Buffalo Wild Wings Secret Menu Items You Need To Try Next

Whether you visit for the wings, the beer, or the sheer volume of flat-screen TVs, Buffalo Wild Wings has become a staple sports bar franchise across the country. Founded in 1982, the restaurant chain embarked on a mission to recreate authentic Buffalo wings and bring them to neighborhoods nationwide. Visit any Buffalo Wild Wings location today and you'll see that not only does it sell its signature chicken wings, but it also offers dozens of other sauces and dry rubs to season them, along with a menu that includes options for the whole family. 

Since opening, Buffalo Wild Wings' menu has undergone several changes, with new dishes like the Bird Dawgs and a Saucy Chicken Sandwich added in summer 2022. And while you could enjoy the wide variety of wings, sandwiches, and appetizers, there's more to it than what meets the eye. Yes, we're talking about secret menu items.

Secret menus, despite the tight-lipped nature of the name, are more common than you might realize. In fact, if you know where to look online, you can find extensive information on what restaurants carry secret menus and what to order. So, it should come as no surprise that Buffalo Wild Wings has gotten in on the craze over the years.

Vampire Slayer

Attention garlic fans: This first secret menu item is for you. The sauces offered at Buffalo Wild Wings go beyond the simple categories of mild, medium, and hot. There are variations across the heat spectrum offering all kinds of unique flavors, from sweet barbecue to Asian-inspired spices. And if you're into garlicky dishes and can handle a little bit of heat, then you may want to try out Buffalo Wild Wings' spicy garlic sauce. This sauce is a regular option featured on the Buffalo Wild Wings menu, so it isn't inherently a secret item. 

But if you want to take your garlic experience and crank it up a notch, you can ask your server for Vampire Slayer wings. As the name implies, these are the kind of wings you'll want to steer clear of if you happen to be a vampire. That's because, according to Local 4 News in Detroit, Buffalo Wild Wings takes its spicy garlic wings and drizzles them with Parmesan garlic sauce on top! You'll definitely want to have a few breath mints on standby if you have anywhere to be after your trip to Buffalo Wild Wings.

Dirty Bird

Buffalo Wild Wings offers more than just sauces to add to its signature chicken wings. If you prefer dry rubs, there are a number of spices available to order with your wings, regardless of whether you prefer them bone-in or boneless. Much like the sauces, the dry rubs vary in flavor as well as heat. 

Needless to say, if you order your wings with the sauces, be prepared for some messy fingers. That may be the source of this next menu item's name, aka the Dirty Bird. According to Local 4 News in Detroit, anyone in the loop can order this tasty rendition at Buffalo Wild Wings.

The Dirty Bird carries a flavor profile of its own and it hits all the right notes. Basically, the wings are tossed in Buffalo Wild Wings' teriyaki sauce and topped off with Cajun seasoning. The result strikes a perfect balance between sweet and spicy, a sure way to satisfy many eaters.

El Loco

Believe it or not, Buffalo Wild Wings sells more than just chicken wings. If you're not really into wings, don't think that you won't find anything on the menu to enjoy. For example, the restaurant offers a lot of shareable appetizers, including one of the most popular of its kind: nachos. Seriously, who doesn't love nachos? The cheesy delicacy is the perfect combination of textures and flavors and is often one of the most sought-out items at a sports bar. 

The traditional Ultimate Nachos at Buffalo Wild Wings come with pico de gallo, salsa, pickled hot peppers, crema, and cilantro, but you can add on brisket, chili, chicken, and guacamole for an added cost. Now, what if we were to tell you that you could combine the best of both worlds –- chicken wings and nachos? That's where El Loco comes in. 

This secret menu item is essentially a combination of nachos and wings. The chicken wings are smothered in a chipotle BBQ dry seasoning, then topped with queso. Just ask your server for any of those additional nacho toppings. It's that simple; if you are having a hard time deciding between chicken wings or nachos on your next trip to Buffalo Wild Wings, now you know that the duo is a viable option.

Make it Wild

Ask anyone who frequents Buffalo Wild Wings what their go-to order is, and they will usually reveal their affinity for one or two sauces they consistently enjoy on every visit. In fact, the restaurant has caught on to the popularity of some of its sauces, and you can now purchase them online in a convenient bottle format.

If your favorite flavor happens to be the Wild sauce, then we have some good news. There is a secret way to order your sauce of choice on just about any menu item you can think of. On your next visit, simply ask your server to make it wild, and your order will come with a generous drizzle of Wild sauce on top.

Make it wild also appears as an option for certain items on Buffalo Wild Wings' online ordering system, so be on the lookout if you want to give it a try. Even though this one may not be as much of a secret, it's still another unique way to customize your order beyond Buffalo Wild Wings' usual selection of wing sauces.

Ultra-customizable orders

As you may have picked up on, customizing your order at Buffalo Wild Wings can go far beyond a simple selection of a sauce or dry rub. In fact, there are what seem to be endless sauce combinations at your disposal. We aren't just talking about simply ordering two separate sauces with your wings. 

Usually, larger orders of wings enable customers to add on multiple sauces. For example, a small snack size of six wings gets you just one sauce, but a small order of ten wings allows for two sauces — one sauce for five wings, and another for the remaining five. But if you want to perform a bit of a science experiment with your wings, you can mix sauces together to create an entirely new flavor.

