McDonald’s and the Big Mac may seem like they have been together forever, but actually, the fast food chain flourished for years before the Big Mac was even introduced. Though the original McDonald’s restaurant was founded in 1940, and the biggest name in McDonald’s history, Ray Kroc, opened his first location in 1955, the Big Mac didn’t come into existence until April 22, 1967 – when franchise owner Michael “Jim” Delligatti put it on his menu.
Sadly, Delligatti passed away on Monday at the age of 98, but his legacy won’t be forgotten by McDonald’s patrons around the world, probably for generations to come.
Delligatti first began selling a burger featuring “two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame-seed bun” for just 45 cents at one of his franchise locations in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Even the infamous “special sauce” was his invention – later revealed to be a mix of mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, yellow mustard, white wine vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika.