Exclusivity is a great way to increase the perceived value of your brand. In other cases, it is born out of necessity. Regardless of whether these recipes were made to make you feel like you are part of a secret club or if they just ran out of space on the menu, they are sure to titillate your taste buds. These are our 5 favorite twists on popular menu items made for the people who are hip enough to know about them. Welcome to the secret world of fast food menu items - where the service is only on special request. You need quite an apetite to devour some of these monster creations. Make sure you keep the code of silence because we don’t want too many people finding out about these!

In-n-Out Burger

In-n-Out Burger is a California burger chain that likes to keep the customers guessing about what is and what is not on the menu. Its secret menu is just a collection of variations of regular menu items but the whole secrecy surrounding it makes the experience worth it. The company’s vice president even denied the existence of a secret menu. But trust us when we say you have to try those variations because they completely elevate the original items. The double meat has two hamburger patties. This goes up to a 3x3 and a 4x4. A protein style burger removes the buns and replaces them with lettuce. Animal style is our favorite with healthy doses of thousand island dressing added to a mustard cooked patty, lettuce, and tomato.


Starbucks offers extensive customization of the order. This is why they deny that they have a secret menu. If you know what you want baristas can serve up some delectable off-menu items if you just ask - nicely! They can call it a menu hack or modification or some other special word but we will call it a secret menu because that is what it is! There are over 170000 (Yes, six figures!) possible unique drink combinations that you can run through. Some favorites are dirty chai which adds energy imparting espresso to a hot or iced chai latte. You can try a simple Matcha tea which is hot water mixed with unsweetened matcha tea powder. For the truly adventurous amongst you, you can order the Liquid Cocaine. It sounds ridiculous and it is. Four shots of espresso and four pumps of white chocolate syrup will keep you buzzing for hours!


The old big yellow arches maintain that it does not have a secret menu. According to many websites though, the secret menu is alive and well. You’ll need a really big mouth to stomach some of these creations! There is the Big McChicken which is a Big Mac and three McChickens with all the buns removed. There is the Chicken McGriddle which is a McChicken patty placed inside a Bacon Egg and Cheese McGriddle. The most outlandish out of these must be the Land, Sea and Air burger which is a chimerous combination of the McChicken patty and a Filet O Fish patty inside a Big Mac burger.


Chipotle keeps the secret items off menu because they don’t want the hassle of teaching employees how to make these surprise one off creations. There is a good logistics reason to not allow people to order off menu unless you want massive lines caused by people tailoring every order to their preference. The cheese quesadilla and quesarito(burrito wrapped in a quesadilla) are pretty famous. There is also the Buritodilla which is as wild as it sounds. They even have nachos on the secret menu if you ask for them. If you are ever looking for a light snack, you can even order a single taco.

Taco Bell

Sticking to mexican food, the granddaddy of them all Taco Bell is no stranger to keeping secrets. The quesarito, a previously secret menu item, was sso popular that they upgraded it to their main menu list. Their secret menu list still has a lot of mysterious items though. There is the incredible hulk which is a five layer burrito made with guacamole instead of nacho cheese. Keeping with the superhero theme there is also the Superman which is a burrito with extra servings of potatoes, guacamole and tortilla strips. If you are still hungry you can always order the Chili Cheese Burrito which is oozing with chili and melted cheese. Finally there is the Double-Grilled Quesadilla which is an extra crispy quesadilla that crackles when you bite into it.