The 10 Most Popular McDonald's Items & The 10 Least Popular You Should Give A Chance

The 10 Most Popular McDonald's Items & The 10 Least Popular You Should Give A Chance

McDonald's is arguably the most beloved and popular fast-food chain around the world. But hey, that doesn't mean their menu selection comes without hits and misses too! Today we're going to highlight a variety of menu items at McDonald's based on their popularity. Here are 10 of the most popular picks people always order and the least popular you can consider trying.

1. Big Mac

When we talk about iconic McDonald's items, none stands out more than the beloved Big Mac. In our eyes, it's McDonald's signature burger! Featuring an all too familiar burger composition of two all-beef patties, their special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions, it's truly an irresistible flavour combination. With "big" already in the name, people love this burger for both its size and unique taste (it's so hard to replicate that sauce!).

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2. French Fries

The most common answer to the frequently asked question, "Which fast food chain has the best fries?" is always McDonald's. In fact, most people use McDonald's French fries as the gold standard! It's easy to see why too; one look at those crispy, golden, nicely salted fries and you know you've got a winner. And when you're lucky enough to get a fresh batch? That's heaven right there.

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3. Chicken McNuggets

Ever since Chicken McNuggets hit the menu at McDonald's, they've been a popular snack and meal option. Perfectly crispy and crunchy on the outside while tender on the inside, they're the ideal late night snack. But we can't give all the credit to the nuggets, because without the sauces, it wouldn't be the same. With so many dipping sauce options and even limited edition surprises, Chicken McNuggets never lose popularity.

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4. Quarter Pounder with Cheese

A classic burger option at McDonald's, the Quarter Pounder With Cheese is both a fun mouthful to say, and a fun mouthful to eat. It's a hearty option that people love for its quarter-pound of 100% beef, and when topped with cheese, onions, pickles, ketchup, and mustard, it's no surprise that it's so popular. When the cheeseburger just isn't enough, this is a great level-up option to consider.

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5. Sausage McMuffin

For the days when you're in a rush and can't make breakfast at home, it's always nice knowing McDonald's will have your back with a variety of breakfast options. One of the most popular breakfast choices is, you guessed it, the Sausage McMuffin. Just imagine a soft, toasted English muffin sandwiching a savory sausage patty and melted American cheese. What a way to start your morning, right?

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6. McCafé Coffee

Some people just need a cup of coffee to get them going in the morning, and one popular go to place is McDonald's. While they might not offer you the most high-quality, lifechanging coffee, it's affordable, does the trick, and tastes good too. For anyone looking to budget, never count out McDonald's!

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7. McFlurry

Look, we know you've been a victim of the all too familiar "sorry, our ice cream machines are broken," but no matter how many times it happens, we still keep coming back for those McFlurries. It's because they just taste so dang good! With so many different mix-ins to choose from like classic favourites Oreo and M&M's to unique limited edition flavours, you'll never get bored of them. And with such a great price point, you can enjoy this sweet treat without breaking the bank too.

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8. Apple Pie

When you just want something sweet, simple, and satisfying for dessert, the McDonald's Apple Pie will definitely do the trick. It's a classic staple that never disappoints, and its status as a longstanding menu item proves its popularity. Known and beloved for its flaky crust and a sweet, gooey apple filling, if you've never tried one before, what are you waiting for?

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9. Filet-O-Fish

If meat patties just aren't your thing, you'll always have the iconic Filet-O-Fish to support you. For a lighter snack option, this burger has a serious cult following. Despite its simplicity, people seriously swear by this burger. They love that classic combination of breaded, fried fish, tartar sauce, and a slice of cheese. Hey, sometimes simple is best!

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10. McChicken

Last but not least, we can't leave out the fan favourite McChicken. Some people just love chicken burgers way more than beef, and at McDonald's, they don't disappoint. With such an affordable price point, you just can't complain about the crispy chicken patty, the simple chopped lettuce, and mayonnaise topping. When it's all wrapped up in that warm toasted bun, it's just so enjoyable and delicious.

