer with these secret scrumptious options.

  • Meat Mountain: Imagine a sandwich stacked with every single type of Arby’s meat (brisket, Angus steak, corned beef, roast beef, ham, bacon, turkey, and chicken) and you’ve got yourself a meat mountain! And don’t forget to add the swiss and cheddar cheese.
  • Bacon Beef ‘N Cheddar: Order the Arby’s signature Beef ‘N Cheddar sandwich made with thin slices of roast beef and cheddar cheese sauce, but add an extra serving of bacon.

These are the 10 healthiest food options at your favorite fast food restaurants.

[Sources: hackthemenu.com, secretmenus.com, usatoday.com]

Ashley Lewis
Ashley is an Assistant Editor at Reader’s Digest. She received her Master’s Degree from CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in 2015. Before joining Reader’s Digest, she was a Jason Sheftell Fellow at the New York Daily News and interned at Seventeen and FOX News. When Ashley is not diligently fact-checking the magazine or writing for rd.com, she enjoys cooking (butternut squash pizza is her signature dish), binge-watching teen rom-coms on Netflix that she’s way too old for, and hiking (and falling down) mountains.