The affordable Cook Out prices are among the reasons for the chain’s enduring popularity, particularly among groups of family and friends who want to enjoy home-cooked quality meals without the hassle. On most days, the restaurants are filled with people from small children to elderly grandparents enjoying the family-friendly atmosphere, great food and drinks, and sense of community. There are also plenty of the young ones – millennials and young professionals, for example – who find Cook Out to be a great hang-out place.
Nearly every American favorite can be found at Cook Out, too, from burgers and hot dogs to milkshakes. Be sure to bring your appetite to the table so as to get the best value for your money – Look, Ma, no leftovers!
Below are the latest Cook Out menu prices.
Homemade Char-Grilled Hamburgers
Choice of: Mayo, Mustard, Ketchup, Pickles, Onion & Lettuce, Grilled Onions or Cajun Seasoning on Request
Cook Out Style
|Homemade Chili, Slaw, Mustard & Onion (Add)||$0.95|
|Cheddar Cheese, Bacon, Grilled Onions & Mayo (Add)||$0.99|
Out West Style
|BBQ Sauce, Bacon, Mayo, Pickles & Onion (Add)||$0.75|
|A1 Sauce, Grilled Onions, Lettuce, Tomato & Mayo (Add)||$0.65|
Char-Grilled Chicken Breast
|Hot Crispy Spicy Chicken Breast Fillet Hot||$3.69|
|Regular Spicy Style||$3.69|
|3 Chicken Strips w/Choice Of Sauce||$3.69|
|Chicken Strip Sandwich||$3.69|
|Chicken Strip Club||$3.99|
Char-Grilled Hot Dogs
|Cook Out Style||$1.95|
Chopps Pork BBQ
|Chicken Nuggets (5 Pc.)||$0.99|
|Fresh Brewed Sweet Tea (Large)||$0.99|
|Fresh Brewed Unsweet Tea (Large)||$0.99|
|Bacon Ranch Wrap||$0.99|
|Hushpuppies (Homemade Style)||$0.99|
|Mustard Relish Onion Hot Dog||$0.99|
|Hot Dog Plain||$0.99|
|Hot Dog with Mustard & Ketchup||$0.99|
|Hot Dog with Cheddar Cheese||$1.45|
|Hot Dog with Chili||$1.50|
|French Fries - Cajun Seasoning or Cook Out Sauce on Request (Regular)||$1.19|
|French Fries - Cajun Seasoning or Cook Out Sauce on Request (Large)||$1.79|
|Cook Out Cheese Fries||$1.65|
|Cook Out Cheese Fries with Chili||$1.99|
|Onion Rings (Cook Out Sauce on Request)||$1.99|
Crispy Chicken Wraps
|Honey Mustard Wrap||$1.79|
Cook Out Tray
Includes 2 Sides or Double Up & Drink
|Big Double Burger||$4.99|
|BBQ Char-Grilled Chicken||$4.99|
|Quesadilla (Chicken or Beef)||$4.99|
|Chicken Strips (3 Pc.)||$4.99|
Creamery 40+ Milkshakes
|Banana Berry (3)||$2.99|
|Fresh Peanut Butter||$2.99|
|Peanut Butter Banana||$2.99|
|Peanut Butter Fudge||$2.99|
|Chocolate Chip Mint||$2.99|
|Orange Push Up||$2.99|
|Cheesecake (Blueberry, Caramel, Cherry, Chocolate Chip or Strawberry)||$2.99|
|Fresh Watermelon (July-August)||$2.99|
|Egg Nog (December)||$2.99|
Floats and Cheesecake
|Coke / Cheerwine Float||$1.99|
|Cheesecake (N.Y. Style slice with Choice of Toppings)||$1.99|
|Fresh Brewed Tea (Large)||$0.99|
|Fresh Brewed Tea (Huge)||$1.99|
|Coca-Cola Beverages (Regular)||$1.69|
|Coca-Cola Beverages (Large)||$1.99|
|Coca-Cola Beverages (Huge)||$2.19|
|Dasani Water Bottle (20 oz.)||$1.99|
Chris Schbout founded Cook Out in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1989. He remains as its owner – Cook Out is a privately-owned chain of fast-food restaurants – while Jeremy Reaves, his son, is the current CEO. While it’s a relatively small chain, it’s still a strong presence in several states including North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee, among other states. Most of its more than 200 restaurants have outdoor seating and double drive-thru facilities.
What They’re Famous For
The Cook Out chain is known for its handmade burgers, which are more delicious than your usual fast-food burgers because these are made with high-quality ingredients and served in generous portions. The menu also features savory white meat chicken nuggets and chicken sandwiches, sweet jumbo onion rings, and meaty hot dogs.
Why Eat Here
If your city doesn’t have a Cook Out restaurant, you may want to travel to the nearest city where a Cook Out restaurant is present, usually in the Southeastern states. Why? The chain is full of surprises, such as the Southeastern charm, the personalization options for otherwise standard fare, and the fun takes on classic fast-food fare. Suffice it to say that it’s truly a likable chain that could give its larger competitors a run for their money, if only it can expand to the national level.
Each Cook Out restaurant has slight differences with other restaurants in the chain but there’s a sense of sameness easily recognizable for its loyal patrons. Depending on the age of the restaurant, it may be a mix of brick and stone for newer restaurants or a mix of stainless steel and concrete reminiscent of a 1950s diner. But many Cook Out restaurants have rustic interior motifs with log cabin-style interiors, wooden picnic-style tables, and local décor, which differentiates them from other fast-food joints.
More importantly, Cook Out’s Southern hospitality is a strong reason to come back again and again to its restaurants. Unlike most fast-food restaurants where customization isn’t possible, you can customize your burger – and the staff at the counter makes it clear as soon as it’s your turn! You will be asked, “What do you want on your burger?” and the customization process begins.
You can also create your own combos (i.e., platters) by choosing your preferred burger, two pieces of hot dogs, pulled pork barbecue, and grilled chicken, among others, as well as two sides – and the lengthy menu means that you can mix and match several items without running out of ideas.
The burger isn’t a standout in comparison with, say, the better burgers of Five Guys but it’s better than the likes of McDonald’s in many ways. The patty is slightly thicker while the firmer roll is cooked and filled to your order. The beef is also ground and formed into patties on a daily basis, and the patties are made from fresh (i.e., never frozen) meat.
The result: The patties have a beefy flavor without the obvious taste of fillers and extenders present in many fast-food patties. Once grilled, these are juicy, succulent and flavorful with a savory crust.
The chopped barbecue sandwich is also a must-have item at Cook Out! It’s stuffed with braised-style pork with a generous bath of broth that will quickly satisfy your cravings for pulled pork. Be sure to try the hot dogs and chicken sandwiches, too, especially the Cajun-style sandwich because it’s just so good.
The sides are as interesting as the main dishes, not to mention that many of these sides aren’t common in most fast-food chains. The corn dog, for example, has a sweet crust with a deep corn flavor that hits the spot. Many of the sides can even be considered as main dishes because of their size, such as the bacon wrap, chicken wrap, quesadilla, and chicken nuggets,
And the best thing at Cook Out are the signature shakes that are front and center in nearly every meal. There are around 40 flavors to choose from, a mix of regular flavors and seasonal specialties, which are obviously made from creamy ice cream. The flavors run the gamut from the classics like chocolate, vanilla and strawberry to the intriguing like banana pineapple, peanut butter banana, and peach cobbler, even several candy-inspired flavors like Oreo and M&M.
The customer service is great, too, with the staff actually fast and efficient in taking and handing orders.
To learn more about Cook Out or to find a location near you, visit their website at cookout.com.