84 McDonald’s – How It Works

McDonald’s – How It Works

Posted on July 6, 2010 by team

It’s not a commonplace thing to visit a sanctum sanctorum – McDonald’s fast-food restaurant. Almost every one of us visits it at least a few times a months, and some of us even more often; but have they ever thought of how all these burgers are made? Want to find out? You are welcomed inside.

Near the staff entrance we were met by the director of a restaurant on Baumanskaya station, Aleksander Ostroukhov, and he lead us to his room (a tiny one, to tell you the truth) right away. Then we were asked to put on boot covers and special caps (they look almost like shower caps.) Feels strange, but you can make an effort.

At first we were walking around different shops and inspecting products.

The thing which really surprises you is that all products used for cooking in McDonald’s are usual products that you can find in every Russian grocery store. Formerly all products were made by a special McCenter, but now Russia’s McDonald’s have a line of suppliers. For instance, milk is a usual Parmalat one (can be found almost in every shop in Russia and CIS.)

These are buns we’ve got here. They are the same in all corners of the world, but different for various sandwhiches. Buns’ common standard allows working miracles – these buns could be made either in Ukraine, Russia or Finland.

Punch cards.

Service area of McDonald’s turned out to be much smaller than anyone could ever imagine. On this shot you can see the kitchen stuff for McBreakfasts, it is being fetched only for 3 hours a day – from 7 till 10 am.

Sometimes the restaurants are visited by bloodthirsty vampires. Joking. Just strawberry topping.

And this is kitchen! Usually it is divided onto two zones. One is for cooking popular sandwiches (like BigMacs, Cheeseburgers or Big’n’Tasties) and the other one for not so popular ones (Fillet-o-Fish or ChickenBurgers.)

Now Alexander is going to reveal a secret of how to cook a sandwich from McDonald’s. Let it be Royal De Luxe.

You must take a beef cutlet and put it in a press-oven.

While the cutlet is being cooked we are supposed to make everything else. So, you get a bun and put it into a toasting oven. Bun is supposed to be a bit sweet to get proper browned.


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84 Responses to “McDonald’s – How It Works”

  1. Boritz says:

    I am hungry now. Save first for later.

  2. Kosmania says:

    My mother told me not to go there and I don’t break my Russian traditions :)

  3. Schlitze Surtees says:

    Ever do I seek the elusive flexures of prodigious hamburgers.

  4. Sasha Pasha Pasha says:

    Mmm… I could go for some Village potatoes right now.

    • eXm3 says:

      Actually Big Mac is still a Big Mac in Russia. But instead of quarter pounder they call it royal (just like the rest of europe), and the reason being is cause they use metric system, and pound is an english measure of mass. Did not you see “Pulp fiction”? Come on man!

  5. YJ says:

    No regional specific food? In some countries KFC and McDonald create orders specifically tailored toward regional tastes.

  6. SSSR says:

    I liked KFC better in the Ikea.But I did have my pic taken in front of Mcdonalds because the name was in Russian.

  7. Rattata says:

    Didn’t know you had Paulig in Russia, that’s cool.

    • Tietaja says:

      Venäläiset ei juo kovin paljon kahvia, paitsi kahviloissa ja rafloissa, tee on enemmänkin niiden juttu. Yleensä itse tehty kahvi on jotain Nescafen pikakahvia. Markettien perus-ei-pikakahveissa Paulig vetelee melkein monopolia, olisikohan sitten kahviloidenkin peruskahvi pääosin Pauligia. Espressopohjaiset on varmaan jostain Italiasta.

  8. TimO says:

    Once you let that foot in, the rest follows… Mc Donalds is all over the world! How they do that? Wouldnt surprise me if we found one on Mars…

  9. mara says:

    Is there an russian alternative to this diabetes-animal-torture-food? Hamburgers are originally russian aren´t they?

  10. too much vodka says:

    Quality of MacDonalds (cleanliness, friendly personnel, taste of the food) is better than anywhere else in the world.

  11. Lord Cunt says:

    I wouldn’t eat in any of those poison ridden holes of restaurants.

  12. EnglishCanuck says:

    Meh. I can see the facination with western pop culture but this should be modified to offer regional delecacies. For example, here in Canada, in season, they have lobster sandwiches on the menu, they are unloading the things 100 metres from the McDonald’s anyway.
    But only on the East coast.
    And in Quebec they have poutine on the menu.
    Russia should have unique items for tourism at least, for cultural integrity at most.

  13. Kirov (REAL) says:


    • Steve says:

      What’s disgusting about it? The place looks clean, the bun and veg look fresh. You might not like the place, but it’s certainly not disgusting.

  14. Rocknrolla says:

    Why do they use an italian brand of milk? Don’t they have their own?

  15. Obese American says:

    Recently in the news:

    U.S. McNuggets contain a petroleum-based chemical called tertiary butylhydroquinone (tBHQ) and dimethylpolysiloxane, an anti-foaming agent used in Silly Putty.

    Fast food will give you cancer, diabetes, organ failure in the long run.

