Burger King

Burger with onion rings on it
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Rodeo Burger

This tasty burger with a western twist was originally available on the main menu for a short while. Now it’s back — but just for you. Ask to beef up a simple cheeseburger with tangy BBQ sauce and crispy onion rings. It could cost you as little as $1.49.

“Oh man. I remember loving the Rodeo Burger when I was a kid, and being sad (still a kid) when they removed it,” wrote Adam Field, commenting on HackTheMenu.

“I haven't seen it on a menu in California in like 15 years.”

Chipotle

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Nachos

Known for its hearty burrito wraps and bowls, Chipotle also offers tortilla chips as a side for $1.30. So if you prefer some crunch in your burrito bowl, you can try asking the food worker to use a layer of chips instead of a rice at the bottom before they add all the toppings.

There’s no standard price, so you can assume it will be an extra $1.30 added to the price of a burrito bowl.

“I've literally been doing this at home with the Chipotle bowl for years,” wrote Addie Vertin, who suggested a cost-saving trick. “Just buy a bowl with whatever you want and use your own chips from home.”

Burrito with cheese
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Quesarito

Can’t decide between a burrito and a quesadilla?

¿Por qué no los dos?

Order a regular burrito and ask to have it wrapped in a cheese quesadilla — once a secret menu item of its own — then grilled. The result is a heart-stopping combination: crunchy tortilla, ooey-gooey cheese and flavorful fillings.

Be ready to pay at least $3.50 over the regular price of a burrito. If your location doesn’t have quesadillas on the regular menu yet, order it as a single soft-shell taco with cheese.

“Got one today, and damn, this is good!” writes Brian Straight. “I asked the girl for it, and she smiled and said, ‘Sure!’ and started right up on it! Worth the extra money and wait.”

Arby's

Burger stuffed with chicken tenders, roast turkey, smoked ham, corned beef, brisket, Angus steak, roast beef and bacon
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Meat Mountain

The name is really self-explanatory. This is the biggest sandwich Arby’s could possibly sell, and you might be able to get it for as little as $10.

If your location isn’t familiar with the Meat Mountain, the recipe is simple. “Please add all of the meat you have: chicken tenders, roast turkey, smoked ham, corned beef, brisket, Angus steak, roast beef and pepper bacon, plus cheddar and swiss.”

We’re not sure how you’ll fit this all in your mouth at once. You may need to eat layer by layer, but that would ruin the fun.

“You just have to ask/describe what you want, and they will deliver,” writes Peggy Ferguson. “I worked for Arby's for almost 10 years, and they pride themselves on good customer service.”

In-N-Out

Burger with mustard cooked into it
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Animal Style Burger

Ketchup and mustard is a classic combination, but it can get pretty stale after a while. Thankfully, In-N-Out lets you get a little wild by offering their burgers “animal style.”

Your regular burger will be juiced up with mustard cooked right into the patty. Top that with lettuce, tomato, pickle, grilled onions and extra spread, then tear into it like a famished beast.

“You can get the sandwich without the bun and have a lettuce wrap burger instead,” writes Angeline J. Nunley, offering a slightly healthier option.

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Flying Dutchman

Named after the legendary ghost ship, this hamburger is every bit as horrifying.

For $2.10 you get two slices of cheese sandwiched between two beef patties. No bun. That’s it, unless you want to add some toppings or, heaven forbid, go animal style.

We imagine you’d want a salad later to offset the damage and get your daily serving of veggies, though some suggest this “burger” could be good for people trying to avoid carbs.

“The Flying Dutchman was great and 100% an awesome option for those doing a keto diet!” writes Katherine Salom on her personal blog, The Katherine Chronicles.

Dairy Queen

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Frozen hot chocolate

Sipping on a warm cup of hot chocolate brings fond memories of winter time, but now you can satisfy your hot chocolate fix in the warmer months, too.

There’s some debate regarding the formula. HackTheMenu suggests asking for a regular hot chocolate, and once it’s safely cooled down, getting your food service worker to blend it up with ice. However, a commenter on the site, Evelyn Rebecca Dean, says that recipe is wrong, and the drink should actually be made with Arctic Rush slush, cocoa fudge and ice cream. Numerous other sources agree.

Secret menus can be confusing — it’s hard to tell what’s authentic — but hopefully your local Dairy Queen worker knows what’s best.

McDonald’s

Burger with chicken and fish patty
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Land, Sea and Air Burger

Demonstrate your mastery over the entire animal kingdom with this towering creation.

The Land, Sea and Air Burger is the biggest sandwich you can get, combining a Big Mac (land), a filet from the Filet-O-Fish (sea) and a cutlet from the McChicken (air, kind of). Seems like the most efficient way to get all the major food groups.

"You don't need to order the sandwiches separately,” David McDaniel writes on HackTheMenu. “Just tell the cashier what you want, and they will assemble it for you. I just ordered one that way. You only pay for the extra patties and not the whole extra sandwiches.”

Big Mac with two patties
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The McKinley Mac

If you love your Big Macs, but they’re just not filling enough for you, here’s an easy way to upgrade. Instead of the usual 1.6 oz patties, ask to upgrade to quarter-pounder patties. It only costs $4.49, and you can still load it up with more add-ons like bacon and cheese.

You have a decent shot of ordering this one by name, as the McKinley Mac or Denali Mac is a regular menu item in Alaska.

“Tried this in Arizona,” Jason Becker writes. “Girl said ‘What is that?’ but kindly had it made for me and only charged an extra $1 for the two upgraded patties. Heart disease never tasted so delicious! Thank you, McDonald’s.”

Taco Bell

Cheesarito
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Cheesarito

Sometimes you’re not in the mood for a XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito but still want a hit of that vaguely Tex-Mex flavor. The Cheesarito is sure to satisfy your tastebuds without hurting your waistline too badly.

This secret menu item was once on the regular menu but has been discontinued. It’s a soft tortilla rolled up with melted cheese, taco sauce and scallions — simple but delicious.

“To get the Cheesarito you sometimes have to be explicit in the order,” Milo Grika writes. “Chili Cheese Burrito, minus the chili, plus ... sauce.”

Wendy’s

Burger with a beef patty and chicken patty
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Barnyard Burger

The Barnyard Burger is perfect if you don’t know what kind of sandwich you’re in the mood for. The Spicy Chicken Sandwich is so good, but who can turn down a Baconator?

That’s why this burger combines all the animals you would expect to find at a farm: chickens, cows and pigs. You can order it a couple ways: try adding a burger patty to an Asiago Ranch Chicken Club, or add bacon, beef and cheese to the Spicy Chicken Sandwich.

Expect to pay at least $9 for this tasty meat mashup.

Starbucks

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The Undertow

This drink goes by a few different names, including the John Wayne or Katy Perry. If you’re looking for a pick-me-up, take three pumps of your favorite syrup, add a splash of milk then two shots of espresso. Now down it quickly, while the espresso is still hot and the milk is still cold.

The Undertow is apparently popular among Starbucks baristas who need a jolt of their own in the morning.

“Try it! They’re literally amazing!” writes Curiositea27 on Reddit. “One of the other baristas showed it to me during a quiet bit on the bar today, and I’m obsessed.”

About the Author

Caitlin Cochrane

Caitlin Cochrane

Staff Writer

Caitlin Cochrane is a staff writer with MoneyWise, and has an educational background in human resource management and professional writing. When she is not writing, she is at home drinking tea and playing with her bunnies.

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