The Shocking Number Of Big Macs One Man Has Eaten

More than 1.5 million Big Macs are sold every day in the United States (via, and on most days, at least one of those goes to Don Gorske, a Wisconsin-native whom the Fond du Lac Reporter says has been indulging in the popular McDonald's menu item on a daily basis for nearly 50 years. Now 67, Gorske's love affair with the iconic sandwich began in 1972 when he hit up the fast-food joint after getting his driver's license.

As of 2018, the Fond du Lac Reporter noted that the "Big Mac enthusiast" had only missed out on his eating ritual about eight times, one of which was April 27, 1988, the day his mother passed. "She requested I not eat a Big Mac on the day she died, in remembrance of her," he told the publication.

So, how many Big Macs has Gorske eaten in his lifetime? According to Wide Open Eats, the exact day that he first tasted the sandwich was May 17, 1972. Being the Big Mac lover that he is, Gorske has frequently gobbled up more than one of the sandwiches in a day. 

Don Gorske holds the world record for most Big Macs eaten in a lifetime

Don Gorske revealed in the film Super Size Me that his first time trying the burger in 1972 actually turned into him scarfing down nine (via People). "It was like I couldn't get enough hamburger," he said in the 2004 documentary. What's the actual number of Big Macs that Gorske has eaten, then? Though his current number is unknown, as of Friday, May 4, 2018, it was a staggering 30,000 (via Fond du Lac Reporter). The milestone meal once again solidified his Guinness World Record for most Big Mac burgers eaten in a lifetime – an achievement he first earned with his 28,788th Big Mac in 2016 (via Guinness World Records).

While that is certainly way more Big Mac's than what would likely be recommended by any nutritionist, Gorske's Mickey D's order has fortunately not seemed to take a toll on his health. "At my last medical check-up I had low cholesterol and my blood pressure was perfect," he told the Fond du Lac Reporter on the same day he chowed down on Big Mac number 30,000. Though recent events may have posed some issues for Gorske, hopefully, his method of stocking up on extra sandwiches has kept him on his way to his next major milestone – his 40,000th Big Mac, which Vice said he projected he would eat in 2032.