Epic Menu Hacks For Your Favorite Burger Joints

This one’s for all you burger addicts out there. In the spirit of full disclosure, this was mostly written for me and my own burger addiction, but share the wealth right? I present to you, a series of menu hacks for my favorite patty joints, courtesy of HackTheMenu.com.

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Don’t think you can just walk into any location and spit out your order, though…no, no, no. There is certain etiquette and rules you need to respect when dealing with the exclusives. If something seems a little out there, try breaking up the components and ordering them separately so you don’t make the cashier’s head spin.

The secret menu items are either a “Go” or a “No-Go” based solely on the guesstimated way they’ll taste or make you feel afterward. But hey, try whatever you want, just don’t say I didn’t warn you. Have fun and happy ordering!

Shake Shack
The NYC original has taken the East Coast (and Vegas) by storm, and it just got even more appealing. With secret menu items like the “Beer Float” and “Shack-cago Burger,” you can test the limits of the person taking your order, and your stomach.

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Go:
-Extra Shack Sauce
-Grilled Cheese (add bacon, sliced tomato, or their sport peppers…or all three!)
Ice Cream Sandwich (order a frozen custard and ask for a side of grilled burger buns)
Shack-cago Burger (not always available, but feel free to order the Shack-cago Dog and switch up the toppings yourself)
Shake Shack Shandy
Short Pepper Cheese Fries

No-Go:
“Protein-Style” Burger (if you’re not gluten-free, don’t deprive yourself of the potato bun…I promise it’s a mistake)
Beer Float
Peanut Butter & Bacon ShackBurger (people rave, but I don’t see it)
-Quad Burger (more always sounds better, but this just sounds like it would make me never want a burger again…I’m not ready for that day to come)

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Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Not surprised that every hack for this place is simply epic. I probably won’t stray from ordering my usual (possibly my own secret menu item?), but it is always good to have options.

Go:
-Cheese Fries
Double Grilled-Cheese Burger (double grilled cheese, double burger)
Patty Melt
-Well-Done Fries

In-N-Out Burger
The most extensive of the bunch. Although Instagram has made some of these secret menu items not-so-secret anymore, there are still plenty to try. And let’s face it, they’re Insta-famous for a reason, they look amazing.

Go:
3×3 Burger
-Add Chopped Chilis
-Add Extra Tomatoes
Animal Style Burger 
Animal Style Fries
-Cheese Fries
Double Meat Burger
Extra Toast (if you like your buns extra toasty)
Flying Dutchman (questionable at first, but I’m not saying I wouldn’t try it)
Mustard-Grilled Patty
Neapolitan Milkshake
-Root Beer Float
Ultimate Animal Style Fries
-Protein Style Burger (lettuce wrap)
-Well Done Fries

No-Go:
4×4 Burger (see Shake Shack QuadBurger)
Free Extras (I’m all for free sauces, lettuce, grilled onion, mustard grilled burger, but these pre-packaged chilis land this secret order on the No-Go list).

You’re now a secret menu expert. I hope all of your deep dark burger secret fantasies come true.