15 Classic In-N-Out Burger Secret Menu Items

by: Esteban On  Thursday, October 25, 2012

In-n-Out Burger Secret Menu Items

In-N-Out Burger didn’t set out to establish a “secret menu.” All they ever wanted to do was give the customers exactly what they want, and if that meant taking special requests, both normal (like “extra sauce”) and bizarre (like “hold the bun”), then they were going to do it. The thing is, In-N-Out Burger has a devoted, cult-like following, and eventually certain special orders caught on and acquired specific names. And this led to what we know today as their not-so-secret “secret menu.”

So what kinds of things can you find on the In-N-Out Burger secret menu? Well, that’s the focus of today’s list. Of course, if you happen to live in the Western half of the United States, then you probably know many or most of these already. However, if you live in the Eastern half and you want to prepare for In-N-Out’s apparently inevitable eastward expansion, then this list is for you.

So let’s get started, shall we?

15. X by Y

15 in-n-out 4x4 burger (In-N-Out Burger secret menu items)

The official In-N-Out menu lists only three sandwich options: hamburger, cheeseburger, and double-double—i.e., double meat, double cheese. However, really, you can get any combination of patties (X) and cheese (Y) you like…up to 4. Whether it’s a 4×1 you want (four burgers, one slice of cheese) or, for the real processed cheese lovers out there, a 1×4 (one burger, four slices of cheese), they will make it for you.

Of course, back in the day they didn’t have a cap on the number of burgers or slices of cheese you could get. However, people were getting a little crazy, even ordering 100x100s, and it was becoming a pain in the ass for the cooks. So, yeah, they had to cap it at a reasonable 4×4.

14. Animal Style Burger

14 in-n-out animal style burger (In-N-Out secret menu items)

Whether you order a 2×2 or a 4×4, any burger can be ordered “animal style.”

What does that mean? Several things, actually. First they put an extra dollop of their Thousand Island dressing. Then they grill the burger in mustard and add extra pickles and chopped grilled onions.

Of course, you can get any one of these “extras” individually. And, if you want, instead of chopped grilled onions, you can request whole grilled onions. (Your breath will be bad either way.)

13. Protein Style Burger

13 In-n-out protein style burger (In-N-Out secret menu items)

File this In-N-Out secret menu item under “Only in California.” For patrons who think carbs are the devil (but who have no problem with fried red meat), there is the protein style burger. Basically, it’s any of their regular burgers (or presumably any of the secret menu ones, too) wrapped in a giant leaf of lettuce instead of the traditional lightly toasted bun.

12. Cold Cheese

12 in-n-out cold cheese (In-N-Out Burger secret menu items)

If your some kind of weirdo who doesn’t like melted cheese, there’s good news. You can order your cheese “cold,” which means they’ll add it after the burger is cooked instead of while it’s on the griddle.

Sounds insane to me, but whatever floats your boat.

11. Chilis (Chopped or On the Side)

11 in-n-out chilis on the side (In-N-Out Burger secret menu items)

If you like your burgers with a little zing, you can tell the person taking your order to add “chopped chilis.” However, if you’re concerned about how hot they’ll make your double-double, you can also ask for “chilis on the side”—in which case they will hand you an individually wrapped pickled sport peppers.

10. Fries: Regular, Light, or Well-Done

10 in-n-out regular vs. well done fries (In-N-Out Burger secret menu items)

Okay, now that we’ve covered the burger basics on the In-N-Out Burger secret menu, let’s talk about the fries.

Yes, the fries. There are actually more options than you might think. For starters, you can ask for your fries “light” or “well done.” If you order them light, then they’ll be a very pale yellow and extremely limp and greasy. And of course, if you order them well-done, they’ll be more dry and crunchy.

But that’s not all the options you have for your fries…

9. Cheese Fries

9 in-n-out cheese fries (In-N-Out secret menu items)

Yeaaaaah buddy. Cheese fries. They just throw a few sliced of their thick American cheese on ‘em and melt it. Not exactly rocket science, but of course it’s not on the official menu. You have to be in the know.

