These Secret McDonald’s Hacks May Just Change Your Life

If you think you know everything the McDonald’s menu offers, think again. Some of the best food you’ll ever have from the fast food chain is all thanks to some geniuses who decided to get creative.

Here are 10 secret McDonald’s hacks that will make you wonder how you’ve lived without them your entire life.

1. Small Mac

a big mac hamburger

Ditch half the Big Mac for a healthier alternative. | Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

If you love the taste of the Big Mac but you want a slightly leaner option, you can modify your order to become the mini version. Simply order a cheeseburger with lettuce, and add some Big Mac sauce on top. You won’t be sorry.

Next: Don’t write this one off until you try it.

2. Cheeseburger … or taco?

First McDonalds Franchise Recalls Fast-Food Giants Beginnings

Would you alter a McDonald’s cheeseburger?  | Tim Boyle/Getty Images

Whether you think this sounds amazing or it’s a hard “no,” we think you should give it a try before you write it off. Transform your cheeseburger into a taco by ordering it without sauce or a pickle. Then, load on the chunky tomato sauce, garlic aioli, lettuce, and tomato. You might not be sure if you’re eating a cheeseburger or a Mexican meal.

Next: Turn this classic combo into a milkshake.

3. Apple pie milkshake

Would you add an apple pie to your milkshake? | David Paul Morris/Getty Images

You know you love a scoop of ice cream on the side of your apple pie, so why not combine the two to create a milkshake delicacy? All you have to do is ask for a slice of apple pie to be broken up into your milkshake. It will become the dessert you never knew you needed in your life.

Next: This will be cheaper and less likely to be dry.

4. One big nugget

Love nuggets? Try this upgrade. | Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

McDonald’s nuggets are delicious when they’re fresh, but if they’ve been sitting out for too long, they quickly become dry. Avoid the possibility altogether by ordering a McChicken burger, sans bun or toppings. Not only will you have one giant nugget to dip into your favorite sauce, but you’ll be saving some money and it will likely be juicier.

Next: You won’t need to travel to Canada for this.

5. Canadian McBreakfast

close-up of an egg McMuffin sandwich

Make your McMuffin even more deluxe. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

If you’re stopping by McDonald’s for breakfast, you’re not limited by what’s listed on the morning menu, either. If you’re craving something different, you can create your own “instant Canadian-style breakfast to go.”

According to BuzzFeed community member, Rhys89, “Order a sausage McMuffin with a hash brown plus McDonald’s syrup. The hash brown goes in the sausage McMuffin then dip into the syrup and enjoy! Add bacon if you wish.”

Next: You’ll feel like you’re dining out at a fancy restaurant.

6. Five-star Quarter Pounder

McDonalds' Angus burger

Upgrade the Quarter Pounder with an Angus patty. | Jamie Rector/Getty Images

Want a five-star quality burger, but don’t feel like shelling out the cash for a fancy dinner? Amplify your Quarter Pounder by giving it the high quality you deserve. Simply request the burger with an Angus patty, and top it with bacon and parmesan cheese.

Next: Meet the new dessert you’ll be seeing everywhere.

7. Bacon ice cream

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This trend is catching on at some McDonald’s. | rez-art/iStock/Getty Images

We still can’t believe there was ever a world in which doughnuts topped with bacon didn’t exist. And soon, we’ll be living in a world filled with bacon ice cream.

Don’t believe us? According to a former McDonald’s employee, “One guy came in and ordered an ice cream with bacon in it and suddenly we would get different people coming in everyday and ordering ice cream with bacon.”

Next: Is there such a thing as too much chicken?

8. Chicken Big Mac

The Big Mac — but with chicken. | Johnnieshin/Getty Images

If you’re more into chicken than you are beef, this one will definitely be for you. Order the Big Mac, but swap out the beef patties for McChicken ones instead. It might be a messy meal, but a delicious one indeed.

Next: Modify the menu or try this at home.

9. Oreo milkshake

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Put some Oreos in your milkshake. |Source: iStock

Delicious milkshake hacks might honestly be our favorite. A former employee recommended, “1. Order a vanilla milkshake. 2. Ask for Oreos to be blended into the top and bottom of the shake.”

In addition to ordering this at McDonald’s, you could easily make this treat at home when you don’t feel like trekking out of the house.

Next: Don’t ever subject yourself to a bad french fry experience again.

10. Fresh fries

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

Two magic words: “No salt.” | Scott Olson/Getty Images

The experience of eating McDonald’s french fries can go one of two ways: they’re instantly the best food you’ve ever eaten or you feel sadly disappointed. Luke-warm, soggy fries just aren’t enjoyable, but luckily, there’s a hack to ensure fresh fries every time.

According to Buzzfeed, “You’re guaranteed fresh fries every single time when you order them as no salt. They make them just for you, but then when they dump them into the holding bin, the fries pick up just enough trace salt.” You’re welcome.

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