Unique Secret Menu Items at These 20 Restaurants

There is good news for those bored by Big Macs or left cold by Starbucks iced coffees.

Restaurant menus are no longer set in stone, and diners can now order secret treats tailored to their tastes.

Prepare for hunger pangs with these popular restaurants' secret menu items, courtesy of HackTheMenu. All entries were available at the time of writing.

1. Starbucks Dragon Drink

Starbucks Dragon Drink
Starbucks Dragon Drink Starbucks

Starbucks is constantly getting creative with its drinks.

A spokesperson told Newsweek said: "Customers can customize their beverages and we also provide information to help customers decide what's best for them.

"There are 170,000 plus ways our baristas can customize beverages at Starbucks, with a variety of milks, combination of syrups, coffee/espresso options and toppings."

The Dragon Drink is a tropical-inspired pick-me-up—crafted with a refreshing combination of sweet mango and dragonfruit flavors—is handshaken with creamy coconut milk, ice and a scoop of real diced dragonfruit.

2. In-N-Out Protein Style

In-N-Out Protein Style
In-N-Out Protein Style In-N-Out

In-N-Out told Newsweek its "secret menu" items started simply as variations customers requested when ordering basic menu items.

The restaurant said: "Over the years, many of those variations were given names, usually by the Customers who frequently ordered their burger that way.

"Some of those names stuck, and today many of our loyal customers continue to order their burgers Animal Style, or Protein Style, for example."

The In-N-Out Protein Style item is a burger wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun.

3. Chipotle Quesadragon

Chipotle Quesadragon
Chipotle Quesadragon Chipotle

The Quesadragon is created by ordering a choice of quesadilla on the Chipotle app or website, with sour cream, tomatillo red-chili salsa and hand-mashed guacamole on the side.

The restaurant said: "Fans can create Chipotle's famed 'Dragon Sauce' by combining the tomatillo red-chili salsa with the sour cream directly in the entrée's 100 percent compostable packaging. "

4. Arby's Super Roast Beef Sandwich

Arby's Super Roast Beef Sandwich
Arby's Super Roast Beef Sandwich Arby's

"Shh!! It's our secret menu, only for you, our loyal customers," reads a statement on Arby's website.

"These old favorites are still around even though you don't see them on the menu. Just whisper your secret order to the cashier and the sandwich shall be yours."

Available for a limited time only, the Super Roast Beef Sandwich is described as "the perfect balance of our oven-roasted beef with green leaf lettuce and ripe tomatoes, all topped with a zesty Red Ranch Sauce on a toasty sesame seed bun."

5. Burger King BK BLT

Burger King BK BLT
Burger King's BK BLT is a tweaked version of a Whopper (pictured) Miguel Villagran/Getty Images

Fast food aficionados consider this classic to be Burger King's best "secret menu" item.

Simply order a Burger King Whopper or a Whopper Junior topped with streaks of delicious bacon.

6. Carl's Jr. Chicken Stuffed Star

Carl's Jr. Chicken Stuffed Star
Carl's Jr. Chicken Stuffed Star features these delicious Chicken Stars (pictured) Carl's Jr.

This off-the-menu monstrosity is Spicy Chicken stars (pictured) sandwiched between the burger patties of a Super Star burger.

7. Chick-fil-A Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Chick-fil-A Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
Add spicy sauce to create a Chick-fil-A Buffalo Chicken Sandwich Chick-fil-A

This top-secret sandwich is the perfect marriage of spicy boneless breast of chicken in a bun topped with a fiery spiced sauce reminiscent of buffalo chicken wing sauce.

8. Dairy Queen Butterbeer Blizzard

Dairy Queen Butterbeer Blizzard
Dairy Queen Butterbeer Blizzard The DairyQueenKing/TikiTok

Dairy Queen shared news of the restaurant's latest secret serving, dubbed the Butterbeer Blizzard, earlier this month.

This incredible concoction features vanilla syrup, butterscotch syrup, Butterfinger pieces topped with a tasty swirl of whipped cream.

9. Five Guys Patty Melt

Did you guys know there is a secret menu at @FiveGuys? I just had the patty melt. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/OUI23acXiD

— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) May 6, 2021
Five Guys Patty Melt

The Five Guys Grilled Cheese Sandwich can be transformed by adding Hamburger Patties plus your favorite toppings inside the Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

The trick is to request Five Guys chefs to grill the Buns as they would for a Grilled Cheese.

