Ask for These Secret Menu Items at Your Favorite Restaurants

Updated: May 17, 2024

From Starbucks to Burger King, did you know your fast-food favorites have secret menu items? Check out our favorites.

Sitting in the park and eat fast foodPhoto: Shutterstock / VGstockstudio
Photo: Shutterstock / VGstockstudio

Is the Big Mac getting boring? Does your latte leave you listless? Tired of the same old fast-food choices? Well, consider this: Many of your favorite quick stops offer secret (or slightly secret) choices.

Taco Bell: The Incredible Hulk

If Taco Bell didn’t have enough mashups already (looking at you, Cheesy Gordita Crunch), try a new—but super secret—combo: the Incrdible Hulk. This mashup takes one of Taco Bell’s five-layer burritos and swaps out the nacho cheese for guacamole. Then it’s covered in their signature lava sauce. This one is definitely for spice-lovers! Just like these 44 jalapeño-packed recipes.

Starbucks: Dirty Chai Latte

If caffeine is your jam, you probably already know you can ask the barista to spike your chai latte with an extra shot of espresso. This Starbucks hack has a name, though. Just ask for a Dirty Chai next time you stop in.

Want to skip the line and save money? We’ve got you taken care of with homemade coffee shop drinks.

Chick-fil-A: Chicken Quesadilla

Craving Mexican at your favorite chicken stop? Don’t worry–Chick-fil-A serves up quesadillas at select locations.

Want more Mexican favorites fast? Check out our favorite Mexican-inspired meals all ready in 30 minutes or less.

Burger King: Quad Stacker

One thing’s for sure: This burger won’t leave you hungry. This Burger King secret has four beef patties stacked high with four slices of cheese, bacon and special sauce.

Craving a homemade version? Try our top 10 favorite burgers.

Chipotle: Quesarito

If you can’t get enough Mexican-inspired favorites in one meal, try Chipotle’s secret Quesarito: the burrito with not just any shell, but a quesadilla shell. Super cheesy and melty, this mega mashup is not for the faint of heart. If you’re looking for a smaller version, ask for the Burritodilla–another secret menu standard.

If you’re interested in more tasty mashups, check out our favorite comfort food combos.

Arby’s: Meat Mountain

When a regular Arby’s isn’t enough, plunk down $10 for this heaping sandwich. Piled high, you’ll find every meat Arby’s offers, along with Swiss and cheddar cheeses.

Want tasty roast beef without the drive-thru? Try this slow cooker recipe.

KFC: Triple Down

You might have thought the KFC Double Down was crazy–that’s the bacon and cheese sandwich where crispy chicken serves as the bun. Well, the Triple Down is even crazier. It takes the classic and adds a third layer of chicken, cheese and bacon.

We don’t recommend you replicate this one at home, but we do recommend these amazing fried chicken recipes.

McDonald’s: Land, Sea & Air Burger

Think of this secret menu as a surf-and-turf on the go. This monster McDonald’s Land, Air and Sea sandwich starts with your basic Big Mac (the land portion) and marries it with a Filet-O-Fish (a layer of sea) and a McChicken (the air–chickens don’t fly, but we’ll let this one go).

Wendy’s: Meat Cube

Also known as the Grand Slam, this meat-lover’s dream steps up when Wendy’s hefty 3/4-pounder just isn’t enough. Add another square burger—or two or three—to create the geometrically accurate and hunger-destroying cube.

Shake Shack: Peanut Butter & Bacon Burger

For a truly adventurous meal, ask your server to take an original Shackburger and add peanut butter sauce and bacon.

Five Guys: Grilled Cheese and Burger

Sure, Five Guys made its name with burgers and fries. But their other offerings are equally tasty. If you can’t give up your burger fix, ask the server to add a beef patty to a grilled cheese sandwich. Then share that secret with your fellow carnivores.

Subway: Pizza Sub

This secret specialty is only available at certain U.S. stores, but if you’re lucky enough to find a Subway shop that can take your secret order, you’re in for a real treat. Sandwich slingers pile pepperoni, marinara and cheese high on classic sub bread. It’s a pizza, it’s a sandwich, it’s the best of both.

Sonic: Purple Sprite

Jazz up the classic soft drink at your nearest Sonic. When you ask for a Purple Sprite, you’ll get Sprite plus lemonade, Powerade and cranberry juice.

Jamba Juice: Pink Star

The smoothie maker already has more options than you can drink, but there is a secret item you shouldn’t miss. It tastes like a Starburst candy and gets its pink color from lemonade, strawberries, raspberry sherbet and soy milk. We’re interested.

Some of these might sound crazy, and a few might sound crazy good. Give one a try next time you’re in the drive-thru!