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McDonald’s Secret Menu: 8 Things You Need to Know

McDonald's has a secret menu. Here's how to work it.

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People walk by McDonald's restaurant in Chicago; Shutterstock ID 586000214Shutterstock/Tupungato

You didn’t hear it from us, but McDonald’s menu has secrets just like your other fast-food faves! With the help of Hack the Menu, we looked into lots of secret items that you might be surprised—and pleased—to know exist. Just bear in mind that not everything will be available at every McDonald’s location and your server may or may not know the lingo. That’s why you’ll get the best Mc-Mileage by being prepared to describe what you want…and doing so with a smile.

Psst! Try our McDonald’s copycat recipes.

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McDonald's Secret Menu: Poor Man's Big Mac in a BoxShutterstock/Grzegorz Czapski

Poor Man’s Big Mac

The Poor Man’s Big Mac is a McDouble (a bargain at around $1.49 made up of two burgers and one slice of cheese) with special sauce (that’s the Big Mac Sauce), extra lettuce and no ketchup. You won’t miss the Big Mac’s third bun and hefty price of around $3.99.

You can also whip up a copycat version of the Big Mac at home (or sample another fast food-inspired copycat recipe)!

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McDonald's Secret Menu: Bic Mac 'n' Cheese in a BoxShutterstock/AlexM9

Big Mac ‘n’ Cheese

You might think of this one as a “Veggie Mac,” because that’s precisely what it is: a Big Mac, hold the meat. It could cost you as much as a Big Mac, depending on your location, but if you don’t eat meat, it might be worth it.

In the mood for a meatless meal? Our best veggie burger recipes satisfy the craving.

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McDonald's Secret Menu: Grilled CheeseShutterstock/Sergey Edentod

Grilled Cheese

Slightly less tasty but way less expensive than the Big Mac ‘n’ Cheese is the Grilled Cheese, which is a cheeseburger, hold the burger. It will run you around $.99. You can decide whether you want them to hold the condiments as well, but you might want to leave on the pickles. (So good!)

PsstDid someone say “grilled cheese?”

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McDonald's Secret Menu: Monster Macnapocska/Shutterstock

Monster Mac

The Monster Mac is a Big Mac made with eight (or any number, really) burgers, instead of two. It will cost you extra, of course—we’ve heard at least $2.50 per patty. This is definitely not the same Big Mac that was introduced in 1968! Here’s what the McDonald’s menu looked like the year you were born. 

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McDonald's Secret Menu: Egg McMuffinShutterstock/TY Lim

Add an Egg

Now that McDonald’s offers an all-day breakfast menu, you can level up your burger game by adding an egg to any burger. Just decide what kind of egg you want—these are your choices:

  • round McMuffin eggs
  • folded eggs
  • scrambled eggs
  • scrambled egg whites

You’ll most likely have to pay somewhere between $1.19 and $1.59 for the egg.

Here’s our famous Eggs Benedict Burger to get you in the mood.

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McDonald's Secret Menu: Chicken McGriddleShutterstock/Candice Choi/AP/REX

Chicken McGriddle

This is another item that’s available thanks to the all-day breakfast menu. What it is: a chicken patty sandwiched between two McGriddle-cakes. It reminds us somewhat of chicken and waffles (which you can make at home with this classic chicken and waffles recipe). The Chicken McGriddle is actually on the McDonald’s menu in some locations, which makes it more likely your server will know what you’re talking about!

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McDonald's Secret Menu: Fries with Big Mac SauceShutterstock/8th.creator

Fries with Big Mac Sauce

This is precisely what it sounds like, and it shouldn’t even cost you extra because McDonald’s doesn’t charge for extra sauces. Here’s why McDonald’s fries are so good.

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McDonald's Secret Menu: Dipping SaucesShutterstock / 8th.creator

Top-Secret Dipping Sauces

Warning: your server might be holding out on you! If you’re offered, say, barbecue sauce with your McNuggets, that doesn’t mean there aren’t tons of other choices as well. The McDonalds Dipping Sauces include:

  • Sweet and Sour
  • Honey Mustard
  • Chipotle BBQ
  • Tangy BBQ
  • Spicy Buffalo
  • Sweet Chili
  • Hot Mustard
  • Creamy Ranch

What a list! We’re big fans of using the dipping sauces for fries, too. Just ask, and you shall (probably) receive.

Lauren Cahn
Lauren Cahn is a New York-based writer whose work has appeared regularly in The Huffington Post as well as a variety of other publications since 2008 on such topics as life and style, popular culture, law, religion, health, fitness, yoga, entertaining and entertainment. She is also a writer of crime fiction; her first full-length manuscript, The Trust Game, was short-listed for the 2017 CLUE Award for emerging talent in the genre of suspense fiction.

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