The GHETTO MAC - yours for $1.

By Paul Michael on 27 March 2007 (Updated 18 August 2011) 11 comments

Ghetto Mac

Let me clarify something. I'm no huge fan of the Golden Arches. I'd much rather have a nice tray of sushi. But this is Wisebread and it's our job to cater to bargain-hunters everywhere. And in fulfilling that aim, I came across GHETTO MAC!

What on earth is GHETTO MAC?
You know, it astounds me of the great lengths some people will go to for a bargain. At roughly $3.39 for just the Big Mac sandwich, a couple of ingenious fellas with a lack of funds decided they could beat the McSystem. Maybe you could make a Big Mac (sort of) with the basic Double Cheeseburger from the $1 menu. Clever huh?

So, our brave heroes with clogged arteries set out to prove that anyone can get a Big Mac for around $1 (they don't really factor in the fries, but hey, I'll cut them some slack). The 4-minute video tells the whole story, but if you don't have the time and are running out to the Drive Thru right now, here's the basic formula.

1: Order a $1 Double Cheeseburger with small fries (you split the fries with your McFrugal buddy)

2: Ask them to replace the regular bun with a sesame seed bun.

3: Then, ask for Mac Sauce instead of Ketchup (as the boys will tell you, Mac Sauce is FREEEE!!!)

4: THEN (as if the server isn't completely annoyed yet), ask for large-cut sliver onions.

5: Open the cheeseburger, create a layer of fries between the two burgers, and close it up.

6: Tuck in, and be within running distance of the nearest bucket.

Personally, I think roadkill looks slightly more appetizing than the finished GHETTO MAC creation. But for all you brave souls out there who'll try anything once, and don't mind the look of this McFrankenstein creation, I say good luck to you! Let me know how it goes down (but not how it comes back up again...ewww).

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Will Chen's picture

Look... me and the McDonald's people got this little misunderstanding. See, they're McDonald's... I'm McDowell's. They got the Golden Arches, mine is the Golden Arcs. They got the Big Mac, I got the Big Mick. We both got two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions, but their buns have sesame seeds. My buns have no seeds.

Paul Michael's picture

Hey, I started out mopping the floor just like you guys. But now... now I'm washing lettuce. Soon I'll be on fries; then the grill. And pretty soon, I'll make assistant manager, and that's when the big bucks start rolling in.

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Ak-Man

OK, I'll let the creators of this fake Big Mac off because its a Ghetto Mac.

Therefore it doent have to resemble a real big mac is look or taste!

BUT DAMMIT, watching that vid made me hungry and i cannot forgive them for this!

LOL @ the Coming To America quotes!

Jessica Okon's picture

Jules: They don't call it a Quarter Pounder with cheese?
Vincent: No man, they got the metric system. They wouldn't know what the f* a Quarter Pounder is.
Jules: Then what do they call it?
Vincent: They call it a Royale with cheese.
Jules: A Royale with cheese. What do they call a Big Mac?
Vincent: Well, a Big Mac's a Big Mac, but they call it le Big-Mac.
Jules: Le Big-Mac. Ha ha ha ha. What do they call a Whopper?
Vincent: I dunno, I didn't go into Burger King.

Paul Michael's picture

The guy was travelling all that time, liked fast food and didn't try BK? Hmm, Tarantino, I see a plot hole here. Doesn't stop it being one of the best movies ever made though.

Jessica Okon's picture

A McDonald's tie-in with "Grindhouse." A Rose McGowan machine gun-legged toy in a Happy Meal would make my day.

Troy Hadley's picture

I have to confess that I've done something similar to this, although I never bothered with the sesame seed bun. But when you need a tall, stacked burger on a budget (that sounded bad, didn't it? Like that episode of the Cosby Show), you have to improvise.

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Burgermeister

Most McDs have Big Macs for $1 on Wednesdays. Go to BK the other days for the free Whopper thing.

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McDonald's Expert

This needs to be updated:

A.) Mac sauce costs now (they very from region as to how much)

B.) Double cheese burger is no longer on the dollar menu it is now replaced with the McDouble (one slice of cheese) Saving McDonalds .30 per double sold *rolls eyes* notice my dislike in this product

C.) Fries cost extra therefore they need to be left out of the equation

D.) Include taxes and it is over a dollar

E.) Slivered onions are not on the original Big Mac and yes I know this is the Ghetto Big Mac but I am doing this in terms of price not concept

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Guest

Not only is that the most annoying video by two obvious tools, but they're feeble attempt at a $1 Big Mac fails.

Let's see, a Big Mac doesn't come with fries on it but it DOES come with lettuce on it.
Also a Big Mac has the small re-hydrated onions not the large onions.

if you want to make a Big Mac for the $2 they spent without being so annoying to the workers, just order a Dbl Chz Burg. with Mac sauce and a McChicken. MCChickens have lettuce and have a sesame seed bun, and you get chicken with your order. You can't get much more ghetto than chicken.

Carrie Kirby's picture

I feel like such a fool for all the Big Macs I have ever purchased.