There is nothing like a delicious fast food. For many of us, it’s convenient, affordable, and delicious. But getting caught up in the same old rut of ordering the “usual” from your favorite fast food restaurant is easy. Why not try a menu trick the next time you have a craving?
Menu hacks allow people to order (or at least request) special items from the restaurant. Sometimes these are items that have been discontinued. Other items were created by creative kitchen cooks or a simple combination of two (or more) regular menu items.
So let’s get creative and try something new! Below, we’ll review ten menu hacks from your favorite fast food joints. From specialty sandwiches to fries to custom drinks and desserts, it’s got all the fast food favorites you never knew you wanted!
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10 Wendy’s Beef Cube/Grand Slam Burger
Our first menu hack comes from Wendy’s. Wendy’s offers a wide variety of burgers on its menu; however, they do have another secret special burger that you can order. This burger goes by three names, so be sure to order it carefully. It is sometimes called the Meat Cube, Dave’s Hot ‘n Juicy 1-lb Quadruple, or the Grand Slam Burger.
So what is it? The Meat Cube consists of four quarter-pound patties that add up to one pound of ground beef. The empanadas are served on a traditional Wendy’s bun, complete with all the typical toppings, including cheese. To order it, try asking for it by name. Explain what you need if the employee doesn’t know what he is talking about. It’s basically a 3/4 pound burger, with an extra patty and a slice of cheese added.
9 McDonald’s McFlurry Apple Pie
Next, we’ll look at an unusual combination of two classic treats. McDonald’s is often the first restaurant people think of when they think of fast food. Because of this, McDonald’s also has quite an extensive menu, complete with various burgers, chicken, fish, and sides. They also have some pretty iconic desserts. For our next menu hack, let’s combine two of their famous desserts that you might not have thought would complement each other.
The Apple Pie McFlurry is just what it sounds like. Combine a full apple pie mixed with an original McFlurry treat. You may want to eat it quickly before it melts and freezes. But when enjoyed fresh, it’s hard to beat the combination of apple pie and ice cream.
So if you’re looking for a sweet treat that’s both hot and cold, what’s more American than a McDonald’s Apple Pie McFlurry? You can also try mixing up other types of pie, but the Apple Pie McFlurry is by far the most popular.
8 In-N-Out Animal-Style Burger & Fries
In-N-Out is known for having delicious burgers and fries. Their burgers are considered by many to be some of the best fast food burgers in the country. However, some fast food connoisseurs want to improve. To do that, fast food aficionados should order their “animal style” fries.
Animal-style fries are the most popular menu trick for In-N-Out and perhaps the most well-known on our list. To be “animal style”, the fries are topped with:
- Melted cheese
- input and output propagation
- grilled onions
These fries are basically a meal on their own. You can also order an animal-style burger, which includes the same ingredients piled high on a burger. Of all the items on this list, they are almost certainly in stock, so you definitely won’t get any strange looks from the cashier.
7 McDonald’s Land, Sea and Air Burger
Our next menu hack comes from the king of fast food, McDonald’s. This is… a bit of an acquired taste. Have you ever wanted the best of both worlds? What about the best of three worlds? Well, that’s the idea with this sandwich Frankenstein.
The Land, Sea, and Air Burger combines three of McDonald’s best-known sandwiches. The earth element of the sandwich is a Big Mac (or a McDouble). Next, the sea is represented by a Filet-O-Fish sandwich. Lastly, air is represented by a McChicken burger… for some reason. (You know that chickens really can’t fly, right?)
You build your sandwich by adding the fish and chicken patties in the middle of your Big Mac. Open it wide and try a little bit of everything with this monster sandwich. While the employees may know about the Land, Sea, and Air Burger, it’s probably a better option for you to build your own with all three sandwiches. Just make sure you have a drink ready to wash it all down.
6 Burger King Fries
Hacks don’t necessarily have to be complicated. The following item came up simply because someone asked. Burger King is known for having delicious fries; however, they are also known for their onion rings (perhaps because most fast food restaurants don’t have onion rings). This leaves customers in a puzzle when choosing their combos.
