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In-N-Out Burger's Not So Secret Menu Ranked

The Story Behind The Reason Why In-N-Out Burger Has Secrets Menu

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Aug 25, 2015
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es, we know. Everyone knows about the secret menu at In-N-Out Burger. It's not exactly a secret since they've posted it right there on their website. In-N-Out Burger is not what it used to be. Do you know why they started the secret menu?

When In-N-Out Burger first opened in 1948 they offered a very limited menu of burgers, fries and drinks. Founded in Baldwin Park, California, by Harry Snyder and his wife Esther Snyder, this little burger shack with humble beginnings exploded into the widely known name of today. That simple concept carried them far and soon word got out that they had a fantastic burger. Their menu has pretty much remained the same, focusing on what is good.

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They have always offered outstanding customer service and it's that drive to please their customers that helped spawn some of their off menu selections. In a world of overhyped, overworked, and complicated fast food menus (who really goes to a burger joint looking for a salad), In-N-Out has managed to keep it simple. Their menu board is easy on the eyes and we appreciate that. But what happens when you do want a little something different?

If you haven't tried the secret menu, we are going to give you all the details right here right now. These are our rankings of the In-N-Out secret menu. How many have you tried?

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#1 Animal Style Burger

Animal Style Burger
First up on our list is their variation called Animal Style. This is perhaps the most well known menu variation at In-N-Out. The In-N-Out Animal Style burger is one of In-N-Out Burger's most popular "secret menu" items. anymore.

This one has been around since the 1961. Obviously it caught on pretty quick and with good reason, it's delicious. In addition to the regular toppings, Animal Style burgers include pickles, extra spread, grilled onions and mustard fried onto each patty.

#2 Neapolitan Milkshake

Neapolitan Milkshake
The neapolitan shake is a great choice. Yeah, you could stick to chocolate, vanilla or strawberry, and they are good, but mixing the three together is even better. Want vanilla and chocolate, just ask for a black & white.

#3 Flying Dutchman

Flying Dutchman
If you are watching your carbs or need to go gluten free, you can still enjoy the goodness of In-N-Out Burger with their Flying Dutchman. The Flying Dutchman is two beef patties sandwiched around two melted slices of cheese. With the Flying Dutchman. There's no lettuce, no onions, and no bun. Just the meat and cheese please. Now you could amp that up a bit of course and go Flying Dutchman Animal Style. When you ask for this, they will add a scoop of diced onions to the cheese. Pickles and spread come on the side for you to add.

#4 Mustard Grilled Patty

Mustard Grilled Patty
Looking for a little extra zip on that burger? One of the items on In-N-Out Burger's secret menu is the In-N-Out Mustard Grilled Patty. When you order this, they will spread a generous amount of mustard on your patty before it hits the grill. In the end, you wind up with a little extra zing to your burger.

#5 Animal Style Fries

Animal Style Fries
If you get the Animal Style burger, you have to get the Animal Style fries, another very popular secret menu item. A heaping helping of their crispy fries topped with cheese, In-N-Out's secret spread, and grilled onions right on top. Some may call them indulgent, we just call them delicious.

#6 Monkey Style Burger

Monkey Style Burger
This one is fantastic but will require a little DIY work. Yeah, animal style is good, bet lets amp that up just a little more and go monkey style. A “Monkey Style” burger, is when you put animal style fries on top of a burger. You will have to do this one on your own, as they won’t make it for you that way. Out of all the possibilities at In-N-Out and all the variations you can have, this one is a DIY for some reason unbeknownst to us. But go ahead and take the time to do it yourself, because it's totally delicious.

#7 Cheese Fries

Cheese Fries
They also offer cheese fries which are ooey gooey cheesy deliciousness. Cheese makes everything better! Who doesn't love a bit of ooey gooey deliciousness? When you combine creamy cheese and crispy fries, magic can happen. So, if you are like us and love cheese, go for the In-N-Out cheese fries! This will get you some of their tasty fries with melted cheese all over the top.

#8 Protein Style

Protein Style
If you want some veggies with that just ask for "protein style" which includes the patties and cheese with an outer layer of lettuce. This is a great option if you are looking for lighter fare, or just don’t want the buns. You still get the entire burger experience, complete with veggies, but instead of buns, you will get a nice crispy lettuce wrap.

#9 Well Done Fries

Well Done Fries
If you like extra crispy fries, just ask for the "Well-Done Fries". These will have a little extra crisp that really makes them better. Now, if you are a devotee of Five Guys fries and you think they are the best, take our word and order the Well Done fries. You will probably be asking yourself "what guys"? after you try these.

#10 4 X 4/ 100 X 100

4 X 4/ 100 X 100
Gordon Ramsay loved the "double double" so much he admitted to devouring them back-to-back in 2008, having one in the restaurant and taking one to go. If you want a bigger burger, this part will be important to you. Although the not-so-secret menu allows customers to build super-sized burgers, there are limitations to this secret menu item. The biggest you can go is a "Quadruple-Quadruple". Why? After some customers in Las Vegas ordered a 100x100 burger (which you can imagine caused a bit of a stir) the management banned any burger larger than a 4x4. Although you could order a massive number of 4x4 burgers to get to that 100x100, that wouldn't be cool, so don't ruin it for everyone else. We admit the 4x4 is a whopping heap of meaty goodness, almost too much, so we stick to the "double double".

#11 Cut In Half

Cut In Half
Eating with kiddos or want to save half of you burger for later? No problem, just ask for any burger "cut in half," and they'll do just that, wrapping each half individually. As you can see, it's pretty easy to get your own perfect burger here as with everything on the not so secret menu, you just have to ask.

#12 Root Beer Float

Root Beer Float
They also offer a Root Beer Float, which admittedly is not nearly as popular as the neapolitan, but we think it's fantastic. A creamy In-N-Out shake mixed with fizzy root beer is a classic. This is actually a tad bit different than a typical root beer float, in that it mostly consists of the vanilla milk shake with a small amount of root beer. It is essentially a root beer milkshake, but is worth a try if you haven’t had one already.

#13 Tea – Aid

Tea – Aid
Can't decide between tea and lemonade? Go for the Tea – Aid, a refreshing mixture of both. Cant decide between Lemonade and 7-Up? Yep, you guessed it, Lemon-Up. As you can see, they have you covered in the drink department but they can go even further with custom drink combos. They will mix drinks in any way you want so go ahead and get that 1/2 diet coke and 1/2 regular coke, no judgement here.

#14 Veggie Burger/ Wish Burger

Veggie Burger
You can forgo all the beefy goodness for a salad-in-a-bun, their "Veggie Burger". Usually when you think of veggie burger, you are expecting a replacement for the meat patty. Not at In-N-Out. The veggie burger is exactly what it claims to be. Two buns with just veggies inside. This is essentially the In-N-Out burger, minus the beef.

#15 Light Fries

Light Fries
Did you know that they use the Kennebec variety of potato for their fries? They prepare them on-site as opposed to purchasing them pre-made. Yep, you won't find any frozen fries here, just tasty, crisp deliciousness. Unless of course you don't like crispy fries in which case you can order the "Light Fries" from the secret menu. But those are just undercooked, limp and we don't know why anyone would want that. But they do make them.