But wait, what’s that? Neither of those fries options rings your bell, and you want another one? Well, the In-N-Out Burger secret menu has you covered…

8. Fries Animal Style

8 in-n-out Animal_Style_Fries (In-N-Out secret menu items)

The Animal Style fries at In-N-Out Burger are exactly what you expect: everything you get on an Animal Style burger, but on fries. So that means cheese, grilled onions, and of course Thousand Island dressing. (I wonder if angioplasty is also on the In-N-Out Burger secret menu.)

7. Neapolitan Milk Shake

7 in-n-out neapolitan milk shake (In-N-Out Burger secret menu items)

With all that greasy goodness you’ll beed to wash something down. But don’t settle for a regular soft drink or one of In-N-Out Burger’s three flavors of Milk Shakes. Get yourself a Black & White Milk Shake, which is chocolate and vanilla swirled together, or even better, a Neapolitan milk shake, which is chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

Actually, you know what? Even better, get yourself a…

6. Root Beer Float

6 in-n-out root beer float (In-N-Out Burger secret menu items)

In-N-Out Burger is all about that old-fashioned drive-in/diner type feel, so of course they can accommodate you if you ask for a root beer float. They won’t deliver it to your car on roller skates, though.

5. Grilled Cheese

5 in-an-out grilled cheese (In-N-Out Burger secret menu items)

If for some reason you aren’t in the mood for a juicy slab of beef, there are a few In-N-Out Burger secret menu items for you. For example, you can get a grilled cheese, which is just a standard toasted In-N-Out bun with melted cheese and nothing else—though if you ask, they’ll put whatever you want on it. I’d recommend chopped peppers and a little Thousand Island sauce, but if you want you can get the works.

Of course, I wouldn’t really call this a vegetarian option, given that it’s made on the same griddle where they cook the delicious beer. So if you just don’t eat meat at all, you’ll want the…

4. Veggie Burger

3 in-n-out veggie burger (In-N-Out Burger secret menu items)

The Veggie Burger at In-N-Out ins’t what you would expect. It’s not some mysterious substance molded into the shape of a real burger in an attempt to fool your brain into thinking it’s getting the meat it so badly craves. Instead, this In-N-Out Burger secret menu item is simply the burger without the burger: lettuce, tomato, Thousand Island sauce, pickles, and a toasted bun. Oh, and cheese, if you’re not a vegan. In other words, it’s basically a salad on a bun.

3. Side Salad

4 in-n-out side salad (In-N-Out Burger secret menu items)

Of course, if you just want a salad without the bun—or if you are really anal, and you don’t like your meat and veggies to touch—you can always order a “side salad.” Only those In-N-Out employees very well-versed in the cultish In-N-Out secret menu terminology will know what you mean, unfortunately. But if you simply explain what it is—the lettuce and tomato that normally go on top of the burger on the side, in a double-double bag in stead—they will gladly accommodate you.

But you know what? Enough talk about rabbit food. Let’s get back to the meat, alright?

2. The Flying Dutchman

2 in-n-out flying dutchman (In-N-Out Burger secret menu items)

Now we’re talking. As you can clearly see from this image, if you request the Flying Dutchman off the In-N-Out Burger secret menu, what you’ll get is two sliced of melted cheese sandwiched between two greasy hamburger patties. That’s it. It’s basically the precursor to the KFC Double-Down, only instead of lame, lean white meat, you get glorious, artery-clogging red meat.

But if that’s not messy enough for you, how about this next one…

1. Flying Dutchman, Animal Style

1 in-n-out flying dutchman animal style (In-N-Out Burger secret menu items)

The Animal Style Flying Dutchman is everything a secret menu item should be: complete and utter nonsense.

It’s just the regular F.D. with a scoop of grilled onions thrown in between. Then it also comes with Thousand Island spread and pickles, but they will not put that on for you. It only comes on the side, because apparently it’s just too messy for the cooks to deal with.

And speaking of messy, if you want to make this one completely un-pick-up-able, go ahead and order the burgers medium rare.

Oh yeah, you can do that. Because In-N-Out Burger is awesome.

Now, who else is in the mood for a good burger?