A la Carte MENU CHOICES:
McDonald’s burgers are 100% beef.
No fillers. (Don’t be foolish and believe all the stories out there)
The seasoning is 86% pepper, 14% salt.
There is NO msg, or anything else mixed in.
They are cooked on a special “plate” which has no oil or butter, and are cooked in their own juices
Order the 1/4 pound patties. If they have trouble, tell them it’s an add-on, on the
a la carte menu. The manager may need to help. That’s ok…it’s a teaching moment, so the next time you go in, they will remember.
If you use this same store every time, eventually you can go through the Drive Thru because you have taught them that the Crazy Burger Person is ordering! 😂😂
~ On the special promoted burgers that are only around for a short time, they sometimes use other seasonings that are not optimal.
~ Each store sets their own price. We have gotten single patties for as low as $1 and as high as $2 each.
When they are priced too high, we will order plain McDoubles or Cheeseburgers (tell them plain) and toss the bun. You will need 5 of these for 1# of meat. These patties (called “reg meat”) are slightly smaller than the quarter pound pattie.
They are kept in the UHC, or Universal Holding Cabinet. They come shipped to us strictly as steaks.
Onions are bagged separately and are the exact onions used for sandwiches, just have a liquid reduction sauce mixed in for grilling.
Ask them to cook you a fresh steak with no onions.
Ask for no seasoning as well… They do have a type of peppercorn seasoning, which is put on AFTER they are cooked.
Nothing is pre-mixed before. (Too many people with allergies)
So you can order everything plain.
Ask for the round eggs. These are fresh eggs still in the shell, not the mix.
Sausage is non optimal, but far better than carb loaded hash browns. If you like sausage and seem to do fine on it, order it!
My husband eats the sausage quite often.
Plus, normally, you can’t get burgers before the lunch change-over, although it can’t hurt to ask. We’ve gotten burgers as early as 9 am
The grilled chicken no longer is seasoned with herbs, but with salt and pepper now.
Edited: Some marinade may be used.
***But ALWAYS check first, as some stores are behind the times and may use herbs.***
The chicken is cooked in real butter.
You can ask them to add cheese (American, Swiss or Cheddar) and bacon to ANY order. This will be rung up separately, and the crew member will tell the cook that you would like that added.
My husband orders 8-12 “1/4 pound meat patties only”
(Another example: “8 quarter pound meat patties…just the pattie”)
He always gives them the chance to hear him…many times they are so trained to do it quickly they don’t hear everything you say.
Hearing “cheeseburger” they ring up cheeseburger immediately.
Tell them you want meat patties WITH cheese.
When making a specialty order…and one as unusual as ours would be, please Do Not go through the Drive Thru.
1. Because they have Drive Thru times they have to meet.
- The Drive Thru is meant for quick orders and a ZC order is confusing to search out on the computer
- The person taking the order needs to go to the kitchen to relay the special order
- How will the cook know it’s one order and not many?? (and you get multiple boxes)
- There are over 250 keys/grill options on the computer and when someone asks for something and they aren’t specifically clear and patient on what they want, it can take a bit to locate that specific key, especially if it is something very rarely ordered, or the person is new.
It’s rude of YOU to expect them to slow their Drive Thru times down…you don’t want them messing with YOUR busy schedule, right? So don’t mess with theirs. 😜
Get out of your car and go inside! 💜
Face to face is so much easier to relay your wishes. The cashier is close to the cooks and can quickly relay your order.
Request that they put your order in the Biscuits and Gravy container. They recently switched to a thick black plastic container with a clear lid that snaps on top, and has no leaks. Let the burgers sit for a moment and they will soak up the juices.
(Regulations in the U S don’t allow you to bring your own container.)
In all the many states Jim and I have traveled, and as many times as we have ordered (weekly), in the last 2 years, we can count the number of times our order has been incorrect on ONE HAND. If there is a mistake, it has been our fault for not conveying the order clearly.