Man sets world record for eating Big Macs almost daily for 50 years

A McDonald's Big Mac is seen on a tray on April 30, 2018 in Miami, Florida.
A McDonald's Big Mac is seen on a tray on April 30, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Photo credit Joe Raedle/Getty Images

You have to love what you eat if you want to consume it every day, and for many of us the thing we love isn't a juicy carrot. In fact, for one Wisconsin man, the thing he loves to eat is a Mcdonald's Big Mac and he has had one nearly every day for 50 years.

And he's not stopping anytime soon.

"I'll probably be eating Big Macs every day for the rest of my life," Donald Gorske told the Guinness Book of World Records.

To put 50 years into perspective, since 1972, there have been 10 presidents, three of whom have been impeached or resigned, five hosts of the Tonight Show, the Hubble Telescope was launched and replaced, and the Red Sox and Cubs have won more championships than the 50 years prior.

Nonetheless, through it all, Gorske has enjoyed what he calls the "best sandwich in the world" almost every day for five decades, most of the time eating two Big Macs every day.

In August 2021, Gorske was celebrated for eating the most Big Macs in a lifetime at 32,340. But on May 17, Gorske hit another mark, the 50-year anniversary of when he first started eating them almost daily.

Over the last half-century, there have only been eight days that Gorske has missed having his daily Big Mac, according to Guinness.

"When I like something, I stick with it all the time," Gorske said.

To celebrate the momentous day, Gorske went to wear it all started in 1972, his local McDonald's restaurant in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. At the restaurant, Gorske has his photo hanging, and on Tuesday, a sign was outside that read "Congrats Don on 50 years of Macs."

In 1999, Gorske was first officially recognized for the most Big Mac burgers eaten in one lifetime when he hit 15,490. In the last 22 years, he has more than doubled that number, and he keeps track by collecting every receipt and individual burger carton.

When Gorske says he loves the Big Mac, he means it as he says his other ventures with famous burgers only leave him wanting the real thing.

"I had one Burger King Whopper in 1984 and one Topper double burger in 1984," Gorske said. "There are a lot of other burger chains that I have never had the desire to try."