The saying “It’s bigger in Texas” may be true, but in our top secret menu items list we’ve teamed up with our YouTube friend Ken Domik from KBDProductionsTV to show you it can be bigger all over North America (if not the world). We’re talking about secret menu items: meals that exist at the most popular fast food restaurants which aren’t listed on the menu, but if you ask nicely (and read this list), you too can sink your teeth into these massive and secretive menu food items. From a burger which easily surpasses our 2,000 daily calorie limit to a coffee which will make you feel like Harry Potter, get ready for some mind blowing food porn with these 25 Top Secret Menu Items Of All Time.
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Quesarito - Chipotle
Chipotle is already nirvana on Earth, right? If you’re a religious burrito or bowl eater, we have a new item for you – the Quesarito. For an extra $3.50 (totally worth it), you’ll have your standard burrito wrapped in a double-layered (make sure to ask for the two-shelled version), Monterey Jack cheese-dripping, quesadilla: the single best burrito wrapper ever. A meal like this should count as perfect for a great first date, right?
Butterbeer Frappuccino - Starbucks
Do you dream of being a wizard just like Harry Potter and Hermione Granger? Do you also happen to have a Starbucks addiction? If so, put aside that Double-Mint Frappuccino and take yourself into the wizarding world by ordering the Butterbeer Frappuccino. A Vanilla Bean Frap with pumps of toffee nut and caramel, the Butterbeer Frap will have you saying Wingardium Leviosa (to your cash) in no time.
The McLand, Air, and Sea Burger - McDonald's
“One if by land and two if by sea” may have been McDonald’s inspiration (disclaimer: no, it definitely wasn’t) for the McLand, Air, and Sea: a BigMac, McChicken, and Filet-o-Fish. At $5 per burger meal, this burger costs as much as a sit-down dinner so maybe better to save it for a splurge day. Compress the buns (unless you have jaws as big as a great white shark) and stuff the Filet-o-Fish in the McChicken then in the BigMac at whatever levels you like – it’s all going down the same way! Feel free to eliminate some of the buns if you can’t wrap your mouth around it.
The Incredible Hulk - Taco Bell
If the first thing you think when entering a taqueria isn’t “Load up on the guac!”, the Incredible Hulk may change your mind. (And if the first thing you think upon entering Taco Bell is “This can’t be healthy!”, it may change that opinion too. The Incredible Hulk is a five-layer burrito made healthy: the nacho cheese sauce is removed along with the sour cream and the extra inner tortilla shell. In their place, Fiesta Salsa and loads of guacamole are added to make a burrito which will have you seeing green (all over your mouth and napkins).
Chicken McGriddle - McDonald's
Every McGriddle is essentially work of the gods. So it’s no surprise any secret menu item including this staple can do no wrong. Combining a McGriddle (any variety you like) and southern chicken and waffles (minus the waffles) is the Chicken McGriddle. To make, stuff a McChicken patty in between the syrupy goodness and devour. This is one of the more tricky secret menu items to make as you have to arrive at McDonalds during the change between breakfast and lunch to order a McGriddle during breakfast then a McChicken after the turnover.
Thin Mint Frappuccino - Starbucks
We can understand that you can (somehow) say no to Girl Scouts when they’re trying to sell their Shortbread cookies or Thanks-a-lots. But there’s no saying no to Thin Mints. Now you can get the delicious flavor of Thin Mints at nearly every street corner (at least every one in Seattle and most in other cities). Ask your Starbucks barista for the Thin Mint Frappuccino: a Tazo Green Tea Creme Frap with two pumps of chocolate syrup, one of mint syrup, and the oh-so-delectable java chips and honey drizzle.
The Double Grilled Cheese Burger - Five Guys
One of the most expensive secret food menu items – coming in at over $15 – is Five Guys Burgers and Fries’s Double Grilled Cheese Burger. If you’re faint at heart and stomach, stop reading now – this combination is only for the biggest cravings. Though you might have to put it together yourself (some chains won’t put it together for you which leaves you with an extra pair of buns), the burger patty between two nearly-dripping grilled cheeses is a match made in meat and cheese heaven.
