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"Poor Man's" $1 Big Mac -- save $$$ at Mickey D's

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Neat idea to transform a $1 menu McDouble into a "Big Mac" -- sans middle bun.

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  1. I stopped ordering Big Macs years ago for this very reason. Apart from the special sauce, the middle bun, the sesame seeds, and the lettuce, you're getting the same burger as the McDouble. I'll spend the extra $2 and build a McGangbang.

    http://www.eatmedaily.com/wordpress/w...

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    1. re: monkeyrotica

      Gotta agree on the McGangbang. I haven't had the nerve to order it by name, tho...not yet, at least. And since I only go to McD's once or twice year, it may be a while.

    2. To be honest, that original article is quite analytical. I like it. Gotta appreciate anyone that really takes the time to look into their fast food choices. Ingenious.

      I love the Big Mac (and the Quarter Pounder with cheese ... or, as Jules would say, the Royale with cheese), but I only partake in McD's or fast food in general very rarely. Girlfriend version 78.02 had never had either, so we had a date that consisted of ordering McD's drive-thru. Of course, the relationship ended, although I don't think it had anything to do with the McD's date. Questions for the big man wheneever I get up/down there.

      Anyway, I am strongly considering a trip to McD's just to order the "McGangbang." They will stare at me blankly and have no idea what the hell I'm talking about, but I really want to just say the words.

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      1. re: MonMauler

        Remember.in France..it's LeBigMac

        1. re: rochfood

          What a great movie. I have to watch it now.

          I'm going to France and ordering a LeGangbang.

        2. re: MonMauler

          J. Kenji Alt is (or at least WAS) part of the Cooks Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen staff, so analytical is nothing new to him.

        3. Interesting. When I worked at McDonald's (Columbus, OH, mid-70's) it was absolutely forbidden by company policy to put Mac sauce on another sandwich - very strictly and expressly forbidden, just to prevent customers from doing this very thing. I worked at a company store - maybe this was a franchise store, or maybe the rules have changed in the intervening years. Or maybe this store was knowing doing something forbidden by company policy.

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          1. re: woodleyparkhound

            mid-70s was at the time where burger king (BK) was telling us to "have it your way." that slogan was intro'd in '74. if they were expressly forbidding the substitution, i'm virtually certain that would be a corporate decision to maintain the branding exclusivity for the big mac. maybe over time, other countervailing values outweighed that. davwud says that he wasn't successful in trying this (he is in toronto, canada area). i've not yet tried to order it myself.
            ~~~~~
            isn't the mickey d's "big mac" sauce basically a thousand island dressing kind of sauce? now with the condiment bar, you can blend up a similar sauce. all you need extra is the sweet pickle relish component. (and i'll bet if you got a packet of tartar sauce, you could add that to your mayo, ketchup, mustard blend). LOL. here is an analysis and a "clone recipe": http://www.topsecretrecipes.com/McDon...

            when i told mr. alka about this poor man's big mac, he was anxious to try it out, and see if they'd do it.

            ~~~~~~
            looking up the introduction of the BK "have it your way" slogan, i came upon this list of the BK slogans that have come (and gone) since then.

            1976 – 87
            1976 – “America Loves Burgers and We’re America’s BURGER KING”
            1978 – “Best Darn Burger”
            1979 – “Make It Special, Make It BURGER KING”
            1982 – “AREN’T YOU HUNGRY?”
            1985 – “Herb”
            1986 – “BURGER KING Town”
            1987 – “Best Food for Fast Times” by J. Walter Thompson1987 – 89
            1987 – “We Do It Like You Do It” by NW Ayer1989 – 93
            1989 – “Sometimes You’ve Gotta Break The Rules” by Saatchi
            1991 – “Your Way, Right Away”
            1992 – “BK Tee Vee” by D’arcy Masius Benton & Bowles (DMB&B)1994
            “Back to Basics” General Market by UniWorld Group, Inc.

            1994 – 2001
            1994 – “Get Your Burger’s Worth”
            1996 – Food & Music Campaign – “It Just Tastes Better”
            1999 – Going the Distance Campaign – “When You Have It Your Way It Just Tastes Better”
            2000 – Seductive Food Campaign – “Got The Urge?”
            Lowe, Lintas & Partners – General Market and Kids Club

            2001 – 2002
            2001 – “THE WHOPPER SAYS(SM)” by McCann Erickson

            2002 – 2003
            “AT BK, YOU GOT IT!�”
            “Cookin’ over an Open Fire” by AMOEBA

            September 2002
            National BURGER KING Value Menu Launch by Deutsch, Inc.

