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McDonald’s Secret Menu: 10 Things You Need to Know

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

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You didn’t hear it from us, but McDonald’s has a secret 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.

Don’t forget to try our McDonald’s copycat recipes.

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Mcdonalds Ice Cream Sandwich HackTMB Studio

Ice Cream Sandwich

In the mood for some sweet yet crunchy? Make a DIY ice cream sandwich at McD’s by ordering two chocolate chip cookies and ice cream—like a hot fudge sundae. TikTok user @hellthyjunkfood decided to use an Oreo McFlurry in his TikTok—and honestly, that’s a pretty good option too. Once you’ve got your ingredients, lay down one cookie top side down on some aluminum foil, place your ice cream in the middle and then top it with the other cookie right side up. Wrap up the whole thing tightly and put it in the freezer—and voila, you’ve got an ice cream sandwich!

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Orange Dreamsicle Shake

Remember how McDonald’s finally brought back the fan-favorite Hi-C Orange? Well, Instagram user @mizzerybell shows us how to turn it into a delicious orange creamsicle shake that reminds us of Dairy Queen’s Dreamsicle Dipped Cone. Order a small orange Hi-C and a vanilla cone, then dip the ice cream into your Hi-C. Once it falls in, mix it—with confidence—and you’ll have an Orange Dreamsicle Shake in no time.

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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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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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Chiangmai, Thailand - December 09 2017:McDonald's French Fries in a McDonald's restaurantSergey Edentod/Shutterstock

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.

Don’t forget to check out these other grilled cheese recipes.

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Big Mac hamburger menu in a McDonald's restaurant.napocska/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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PENANG, MALAYSIA - MAY 16, 2017 : Egg McMuffin with McDonald Premium Roast Coffee is one of the meals choice at McDonald's Weekday Breakfast Specials.; Shutterstock ID 642278161TY Lim/Shutterstock

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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 a McDonald's McGriddle sandwich in New York. McDonald's plans to push its operational limits by testing the addition of the McGriddle to its all-day breakfast menu. The move comes after the company reported its biggest U.S. sales jump in nearly four years, following the launch of all-day breakfast in October McDonalds-More Breakfast, New York, USACandice Choi/AP/REX/Shutterstock

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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Minsk, Belarus, May 18, 2017: Big Mac hamburger menu in a McDonald's restaurant8th.creator/Shutterstock

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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Minsk, Belarus, January 8, 2018: Man is eating at McDonald's restaurant. ; Shutterstock ID 7908734268th.creator/Shutterstock

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.