McDonalds' Secret Menu Items You Need To Know About

"I'm lovin' it" are 3 simple words that conjure up the image of the biggest fast-food chain: McDonald's. Ronald, the Hamburglar, and Grimace have all cemented themselves into the lives of anyone who loves pulling up to those golden arches and grabbing some quick, delicious food. What would the world be without the king of all fast-food burgers, the Big Mac? When Ray Kroc launched McDonald's System, Inc. in 1955, he had no idea the company would grow into the unstoppable behemoth it is today. However, it didn't take long before he realized he was onto something that people would love. His philosophy was simple: create a chain that served delicious food the same way everywhere, and that philosophy succeeded.

Over the decades, McDonald's has added and subtracted foods from their menu based on customers' wants, but there have always been the staple options that have never — and will never — see themselves off the menu. But, leave it up to the millions of dedicated McDonald's fanatics who have actually created their own unique menu options by combining certain items to deliver flavor-packed punches. Thanks to the internet, the McDonald's secret menu items aren't so secretive anymore, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try these incredibly unique (and sometimes baffling) concoctions yourself.


McDonald's is obviously super popular because of the millions of delicious burgers, fries, and crispy nuggets it shells out to customers, but its breakfast menu is also awesome. Early risers can hit the arches for an array of breakfast sandwiches, hash browns, hotcakes (pancakes), and sausage burritos. If your appetite is especially kickin', the Big Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, a sausage patty, pancakes, and hash browns. McDonald's has all hours of the day covered, but what happens when you wake up and want to start your day off with a crepe? You can't find one at McDonald's, right? Actually, with some ingenuity, you can!

The McCrepe is available for anyone to enjoy, but only if they know how to order the right combination of items to create one, per Secret Menu Source. The first step is to order hotcakes, and then order the yogurt parfait. Afterward, simply scoop the yogurt and granola onto the hotcakes and fold them in half. Boom! You have a delicious fruit crepe to kick off your morning the right way.

Poor Man's Big Mac

There's a reason the Big Mac has the name it does. It's not a Medium-Sized Mac, and it certainly isn't a Small Mac. This burger looms large with 3 buns, 2 patties, cheese, shredded lettuce, and one of the greatest condiments of all time: Mac sauce. It's called the "Big Mac" for a good reason, but you could also argue the word "big" in its name also indicates the size damage it does to your wallet if you're on a tight budget. The burger certainly isn't cheap compared to the rest of the items on the McDonald's menu. If you're craving the flavors of a Big Mac but don't want shell out the money for one, you can get creative with your order and get the Poor Man's Big Mac, according to Serious Eats.

This secret menu item all starts with a McDouble, which can be found on the dollar menu (There's your first indication you'll be saving some loot). The McDouble has 2 beef patties, cheese, pickles, ketchup, and mustard, so all you're going to need to do is customize it. Politely ask for a McDouble without the ketchup or mustard, then add shredded lettuce and Mac sauce. There you have it — all the flavors of the Big Mac for only one dollar (keep in mind some places might charge extra for the Mac sauce).

McBrunch Burger

Ahh, brunch. The epic combination between the first 2 meals of the day creates 1 awesome dining experience. Brunch bridges the culinary gap between breakfast foods and lunch foods, but the best part is that most of the time, there is also a variety of cocktails served. McDonald's doesn't serve any alcoholic drinks to enjoy with its breakfast menu items, but fans of the early morning eats have put their thinking caps on and designed a secret menu item they call the McBrunch, according to Wide Open Eats.

This burger is also known as the Mc10:35 because you can only order it when the breakfast menu wraps up and the lunch menu begins (Thanks to the pandemic, McDonald's no longer serves breakfast all day). Any sooner or later than that and they won't have all the ingredients you need to enjoy your brunch on a burger. The McBrunch burger consists of an Egg McMuffin with 2 beef patties and a hash brown piled on top of the folded egg. It's quite the doozy of a sandwich, but you get your burger and breakfast fix all in 1 shot.

Monster Mac

You should approach any food item with the word "monster" in its name with extreme caution. The regular Big Mac is big — it's a sandwich large enough to satisfy most people looking for something to fill their bellies for the next several hours. But, what about those hunger-laden people who stare at a Big Mac and think they need something larger? Luckily, they can tempt fate and order a secret menu item known as the Monster Mac, and it's every bit as frightening as it sounds.

