Wienerschnitzel is a fast-food restaurant chain specializing in hot dogs, other fast-food items, and frozen desserts. With over 350 locations across the United States and being well known for its signature hot dogs like the junkyard dog.
Whether you’re a long time fan of Wienerschnitzel, or are new to the franchise, there are always new things to try, especially from the (unofficial) Wienerschnitzel secret menu! It’s important to note that not all Wienerschnitzel employees will know these items by name, so it’s important to have the list of ingredients ready for them.
Wienerschnitzel was founded in 1961 by John Galardi in California. The first location was next to a taco store run by John’s former boss and the future founder of Taco Bell, Glen Bell. Over the next few years, Wienerschnitzel began to spread across the country and is now a household name.
As the brand expanded, so did the menu offerings. While the first location only served hot dogs, the menu has now expanded to also include burgers, corn dogs, and even breakfast items! Galardi even blended his two companies by beginning to sell Tastee-Freez ice cream at Wienerschnitzel locations.
Here are some of the best Wienerschnitzel secret menu items and hacks to create your own Wienerschnitzel masterpiece.
This hack is perfect for those who can’t choose between a hamburger and a hot dog. The wet dog consists of a hot dog stuffed with chili, tomatoes, lettuce, and pickles. It blends the two foods so perfectly into one delectable bite.
To get a Wet Dog, you can either ask for it by name, or ask for a chili cheese dog topped with pickles, tomatoes, and lettuce.
The green chili cheese dog is a relatively new addition to this list, while this item is on the menu, not every location has it which gives it a spot on our list. The green chile gives the hot dog just enough kick, while still adding a wonderful depth of flavor that keeps you coming back.
While there’s no specific way you need to order this, this item is only available at select locations, so it’s a matter of driving around and seeing if you local Wienerschnitzel has this delicious hot dog in stock. This hot dog is served with their famous chili sauce, shredded cheddar cheese, and Hatch green chiles.
The chili mac hot dog takes a chili cheese dog to a whole new level, the creaminess from the mac and cheese makes for the perfect bite and is a great option for those who want more cheese than chili on their chili cheese dog.
To get this, ask for a hot dog topped with the chili mac on top. This secret menu item is only available at locations with Mac and Cheese, as not all locations carry this year-round.
Another option for those who can’t decide between a hot dog and a hamburger. While it might sound odd to smash the two together, this option offers a truly unique bite you can’t get anywhere else.
You can get this delicious fusion by ordering the polish sandwich, which has a spicy hot dog with swiss cheese, mustard, and a pickle spear, and asking for a burger patty to be placed on top. Add lettuce and tomato for the full fusion effect (and chili if you love a good chili burger!).
Bacon is a popular addition to many secret menu items, and there’s no doubt as to why – the smoky, salty flavor complements so many dishes, and hot dogs are no exception to this rule. While there is one hot dog that has bacon bits included, you can add these to any hot dog you want!
To get bacon bits, you can simply ask an employee to add bacon bits to any hot dog you order and dig in!
While jalapeño poppers are already delicious on their own, this secret menu item brings them up to a whole new level.The jalapeños provide a burst of heat, while the chili cheese topping adds a cheesy and comforting flavor. The combination of these ingredients creates a truly unique and delicious snack.
To get these, ask for jalapeño poppers, with chili and cheese on top.
Bacon Ranch Chili Cheese Jalapeno Poppers
You don’t have to stop at the chili and cheese with the poppers. Use the same toppings from the bacon ranch chili cheese fries, but put them on top of the jalapeno poppers for even more deliciousness.
To get this option, simply ask for jalapeno poppers topped with chili, shredded cheddar cheese, ranch, and bacon.
Mini Corn Dog Makeover
Circling back to those jalapeno poppers, you can do the same with mini corn dogs. Order your mini corn dogs covered with chili and shredded cheddar cheese, or bacon ranch chili cheese style.
This is one of my favorite ways to eat mini corn dogs! Instead of the regular Junkyard Dog, get an order of mini corn dogs and slather them with all the awesome junkyard toppings.
Here’s what you’ll need to order: mini corn dogs with a slice of American cheese, then covered with chili, mustard and grilled onions. Ask for a side of fries and add those on top.
This is one secret menu item you may not have thought of, but if you’ve ever gotten carne asada fries, don’t count this one out. Ask for an order of french fries with cheddar cheese and mustard over them. Top that with kraut and order a polish dog (no bun necessary) and put it on top.
Texas BBQ Fries
Just like the Texas BBQ Dog, ask for an order of fries topped with bacon, shredded cheddar cheese (or an American slice if you prefer), BBQ sauce, and grilled onions.
What many people may not know is that Wienerschnitzel does indeed offer breakfast options, these include items like biscuit sandwiches and burritos. With this hack, you can enjoy a quick and easy brunch burrito that’s packed with plenty of protein.
