former McDonald's corporate chef speaking (l) hand holding McDouble above Big Mac in front of yellow background (c) McDonald's worker making Big Mac style McDouble (r)

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‘It is so much better and cheaper’: Former McDonald’s corporate chef shares why should never order a Big Mac

'And if a restaurant is not willing to do that for you, maybe don’t go to that one.


Jack Alban


Posted on Aug 30, 2023

Popular TikToker Mike Haracz (@chefmikeharacz) shared with his 190,000 followers a McDonald’s Big Mac hack.

In a video that garnered over 75,000 views, Haracz addresses viewers by talking directly into the camera as a definitively simple message broadcasts on the screen: “Don’t order a Big Mac.”

Instead, he suggests, a different option with the same beefy goodness at a lower cost—the “McDouble like a Mac.”

“Don’t order a Big Mac, you should be ordering this every time: ‘A McDouble like a Mac.’ You save like $2, and if a restaurant is not willing to do that for you, maybe don’t go to that one; go to a different one.  Because this is a superior way,” Haracz says.   

@chefmikeharacz #duet with @Mannuelvazquez Don’t order a #McDonalds #BigMac ever again. #mcdonaldshacks #mcdonaldssecrets #mcdonaldshack #mcdonaldsbigmac #mcdonaldsbigmacsauce #McDouble #mcdoubles #mcdoublewithmacsauce #MacSauce #FastFoodHack #FastFoodHacks #McDonaldsMenuHack #McDonaldsMenuHacks ♬ original sound – Mannuelvazquez

The video also shows a split-screen of a McDonald’s employee preparing Haracz’s creation while he describes it. “McDouble only has one slice of cheese like a Big Mac. There’s no middle bun. It is so much better and cheaper,” Haracz says.

We all know the iconic Big Mac, which is two 100% beef burgers and Big Mac sauce sandwiched between a sesame seed bun. It’s also topped with pickles, crisp shredded lettuce, finely chopped onion, and a slice of American cheese.  

However, prices of this iconic sandwich have been on the rise since its creation in 1967. The average cost of a Big Mac today is $5 plus tax in New York City. According to this chart, a McDouble is $2.19 plus tax. What a difference! And who needs that extra middle bun, anyway?  

Haracz has amassed a large following by sharing insider secrets and about his own experiences during his time working as a corporate chef. Here’s why the fast-food chain will likely never bring the snack wrap back, according to the chef. Here’s how he says you can check if your McDonald’s is a good McDonald’s. And here’s why you shouldn’t go to McDonald’s at 10:30am.

The Daily Dot has reached out to Haracz and McDonald’s via email for further information.

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*First Published: Aug 30, 2023, 2:33 pm CDT