There's a man in Wisconsin who has loved Big Macs ever since trying his first one back in 1972. Since then, he's eaten so many Big Macs that he holds a world record.


America's Favorite Fast Food Burger

Surprisingly, Big Macs did not make Eat This, Not That's list of the top 10 best fast food burgers.

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I'll be honest, I don't think I've ever had a Big Mac but because it's so well-known I thought for sure it'd be up there. A different McDonald's burger took the top spot, though.

Here are their top 10 best fast-food burgers:

10. Freddy's Original Double

9. White Castle's Sliders

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8. Whataburger's Double Meat Whataburger

7. In-N-Out's Animal Style Double Double

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6. Shake Shack's Shack Burger

5. Five Guys' Cheeseburger

4. Culver's Double ButterBurger with Cheese

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3. Hardee's/Carl's Jr. Super Star with Cheese

2. Wendy's Baconator

1. McDonald's Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese

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Wisconsin Man Holds Record for Most Big Macs Eaten

Speaking of McDonald's, let's get back to this Wisconsin guy.

His name is Don and he's been eating at least one Big Mac every day since May 17th, 1972, at 18 or 19 years old. At his peak Big Mac consumption, he would eat 9 Big Macs a day!

Guinness World Records
Guinness World Records

The Guardian reports that after eating his first Big Mac Don thought, "‘I’m going to probably eat these for the rest of my life.' I threw the cartons in the back seat and started counting them from day one.”

And he continued to keep the empty cartons plus all of his receipts for every Big Mac he's ordered.

At one point he was going to McDonald's every day to get those 9 Big Macs I mentioned. Since then he's scaled it back. He still typically eats two Big Macs per day but he'll go to McDonald's twice a week to stock up for a few days.

Guinness World Records
Guinness World Records

Don earned himself the Guinness World Record for most Big Macs eaten in a lifetime in 1999. In 2011 he went over 25,000 Big Macs. And as of Guinness' publication on February 29th, 2024, Don has eaten 34,128 Big Macs throughout his life.

Here's a video Guinness did when Don hit 30,000 Big Macs.

He told Guinness that lots of people thought he'd be dead by now because of this habit.

But he says the reason he's able to continue eating Big Macs and still be here at 70 years old is because he skips breakfast, doesn't eat fries or any sides with his Big Mac, and walks 6 miles every day.

“'I plan on eating Big Macs until I die. I have no intention of changing. It’s still my favorite food.'”

His love of McDonald's doesn't stop there. His local McDonald's has a picture of him up in their restaurant and he even proposed to his wife Mary in the parking lot.

"'She has put up with a lot of obsessive compulsive things I do and hasn’t let my Big Mac thing get to her.'"

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