For this hack, we recommend coming on the later end of breakfast, so they’re starting work on lunch items, and ask if you can get a burrito with a hot dog added in.
Last but not least is another delicious brunch hack, while chili cheese fries are absolutely amazing, adding Wienerschnitzel’s chili cheese mix to their hash browns is even better. This hack is sure to make your mouth water and give you the perfect start to your day.
Like the last hack, we recommend arriving closer to the transition between breakfast and lunch and ordering their Hash Brown Po’Taters, and asking if you can get it in a fry container with chili and shredded cheese added on top.
More Wienerschnitzel Menu Hacks
- Add hash browns to your breakfast burritos.
- Pull the stick out of your corn dog, pop it on a bun and dress it like your favorite Wienerschnitzel hot dog.
- Add bacon to anything
- Order the polish sandwich on a hamburger bun or order a burger on rye bread.
- Add sport peppers to any dog or burger.
- Order any hot dog on a pretzel bun.
- Swap American cheese for shredded or vice versa on any item.
- Add pickles or tomatoes to any item.
- Get a bigger burger by adding a patty (or two) to any hamburger.
- World Famous Chili Sauce
- American Cheese
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- Swiss Cheese
- Fresh Tomato
- Fresh Onions
- Grilled Onions
- Pickle Spears
- Pickle Slices
- Sport Peppers
- French’s Mustard
- BBQ Sauce
- Ranch Dressing
- Celery Salt
- Hatch Chiles (at select locations)
Where is the first Wienerschnitzel location?
The original Wienerschnitzel is located at 900 W. Pacific Coast Highway, Wilmington, CA 90744. It opened on July 3, 1961 and is still open today. This location has a walk up window and the drive thru in the middle of the building like many of the older style Wienerschnitzels, and was honored as a historic cultural monument in 2014.
What time does Wienerschnitzel open?
Hours vary by location. Some open as early as 7AM, others don’t open until 10AM.
What time does Wienerschnitzel close?
Hours vary by location. Most Wienerschnitzel locations close at midnight.
Does Wienerschnitzel serve breakfast?
Yes, participating locations do serve a limited breakfast menu. Many locations that do not open until 10AM may not carry breakfast items, but those that open early do serve breakfast. The breakfast menu includes hash browns, breakfast burritos, and a biscuit sandwich, as well as OJ and coffee.
Does Wienerschnitzel serve dessert?
Yes, Wienerschnitzel serves Tastee-Freez desserts including milk shakes, sundaes, floats, banana splits, soft serve cones and dipped cones, and freezees. Dessert offerings will vary by location.
What beverages does Wienerschnitzel serve?
Wienerschnitzel serves Coca-Cola products including Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Sprit, Dr. Pepper, Barq’s Root Beer, Fanta Orange, and Minute Maid Lemonade, as well as Southern Lemonades, iced tea and bottled water. Offerings may vary by location.
Is Wienerschnitzel open on holidays?
Most locations are closed on Christmas Day. Wienerschnitzel is open on most other major national holidays but may have limited operating hours and will vary by location.
Does Wienerschnitzel have an App?
Yes, Wienerschnitzel has an app that is available for Apple and Android devices. You can place orders online, use mobile pay, customize your order and save your favorites, and more.
Does Wienerschnitzel deliver?
Wienerschnitzel does not have delivery drivers, but you can order delivery through third party delivery services like Uber Eats, Postmates, and Door Dash. Availability may vary by location.
Can you buy Wienerschnitzel chili sauce?
Yes, you can purchase Wienerschnitzel chili sauce for $5 per can in-store at most locations.
What is in Wienerschnitzel Chili Sauce?
The Wienerschnitzel chili is a secret recipe, but if you purchase a can in-store, the ingredients list includes: Water, beef, modified food starch, salt, vinegar, spices, textured soy concentrate, tomato paste, MSG, paprika, seasoning, yellow corn flour, sugar, yeast extract, dehydrated onion, garlic powder, onion powder, and oleoresin paprika.
Does Wienerschnitzel have a vegetarian option?
Yes, Wienerschnitzel serves veggie dogs. However, the cheese is dairy based, and the buns are not completely free of animal products.
Does Wienerschnitzel have gift cards?
Yes, Wienerschnitzel has gift cards that can be purchased in-store. Balance can be checked online.
Does Wienerschnitzel have coupons and deals?
Yes! Visit the website to find daily $3 deals and coupons that can be used in-store with your purchase.
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Morgan Mulac is a freelance writer who has spent years on the road as a nomad and now has settled back in California with her family. Some of her favorite spots to travel to in California are in Orange County and the many beaches along the coast. She’s an avid writer about her journeys and enjoys sharing the beauty California has to offer.