Do you want the fries? Get the onion rings? get both? Getting both is the way to go! You can simply order half fries and half onion rings by asking. In some restaurants, this is known as frings, but in others, asking for frings can confuse your cashier.
To keep it simple, just order half and half and enjoy your two favorite fried sides at the same time. Be sure to dip the fries in the onion ring chutney as well. You may never have to choose between fries and onion rings again.
5 Starbucks Dirty Chai
If you’re at Starbucks, chances are you’re looking for a caffeine fix to get you through the day or night! So why not try something different besides a simple drip coffee? Chai is a popular drink that is smooth, delicious, and easy to drink. However, it doesn’t have the impact of a typical coffee drink. So, hack the menu and get everything you want!
Order a Starbucks Dirty Chai by simply adding a shot of Espresso to a traditional Chai Latte. A Chai Latte is already on the menu, but just adding a shot of Espresso can take your caffeine game to the next level. Or, for those days when you’re really dragging, why not add a second shot of Espresso? A Dirty Chai will not only give you the energy you need, but it is also packed with nutrients and all kinds of health benefits.
4 Arby’s Bacon, Beef & Cheddar Cheese
Arby’s got the meats. We all know. Now, the issue is, which meat do you choose?
Arby’s has several sandwich options, from Market Fresh sandwiches to the classic Roast Beef. However, one of their classics, which they are best known for, is a simple cheddar steak sandwich. This sandwich comes with thinly sliced roast beef, cheddar sauce, and Arby’s sauce, all on a soft onion bun.
This is a favorite of many Arby fans, including his own. Take yours to the next level by adding bacon! Adding bacon to this already delicious sandwich adds a depth of flavor and texture, making what seemed like a perfect sandwich even better.
Arby’s employees will be happy to make you this sandwich; just order a Beef ‘n Cheddar with bacon. You will not regret!
3 Chick-Fil-A Root Beer Float
Chick-Fil-A is the favorite fast food of many connoisseurs. They have a somewhat limited menu, based mostly on fried chicken. However, because of this, almost everything on their menu is delicious. One of the best Chick-Fil-A menu tricks is a simple root beer float. This involves asking for a scoop (or more) of their delicious Ice Dream treat to add to Root Beer.
Make sure you don’t include ice! The Chick-Fil-A Root Beer Float is a dream come true (pun intended) because of its creamy and delicious Ice Dream. They didn’t invent the root beer float, but they may have perfected it. The friendly employees at Chick-Fil-A will be happy to help you with this menu hack.
2 Taco Bell Cheese
Taco Bell is known for inventing food. Crunchy? Crispy cheesy gordita? Mexican pizza? quesarita? These are just a few of the many different foods that Taco Bell has produced over the years. They are creative and constantly develop new things for their fans to try. They even invented a new food. Fourth meal, anyone? Because of this, your employees are often familiar with creating exciting inventions from your typical ingredients. The Cheeserito is one of those items.
It has an awesome name, but it’s a pretty straightforward snack, at least by Taco Bell standards. The Cheesearito is also a budget menu item, making it one of the cheapest on our list. It’s made with melted cheese, chives, and Taco Bell sauce, all wrapped in a tortilla. Great for a small snack or as an added treat to go with your tacos. The Cheesearito may be your new favorite fast food menu item.
1 Starbucks Cinnamon Roll Frappe
Another decadent drink from Starbucks rounds out our list. Starbucks has many, many drink options. But the one that they don’t tell you or put on the menu is the Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino. As it sounds, this drink was created to mimic the taste of a fresh cinnamon roll (Cinnabon, anyone?). Creating this menu trick may require some careful explanation to your barista.
First, order a Vanilla Cream Frappuccino. Then order two (or three, depending on taste) pumps of Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Syrup. This will result in a delicious cinnamon roll drink that will make you feel like you’re back in a mall food court. Most Starbucks should be able to make this drink as long as they have Cinnamon Dolce syrup available.
Starbucks has plenty of menu tricks available, and you can make all kinds of custom drinks, from a Cake Batter Frappuccino to Candy Cane to Butterbeer. If not, why not create your own new menu hack? It may be the next big thing.
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