McDonald's worker shares what the burger onions really look like

Ever wondered what the deal is with the onions in McDonald’s burgers?

How does a fast food chain get so many of those perfectly cut onions chopped every day in time to keep up with orders?

Well, according to one TikTok video, technically they don’t.

A McDonald’s employee who posts on TikTok under the username @_chloe_trent_ has shared a clip of the onions being prepared.

Rather than spending time painstakingly chopping them fresh on site, the onions came dehydrated in a massive bag.

The clip, titled ‘i’m gonna get fired for dis one’ [sic] shows the employee pouring a pile of the little onion flakes into a large tub of water.

i’m gonna get fired for dis one 😏💅 #fyp #SpotlightAPI

They stir the flakes with a small scoop, evidently in the process of rehydrating them into the burger onions we all know and love.

As for where their burger onions come from, the McDonald’s website says they’re from the US, while for other items on the menu they also source onions from the UK and the Netherlands.


The video has earned over 262,000 likes so far, indicating that this has taken plenty by surprise.

However, people in the comments section are divided.

Some have shared their surprise at finding out McDonald’s staff aren’t chopping up fresh onions on site, with one writing: ‘THEY LOOK LIKE PENCIL SHAVINGS’.

Meanwhile, others aren’t so taken aback.

One person commented: ‘I mean. Dehydrating foods for export isn’t new?’

Another wrote: ‘Dehydrated to increase shelf life reduced weight to maximize shipping efficiency, and easy to prep, just rehydrate. What’s so bad about that?’ [sic]

To which the poster of the clip replied: ‘You must be so fun at parties’.

We’ve contacted McDonald’s for comment, and will update this article if we hear back.

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