05/19/2014 11:16 am ET Updated May 23, 2014

These Are The 'Secret Menu' Items At McDonald's

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"There's something for everyone to love at McDonald's." At least that's what McDonald's says (and Lebron James stands by the claim, too).

If you feel the promise falls a little flat, you might've missed Mickey D's "secret menu." Tired of that classic Big Mac? Why not try a McGangBang instead? Feel that your McNuggets could be a bit more sprightly? Next time, order them "fresh."

These mystical order transformations appear on multiple online sources. Sites like #HackTheMenu and SecretMenuholic offer tips and tricks for fast food fans who like to order outside of the box. If you're curious how to get fish, chicken and beef all under the same bun (and who wouldn't be?), these hacks are for you.

Do note, these items are definitely more "hacks" than unique food orders. But, if you think hard about it, McDonald's serves about four basic foods and dresses them up with sauces and McNames to feign variety. Nevertheless, some of these hacks will actually save you a couple of bucks, while others will just take your tastebuds on a little trip around the world's most beloved fast food restaurant.

Without further ado, here are 13 of McDonald's off-the-menu items to give a whirl:

  • 1 Land, Sea And Air Burger
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    Description: This is a beef, chicken and Filet-O-Fish patty stacked in one bun. We decided to separate the chicken from the cow and fish because it seemed to make most sense.
    How To Order: Ask for a burger, Filet-O-Fish and a McChicken. Assembly required.
  • 2 McGangBang
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    Description: Also referred to as McB*tchin'. One astute HuffPoster said it should be called a "McDoubleTeamed." This is a McChicken patty stuffed between the two patties of the McDouble. Opt for cheese if you want to get real nasty.
    How To Order: Order one McChicken and one McDouble. Assemble privately.
  • 3 Poor Man's Big Mac
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    Description: This menu hack optimizes the flavor of a Big Mac for the price of a McDouble. Sneaky.
    How To Order: Order a McDouble with special sauce, lettuce and onion and sans pickles and ketchup.
  • 4 2-Cheeseburger Meal
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    Description: It's a vintage throwback revived. According to HackTheMenu.com, this used to be "a staple of the old McDonalds Menu." It's a classic cheeseburger meal (comes with a soda!), with two cheeseburgers. For the simple diner, and the simply hungry.
    How To Order: Ask for the 2-cheeseburger meal. If your cashier hasn't heard of it, order an additional cheeseburger alongside your classic cheeseburger meal.
  • 5 Big McChicken
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    Description: This monstrosity is a McTribute to KFC's infamous Double Down. The buns of the burger are replaced with three McChicken patties. Meaty.
    How To Order: Ask for three McChickens and a Big Mac. Expect your hands to a little McMessy as you put it all together.
  • 6 Monster Mac
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    Description: Oh. So this is a classic Big Mac with a tiny, tiny twist. It has EIGHT patties. Notably, the box that this bad boy was packed up in could barely sustain its weight.
    How To Order: Despite the complex look of this "burger," all you have to do is ask for a Big Mac with eight patties. McDonald's will build it for you. If you're feeling like more of a mini monster, you could ask for four (or six, seven, three) patties.
  • 7 Grilled Cheese
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    Description: Did you go to McDonald's but don't feel in the mood for McDonald's? How strange of you! Nevertheless, you needn't go hungry. This is a slice of cheese on a hamburger bun.
    How To Order: Order a slice of cheese on a hamburger bun, receive this sad little number.
  • 8 McKinley Mac
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    Description: This is a Big Mac made with quarter pound patties. A regular Big Mac is made with 1.6 oz patties, and the Quarter Pounder is made with 4 oz patties. If you're craving more meat and less bun, this appears to be the burger for you. The contrivance allegedly gets its name from Alaska's Mount McKinley.
    How To Order: Order a BigMac with quarter pound patties. No assembly required.
  • 9 'Fresh' Chicken McNuggets
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    Description: These are nuggets that haven't been sitting out -- they are apparently made (warmed?) to order. This menu hack comes from redditor Ritch88, who was once employed at McDonald's. Says Ritch88: I used to work at McDonalds. If you order, especially chicken nuggets, just ask for them fresh. Otherwise they've been just sitting in their container in the heat. They have a timer, but 9/10 times when that timer goes off, people just reset the timer instead of making new ones. This could go on until all the nuggets are sold.
    How To Order: Ask for fresh nuggets. I was surprised that the McDonald's employee we ordered from knew exactly what we were asking for.
  • 10 McCrepe
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    Description: Oh, this is a wildly imaginative breakfast masterpiece. It's a do-it-yourself conception that calls for equal parts Fruit 'N Yogurt Parfait and hotcakes.
    How To Order: Ask for one Fruit 'N Yogurt Parfait and one order of Hotcakes*. Dress one half of each hot cake with yogurt and fold. Once each cake is folded, drizzle syrup and granola (supplied separately with the parfait, as luck will have it) atop your dish.
    *Make sure to get there while breakfast is being served!
  • 11 Pie McFlurry
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    Description: For when you can't decide between a McFlurry and a boxed, baked apple pie, we suppose, shove the latter into the former.
    How To Order: Ask for one baked apple pie and one McFlurry of your choosing (we opted for M&M). You can ask politely for the McDonald's employees to blend the two together, but they may decline. If that's the case, do your own blending, or use the oddly stick-shaped pie as a vessel to scoop the creamy stuff into your mouth.
  • 12 Neapolitan Shake
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    Description: A trifecta milkshake, made by blending three classic flavors: Strawberry, chocolate and vanilla.
    How To Order: Just kindly request a shake with all three flavors, and patiently wait for the mixture to blend.
  • 13 Chicken McGriddle
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    Description: A McTwist on chicken and waffles. A McChicken patty is sandwiched inside two McGriddles. Sweet and savory.
    How To Order: This "secret menu item" is a bit tricky to order, since it calls for an item on the breakfast menu and an item on the regular menu. If you're really dedicated, you can go to McDonald's just as the menu is turning over: Get the last of the McGriddles and the first of the McChickens. Otherwise, you'll have to make two trips (like we did) to chomp down on this fancy thing. Once that work is done, place the chicken patty inside of the McGriddle, and dress with syrup if you like.
    Is it worth the effort? I wouldn't know, I am a vegetarian.

Photos by Damon Dahlen/Huffington Post
Food assistance and photo prep/beautification by Andy McDonald (no relation to The McDonald's Corporation)

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