The In-N-Out Secret Menu, Ranked: 14 Items to Order ASAP

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In-N-Out Burger has a cult following for good reason. Its retro vibe, simple (and affordable) menu and top-tier food keep Cali residents and tourists alike coming back—and let’s not forget those chic paper hats you can go home with. As drool-worthy as the fast food chain’s standard selection is, their secret menu items are arguably just as famous, popularized by diehard customers that have tried it all. Presenting the In-N-Out secret menu ranked, including unique sandwiches and clever modifications from meh to most delicious.

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14. Protein Style

You can order any burger on the menu this way, meaning it’ll come to you on hand-leafed lettuce instead of a bun. Low-carb? Yes. Exciting? We think not.

13. The Flying Dutchman

Similar to Protein Style, minus the leafy greens, this “sandwich” is two beef patties glued together with melted American cheese. It’s not the most thrilling, but we do respect the simplicity. “My dad LOVES to get the Flying Dutchman, especially when he’s following a keto diet,” says California native, Pasadena resident and associate fashion commerce editor Stephanie Meraz. “It makes him feel like he’s still reaping the spoils of fast food without the carbs.”

12. Grilled Cheese

Got beef with beef? Look no further than the grilled cheese sammy, which includes two slices of American cheese, lettuce, tomato spread and optional onions.

11. 4X4

The Quad-Quad is similar to the Triple Triple (more on that later), only with four patties and four slices of cheese. Needless to say, that’s a lot of beef. While delicious, we prefer the meat-to-bread-to-topping ratio of the 3X3.

10. Double Meat

If you swear by cheese-free burgers, this simple handheld is for you. It comes with two beef patties, lettuce, tomato, spread and optional onions, unlike the Double-Double, which also comes with two slices of cheese.

9. Chopped Chilis

J. Kenji López-Alt at Serious Eats clued the internet in on this mod, which calls for pressing the burger into seriously spicy chopped pickled peppers as it cooks. He called them “diminutive fire-bombs,” so only ask for them if you handle heat like a pro.

8. 3X3

Aka the Triple-Triple, this burger boasts three beef patties, three slices of American cheese, lettuce, tomato, optional onions and spread on a bun. Ain’t nothing wrong with that.

7. Whole Grilled Onion

Did you know you can ask for a thick slab of white onion instead of the chopped kind that come with Animal Style items? It’s definitely worth a shot. “I’ve only had it once but I ordered with a whole grilled onion per my friend’s suggestion and it was bomb,” asserts executive managing editor Catrina Yohay.

6. Medium Rare Meat

Another tip from J. Kenji López-Alt, asking for your burger medium rare will result in it having a juicy pink center. Due to the patty’s thinness, it’ll still be crisp on the outside. That’s a win-win in our book.

5. Root Beer Float

The internet goes gaga for this nostalgic frozen treat, made with In-N-Out’s signature soft serve, but it’s definitely underrated. “Excuse me, what? I’ve lived here pretty much all my life and didn’t know the root beer float existed,” Meraz claims. “If you know me, you know that I’m a sucker for milkshakes (even though I’m lactose intolerant) and root beer (just like my dad), so I’m now dying to taste it ASAP.”

4. Banana Peppers

As Jeff Miller once suggested on Thrillist, you are seriously missing out if you’ve never indulged in the swicy banana peppers, often nestled near the ketchup and napkins for customers to take as they please. Pile them onto your burgers (and heck, your fries) for a briny punch of heat.

3. Well Done Fries

“They NEED to be golden, crispy and crunchy,” says Meraz. “I hate to admit it, because I love In-N-Out so much, but their fries tend to get soggy and limp if you wait too long to eat them (what fries don’t?!), so this definitely combats that unfortunate event from happening.” Might we suggest crowning them with melted cheese?

2. Animal Style Anything

Whether it’s a burger or fries, ordering it Animal Style *never* hurts. This modification includes pickles, extra spread and grilled onions for fries. For burgers, it also calls for grilling the beef in mustard.

1. Mustard-Grilled

Want all the tang and flavor of Animal Style beef minus the mess? We have a hack for you. “I love the Animal Style patty prep, but I prefer the regular burger condiments over the grilled onions, extra sauce and pickles,” explains Lincoln Boehm, who went viral in 2019 for finding a fully intact Double Double at a bus stop in Queens. (Seriously—that happened.) “So, my order is single cheeseburgers, ‘mustard grilled’.”

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Food Editor

Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...