            2003 – 2004
            “THE FIRE’S READY(sm)” by Young & Rubicam, Inc. <THIS was the introduction of that creepy "king, " no?> <speaking of the king…. http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/08/20/b... ).

            2004 – Present
            “HAVE IT YOUR WAY�” by Crispin Porter & Bogusky
            http://www.versacreations.net/adverti...

            --- "HERB" ???? seriously? as a list, what a bunch of dumb slogans. is there a "dumb slogans" thread here on chowhound? if not, there should be,.. ;-)).

            1. re: alkapal

              I vaguely remember Herb. I had to look it up to be sure I was remembering the right thing.
              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Where%27...

              I don't think we had the campaign here in Canada, but we watch a lot of US TV channels, so saw the commercials.

              1. re: alkapal

                sometime in the mid-80s was the jingle "Hold the pickle, hold the lettuce, special orders don't upset us, all we ask is that you let us serve it your way"

                At the local McDonald's, we overheard the staff singing "Hold the pickle, hold the lettuce, F**k you lady, don't upset us" back in the kitchen, unaware they could be heard loud and clear.

                Really bad business, but I was laughing too hard to report it to the manager.

                1. re: sunshine842

                  I thought that jingle was from Burger King.

                  1. re: Fibber McGee

                    It was, that's the joke.

                    1. re: wyogal

                      I should never have switched to decaf.

            2. I recently ordered some big macs and asked them to put some extra sauce on them and they charged me 30 cents extra apice. This was just a little extra sauce, what a rip off.

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              1. re: malibumike

                If you ask for an extra side of sauce instead, they give you a small cup for 30 cents that is enough for 2 burgers...........

              2. If you really want to screw with them, for breakfast order a "Smurf".

                In the 1990s this was a sausage egg cheese mcmuffin without the egg.....so basically a sausage cheeseburger on english muffin......was good when my metabolism was quicker....

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                1. re: River19

                  Hey, this sounds like it might be kinda good! I do like the sausage patties.

                  1. re: River19

                    They have these on the breakfast $1.00 menu here in Hatboro, PA. Not listed as a Smurf, but as a Sausage McMuffin w/cheese.

                    1. re: River19

                      Still available on the Value Menu here in Canada, simply called Sausage McMuffin

                      1. re: westaust

                        I like the sausage mcmuffin a lot - good value for $1, and no 'hockey puck' nasty egg!

                        1. re: westaust

                          Best. Hangover. Cure. Ever. :)

                          1. re: westaust

                            Perfect.....tell them to hold the egg next time......you will thank me.....two sausage cheeseburgers......damn yummy in a McDs hungover kinda way....

                        2. Just don't try anything like that at Starbucks. You will incur a such a wrath you may rethink ordering anything out ever again.

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                          1. re: Fibber McGee

                            you are talking about the "semifreddo half skinny latte iced mochachino frappacino venti with room" starbuck's? LOL http://gourmet-coffee-zone.com/how-to...

                            1. re: alkapal

                              Well, yes, but DON'T ANYONE DARE take advantage of the cream/honey/etc. they offer once you get your drink. Shortcuts are not allowed. Not with Starbucks. No nay never!

                              I don't know about the folks at Starbucks themselves, but some people get mad at the thought. Mickey D's has its devotees, sure, but it's ok to work the loopholes there.

                              1. re: Fibber McGee

                                i have to confess i've only ever gotten regular drip coffee at starbuck's. i'm not gonna pay $$$ for that other stuff.

                            2. re: Fibber McGee

                              How to hack a Starbucks drink: http://consumerist.com/2010/12/here-a...

                            3. How did this post go from McDonalds "poor mans big mac", to Starbucks..which, IMHO is a complete rip off???????????????

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                              1. re: Lindseyup67

                                My apologies. There was a thread about adding creamer, etc. that is available to customers after getting their drink in a way to alter the drinks at Starbucks drinks a couple years ago and you'd have thought you walked into a session of Parliament.
                                Some places it's ok to "alter" things, some it's not, I guess.

                                1. re: Fibber McGee

                                  I'd like to read that thread. I searched for it but couldn't find it. I'd like to post a comment but don't want to thread-jack this one.

                              2. Not at my Mickey D's. They up charge you for it at my area. Still cheaper but at the time of total I paid 1.97. :-(

                                1. Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

                                  1. If any of you are still interested in making homemade bigmacs, here's a video of Dan Coudreau (McD's executive chef) making a homemade version

                                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=...