Word is out that Five Guys has an epic secret menu.
Photos of secret menu items have been showing up on Instagram for some time, but more recently, New York Daily News has launched these crazy burger combos into the spotlight. And it appears that you can make anything out of a bun, patty and cheese.
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Exhibit A: this grilled cheese patty melt.
Ratherbeshopping.com revealed the “Presidential Burger,” that reportedly was a favorite of President Obama’s. It’s a cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato, jalapeño peppers, and mustard.
There’s the In-N-Out Double Double hack that consists of a cheeseburger with extra cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and grilled onions. Want some In-N-Out sauce with that? Just mix some mayo, relish, and ketchup together.
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Last year, a crew member of Five Guys went on Reddit for an AMA (ask me anything). Among disclosing her favorite thing to order (“Little cheeseburger all the way no ketchup but add BBQ. Extra mayo on there and maybe some grilled jalapeños if I’m feelin’ spicy. ALWAYS cut in half. Lil’ fry a little undercooked with a mix of mayo, BBQ sauce and some Cajun seasoning.”), she said there wasn’t really a “secret menu” at all, at least not an official one known to employees:
The other day though one of our crew members went on a lunch break leaving only myself and one other person in the kitchen. We ended up getting slammed so I’m taking orders and my co-worker is behind me making all of the food. This lady walks up and says “I’m going to order off of the secret menu so I’d like a presidential burger.” I had absolutely ZERO idea what that was and when I asked her what it consisted of, she got super grumpy and couldn’t even really tell me herself. We tried our best to make her happy but we also had 15 other guests that we also needed to make happy and in case one of those guests is a secret shopper we’re trying to get those orders out in 8 minutes or less.
More importantly, she said not to order “off menu” when the restaurant is slammed. That’s just inconsiderate.
We can’t pull out our phones on the line and look up secret menu items. If you want something “secret” make sure you know how to order it i.e. Grilled cheese with two patties and add onions, jalapeños etc…. And please, for the love of everything that is good, PLEASE don’t throw complicated secret menu items at us when we are in a lunch or dinner rush.
And if you want to try and replicate a FG burger at home, she says the trick “is to smash the patty after it’s cooked for a minute or two. This evens the patty out further, allowing the insides to cook completely without the outside charring or drying out.”