The Big Mac hamburger is sold by McDonald’s, and since it was first introduced in Pittsburgh in 1967, it has become a staple of the fast food chain’s menu and considered one of their signature products.
The Big Mac was invented by Jim Delligatti, a franchisee of Ray Kroc, and was operating numerous restaurants in Pittsburgh. Jim invented the Big Mac right in his McDonald’s restaurant kitchen. Previously, the Big Mac was labeled as Blue Ribbon and the Aristocrat, both of which failed to capture public attention.
The name Big Mac was given by Esther Glickstein Rose, an ad secretary who was working at McDonald’s corporate HQ in Oak Brook, Illinois. The burger made its debut in Delligatti’s Uniontown, Pennsylvania restaurant in 1967. Sold for 45 cents, it was an instant hit and the following year was included in all of McDonald’s restaurants.
Today the Big Mac is made up of 100% beef and a specially prepared sauce and it is served in a sesame seed bun. Although many years have gone by and McDonald’s has produced a number of other products, the Big Mac continues to symbolize the fast food chain, and remains a hit with customers not just in the US but the world over.