This famous McDonald’s sandwich is more than just satisfying—it’s also interesting and full of history!
- The Big Mac sandwich was invented by Jim Delligatti, in 1967, who at the time was operating several restaurants in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He came up with the monster burger in the kitchen of his first McDonald’s franchise. The burger actually had two pervious names: the Aristocrat, which consumers found hard to pronounce and later, the Blue Ribbon Burger. The name Big Mac was actually created by Esther Glickstein, a 21-year-old advertising secretary who worked at the McDonald’s headquarters in Illinois. The burger was designed to compete with the similar Big Boy and became so popular, it was added to every McDonald’s menu in 1968 for just 45 cents.
- The Big Mac consists of two 1.6 oz 100 percent beef patties, “special sauce,” iceberg lettuce, American cheese, pickles, and onions served in a three-part sesame seed bun. In 2012, McDonald’s admitted that the “special sauce” ingredients were not really a huge secret at all. In fact, the recipe had been available online for years. The ingredients include store-bought mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, and yellow mustard whisked together with vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika. The sauce is delivered to McDonald’s restaurants in sealed canisters designed by Sealright and is then dispensed using a calibrated “sauce gun” that dispenses a specific amount each time the trigger is pulled.
- The Big Mac is so popular that McDonald’s opened the Big Mac Museum in North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, on August 22, 2007. The date marked the famous burger’s 40th anniversary. The museum features the world’s larges Big Mac statue measuring 14 feet high and 12 feet wide. The museum also holds hundreds of historic artifacts that celebrate the Big Mac.
- McDonald’s reportedly serves 1% of the world’s population everyday. McDonald’s restaurants are found in 118 countries around the world and operate 36,615 restaurants worldwide, employing more than 420,000 people. The franchise makes a whopping $75 million per day. Their Big Mac sandwich is purchased so often that it is used as an economic index to compare purchasing power between currencies and countries.
- Jim Delligatti passed away in 2016 at the age of 98 at his home in Pittsburgh. According to his son, Delligatti ate at least one 540-calorie Big Mac a week for decades. When the burger turned 40, McDonald’s estimated it was selling 550 million Big Macs every year. According to the company, Delligatti never received any kind of payment or royalties for coming up with the burger.