Cook Out – A Menu Loaded with Tasty Burgers, Milkshakes, and More!

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When I first moved to North Carolina in 2005, I was introduced to the concept of Cook Out. Confusion ensued when I realized this fast food joint was take-out only and focused on service through drive-thrus, often two of them with a left-hand drive-thru. Wut wut? But over the years I learned that Cook Out was often a life-saver for a late-night meal and the Cook Out menu and Cook Out tray were pure, simple, deliciousness. Cook Out was founded in Greensboro, NC in 1989 by Morris Reaves and has over 290 locations in 10 states (NC, AL, GA, KY, MD, SC, TN, VA, WV, MS) throughout the Southeast. One of those locations happens to be a minute away from my home so I’ve curated pictures, menus, prices, and more for you to get the most out of your Cook Out order!

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What makes Cook Out so awesome is its quick and polite service, along with great prices along with better quality fast food eats. Their ground beef is shipped out daily, it’s never frozen which gives their burgers a home-made taste. Hours typically run from 10:30am to late-night (3am or 4am) so it’s always a good time to eat Cook Out. Most of the locations I’ve been to usually have two drive-throughs (left and right) along with a walk-up window if you’re sans vehicle. And while the majority of their locations are drive-thru only, there are a smattering of sit-down locations which allows you to enjoy your Cook Out tray with some air conditioning.

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Now what to get when you visit Cook Out? Especially when you’re a newbie, your best bet is the full Cook Out tray which gives you a choice of ten different mains, ten different sides (choose 2) along with a drink for the low price of $6.79 in North Carolina. This price rivals what you can get at any large fast-food chain and I love all the options behind a Cook Out tray! Theoretically, there are over tens of thousands of combo options but by my calculations, the best and highest value (calorie) Cook Out Tray is the chicken strips with bacon wrap, chicken wrap, and either a Cheerwine or Coke float which comes to about 1,970 calories. Check out my menu below for all the details, I’ve noted limited/seasonal items with a ** and including ratings out of five stars on the food images.

Cook Out Tray Menu

Cook Out Tray, Regular 6.79Choose one: Big Double Burger, Reg. Burger, Reg. BBQ, 2 Hot Dogs, 2 Quesadillas, Reg. Chicken, Cajun Chicken, Spicy Chicken, BBQ Chicken, Chicken Strips (3)Choose two sides or double up: Bacon Wrap, Cheese Bites, Chicken Nuggets, Chicken Wrap, Corn Dog, Fries, Hushpuppies, Onion Rings, Quesadilla (Cheeseburger, Chicken), SlawChoose one drink: Large Drink, Huge Tea, Dasani Water, Cheerwine Float, or Coke FloatUpgrade drink to Fancy Milkshake1.20Cook Out Tray, Junior 5.79Choose one: Sm. Burger, 2 Corn Dogs, BLT Sandwich, Hot Dog, QuesadillaChoose two sides or double up: Bacon Wrap, Cheese Bites, Chicken Nuggets, Chicken Wrap, Corn Dog, Fries, Hushpuppies, Onion Rings, Quesadilla (Cheeseburger, Chicken), SlawChoose one drink: Large Drink, Huge Tea, Dasani Water, Cheerwine Float or Coke FloatUpgrade drink to Fancy Milkshake1.20Raleigh, NC Menu and Prices – June 2022

Cook Out Burger Menu

Small Burger240 calories2.39Regular Burger330 calories3.39Big Double Burger340 calories3.39On request – Mayo, mustard, ketchup, pickles, onions, lettuce, grilled onions, cajun seasoning, BBQ sauceCook Out Style – Chili, Slaw, Mustard, Onion130 calories.99Cheddar Style – Cheddar, Bacon, Grilled Onions, Mayo240 calories.99Out West Style – BBQ Sauce, Bacon, Mayo, Pickles, Onion210 calories.89Nacho Chili Style – Nacho Cheese Sauce, Chili100 calories.89Steak Style – A1 Sauce, Grilled Onions, Lettuce, Tomato,
Mayo100 calories.59House Style – Quesadilla Sauce, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion65 calories.59Tomato10 calories.10Bacon60 calories.95Cheese Slice70 calories.50Homemade Chili70 calories.65Homemade Slaw40 calories.45A1 Sauce25 calories.60Cup of Cheese Sauce140 calories1.00Quesadilla Sauce35 calories.55 Raleigh, NC Menu and Prices – June 2022

