McDonald’s Unofficial Secret Menu Has Been Confirmed

07/20/2015 at 11:33 AM ET

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Fast food fans love to speculate about the existence of secret menu items. And now McDonald’s lovers have proof the restaurant is in on the fun—sort of.

Though a McDonald’s spokesperson tells PEOPLE there is no official secret menu, this person did reveal that the typical menu is commonly adapted.

“We know our customers are really creative, and they tell us all the time that they enjoy customizing our menu,” says the spokesperson.

Some of the more popular over-the-top customizations—with crazy names to match like the “Land, Sea and Air Burger” and the “Monster Mac”—were first released on HacktheMenu.com.

Now, during a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” thread, an anonymous McDonald’s manager has confirmed that you can “add, remove or change ingredients by special request. These are called ‘grill orders’ (i.e. Big Mac no pickle).”

But being able to order items off the unofficial menu is just a matter of who is behind the counter, says the manager.

“Order one and the workers might not know it by name,” the manager wrote. “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.”

The manager—who used a screenshot of their McDonald’s training log as identity verification—also shared a tip on what not to order.

“DON’T order… the grilled chicken,” they say. “It’s horrible frozen chicken that we defrost and steam and it’s a bit gelatinous.”

Duly noted.

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

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K.B. on

How do you make gross food better? Just serve MORE of it, in different combinations!

Lu on

McDonalds should never be consumed by anyone. It’s poison, not food.

gg on

Just another desperate marketing ploy from a sinking company. Don’t fall for it people; their food is BAD for you and they practise unethical treatment of animals!

LA6226 on

Land, air and sea burger – burger with filet-o-fish and fried chicken patty – I have heard of it all now. Please no one eat this! It’s like begging for a heart attack.

strawberryjam on

How can anyone eat any thing at McD’s? Especially after the pink slime was revealed in the burgers a few years back? Yuck! The only think I can order there are the drinks for $1, the parfait, or the side salad. And then I wonder how many flies are on those items. I recently braved it and ordered a large order of fries, and the ketchup dispenser was so gross, I asked for some to go ketchups and the kid dropped one on the floor and bent down and handed it to me. Sheesh, you can’t win. And then there wasn’t a clean table in site, and the wait for just an order of fries was 10 minutes. Now I only go through the drive thru for a $1 drink, it’s cheaper than paying $2 for one at the gas station.

strawberryjam on

where’s my post?

strawberryjam on

how can anyone eat there? especially after the pink stuff in the meat a while back? the only good things are the $1 any size coffees, tea, or soda, and I’ll go through the drive thru so I don’t have to see how messy it is inside.

whocares on

The problem is it’s UNOFFICIAL which means they can say no…

Hell i tried getting a mchicken with bigmac sauce and the cashier told me no because “that’s like getting a big mac for a dollar”…. UM NO it’s like getting a mcchicken with out ketchup but with bigmac sauce.

(Keep in mind this is something i ordered for years from other mcdonalds)

Kat on

I don’t think I’ll ever be back to McDonald’s again, last winter I went to their drive through and ordered dinner. A few hours later I came down with severe flu which put me under for almost 2 weeks. Now, why would a Manager allow a sick employee to come to work, handling food and serving it to the customers? Gross!

The Viewing Public on

yes, let’s pay them $15 an hour

Keml on

Worst fast food and they now charge for a cup of water! At least here in my town. They’re just digging themselves in a deeper hole with the public.

jlbvk on

I don’t care what’s in it. I eat it VERY rarely but I had half of a double quarter pounder with cheese the other day and it was awesome!!!!

Dave on

This is why the terrorists hate us….

REBECCA on

One that we get a lot is the gang banger a double cheeseburger with a McChicken patty.

Jomby on

I like to get the Mayor Mc Sleaze. It’s a large carton of fries covered in chopped cheese, a chopped up hamburger patty, and grilled onions.

Lestrel on

@Kat You can’t get the flu from food poisoning. Also, it doesn’t last 2 weeks: that’s botulism or trichinosis – a more serious issue than simply vomiting.

So, don’t think fast food is bad and restaurant food is good. There are exemptions to everything! I ordered a $13 burger at a chophouse for lunch and found mold on the corner of my bun. Big Macs looked grand at that point!

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