The sandwich is likely way more frightening to your cholesterol than your mouth, and for very good reason. While your standard Big Mac contains 2 beef patties, the Monster Mac takes the beef patty game to an entirely new level with 8 beef patties, according to The Sun. In order to create this monstrosity, you have to order 1 Big Mac and 3 double cheeseburgers. Then, simply take the patties from the cheeseburgers and stuff them into the Big Mac. Now, prepare for a culinary journey that'll have your mouth saying, "Yes!" but your arteries screaming, "No!"

Apple Pie McFlurry

A savory meal just isn't the same without knowing you have something sweet to indulge in once it's finished, and McDonald's is well aware of that. McDonald's has some delicious options to choose from, such as the Baked Apple Pie, a variety of McFlurrys, chocolate chip cookies, and vanilla or chocolate ice cream in a cone. They're all great ways to end a burger or nugget-filled meal, but you know what's even better? Diving headfirst into an Apple Pie McFlurry! However, you won't find them on the menu, according to The Sun. Instead, you have to do some combining to enjoy this overly satisfying end-of-meal treat.

The combination is super simple and worth every penny. You need 3 things: a McFlurry (whatever flavor your hungry little heart desires), one Baked Apple Pie, and most importantly, an order of hot caramel sauce (this is a must if you want it to take your appetite to a celestial place). Simply crush the flaky apple pie into the McFlurry, and then drizzle on that caramel sauce for a dessert that'll smack you in the face with a sweet hit of heaven in every bite.

Grilled Cheese

A grilled cheese sandwich is simple, and yet so often, it hits the spot when you're hungry. Plus, you can add many different ingredients to make them even better. So, what happens when you pull into a McDonald's and suddenly crave a grilled cheese instead of a burger or nuggets? Your first instinct might be to leave and head somewhere else, but luckily, there's an inventive hack to get a grilled cheese sandwich from McDonald's, per Hack The Menu.

All you have to do is order a cheeseburger and ask the workers to hold the beef patty — that's it, there's nothing fancy going on here at all. Make sure you still ask for a toasted bun, as a grilled cheese without a toasted bun simply isn't a grilled cheese at all. You can also ask them to double-down on the cheese if you want it extra gooey. Who knew a hack so simple could yield everyone's favorite childhood sandwich? McDonald's has nostalgia covered! You can also order a Big Mac without the beef patties for a secret menu item known as the Big Mac 'n' Cheese, according to Hack The Menu.

Chicken Cordon Bleu McMuffin

While the food at McDonald's might taste delicious, it's not generally considered fancy by any stretch of the imagination, but that's totally okay. When you want something quick, affordable, and capable of delivering a mouthful of fatty goodness, McDonald's hits the target dead-on. But, what if you found out there was a secret menu hack that created something fancier than anything else on the McDonald's menu? Well, you'd go ahead and try it, of course! That's why the next time you're at McDonald's and want to do something boujee, you can create the Chicken Cordon Bleu McMuffin, according to Hack The Menu.

Since you'll need an English Muffin for the full effect, you have to place this order while breakfast is served. While it sounds like this creation might take a lot of swapping and building, it's actually so easy to make. All you have to do is order the Egg McMuffin and simply add a McChicken patty to it (or a Spicy McChicken patty if you want to start your day with a kick). There you have it — a fancy McDonald's meal to elevate your fast-food game.

Chicken Big Mac

One thing you notice when you travel abroad and visit the same chain restaurants we have here in the states is there are sometimes slight differences to the menus. While there are still the staple items like nuggets and Big Macs, often a country will add items that cater more to the region's specific tastes. For example, some McDonald's in Asia offer Filet-o-Shrimp sandwiches, and if you travel to our neighbors up north, you can order up Poutine. Two other countries that offer an item America's Golden Arches don't are Australia and New Zealand. But, luckily, the Chicken Big Macs on their menus can easily be assembled here.

A Chicken Big Mac is exactly what you think it is: all the deliciousness of a Big Mac but using two crispy chicken patties instead of beef patties. Maybe you're trying to avoid red meat, or maybe you just want to see what this secret menu item is all about. Either way, the end goal is easy to accomplish. You can try asking at the register if they can create this item for you, but if they won't, simply order one Big Mac and two McChicken sandwiches. Then, swap out the beef and swap in the chicken. Two simple swaps result in one unique and delicious sandwich.

Big McChicken

Sometimes, you step into a McDonald's with a small appetite, and a simple order of nuggets will do. Other times, you bust in with an appetite so big that it feels like you're about to start eating anything you can get your hands on. Well, it's the latter appetite the Big McChicken was created to put a halt to, according to Hack The Menu. This thing packs in so much protein that you won't need any meat for days after you manage to muscle it down your throat. This is the kind of sandwich you have to think long and hard about before you pull the trigger on the decision to indulge. 

