Secret McDonald’s Menu Items You Never Knew Existed

Ever feel like you’re missing out on something special when you hit the McDonald’s drive-thru? It turns out you are.

McDonald’s has dominated the fast food industry for decades. And while it doesn’t have the highest number of physical locations in the world, it does make the most money. The massively popular quick-service restaurant boasts $35 billion in sales annually and reportedly sells 75 hamburgers every second.

But the smartest McDonald’s customers aren’t just ordering hamburgers. They’re hacking the menu and picking secret items. Get the most out of your McDonald’s order when you discover these secret menu items you never knew existed.

1. Cheap Big Mac

McDonald's McDouble

Pimp out your McDouble into a Big Mac. | McDonald’s

Big Macs are one of the most popular menu items at McDonald’s, but they aren’t cheap. And anyone who’s on a limited budget may balk at the cost. Luckily, there’s an easy way to get that Big Mac taste for a fraction of the price.

Simply order a McDouble with special sauce (also called Big Mac sauce), extra lettuce, and no ketchup. The only thing your faux Big Mac won’t have is the third bun — and the almost $4 price tag.

Next: This one’s for the vegetarians.

2. Veggie Mac

McDonalds Big Mac

Get the flavor without the beef. | Spflaum1/iStock/Getty Images

Also known as the Big Mac ‘n Cheese, a Veggie Mac is exactly like a Big Mac, except without any burger patties. It’s a great way for vegetarians to enjoy the most popular McDonald’s menu item.

Next: Get this for kids instead of pricey Happy Meals.

3. Grilled cheese

First McDonalds Franchise Recalls Fast-Food Giants Beginnings

Swap out the beef. | Tim Boyle/Getty Images

They have the bread; they have the cheese — so yes, your local McDonald’s employee can make you a version of the classic grilled cheese sandwich. When ordering, simply ask for a cheeseburger, hold the burger patty. Then, decide which toppings you’d like.

Next: Hungry? You’ll want to try this one.

4. Monster Mac

Monster mac

The calories on this must be insane. | KBDProductionsTV via YouTube

For the hungriest appetites, the Monster Mac satisfies serious cravings with eight or more burger patties instead of the Big Mac’s usual two. These enormous sandwiches don’t come cheap, and they aren’t light on calories. But they’ll most likely tide you over for a meal or two.

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5. Add an egg

close-up of an egg McMuffin sandwich

Put your egg on a burger instead. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Fancy French restaurants do it, and McDonald’s can, too. With an all-day breakfast menu, it’s possible to add an egg to any burger you want for a little more than a dollar. Just remember you have several options for toppers — the round McMuffin egg, folded eggs, scrambled eggs, or scrambled egg whites.

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6. Chicken McGriddle

Swap in the eggs and bacon for some chicken. | McDonald’s

Love chicken and waffles? Then, you have to try a Chicken McGriddle, which is a chicken patty with McGriddle cakes as the bun. It’s on the menu at certain locations but is always on the secret menu when you know what to ask for.

Next: Just say no to ketchup.

7. Fries with Big Mac sauce

French fries sit on a table at a McDonald's restaurant

Try your fries with Mac sauce. | Scott Olson/Getty Images

There’s no upcharge for sauce, and your fries will taste a million times more grown up with Mac sauce than they do with boring old ketchup.

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8. Secret dipping sauces

Honey mustard sauce mcdonald's

Give honey mustard a shot. | McDonald’s

Sure, you probably know about ketchup, barbecue, and honey mustard. But in addition to those basics, McDonald’s offers a plethora of interesting dipping sauces you may not know about. Next time you’re there, inquire about the full list, including Sweet and Sour, Honey Mustard, Chipotle BBQ, Tangy BBQ, Spicy Buffalo, Sweet Chili, Hot Mustard, and Creamy Ranch.

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9. McCrepe

Yogurt parfait mcdonald's

Turn your parfait and pancakes into a crepe. | McDonald’s

Order the pancakes and yogurt parfait separately. Then, put the yogurt inside the folded pancakes to create a faux crepe. Add granola if you want a little extra crunch. Ooh la la!

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