McDonald's Employees Reveal How To Get Fresh Fries, Ways To Save Money And More Cool Hacks

Former McDonald's employees were nice enough to share some of their secrets that will take your fries and your fast food experience to the next level.

If you want fresh fries, order them sans salt. This ensures that we have to make a new batch, just for you. You could also request a fresh batch and you’re likely to have good luck there, too. This same trick works for a Filet o’ fish ordered without the cheese. ~ Mackenzie Shelton

And then of course here are some hacks that you may not have even thought about.  

My favorite hack is if you like Big Macs, but don’t want to pay the un-Godly price of up to $4-5 for the sandwich, just order a McDouble, but without ketchup/mustard, with Mac Sauce and lettuce. It will be the same minus the middle bun. ~ Chuck Chan


Always ask for your burger without some ingredient. Like a Quarter Pounder with no pickles. They will write this on a small slip of paper, put it on the tray under the heat lamps and say “Grill Up!” to the cooks. They will look at it and make you one right then and there. When it’s done, the cook will say “Grill Up!” and the counter person will retrieve your fresh QP. The difference in taste between a burger that’s sitting for who knows how long and one right off the grill is phenomenal. ~ Ted Pettit

In the UK we have 2 periods which are known as Gapbuster Times. Basically between 12-2 and 5pm-7pm workers have to be extra careful because that is when gapbusters (mystery shoppers), who are paid, visit McDonald’s restaurants and rate their experience. This then goes to the overall store rating and every store manager will do everything to ensure this rating is as positive as possible.

It is easy to spot a gapbuster because they always ask for a receipt (so they can get their food costs reimbursed by the company employing them). So, if you ask for a receipt in that time everyone will be immediately alert that you could be a potential gapbuster and they’ll make sure to serve you the freshest burger and fries and give you priority over everyone else. ~ Kamran Adnan


If trying to use coupons at the drive thru (particularly those great deals you have on the app), let the order taker know that you have more than one order and use your coupons away! (It will only take off one per order.) ~ Mackenzie Shelton


My colleagues and I would request our Double Cheeseburger bun steamed in the Filet-O-Fish bun steamer instead. Because that helps to melt the cheese later.

I also often request for some lettuce in my Filet-O-Fish because I think Fillet is the mosst boring burger ever… A fish fillet, some tangy sauce, and half a cheese slice, THAT’S IT?! Come on!!! ~ Alya Nadlin


I worked at a McDonald’s down in Texas one summer, and I realized something strange about one of the most commonly purchased breakfast sandwiches.

Sausage Egg McMuffin (sausage patty, cheese, & round egg on an English muffin) – $2.99

Sausage McMuffin (sausage patty & cheese on an English muffin) – $1.00

Side of a Round Egg (à la carte) – $0.99

So basically, if you order a Sausage McMuffin off the Dollar menu and get the egg on the side, you save 33.3% of your total order. These prices aren’t exact at all McDonald’s locations, but I have since only ordered my Sausage Egg McMuffin like this, and it’s always cost me under $3

Similar with the 2 cheeseburgers meal. This I can’t verify works at all locations, but a 2 cheeseburgers meal at my location cost $4.99. If you bought all the parts of the meal separately, it was $0.99+$0.99 (cheeseburgers) +$1.00 (drink) +$1.79 (fries) = $4.77. Not much you’re saving, but still something. ~ Aaron Koshy

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