Since 1999 in America and 2005 in Japan, McDonald’s has employed a production process known as “Made For You” where employees at different stations begin preparing your burger the moment the order goes through the machine.
As opposed to the previous method of pre-cooking hamburgers and then selling them as needed, “Made For You” ensures each order arrives in customers’ hands fresher and hotter.
The method also gives employees more flexibility in responding to special orders, like extra sauce, no pickles or, as we recently tried ourselves, no buns.
It all started when one of our editorial staff told us that he occasionally goes no-bun to cut calories. Curious as to whether our love for McDonalad’s would endure even in the absence of bun, we recently had him order a round and bring them back to the office for research.
We ordered the following five burgers: Hamburger, Big Mac, Teriyaki Burger, Chicken Fillet and the most recent of the Japan-exclusive Big America Burger Series, Grand Canyon Burger.
We’re not sure exactly what percentage of calories the buns occupy within the overall anatomy of a McDonald’s hamburger. To be honest, we don’t think it’s that much.
And the taste? Well, imagine eating a McDonald’s hamburger—but with no buns.
In conclusion, no-buns is indeed possible and it may be worth a try for those of you who would prefer your McDonald’s hamburger over a bed of rice.
However, we’d like to ask those of you who do plan to order no buns to be mindful about it: anyone who has worked at a chain restaurant knows the frustration of getting hit with a franken-order in the middle of a rush.
▼Grand Canyon Burger
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