A fitness influencer whose known for sharing “hacks” to lower calories while still eating yummy food has shared a clever Macca’s trick.
Bec Hardgrave, 27, decided to visit a McDonald’s drive-through after hearing a “rumour” you can order a mini Big Mac at the popular fast-food chain by simply requesting an alteration to a standard cheeseburger dubbed a “mini Mac”.
Regular Big Mac burgers contain 563 calories while a single cheeseburger comes in at 313 calories.
While there’s no “mini Mac” on the McDonald’s Australia menu, a spokesperson told news.com.au “customers can absolutely customise their burger”.
“Macca’s menu is designed to be customised to suit taste preferences and dietary requirements.”
So how can you chomp down on a “mini Mac” during your next visit to the Golden Arches?
Hardgrave explained in a video shared on TikTok and Instagram, that all you need to do is ask to order a “cheeseburger like a Mac”, which will automatically instruct Macca’s employees to make the menu item differently.
The difference between the two menu items lies in the bread and meat quantities as well as a different sauce.
A Big Mac has two meat patties as well as an extra bread piece sandwiched between them, while a cheeseburger only has one inside a regular bun.
It also has Big Mac sauce and lettuce rather than the mustard and tomato sauce combo found on top of a cheeseburger.
Both contain pickles.
“This is the mini Mac,” Hardgrave states, showing off the customised cheeseburger.
“If you ask for it like a Mac and they don’t know what you’re talking about, you can literally say remove mustard and ketchup and add lettuce, add Big Mac sauce.”
The popular influencer then did a taste test with her mum Sharon while sat in the car and both declared it “yummy”.
As well as being lower in calories than a regular Big Mac – though it’s not clear exactly how many you save – Hardgrave said the trick results in a cheaper feed too as you only pay the cheeseburger price.
Fans of the Brisbane influencer have declared the hack “brilliant” – with some even calling for it to be a “regular menu item”.
“Why is this not on the menu for real?” one asked.
“OMG this is genius,” another said.
As one stated: “Oooo I need to try this.”
Others claimed the burger chain had previously run a limited-edition burger of a similar nature called “Son of Mac”.
“They used to sell this called ‘Son of Mac’,” one wrote.
“This burger needs to come back to stay – I have loved this since they released it years ago,” another agreed.
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