In May 2021, TV host Jimmy Fallon took to Twitter to praise the "amazing" Patty Melt.

10. Jack In The Box Loaded Grilled Breakfast Sandwich

Jack In The Box Loaded Grilled Breakfast
Jack In The Box Loaded Grilled Breakfast Sandwich Jack In The Box

The Loaded Grilled Breakfast Sandwich is the traditional Grilled Breakfast wedged between two slices of bread, with whatever additions you feel appropriate for that time in the morning.

11. Jamba Juice Andres Surprise

Jamba Juice Andres Surprise
Jamba Juice Andres Surprise David McNew/Getty Images

This fantastically fruity smoothie is one of the most popular secrets at Jamba Juice.

Order this concoction by asking for: 9 oz. Orange, 1 oz. Raspberry, 2 Scoops of Orange Sherbet, 1 Scoop of Pineapple Sherbet, 1 Scoop of Mangoes and 1 Scoop of Peaches.

12. KFC Triple Down

KFC Triple Down
KFC Triple Down is one better than the Double Down (pictured) KFC

Boasting three whole pieces of KFC's famous fried chicken, bacon, & cheese sans bun, this off-the-menu item is even more extreme than the legendary Down Down.

13. McDonald's Big McChicken

McDonald's Big McChicken pic.twitter.com/wM9MBi2vn8

— r.h. Sin (@byRHSin) May 31, 2014
McDonald's Big McChicken

Although McDonald's has no secret menu, the fast-food giant does allow customers to tailor meals to their exact tastes.

Among the most creative creations at McDonald's is the Big McChicken, featuring a classic Big Mac with McChicken Patties replacing the buns.

14. Panera Bread Grilled Mac & Cheese sandwich

Panera Bread Grilled Mac & Cheese sandwich
Panera Bread Grilled Mac & Cheese sandwich Panera Bread

Mac n' Cheese stuffed between Panera's classic white miche bread.

The Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwich, with sprinkled with Parmesan crisps, launched nationwide on September 14.

The bakery chain says it has "combined the two childhood favorites creating the ultimate nostalgic dish."

15. Shake Shack "Protein Style" Burger

Shake Shack vs. In-N-Out 👊🏼 Sound off 👇🏼 (Animal fries and protein style burgers have my ❤️) #bayareaeats #shakeshapic.twitter.com/Df3T8G0Sn7

— Bay Area Eats (@BayAreaEats) January 14, 2016
Shake Shack "Protein Style" Burger

This bunless burger arrives wrapped in only a lettuce leaf, meaning foodies are advised to eat this with a knife and fork rather than hands.

16. Sonic Dr. Pepper Orgasm

Sonic Dr. Pepper Orgasm
Sonic's Dr. Pepper Orgasm is off-the-menu Sonic

This mind-blowing secret drink is a highly refreshing blend of Dr. Pepper, lemonade, and Powerade, only available when the Dr. Pepper Orgasm is requested.

17. Subway Old Cut

Subway tweaked how they sliced its subs many years ago but some will repeat this trick upon request.

Some aficionados claim the Old Cut compliments the filling a whole lot better, so why not ask for the bread to be excavated from the top like a trench, instead of being sliced from the side?

18. Taco Bell Doritos Shell Anything

Taco Bell Doritos Shell Anything
Taco Bell Doritos Shell Anything Taco Bell

This off-the-menu item allows customers to swap the hard taco shell of any Taco Bell item with the more popular Doritos Loco shell.

19. Wendy's Barnyard Burger

Wendy's Barnyard Burger
Wendy's Barnyard Burger Wendy's

This meat feast, containing beef, spicy chicken and bacon, is arguably the most famous secret item available from Wendy's.

20. Whataburger Chicken & Pancakes

@Whataburger always coming through in the clutch, Pancakes & Honey butter chicken sandwich 🤤🤤🤤 pic.twitter.com/7ODDOxhs78

— Ehhh what ever (@OzoneMalone210) September 14, 2019
Whataburger Chicken & Pancakes

Chicken and waffles receive a 2021 update with maple syrup-drenched pancakes sandwiching crunchy fried chicken.

Update 09/15/21, 11:16 a.m. ET: This article has been updated with more details about Panera's Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwich.