You may as well call Donald Gorske “The King of Big Macs”.  

After first obtaining the Guinness World Records title for the most Big Mac burgers eaten in a lifetime in 1999, Donald has now bested his record 22 years later, after totaling his new burger-eating count to 32,340 Big Macs. 

Although the Fond du Lac, Wisconsin (USA) resident was officially verified for his Big Mac feat in the late 90s, he has been consuming an average of two Big Macs a day since 1972.  

Why, you ask? According to Donald, he can’t get enough.  

“I love hamburgers like no other food. I am closing in on 50 years of eating them next year, after eating a Big Mac every single day. This is a McDonald’s Big Mac – it's the best sandwich in the world! When I like something, I stick with it all the time.”  

Donald’s routine involves eating two Big Mac burgers per day, meaning a grand total of 14 a week. 


His fast-food journey began May 17, 1972 after he got his first car. At that point, he would eat up to 9 burgers a day!  

“I drove straight to McDonald’s, got my first three Big Macs, then got in the car and ate them. In that moment I said ‘I’m going to probably eat these for the rest of my life’. I through the cartons in the back of my seat, and started counting them from day one.”  

As one can imagine, Donald takes Big Mac consumption quite seriously, and has kept track of every single burger he has eaten since that day in 1972.  

In fact, he has every container, along with every receipt, organized in boxes and pouches by year! He even marks when he gets them on a daily calendar to keep tabs on his frequency.  

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Big Macs even play a role in Donald’s relationships! When he was dating his now-wife Mary, she would sometimes bring him a Big Mac as a surprise.  

“Don Gorske did not tell me about his Big Mac obsession when we first met, I’m not sure It was quite an obsession then, he ate Big Macs every day. Sometimes I would even bring him a Big Mac, I just didn’t realize it would go on forever." - Mary Gorske 

With 563 calories per sandwich, many wonder how Donald is able to maintain his health while consuming so much fast food.  

Donald says his secret is mainly eating the two burgers per day as his general meals and skipping out on the french fries.  

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Even with over 30,000 Big Macs in his system, Don still has a great blood sugar level, an exceptionally good cholesterol, and walks about six miles per day to maintain his health.  

He has even passed down his Big Mac passion from generation to generation, taking pictures with his granddaughter Serena trying her first Big Mac!  

Many people all over the world who have heard Donald’s story have written to him and sent him their McDonald’s collectibles items knowing he will appreciate them. Most are vintage from several decades ago.  

However, one thing is for certain. As time goes on, Don will continue his love of the Big Mac burger for the rest of his life, as he plans on officially updating his record title in the years to come.