Cook Out Menu, Prices, Timings & History

Here is everything you must know about Cook Out, plus a discussion of its history and the most interesting facts about the restaurant. Cook Out is a privately-owned United States-based fast-food restaurant chain that operates in the states of North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina, Mississippi, West Virginia, and Maryland.

It was started in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1989, and the chain has since developed and expanded. Now, it has drive-thru restaurants too in over 100 cities. The chain has grown in size, with several locations spread throughout the southeastern United States.

The menu at Cook Out primarily features grilled hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, the North Carolina barbecue, and quesadillas. The signature dish in their menu is the Cook Out Tray that features a wide array of entrees, sides, and a drink for a very affordable price. Cook Out also offers milkshakes, with over 40 flavors of them year-round. There are also seasonal flavors that include Fresh Watermelon in July and August, and Fresh Eggnog in December. A featured beverage in their menu is Cheerwine, a local cherry soda in North Carolina that is served only within this area and the surrounding states.

Get a look at the rest of the menu at Cook Out.

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Cook Out Menu & Prices

Food Size Price
Cook-Out Trays
Includes 2 Sides or Double Up & Drink
Hamburger Regular $4.99
Barbecue Regular $4.99
Hot Dogs 2 Pc. $4.99
Big Double Burger $4.99
Quesadilla – Chicken or Beef $4.99
Chicken Regular $4.99
Cajun Chicken $4.99
Spicy Chicken $4.99
BBQ Char-Grilled Chicken $4.99
Chicken Strips 3 Pc. $4.99
Homemade Char-Grilled Hamburgers
Hamburger Small $1.39
Hamburger Regular $2.79
Hamburger Big Double $2.99
Hamburger Huge $3.39
Cook Out Style Small $2.24
Cook Out Style Regular $3.64
Cook Out Style Big Double $3.84
Cook Out Style Huge $4.24
Out West Style Small $2.14
Out West Style Regular $3.54
Out West Style Big Double $3.74
Out West Style Huge $4.14
Steak Style Small $2.04
Steak Style Regular $3.44
Steak Style Big Double $3.64
Steak Style Huge $4.04
Cheddar Style Small $2.38
Cheddar Style Regular $3.78
Cheddar Style Big Double $3.98
Cheddar Style Huge $4.38
Char-Grilled Chicken Breast
Original Style $3.39
Barbecue Style $3.39
Cajun Style $3.39
Club Style $3.99
Cheddar Style $3.99
Crispy Spicy Chicken Breast Fillet
Regular Spicy Style $3.39
Cheese Style $3.79
Homemade Style Chicken Strips
Chicken Strips with Sauce 3 Pc. $3.39
Chicken Strip Sandwich $3.39
Chicken Strips Club $3.99
Chicken Nuggets 5 Pc. $0.99
Quesadilla – Chicken or Beef 2 Pc. $2.99
Chopped Pork BBQ
BBQ Sandwich $2.99
BBQ Plate $3.99
Char-Grilled Hot Dogs
Hot Dog $0.99
Cook Out Style $1.85
Mexi Style $1.99
Bacon Cheddar $1.99
Single Items
Hot Dog with Cheddar Cheese $1.39
Hot Dog with Chilli $1.45
Corn Dog $0.99
Cheese Dog $0.99
Mustard Relish Hot Dog $0.99
BLT Sandwich $0.99
Bacon Ranch Wrap $0.99
Crispy Chicken Cajun Wrap $1.79
Crispy Chicken Ranch Wrap $1.79
Crispy Chicken Honey Mustard Wrap $1.79
Hushpuppies 12 Pc. $0.99
French Fries Regular $0.99
French Fries Large $1.69
Cook Out Fries with Cheese $1.39
Cook Out Fries with Chilli $1.45
Cook Out Fries with Cheese & Chilli $1.85
Onion Rings $1.99
Fancy Milkshakes
Milkshake $2.79
Floats & Cheesecakes
Coke Float $1.79
Cheerwine Float $1.79
Cheesecake (N. Y. Style) Slice $1.99
Fresh Brewed Tea (Sweet or Unsweetened) Large $0.99
Fresh Brewed Tea (Sweet or Unsweetened) Huge $1.79
Fountain Drinks Regular $1.39
Fountain Drinks Large $1.79
Fountain Drinks Huge $1.99

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Cook Out Operating Hours

Sunday 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Monday 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Tuesday 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Wednesday 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Thursday 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Friday 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM


Morris Reaves founded Cook Out in 1989. He is also the current owner of the company, with his son Jeremy Reaves as the chief executive officer.

Greensboro, North Carolina welcomed the first Cook Out location in 1989. After opening this first location, more than 50 other locations followed suit in North Carolina. As of May 2021, there are 290 locations operating across 10 states.

The first out-of-state store opened in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 2010, then in 2011, the restaurant launched branches in South Carolina and Virginia. They unveiled plans to launch in more locations in 2014. In 2016, they expanded to Mississippi and Alabama. In 2019, they opened more locations in Virginia.

Cook Out is continuing to dominate the fast food industry until the present time.

Interesting Facts

According to popular website BuzzFeed, the menu at Cook Out is just filled with tasty fried foods, and their range makes one “want to weep” since there are several choices, and it makes one want to try everything. Cue in the “Try Everything” theme song of the movie Zootopia.

Their milkshakes are created to be thick, you will need a spoon to eat them.

They offer fries that are crispy and golden. Plus, you can get them topped with tasty cheddar cheese and bacon.

Cook Out also offers flaky and juicy nuggets you cannot resist. You might also want to try their hot dogs.

“Once you taste barbecue from Cook Out, you’ll automatically become grateful to the pig who died so your tastebuds could live,” BuzzFeed says.

Their burgers are cooked to perfection, tasting like they have just come off the grill.

One of the best things about Cook Out is that, customers can mix and match the food they love in the tray. You want to match tenders with burrito? You can, plus so many other options.

One customer even tweeted, “@EatCookOut changed my life.”

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