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1. Hamburger

While there's nothing wrong with a classic hamburger, it's just often overlooked at McDonald's when there are so many more options to consider. Even a simple cheeseburger is a step up - we all know how important that slice of cheese is after all. But hey, consisting of just one beef patty, pickles, onions, ketchup, and mustard, it's a good snack option when you want something lighter.

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2. Sausage Burrito

Everyone loves burritos, but when you're at a fast food chain that specializes in delicious burgers, it's easy to forget it's even an option. When was the last time you ordered a Sausage Burrito at McDonald's? Or the better question is, did you even know it existed? As one of the least popular menu items there, it's kind of easy to see why. With such a simple build of sausage, scrambled eggs, vegetables, and cheese wrapped up in a tortilla, it easily gets outshined by the more popular breakfast items. But hey, it still sounds delicious so maybe it's worth a try?

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3. Fruit & Maple Oatmeal

Probably one of the most wholesome and nutritious menu items available, McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal is definitely one of the least popular picks. While fresh apples, cranberries, raisin, and light cream topped on some whole grain oats doesn't sound bad, who goes to a fast food chain for oatmeal? But if you really want to switch things up, or are looking for healthier alternatives, this might be right up your alley.

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4. Apple Slices

Okay, hold on. Before you scroll right through this point for seeing the words "apple slices" at McDonald's, hear us out! It's offered as a healthier side, and while it's definitely frequently less chosen compared to their fries or other sides, it's still a good option to consider. It works great as a quick snack or if you're just looking to cut back a little! Sometimes baby steps in the right direction is a good way to get started.

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5. Chocolate Shake

While McDonald's is known for their sweet frozen treats like their soft serve ice cream or McFlurries, how much do you know about their shakes? That's right, McDonald's sells shakes! Not exactly the first thing you think of though, that's for sure. And that's probably why this item is considered an unpopular one - people don't really know about it! So the next time you're at your local McDonald's, why not give this one a try?

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6. Sausage Biscuit

McDonald's breakfast biscuits are delicious, so no, we're not slamming the Sausage Biscuit for being bad. We're simply saying, in the whole range of things, it's not the best tasting option when you can get ones with egg or cheese added in. Because let's be real, those menu items are definitely the more popular ones. But hey, if you love simplicity and a warm biscuit with a sausage patty sounds fantastic to you, go for it!

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7. Egg McMuffin

While the Egg McMuffin is one of McDonald's most classic breakfast choices, we're arguing that it's falling off in terms popularity. But that's just because when you can get one with bacon or sausage, why wouldn't you? The Egg McMuffin is still a great breakfast pick, but it's definitely not as high in demand compared to some of the other breakfast sandwich offerings. At the end of the day, it just depends if you love the more traditional taste or having more additions.

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8. Chocolate Chip Cookie

Compared to more popular dessert options like the Apple Pie or McFlurries, the chocolate chip cookie at McDonald's is pretty underwhelming in comparison. While everyone loves a good cookie, it just doesn't stand out much. You also never really hear any rave reviews about them! So while it is a delicious item that will satisfy your cravings if you're looking for it, it's mainly just sitting there in the background compared to other more prominent options.

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9. Hot Chocolate

Perfect for any cold day, hot chocolate always hits the spot. That's why it's curious why McDonald's hot chocolate doesn't have a better rep. Made with steamed milk and rich chocolate syrup, it sounds pretty good to us! Perhaps it's just simply a less recognized menu item, or that most customers prefer the coffee-based line up from McCafe. Whatever the reason, maybe you should head out and give it a try next time!

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10. Sausage McGriddles

Similar to the Sausage Biscuit, we're putting no hate on the iconic McGriddles line up at McDonald's. We just want to say that in comparison to the other menu options that include egg and cheese, the most basic version just isn't as popular! Just ask yourself this: when was the last time you ordered a Sausage McGriddle over the Sausuage, Egg, and Cheese one? 

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