The Quad Whopper - Burger King
Don’t expect to find any Burger King with a box big enough to hold the Quad Whopper. Most of us have a hard-enough time eating one Whopper; with three extra burger patties (and, if you add them on, three extra slices of cheese), the Quad Whopper will easily surpass half your daily calorie limit in just one burger. Make sure to get in a workout after eating it lest all the meat calories go straight to your thighs!
The Slaughterhouse - Smoke's Poutinerie
The Slaughterhouse at Smoke’s Poutinerie in Ontario is exactly how it sounds: a massive meal of all the poutinerie’s meat consisting of bacon, sausage, steak, ground beef, chicken, and pulled pork. Six meat toppings mixed around on top of poutine (a popular Canadian dish consisting of fries, cheese curds, and gravy) will keep you full from today until next week. Better plan plenty of time to take down the monstrosity. Ken took 30 minutes to devour the six-meat meal and downed about a liter of liquid to wash it down.
Quad Stacker - Burger King
A Quad Stacker is exactly what you think. Four burger patties, four slices of cheese, and four strips of bacon (don’t forget the special sauce) make up this compact but hearty burger. You’ll definitely need a bib to take on this Burger King secret menu item as the dripping cheese is going to make it everywhere (hopefully mostly into your mouth). Half the size and weight of #18, the Quad Stacker is sure to please meat-and-cheese lovers.
McGangBang - McDonald's
A McChicken sandwiched in-between a McDouble, the McGangBang is the ultimate freaky-relationship between cow and chicken (besides the cartoon). Four buns and three patties (not to mention the cheese, lettuce, and condiments) later and you’ll be sinking your teeth into a cheap McDonald’s option for an expensive appetite.
Pizza Sub - Subway
Ever fall into the predicament where you want one food and your friends want another? Now it doesn’t have to be a problem – if you know about Subway’s secret menu food items. Here’s the scene: you want pizza, they want sandwiches. Now, you don’t have to compromise. Subway’s Pizza Sub is filled with pepperoni, tomato sauce, cheese, and whatever veggies you care to add. The best part is, unlike traditional pizzerias, it doesn’t cost extra to add on veggies as toppings!
Monster Mac - McDonald's
If you want all the McDonald’s employees to run up to the window to catch a glimpse of the lunatic, order the Monster Mac. A Double Big Mac (not weird yet) with SEVEN, count ’em, seven extra slices of cheese (weird) and four extra burger patties (super weird), the Monster Mac is the burger Frankenstein’s monster would have eaten upon waking up. If eight patties, eight slices of cheese, and three buns don’t make you run for the hills, take a whack at it and let Ken know on YouTube or Twitter.
Quintiuple Suicide Burger - Burger King
The Quintuple Suicide Burger is more like the Quintuple Arterial Bypass Burger because that’s what you’ll need after eating this massive meat concoction. Five Whopper patties, five slices of cheese, and five strips of bacon, the Quintuple Suicide Burger (a Ken Domik-designed secret food menu item) charts in at about $15. Start by ordering a Triple Whopper then two extra whopper patties, five slices of cheese, and five bacon strips; make sure you’re close to a hospital in case your body revolts!
Macho Meal - Dairy Queen
Dairy Queen’s Macho Meal may better be named the Goliath Meal because he’s the only one who could likely down it (besides Ken). You won’t find this triple cheeseburger on the menu, but most DQ cash registers will feature the button for cashiers to press. If you’re a spice lover, kick it up a notch by adding their Flamethrower sauce.
The Mc10:35 - McDonald's
So-named because it can only be made (by you, McDonald’s won’t make it) during the transition from breakfast to lunch, the Mc10:35 is a combination of an Egg McMuffin and a McDouble. To make this combo of egg, ham, cheese, patties, and muffin, take the buns off the McDouble and stuff it into the McMuffin. Depending on much you like ketchup with your scrambled eggs, you might want to ask for the burger without ketchup.
