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Jun 5, 2013

Custom Order - Poor Man's Big Mac AKA McDouble Mac

If you're pressed for cash at McDonald's but still want some of that Big Mac flavor, you can always custom order the Poor Man's Big Mac AKA McDouble Mac. The burger is more or less a McDouble with lettuce, onions, pickles, and Mac sauce added.

The price for me was $1.29 plus a 30 cents upcharge for the lettuce, but I've read of people being charged for Mac sauce and not lettuce before so whether there is an upcharge can vary.

By basically building a Big Mac sans the middle bun with the McDouble as a base, you save around $2. But it's possible they might forget your pickles like they did on mine.

The lettuce was faily fresh and the cheese was nicely melted.

Other than the missing pickles, all the familiar tastes of a Big Mac were present. With the middle bun on vacation, the beef patties tasted meatier, but in the same fashion, the Mac sauce got a tad bit excessive. There was a lot of sauce and more of that tanginess than in a regular Big Mac.

Still, the Poor Man's Big Mac did the job in satisfying my Big Mac itch and, beyond the sauce, the end result  was pretty decent and cheap.


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19 comments :

  1. Did you ask them to take the ketchup and mustard off? With the mac sauce added it becomes too messy for me

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  2. Yeah, I ordered a McDouble and asked for Mac sauce instead of ketchup and mustard plus lettuce. I figured since the McDouble already has pickles those would be included, but that's what happens when you confuse the assembly line.

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  3. I've done similar things... but pretty much having to do stuff like this just makes me feel that the Big Mac is over-priced. I wish they would just charge a reasonable price, maybe $2.50? It would make things simpler, cool review though.

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  4. I get the least mistakes when I go.
    "No Ketchup, No Mustard, Add Big Mac Sauce, Add Tomato" (The tomato adds flavor, bulk and costs about the same as the lettuce, my go to for making the cheap sandwiches better)

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  5. Yeah, I think it's best to explicitly state everything you want (i.e. I should have said a McDouble with pickles, onions, lettuce, and Mac sauce) rather than leaving it to the kitchen to figure it out.

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  6. By me the cheapest price I have seen is 4.19 for a Big Mac.
    I wonder why they can't do a "Mini-Mac" 1 or 2 patties, 1 slice of cheese, the toppings, mac sauce and sesame seed bun (Probably 1 patty to make it truly smaller), price it at 1.50-2 bucks, done!

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  7. Well, it does come with onions and pickles, mentioning basic stuff seems to make the orders less accurate (especially with the drive-thru). I almost never order a simple sandwich there anymore, mainly custom dollar menu. Another fun one is to sub out the ketchup and mustard for "chipotle" the name for their BBQ sauce. Adding a slice of tomato also helps with all the mayo on the McChicken.

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  8. I think it might just vary by location. I tried the same with a Quarter Pounder and the receipt said "add shred lettuce" but I ended up with leaf lettuce, and still no pickles or onions (which are also standard on the Quarter Pounder).

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  9. That sure is weird, luckily never had that happen, except with the lettuce, it seems to be almost random with which one they will give you.

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  10. i ALWAYS get mac sauce when i order Cheeseburgers/Mcdoubles at McDonalds

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  11. One day I thought I'd make my own custom burger, I ordered a hamburger with tomato and lettuce. They give it to me with no tomato but extra ketchup. I go inside and ask for the correct item, and the manager was confused. When I said 'tomato' she kept saying 'ketchup'. lol. No, they're not the same thing sweetie. Long story short, a hamburger with lettuce and tomato wasn't so great, which surprised me. I couldn't taste the beef very well. It still surprises me how much more flavor a McD's hamburger has than a cheeseburger, and you can taste the salt and pepper on it, which the cheese overwhelms.

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  12. BTW, great website!

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  13. I've seen a 2 Big Macs for $5 iirc at one point in my current area, but that's only a certain deal they offer at that specific location I believe..

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  14. FOR THE GOOD OF THE EMPLOYEES AND OTHER CUSTOMERS, PLEASE ONLY DO THIS WHEN THERE ISN'T A LINE:

    So contrary to what someone else posted, try ordering a McDouble with Big Mac sauce, and the leaf (not shredded) lettuce and tomato from the new Quarter Pounders/the old Angus burgers. Probably the best burger I've had from a McDonald's, and basically an In-N-Out Burger with halfassed ingredient quality.

    Your results may vary by McDonald's location.

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  15. I have an allergy to sesame seeds, so I have ordered this way ever since they came out with a McDouble on the Value Menu. In Canada, we call it a "Double dressed like a Mac". I have not had any problem ordering it like that here in Canada or in the US.

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  16. Haha, yeah I try and order things like this during off hours.

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  17. At the McD's here in Las Vegas, they all charge extra for the mac sauce and the lettuce. $0.30 for each. But all in all, using the $0.99 double cheeseburger, and adding lettuce and sauce for $0.60 for a total of $1.59 is still cheaper than paying $2.99 for the same thing, plus sesame seeds and an extra piece of bread.

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  18. In Brooklyn NY they charge extra $0.25 for the Big Mac Sauce and $0.30 for the lettuce

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