If you’ve ever been staring at a menu at a fast-food restaurant, and nothing is striking your fancy — odds are, there are lots of different options available you don’t even know about.
Just about every popular fast-food chain offers secret menu items that are available, as long as you are privy to their existence.
Here are a few of the unique items you can order the next time at your favorite restaurants:
Quite a few of the secret menu items at the roast beef giant have become regular menu items. However, the famous Meat Mountain still stands alone as one of the more famous “secret” sandwiches around. The Meat Mountain includes chicken tenders, roast turkey, ham, corned beef, brisket, Angus steak, bacon, cheese and, naturally, roast beef. It’s a carnivore’s dream. (Photo: Mike Mozart / Flickr)
2. Burger King
It’s not surprising Burger King has an extensive secret menu. The chain has been pretty adventurous with its creations for quite some time.
BK BLT: A Whopper with bacon
BK Club: A chicken sandwich with lettuce, tomato, bacon and cheese
Rodeo Burger: A cheeseburger with onion rings and barbecue sauce
Suicide Burger: Four patties and four pieces of bacon
Veggie Whopper: Made with a veggie patty
Plus, you can get a sweet crown to wear while you eat! (Photo: philippe.charles9 / Flickr)
The Spicy Char
As long as you don’t want to get any of them on Sundays, Chick-fil-A’s secret menu items add even more delicious options to satisfy your yard bird cravings. There are three great sandwich varieties.
Buffalo Chicken Sandwich: A regular Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich with buffalo sauce added
Fried Chicken Club: Adds bacon, lettuce, tomato and cheese to the classic sandwich
Spicy Char: An extra spicy grilled chicken sandwich for the more adventurous diners
Winner, winner, chicken dinner! (Photo: heyrocc / Flickr)
4. In-N-Out Burger
Perhaps the most famous not-so-secret menu.
3×3 and 4×4: Burgers with extra patties, double, three or four (or more!)
Protein style: Ditch the carbs with a lettuce wrap minus the bun
Animal style: Extra In-N-Out sauce, pickles, grilled onions and mustard on the burger; cheese, sauce and grilled onions on the fries
These items are part of the reason for the California chain’s massive success and expansion to additional states. (Photo: @kevinv033 / Flickr)
Although some of the items vary by region and state, McDonald’s has some pretty interesting twists on its traditional menu.
Big McChicken: If you’re extra hungry, it’s a Big Mac with McChicken patties as the buns
McGangBang: A double cheeseburger stacked with a McChicken
If your appetite isn’t quite up to those lofty standards, perhaps a simple Grilled Cheese Sandwich or a Poor Man’s Big Mac is more your speed? The latter is a cheaper version of the regular Big Mac sans the middle bun. You can wash either down with a delicious Neapolitan milkshake, a mix of their strawberry, chocolate and vanilla shakes. Yum. (Photo: Carl Johan Crafoord / Flickr)
6. Panera Bread
The Secret Powers
Panera Bread’s secret menu includes several gluten-free, paleo, low-carb and generally healthy bowls and salads.
Power Breakfast Egg Bowl with Steak: Eggs, sirloin, avocado and tomatoes
Power Chicken Hummus Bowl: Chicken, cilantro jalapeno hummus, spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes & red onions
Power Breakfast Egg White Bowl with Roasted Turkey: Turkey, egg whites, spinach, peppers and pesto
Power Mediterranean Chicken Salad
Power Mediterranean Roasted Turkey Salad
Who knew eating healthy could be so much fun? (Photo: Panera)
Undertow and so many hidden fraps
For a place that primarily focuses on beverages, Starbucks has one of the more extensive secret menus.
Frappuccinos: Apple pie, cake batter, Cap’n Crunch Berry, chocolate-covered strawberry, Fruity Pebbles, Thin Mint, Twix and S’mores, to name a few) to wet your whistle.
Dirty Chai: A shot of espresso in a Chai Latte)
Liquid Cocaine: Four shots of espresso with white chocolate syrup and milk
The Undertow: A sweetened coffee over (not mixed with) a shot of milk at the bottom (Photo: Zachary Long / Flickr)