Is there a secret menu in the UK?

Welcome to the BURGER LAD® Secret Menu section.

Our definition of a secret menu is:

“A burger that is not displayed on the regular menu but is recognised by the chain/restaurant as available to order by a customer.”

An urban myth for a while now, there has been a lot of attention recently about a secret menu existing in UK chains such as McDonald’s, KFC and Burger King.

Although some US chains (see In-N-Out’s “Not so secret menu”) do offer a secret menu our experience concludes this does not exist in the UK.

Despite an “anonymous McDonald’s Manager” claiming it does exist and “reports” by UK tabloid press of its existence, we at BURGER LAD® have seen very few cases of people ordering from a secret menu.

For starters, if there was one, we would expect to see many more pictures on Twitter and other Social Media platforms, of people sharing successful orders.

We have also been privy to an internal McDonald’s memo which clearly states:

“You may have seen some news articles or social media content saying that we have a secret menu at McDonald’s. You know this is not true.”

In our exclusive interview we even asked Matt Bresnahan, Burger King Marketing Director for Northern Europe, the Middle East and Africa about this issue. His response:

“BURGER KING® restaurants do not have “secret” menu items. Our restaurants have long been known for customization as part of our commitment to provide our guests with choice. Many of our customers elect to add ingredients to our menu offerings.”

In the past, we have created a number of “secret menu items” which you can see below. But none (apart from the KFC Zinger Stacker – more an example of great customer service than a secret menu) have ever been made for us, by the staff.

Just see what happened when we videoed filming trying to order a Double Big Mac at McDonald’s.

Mainstream press such as The Daily Mail, Daily Mirror and Manchester Evening News ran secret menu stories and even blatantly ripped off our Zinger Stacker and Ultimate Zinger without credit.

In our opinion, we believe the said “journalists” ordered the items separately and then constructed them like we have been doing before others jumped on the bandwagon.

Do you have a different story?

Have you been able to order an item and want to share your experience?

Get in touch via the usual BURGER LAD® channels.

In the meantime, check out some of our well-known and innovative creations since we first began our quest in December 2012.

Burger Lad®

McDonald’s Triple Breakfast Stacks UK

McDonald’s Bacon Double Big Mac

McDonald’s Triple Cheeseburger

McDonald’s Double Quarter Pounder

McDonald’s Sausage & Bacon McMuffin

McDonald’s Mac Family

KFC Devil Down

McDonald’s Chicken Big Mac Re-Visited

McDonald’s Chilli Double Cheese

McDonald’s Big Mac BLT

McDonald’s Chicken Mac Selects

McDonald’s Jalapeño Mac

KFC Popcorn Chicken Poutine

McDonald’s Signature Mac

McDonald’s Double Down

McDonald’s Italian McChicken


McDonald’s Mega Monster Mac

Admiral Burgerbar’s Zinger Mac

KFC Ultimate Zinger

KFC Zinger Stacker (UK)

Burger King The Bling King

McDonald’s and Burger King Half Pound Grudge Match

McDonald’s Land, Sea and Air Burger

McDonald’s Chicken Big Mac

McDonald’s Monster Mac

KFC Double Down (UK)

McDonald’s Marty McFry Burger

Burger King Rodeo King

McDonald’s Double Big Mac (UK)

Secret Menu

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  • 26/08/2014 at 9:09 pm

    McDonald's SMI for you to try, in the Philippines it is known as the Burger McDo. Go in when quiet and ask for a hamburger with Big Mac sauce instead of ketchup or mustard. Add the cheese if you like. It's a little twist that most restaurants I've been to have been pleased to try.

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