McDonald’s Secret Menu: 10 Things You Need to Know
McDonald's has a secret menu. Here's how to work it.
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.
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!
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.
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)!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.