PSA: 23 Secret McDonald’s Food Hacks You Won't Want to Share

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Have you had a brief love affair with the two-cheeseburger meal? Was the PlayPlace one of the happiest memories of your happy meal of a childhood? If you answered yes, you may qualify for access to our list of the ultimate McDonald's secret menu items. Kidding! It's for everyone. But let's still pretend it's exclusive, shall we?

I know you've heard of Starbucks’ secret menu and the ubiquitous "protein style" burger from In-N-Out, but McDonald’s secret menu is truly special. Unlike those bougie competitors, the less fancy, less expensive secret menu at Micky D's requires a little craftiness. What I'm trying to say here is you'll have to assemble most of these yourself. But, also, that's what makes it cooler, right? RIGHT?!

Let me unpack that DIY point a bit more so you know what you're in for. If you like a Big Mac but wish there was more meat on it (IDK your life, dude), order four Big Mac sammies, ditch six of the buns, and stack eight meats on one sandwich. For a chicken and waffle vibe, order a McGriddle and one chicken patty, then pop the chicken between those sweet, sweet buns. IDK if I'm crying or sweating rn, tbh.

So are you ready to graduate to the next level of McDonald’s aficionado-ism, check out the drool-worthy meals below and unironically shout "I'm lovin' it!" to the sky.

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1. Orange Creamsicle

Order a Fanta and a vanilla soft serve. Then mix the two together. It looks super pretty and tastes even better. *Insert drooling emoji here.* Enjoy, bb!

2. The Monster Mac

Not just two, four, or six beef patties, but EIGHT. Can we just take a moment to let that sink in? I’m not going to lie, this baddie should be approached with extreme caution. And if you do dare to proceed, you better be v hungry!

3. The Mc10:35

This savory breakfast-lunch combo used to only be available between 10:30 and 11:00 am, hence the niche name. But now that Mcdonald's has all-day breaky, so you can get this Egg McMuffin and the McDouble combo anytime.

4. The McKinley Mac

Think: Big Mac, but even bigger! Literally, all you do is ask for a Big Mac with two quarter-pounder patties instead of the regular one and there ya have it, folks. You’re in for a culinary roller coaster.

5. McChicken n' Waffles

Order a McChicken patty in between two McGriddles, and it’s almost like Roscoe’s! The key word being *almost*. But, hey, a girl can dream!

6. Apple Pie McFlurry

Order a McFlurry of your choosing and an apple pie. Dip the pastry into the milkshake for an A+ sugar rush. No promises the McFlurry machine is working tho. 😒

7. Quarter Pounder and McNuggets

This is pretty self-explanatory. Add some extra flavor to your Quarter Pounder by stacking on some nugs.

8. Neapolitan

Ask for a mixture of strawberry, chocolate, and a vanilla milkshake. You can also order all three and do the mixing yourself, but I recommend you bring your own giant bottle to fit everything in there.

9. McGrilled Cheese

All you gotta do is order the cheeseburger without the patty. Suddenly you’ve got an even *more* classic All-American Classic™.

10. The McAffogato

Order a vanilla milkshake and an espresso. Combine and you just made yourself an affogato.

11. Land, Sea, and Air Burger

Take a tour de protein with this off-menu item: a towering combination of a Big Mac, Filet-O-Fish, and McChicken. Order all three together, then stack ’em. (Buns optional.)

12. The McCrepe

Feeling French? Get crafty with an order of hotcakes and a fruit-and-yogurt parfait. Layer the toppings over the pancake for a very sophisticated morning bite.

13. Big McChicken

There’s honestly no need for buns when you order two McChickens and a Big Mac. Ditch the bread and use the chicken as wrappers for your patty.

14. Triple Cheeseburger

Just ask for a triple cheeseburger at the register and you’ll receive three cheesy patties inside a bun. Keep it simple—and delish.

15. Apple Pie Sundae

Flip your à la mode on its head by ordering a vanilla sundae and an apple pie. Mix ’em together for the ultimate McDessert and float off into the sunset.

16. McChipwich

The only thing better than ice cream or cookies is ice cream and cookies. Order a pair of chocolate chip cookies and your favorite McFlurry. Dollop some icy goodness between the cookies for a DIY chipwich and try not to get a brain freeze.

17. Hash Brown McMuffin

Efficiency is key in the morning McD’s trip. Rather than wasting precious moments eating both your hash brown and your muffin separately and letting one get cold, layer the browns beneath a bun. Boom, you've got your morning back.

18. McDouble Chicken

Oh, hello! Would you like some chicken with your chicken? Order a pair of Chicken Selects to top off your McChicken sandwich with extra crunch and, duh, more chicken.

19. Chicken Cordon Bleu McMuffin

Go ~gourmet~ and add a chicken patty (or two!) to your McMuffin. Pretend it's brunch at Balthazar instead of your morning commute to the office.

20. Caramel Apple Sundae

Order a Hot Caramel Sundae and a side of apple slices to throw in as a topping. Bonus: Add some granola for an extra crunch.

21. The One-and-a-Half Pounder

Cue the (worthy) heartburn. The 1.5-Pounder is meat for days. Count out the six Quarter Pounder patties used to make this monstrous sammy and just stack 'em up on top of each other. (Tums not included, unfortunately.)

22. Surf ’n’ Turf

Just order a Big Mac and a Filet-O-Fish. Then stack 'em for the *perfect* fast food combo of meat and seafood. V simple.

23. The BCB

Grab two Quarter Pounders and one McChicken. Ditch the McChicken’s buns and stick the fried chicky-chick in between the burgers. Heavennnnn.

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