In-n-Out Secret Menu
At In-N-Out you can order custom-made food. Some customizations are available at no additional cost; those that use inventoried items such as cheese, meat, and buns cost extra. While it’s not on the printed menu, there are buttons on the cash register for these items. You can pretty much order anything you want, as long as they have the ingredients (e.g., putting onions in a milkshake). While the “secret” menu is listed on the In-N-Out corporate site, it is far from complete.
Also, keep in mind that since you can customize anything, you can feel free to order whatever you want and create your own “double-secret personal menu”. Get a 0×3 with four slice of tomato on a double toasted bun and call it a “cheesy wiki”. The following are just the custom orders that are popular enough to go by well known names.
Animal style is the most popular “secret” style. In addition to the standard toppings, animal style burgers include:
- extra spread
- extra grilled onions
- mustard fried onto each meat patty.
Protein style, popular among Atkins dieters, no/low carb eaters and people who just like lots of lettuce:
- replaces the hamburger bun with large leaves of lettuce.
- It can be combined with other special orders, e.g., animal protein style.
- Lettuce is generally colder than buns, so beware of quickly-congealing beef grease in the sandwich.
3×3, 4×4, or generally M × C refers to a burger with a varied number of meat patties (first number, M) and slices of cheese (second number, C). For example, the popular Double-Double would be 2×2 (pronunced “Two-by-two” when you order it), while a burger with 3 meat patties and 1 slice of cheese would be a 3×1 (a “three-by-one”).
As of August 2006, the largest burger that can be ordered is a 4×4. Only four slices of cheese maximum may be permitted on a single burger. That may be a Davis-specific rule, as somebody checked and officially the largest you can order is a 4×6.
Double-Meat (a.k.a. 2×0) is a Double-Double with no cheese.
- By definition a Double-Double automatically includes two slices of cheese; for two patties without the cheese, a double meat burger must be ordered.
One-by-Bitch (a.k.a. 1X0) is a One-By-One with no cheese. Not all employees will appreciate the term one-by-bitch, however, and will ask you to revise your order. Of course, a more common term would be “Hamburger” rather than “Cheeseburger.”
The Flying Dutchman:
- Two meat patties
- two slices of cheese
- no bun
- Note: other condiments (including lettuce, tomato, spread, and onions) are not included unless you request them.
- a sandwich with two slices of cheese
- no meat
- the grilled cheese comes stock, with spread, tomatoes, lettuce, and onions if you would like.
- Like most orders, this can be combined with other styles such as animal style.
- FYI: The grilled cheese used to be cooked on the side of the grill that was reserved for toasting buns (so that it wouldn’t get contaminated from being cooked on the same surface used to cook meat). They now have two separate grills, one for meat, and the other for bun toasting. However, the bun grill is coated with a special non-stick surface that doesn’t allow them to cook grilled cheeses on it any longer, and they have to cook them on the same surface as the meat.
Wish Burger or Veggie Burger:
- sandwich containing only vegetables, and no meat or cheese.
Chopped Chilis adds some jalapenos to the bottom of your burger.
Mustard and/or ketchup can be substituted for the spread. Only designates no spread. Cashiers may ask if you want ketchup or mustard instead.
No-salt has no salt added to the the patties. Once you add the condiments and cheese, you don’t need the extra salt anyway and you can leave without feeling like a dried-out-but-satisfied lump.
Extra toasted bun/lightly toasted bun/untoasted bun. The bun come toasted by default, but you can ask to have the level of toastyness varried. The buns are toasted to add some rigidity to the burger, as an untoasted bun is flimsy under the weight of all the meat/cheese/condiments. This also prevents sauces and toppings from excessively soaking into the bun, thereby avoiding the last-bites-are-soggy problem. This needs to be the first modification requested, based on keystroke order into the register.
Extra tomatoes, extra lettuce, extra onion You can ask for all of these at no extra charge. They’ll really fill out your burger and make it a more balanced meal. Especially if you’re a veggie fan. I find extra raw onions to be a bit much, though. You can also ask for both raw and grilled onions.
- Fries well-done are extra crispy fries.
- Fries lite are fries that have been cooked less than normal.
- Fries animal style include two slices of melted cheese, grilled onions, and spread as toppings. You’ll need a fork to eat them.
- Cheese Fries are fries with one or two slices of melted cheese.
- Fries no-salt have no salt added to them.
- Lemon fries you can make your own lemon fries—just grab a lemon slice from next to the ice tea machine, and squeeze it on your fries. It really livens things up.
- A root beer float is a concoction made of half vanilla shake and half root beer soda. Be sure to specify whether you want it more creamy or soda-ey.
- A neopolitan shake is a mixture of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry flavored shakes. If an order contains a shake of each flavor, this is called “Around the world.”
- Strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla can be combined in any way, ie, just chocolate and vanilla, chocolate-strawberry, etc.
- You can ask for extra syrup in your shake (ie extra chocolate or strawberry) — not all employees know how to do this, but this option is available as of 9-05 in Davis
- Large and extra large shakes are also available. The cup sizes for these shakes are one below soft drinks (i.e. a large shake is a medium soft drink cup, while an extra large shake is a large soft drink).
- Milk. 2% lowfat is your only option. Yaaknow, it’s for da kids.
These items are free:
- Spread – good with fries
- Side of pre-packaged jalapenos.
- Water comes in a clear plastic cup to distinguish it from soda/shake cups.