Before you tempt fate with this beast of a sandwich in your hands, you need to first know how to create it. The rules are simple but at the same time anxiety-inducing. First, order a Big Mac and 3 McChicken sandwiches. Afterward, take the chicken patties out of the 3 McChicken sandwiches and replace the 3 buns of the Big Mac with them. You now have a bunless 3-tiered sandwich with 5 patties of meat. Attack it at your own risk.

Orange Creamsicle

The word "creamsicle" has the incredible ability to send images of sweet desserts prancing through our minds. It sends us into a sugar-laden dream state where cavities don't exist and ice cream is situated on the base of the Food Pyramid as one of the most vital ingredients to a healthy human diet. Unfortunately, ice cream will never find itself there, but that doesn't mean you can't indulge from time to time. One of the greatest post-dinner treats of all time is the Orange Creamsicle, and even though it's not technically on the McDonald's menu, you can whip one up yourself with a creative hack, per Totally The Bomb.

Here's all you need to know: McDonald's sells vanilla ice cream and Hi-C Orange. There you have it, the only 2 ingredients you need to leave the McDonald's parking lot with an Orange Creamsicle in your hand and a smile on your face. Simply dump the sweet orange Hi-C into the plastic cup of vanilla ice cream. Grab your spoon, harness your inner ice cream-obsessed child, and shovel that creation into your mouth like your life depends on it. The operation is then complete, and although it isn't brain surgery, it's certainly something to feel proud about.

Chicken McGriddle

When McDonald's unveiled the McGriddle, people all over fell to their knees (metaphorically speaking, of course) and graciously thanked them for such a delicious addition to the breakfast menu. Book-ending breakfast items like bacon, sausage, egg, and cheese inside 2 pancake buns that contained little morsels of sweet syrup built into them were genius. It offered sweetness to the savory breakfast meats inside the handheld breakfast vessels McDonald's offered. However, 1 option that none of the McGriddles offered breakfast-seeking customers was chicken — until now.

It's kind of a mystery why chicken wasn't added to the selection of McGriddles, but seeing as menu hacks exist, it's not a problem whatsoever, according to KBD Productions TV. The first thing you'll need to order is a McGriddle, and the decision whether to get 1 with bacon or sausage is completely up to you (Or, ask for both). The second item you'll need is simply a McChicken sandwich. Take the crispy chicken patty off the McChicken and stack that juicy filet right onto the McGriddle. You now have yourself a Chicken McGriddle! There's only one thing left to do: Take a bite and enjoy the taste.

Land, Sea, and Air Burger

Sometimes you surf, and sometimes you turf, but sometimes you surf and turf. Thanks to the lovely people who carefully created the secret menu at McDonald's, you now have the chance to dive into a 3-way mixture of flavors. It's not a bird, and it's not a plane, but it's the Land, Sea, and Air Burger, and it's every bit as intriguing (and somewhat confusing) as it sounds, per Good Mythical MORE.

The confusing part of this creation isn't in the actual assembling but more in the choice to combine chicken, beef, and fish into one sandwich. Adding in a fish filet to chicken and beef might throw your taste buds into a tailspin they won't be able to pull out of. When Rhett and Link of Good Mythical MORE tasted the item, they were thrown off by the fish taste that seemingly overwhelmed the rest of the sandwich — but hey, those are just 2 opinions. You'll have to order it yourself to truly see if you can handle the 2 turfs and single surf McDonald's has to offer.

Hash Brown McMuffin

Hash browns go hand-in-hand with breakfast, plain and simple. Some would argue that hash browns would pair well with pretty much any meal of the day because they're just that good. A crisp handheld patty of gold fried potato never steered anyone wrong, and that's why McDonald's serves some great hash browns every morning. One place where McDonald's falls short, however, is the lack of hash browns incorporated into its breakfast sandwiches. However, this is where you and the secret menu come into play to save the day.

Creating the Hash Brown McMuffin doesn't take a college degree. In fact, a child could figure it out, but that doesn't mean it's not entirely worth the sliver of effort it takes. Start by ordering an Egg McMuffin (or, honestly, any breakfast sandwich you want), and an order of hash browns, per The Endorsement. Take a hash brown in one hand and your breakfast sandwich in the other, and combine! The crunchy flakiness of the hash brown is a welcome texture to every single breakfast sandwich on the McDonald's menu, so mix and match until all your breakfast dreams come true.