If you ever found yourself examining the menu and thinking, "If only there was a way I could combine this sauce with that sauce," well you actually can. One commenter on Reddit pointed out some of the ways you can blend sauces to make your very own secret sauce. For example, you can mix together Buffalo Wild Wings' sweet BBQ and medium sauces to create a hot BBQ sauce. Between Buffalo Wild Wings' dozens of sauces and dry rubs, you can only imagine the number of times you can hack your way to a customized sauce that's perfect for your taste buds.

Naked tenders

Sometimes less is more and depending on your taste buds, that could be the case when it comes to Buffalo Wild Wings. We've spent a lot of time discussing the ways you can use the many sauces and dry rubs to concoct new and interesting dishes, but what if your idea of unique is ... no sauce at all?

With so many varieties available, you may forget that you can absolutely opt out of a sauce or dry rub altogether. When ordering online, simply select the no sauce or seasoning option to receive an order of sauceless wings. Or, you can opt out of the deep-frying altogether and order naked tenders. They might be hard to find on the paper menu, but they're tucked into the tenders section of the online menu. According to SecretMenus.com, naked tenders cut out the process of deep-frying the meat in any sort of batter, leaving you with a leaner portion of chicken to enjoy without the added guilt.

This is also a solid option if you're looking to cut back on calories but you still want to enjoy a trip to Buffalo Wild Wings. Like the make-it-wild hack, this isn't a top-secret item per se, but it's a lesser-known option that is a solid choice. It's also a good idea if you're visiting with kids who may not be as interested in the variety of sauces.

Add Blazin' to the chili con queso dip

If you are a big fan of all spicy foods, then Buffalo Wild Wings has plenty of options for you. And for the boldest customers, the famous Blazin' Challenge is a must. The rules are simple: Eat 10 Carolina Reaper wings in five minutes or less. Oh, and no drinks of any kind can be consumed during the challenge. It sounds easy on paper, but in reality, it pushes even the bravest foodies to their limits.

If you can handle the Blazin' Carolina Reaper sauce, then you may want to test it out on a variety of other menu items. One of Buffalo Wild Wings' popular appetizers is the chili con queso, which comes with an order of tortilla chips. The queso by itself is fairly mild and can leave much to be desired if you are looking for heat.

Next time you're at Buffalo Wild Wings, do what one Reddit user did and ask for the Blazin' sauce served on the chili con queso for a kick of heat. If you're planning on sharing, you might want to ask for the sauce on the side to appease your fellow diners ... or you might not.

Recreate Dragon Fire from the Game of Thrones promotion

Buffalo Wild Wings is no stranger to pop culture promotions. Notably, it joined in on the "Game of Thrones" phenomenon with a Dragon Fire menu item for those brave enough to conquer the heat and lay claim to their own Seven Kingdoms. The "Game of Thrones" promo was described as chicken wings tossed in a soy-ginger glaze that included spicy ghost chilis and a final jalapeño garnish. That sure sounds like a fiery blast from Drogon himself.

Much like HBO's "Game of Thrones," the promotion is no longer running. All the same, there is a method to sneakily hack your way to a quasi Dragon Fire chicken wing, thanks to one Reddit user's advice. Next time you are visiting Buffalo Wild Wings, ask for your wings to be tossed in a combination of the Asian Zing and Blazin' sauces and topped off with jalapeños. The result is a pretty close match to the original. Buffalo Wild Wings has been known to bring the Dragon Fire promotion back from time to time, so keep your eyes peeled.

Chili mac & cheese

While Buffalo Wild Wings is considered a paradise for heat lovers, there are plenty of menu items that fall on the milder end of the scale. There's no obligation to burn off your tongue if you don't want to. Luckily, there are just as many unique ways to customize and hack your order to create secret menu items that are more accessible than, say, the fiery Blazin' queso sauce.

Speaking of cheese, Buffalo Wild Wings does offer a side of mac and cheese on its menu. On its own, it's a delicious and comforting dish, but it also makes a great foundation for experimentation. We found a commenter on Reddit describing a favorite order we'll have to taste for ourselves: mac and cheese with an added scoop of Buffalo Wild Wings' chili on top. If you want to get even cheesier, top your mac and cheese off with some extra queso sauce for the ultimate cheese-fest.

The mac and cheese customization does not stop there: Buffalo mac and cheese may come and go off the regular menu. If it's not there on your next visit, order a side of mac and cheese and an order of boneless wings tossed in traditional Buffalo sauce (or your sauce of choice). Mix them together and you just hacked your way to Buffalo mac and cheese gooeyness.

Asian chicken salad

You may have picked up on the fact that the menu at Buffalo Wild Wings tends to favor savory comfort food. Admittedly, there are not many entrees available that could be considered light, but that doesn't mean there aren't any options if you are looking to limit the number of wings you are consuming in a single sitting.

As it turns out, Buffalo Wild Wings does, in fact, serve salads. On its regular menu, you will find a Buffalo wedge salad, a chopped Cobb salad, and a chicken Caesar salad. Meanwhile, if you enjoy salads with Asian-inspired flavors, then SecretMenus.com has the scoop on a must-try item to taste on your next visit. The Asian chicken salad comes with fresh mixed greens, sesame sauce, and, you guessed it, chicken. If you want to add a little extra kick to your salad, you can request the Asian Zing sauce.