Cook Out Chicken Menu

Char-Grilled Chicken, Original Style – Lettuce, tomato, mayo, honey mustard390 calories4.39Char-Grilled Chicken, Barbeque Style – BBQ sauce, sliced pickles, mayo380 calories4.39Char-Grilled Chicken, Cajun Style – Cajun seasoning, Texas Pete, lettuce, tomato, mayo380 calories4.39Char-Grilled Chicken, Cheddar Style – Cheddar cheese, bacon, grilled onions, mayo540 calories4.99Char-Grilled Chicken, Club Style – Bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo570 calories4.99Crispy Spicy Chicken – Lettuce, Tomato, Onion450 calories4.39Chicken Strips – Cook Out Sauce, BBQ, Honey Mustard,
Polynesian, Ranch, Buffalo660 calories4.39Chicken Nuggets (5) – Cook Out Sauce, BBQ, Honey
Mustard, Polynesian, Ranch, Buffalo240 calories1.99Cajun Wrap500 calories1.99Ranch Wrap520 calories1.99Cajun Ranch Wrap520 calories1.99Honey Mustard Wrap510 calories1.99 Raleigh, NC Menu and Prices – June 2022

Cook Out Hot Dogs, Barbeque, Bacon, Quesadilla Menu

Hot Dog, Plain or Ketchup, Mustard260-280 calories1.99Cook Out Style Hot Dog – Chili, Slaw, Mustard, Onion390 calories2.99Corn Dog – Mustard, Ketchup220 calories1.99BBQ Sandwich – Slaw, Texas Pete370 calories4.39BBQ Plate – Slaw, Fries, Hushpuppies980 calories5.39Bacon Ranch Wrap – Bacon, Cheese, Lettuce420 calories1.99BLT Sandwich – Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Mayo, Pepper400 calories1.99Cheese Quesadilla180 calories1.99Chicken Quesadilla220 calories1.99Cheeseburger Quesadilla260 calories1.99 Raleigh, NC Menu and Prices – June 2022

Cook Out Fries and Sides Menu

Regular Fries350 calories1.99Large Fries700 calories2.69Cajun Fries350 calories1.99Cheese Fries390 calories2.49Chili Cheese Fries460 calories3.19Onion Rings – Cook Out sauce260 calories1.99White Cheddar Cheese Bites380 calories2.99Hushpuppies590 calories1.99Walkin’ Taco** – Doritos, chili, lettuce, sour cream
with jalapeno370 calories
55 calories2.99
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Cook Out Fancy Milk Shakes Menu

Cook Out Floats, Drinks, Dessert Menu

Coke Float380 calories2.19Cheerwine Float380 calories2.19Fresh Brewed Tea, Large290 calories1.99Fresh Brewed Tea, Huge390 calories2.19Coca-Cola Beverage, Regular460 calories1.99Coca-Cola Beverage, Large260 calories2.19Cheerwine, Regular380 calories1.99Cheerwine, Large590 calories2.19Dasani (20 oz) Bottled Water0 calories2.19Fancy Milkshake (37 flavors)510-900 calories3.39Cheesecake – Blueberry, Caramel, Cherry,
Choc Chip, Strawberry360 calories2.19 Raleigh, NC Menu and Prices – June 2022

Some other Cook Out insider tips are around their secret sauces! The Cook Out Sauce is likely mayo, ketchup, mustard, and cajun spices. The Cook Out quesadilla sauce is likely a combination of sour cream, mayo, jalapeno, cumin, paprika, and more. And there are three seasonal shakes: watermelon (July-August), peppermint chip (December-January), and egg nog (December). One recent specialty Cook Out item was a Walkin’ Taco (Fritos, chili, cheese, lettuce, sour cream).

Rumor has it that Chapel Hill will be getting its first Cook Out location soon. Overall it’s really hard to beat the value and convenience of a Cook Out tray so if you’ve got a location nearby, rejoice! But take it easy if you want to still fit into your pants…