  16. Have any of you ever seen the picture of the chicken mcnugget, and its a chickens head?

  17. Aleksandr Rzanikov says:

    Much healthier fast food than in England,Ireland,America…everything is ready here and is extremely fat and not natural… I LOVE EASTERN EUROPE!!!

  18. moscowguy says:

    i love that Mak Dak… i have been there a few times completly trashed.. its nice to see that they dont have any rats ;)

  19. RESOL - BRASIL! says:

    There are no fat people in Russia!

  20. Monsta Kody says:

    I have tears in my eyes, its the best fuqn thing englishrussia ever did post :)

  21. Otis R. Needleman says:

    I could go for a Big Mac or three right now, but it’s late. :)

  22. ieurmhoiher says:

    that was my first job & haven’t eaten there since. funny how all the tools look exactly the same as what we used way back then. still that is not food, that is ‘manufactured food-like product’

  23. JZ says:

    Bulls*it, Thats definitely not what I got in my hamburger, that thing was nothing like they show here… What a ripoff… I’m never eating at McDonalds ever again!

  24. Danny says:

    That “Parmalat” milk is Italian, made in Parma, and absolutely the BEST milk. It’s quite pricy, but it’s worth it!

    • Lyceer says:

      Parmalat has a strong presence in Russia. This exact milk was most likely produced at Parmalat factory in Belgorod, Russia.

  25. Brandon says:

    Interesting pictures, looks a bit different than what we have in the US but not that much different. We don’t have the ‘royal’ or anything like it. I’d LOVE to try some of the village potatoes, we have something similar I imagine here, but not in mcdonalds, although they’re called home fries here.

  26. Other than the meat, which always looks questionable, that burger looks way better than what we get in the US

  27. Moschops says:

    “Almost every one of us visits it at least a few times a months”

    Seriously? I’m revolted. Just what is your target audience that this becomes a true statement?

  28. moscowguy says:

    i havent seen any borscht there when i life in Moscow.. but in the morning they have the MakBlini… and this disgusting mak fresh.. yuk … any we also have Beer in Mx donalds in austria…. and of course red bull.

  29. Mat says:

    Whats the 2 extra drinks they get next to diet coke????

  30. gumpert says:

    mcdonalds suck so big. the images here doesnt realy tell the truth. in real life you will see pretty images in the macd shop too.. but when you get your lump of fat on a dry bun covered in sleazy ketchup and some brown letuche you know you are in macd land..
    long live the american embassy .. damn its a stinker

  31. Marc says:

    I worked in an American McDonald’s when I was younger and this one is very much like it. I wish we had potato wedges here in the US, those look tasty. It’s a shame we don’t have much in the way of Russian food here in the US, I would love to taste some of your foods too!

  32. Superkocker says:

    Don’t forget to spit on it…

  33. zw says:

    In all sincerity, I found that to be quite fascinating.

  34. chris says:

    Excellent post. Very interesting!

  35. HHHH says:

    Interesting post.
    How increadibly cheap everything is done.
    I stopped eating in MC when I concluded their quality/price ratio went off.
    Their food is tasteless, ugly and overpriced.
    I can’t stand thinking about top MC executives and owners, earning millions by selling this garbage to people.

    Only good thing I admit – Mcdonald’s coffee. (but just becasue in a city you can’t buy a cup of good coffee elsvere without paying even more).

    If compared to ANY.. literally any real restaurant MC(and its clones) suck big-time.
    I whether choose a “slow-food” establishment or eat at home.

  36. lalagirl says:

    hmm it’s not that bad, i thought there would be rats running around and like nasty food. it’s not healthy but better than i expected i guess

  37. Ben says:

    They would like you to think that is how it is done.. I however have worked there and thus will never eat there again. First i worked on the grill. they didnt even ask if i had a food handlers permit. Second when the timer goes off to throw away the food it is not thrown away. it is actually reset until the food is as dry as it could ever be and actually extremely gross. Now for the final thing. NEVER eat the grilled chicken. When you open the box to pull one of those puppies out to serve a horrible stench greets you making you want to throw up. So avoid micky ds and go somewhere they actually follow the guidelines

  38. Jove says:

    goddamn. SO MUCH MAYO

  39. Glovecundis says:

    I thought this story was well done..great job!

    What makes me laugh is people saying they will never eat at McDonald’s.Do you think they really care that you won’t buy maybe one or two burgers a year?They sell close to 20 billion of them yearly!Anyone writing that must truly feel they are important and a multi-billion dollar world wide entity will go into bankruptcy all because of you?!…Get over your selves!

    One last comment I am not sure how old some people’s computers may be but, I would like to tell you about a great application built into most PCs..It is called spell check you might want to try it out so that you don’t look like an illiterate fool, while having a childish online tantrum…WTF is lettuche?…dolt!

