Learn some hard truths about the salads, sandwiches and wraps. Plus, a look at the McDonald’s secret menu.
If you’re a McDonald’s fan, you’re probably not going there for the grass-fed beef or farmers’ market produce (because they don’t have any). But according to a current manager from the UK—who fielded Ask Me Anything (AMA) questions on Reddit last week—some Golden Arches dishes are so far from fresh, they’re barely food.
She also revealed that there is indeed a McDonald’s secret menu.
Though the Daily Mail reports a McDonald’s U.K. representative refuted the claim that you can order secret menu items, the manager suggested that even if some employees don’t know the names of these secret items, you can order them separately and hack your own lunch.
Here is the conversation:
Can you confirm the validity of the “Secret Menu”? Also, what is the one item you would recommend customers do not order?
You can order from the ‘Secret Menu’. Just like with any of our sandwiches, you can add, remove or change ingredients by special request. These are called ‘grill orders’ (i.e. Big Mac no pickle)
The items on the ‘secret menu’ weren’t invented by anyone officially at McDonald’s, it’s just a random persons guide to burgers you could potentially ‘hack’ at McDonald’s.
Order one and the workers might not know it by name (i.e. Land, Air and Sea burger or the McGangBang) but if you explain what it is, and are willing to pay for all the ingredients, it’s just another ‘grill order’ that we can make up.
DON’T order… the grilled chicken. It’s horrible frozen chicken that we defrost and steam and it’s a bit gelatinous.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, the $2 McGangBang (pictured above) is a McChicken sandwich placed inside a McDouble. The Land, Air, and Sea burger (pictured below) is slightly more complicated: It is a Big Mac, Filet-O-Fish, and McChicken sandwich all stacked. That monster goes for $8.49.
Other gems off the secret menu include the eight-patty Monster Mac and the Mc10:35, which is essentially an Egg McMuffin with a cow on top.
As we mentioned above, she said several times that chicken is the worst thing you can order from McDonald’s. Whereas beef is produced locally (at least for her McDonald’s) and fish is cooked freshly, the chicken is pre-packaged and flown in frozen from Thailand.
There is something positive that comes from the thread, though, and that’s reassurance that the rest of the meat served is “good and is freshly grilled. It’s 100% local beef flank and doesn’t even use any binders like egg or rusk that you’d find even in the ‘good brands’ from the supermarket. The milk is from ‘organic’ farms. The breakfast menu uses real free range eggs,” the worker confirms. So that’s something.