The McKinley Mac - McDonald's
Named after the highest mountain in North America, the McKinley Mac (maybe changing to Denali Mac as President Obama recently announced the federal government is changing the name back to its original name, the same that Alaskans call the peak) is a Double-Quarter Pounder dressed like a BigMac. Order a BigMac and ask for the smaller BigMac burger patties to be replaced with the larger quarter-pound patties. Ever wonder what’s in their secret sauce? McDonald’s has admitted its contents: mayonnaise, yellow mustard, and sweet pickle relish blended together with vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika.
McWhopper Mac - Burger King & McDonald's
The McWhopper Mac is the ultimate collaboration between the two rival chains of McDonalds and Burger King, but not one they’ll do willingly – you’ll have to put it together yourself. To do so is simple: just put a Whopper anywhere in between the layers of a BigMac. Prepare yourself for the challenge: this monstrosity has more than your daily recommended calories limit and also packs 301 grams of carbs, 150 mg of cholesterol, and 59 grams of protein – enough to keep you full until next week.
Meat Mountain - Arby's
Over a pound of meat makes up Arby’s legendary Meat Mountain (which sounds more like something from a cartoon than a real-life secret food item). For $10 (at a price which takes Arby’s from fast-food to mid-range), the Meat Mountain boasts the range of Arby’s meats, including 2 chicken tenders and 1.5 ounces of roast turkey, ham, corned beef, brisket, Angus steak, and roast beef. Top it off with three slices of bacon and two slices of cheese and you’ve got the massive and delicious Meat Mountain.
The Poor Man's Big Mac - McDonald's
Don’t be confused – a Poor Man’s BigMac is still quite a meal at McDonald’s! At just $1.77, order a McDouble sporting extra lettuce and BigMac sauce (and minus the ketchup and mustard). With a combination like that, anyone can enjoy the equivalent of a BigMac (minus the center bun and with a regular bun instead of a sesame seed bun) for less than half the price.
Big McChicken - McDonald's
Meat overload is the name of the game when it comes to the Big McChicken. To build this secret food menu item, take all three pieces of bun off and replace them with, you guessed, it, chicken. The five layers of meat patties, cheese, and BigMac sauce is hands down one of the tastiest items on this list. Open wide as this McDonald’s meat monster is so big you’ll barely be able to fit it in your mouth!
Barnyard Burger - Wendy's
Take advantage of the full assortment of barnyard animals when ordering off of Wendy’s secret food menu. Their Barnyard Burger is a delicious concoction of a hamburger patty, spicy chicken patty, and bacon, all surrounded by your favorite condiments and their silky buns. It’s so good you might forget the glory of the Baconator (if only just for a second).
McSurf N Turf - McDonald's
A combination of a McLobster (people not from the Northeast may have never eaten one) and a McDouble, welcome the McSurf n Turf. This McDonald’s item starts out with the buttery McLobster roll then two patties (or one, if you choose to up the meat scale a notch and make-your-own from an Angus patty) followed by the seafood innerds at the middle of the magic. This is one seafood combo you’ll devour just as fast as you ordered it.
Cheesy Gordita Crunch - Taco Bell
Some people are blessed (yes, blessed) to live near a Taco Bell which has made this secret menu food item a permanent menu item. For the rest of us, welcome the secretive, almost magical Cheesy Gordita Crunch. Adding further proof that cheese makes everything better, this taco starts out with a regular, hard-shelled ground beef taco. Around it is wrapped a warm Gordita shell with melted cheese seemingly oozing out the sides. At $2.49, it’s too good to pass up.
The Triple Down - Kentucky Fried Chicken
The hands-down ruler of secret menu food items is here: Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Triple Down. If you (along with most health departments and hospitals) were scared when KFC’s Double Down (bacon and cheese in-between two fried-chicken patties) came out, avert your eyes now as the Triple Down puts it to shame. Adding on a third fried-chicken patty along with another huge helping of bacon and cheese, the Triple Down requires a triple big appetite (and a trip to the gym).