  40. Doug says:

    I live in California, and this looks very much like the McD’s about 1 km from where I live. To the other poster from US, it’s a Quarter-Pounder in the US, and McRoyal in the rest of the world (since they are metric and have no daily reference for “pounds”). I’ve been eating McDonalds 1-3 times per day for 30 years, and at age 62-years am still very healthy, so it can’t be all that bad for you. Hmmm. Time for lunch. Off to McDonalds, with print-out of article. The people working there will probably enjoy seeing how similar things are on the other side of the world.

  41. Doug says:

    Actually, one small difference. CO2 is delivered to McDonalds here by big tank trucks. There is a place on the side of each building where a hose attaches to fill a large tank in the basement.

  42. Pera says:

    Paulig from Finland

  43. Tim says:

    That burger looks fairly unappetizing. Thanks for sharing though.

  44. jONES says:


  45. tahrey says:

    Interesting! Everything but the salad and cheese comes in frozen by the look of it… though you’d expect as much.

    But still – “a few times a month”?! Either you need to learn to cook or there’s a serious lack of decent non-McD takeaways in your area. That kind of intake isn’t good for you (or your tastebuds…)

  46. h8GWB says:

    McDonald’s Russia has seasoned potato wedges? That’s like the opposite of KFC China, where they only have regular generic fries. Weird.

    (BTW, the KFC’s in the U.S. only serve potato wedges as fries. And just regular fries at McD.)

  47. maury says:

    “Almost every one of us visits it at least a few times a month”

    Not in my world. I am 50 living in USA and I have only had there artificial food about 5 times in my life.

  48. Papa Smurph says:

    “Almost every one of us visits it at least a few times a months, and some of us even more often”

    I don’t believe that, or at least I hope it’s not true.

  49. Allison says:

    This is truly disgusting. I know what you’re thinking – “no it’s not, it’s just food.” Well you’re wrong. Do you know how many preservatives are in the “meat” on your sandwich??? Do an experiment for me- buy a meal from McDonalds and save it for a few months. Check back on it, you won’t be able to tell if you bought it 10 minutes ago or 10 weeks ago. GROSS!

  50. rafikial says:

    This posting made me hungry. It always seem that McDonald’s abroad is better than in America.

  51. Stu says:

    If you think McDonalds looks bad, eat there with pleasure once realizing the fast food industry has some of the toughest self-made regulations in regards to the meat it serves due to the threat of severe lawsuits it would face if tainted beef made it to the consumer. Ever since the Jack in the Box fiasco in the early 90s where a handful of people got killed by E. Coli, what makes it to you in a bag sadly is probably more sanitary than what our abhorrent USDA regulation agency stamps OK as it makes its way down towards grocery store shelves. Reagan’s deregulatory ghost strikes again…

  52. Bardzo interesujący punkt widzenia autora. Świetne teksty i oryginalna szata graficzna. Stronka warta uwagi.

  53. Emily says:

    wth potato wedges at mcdonalds? and here we don’t have buns with sesame seeds x.x

  54. Ami Mercury says:

    Hey, I work at McDonald’s in Spain and it’s funny because everything is the same, LOL

  55. Tobbe says:

    It actually looks tasty compared to Swedish McD :P

  56. CD says:

    Disgusting white trash food for people who don’t know better. And that’s a lot of people.

  57. Toofey says:

    hey i want o show u that the pic with the tomato …has its bun green :O

  58. On that internet site was presented a lot of articles. All of published information are truthful.

  59. Estefanía says:

    I work on a Mcdonald’s too, but in México. and it’s exactly the same. i guess it wouldn’t be that hard to work in there. we even use the same boxes for the burgers, of course in spanish :P

  60. Baron von Rassilon says:

    To all Russians, I am sorry that McDonald’s invaded your country. We did not mean to send this cruel and unusual punishment to your country. But I wish to warn you that the ultimate conquest is on its way over, Wal-Mart. Run while you can and save yourselves!

  61. tom says:

    A lot better than Malaysia

  62. Masao says:

    Village potatoes, just like many…MANY McDonald’s “worldwide” stuff was born here, in Guatemala. They are called McPatatas, we created the McCoffes, the happy meal was an idea of the former general manager Mrs. Cofiño because back on teh 70’s kids didnt like McDonald’s food, so she added a toy to the menu and that is how it was created.

  63. Panda says:

    Reminds me of my working at mcdonalds days ^^,. cooking was the most awesome thing to do , but nooooooooo i was a girl . i had to help all the people who think its a 5 * restraunt.

  64. Roberto says:

    Its a Quarter-Pounder in Mexico too, although we use the metric system here.

    • Brentano says:

      the ”same” metric system. pounds aren’t opposed to meters dumbo -)) by the way meters are used all over the world (not only latins), only the anglo-saxons don’t use it.

      • Brentano says:

        better put, grams and meters are used all over the world (not only latins), only the anglo-saxons don’t use these metrics. Junk food/ junk culture anyway.

  65. Nanci says:

    i’d like to know why is the hamburger’s keeping time 10 minutes?
    i sometimes take them home and eat them after its keeping time’s done…
    am i gonna get sick or something? :S

  66. CAVOCOV says:


  67. Douglas says:

    I visited McD in Sydney…same as Los Angeles.

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