5. Big Mac
Sandwich Build: Two beef patties that really should be replaced by Quarter Pounder patties, McDonald’s best sauce ever, a single slice of American cheese, shredded lettuce, diced onions, pickles, sesame seed bun, extra central bun between patties
The glorious Big Mac has made it into the top five, and for good reason: the Big Mac is a classic. The Mac Sauce is delicious -- tangy, sweet, and creamy -- while the layers of beef, sesame buns, shredded lettuce, pickles, and raw onions marry together to create a burger that is well balanced and flavor forward.
I feel like every element does its part here. The sauce enriches the meat, the cheese is gooey, the pickles and onions cut through the fat, and the lettuce lightens the whole thing. The Big Mac, however, could infinitely be improved. If the current patties were swapped out for the Quarter Pounder patties, this sandwich would be a complete game changer (McDonald’s execs, I hope you’re reading this). I think an additional slice of cheese on the top patty would also be beneficial. Despite this, I love the Big Mac. Maybe not as much as that guy who has eaten it 30,000 times, but close.