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When you go to McDonald's and wants to order a hamburger but dry, meaning no sauces, no vegetables and no other extras. What's the exact phrase for that in English?

Asked by Ranimi23 (1917points) July 13th, 2010

I just remember having a problem with it in restaurants. I always wanted to order meat, but without various sauces and vegetables in it. It might be put aside. The waitress never understood me. Does this have a different expression in English that is accurate to say that it would be obvious what I want?

Saying dry hamburger isn’t working :-/

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wilma's avatar

Yeah, I think naked would probably work.

Coloma's avatar

Or just ‘plain’...a plain burger.

Ranimi23's avatar

Naked hamburdger? To me it sound funny.
Naked can be a food also and not just a person?


ipso's avatar


“A plain hamburger with just meat and bread please”

(edit – as @Coloma just pointed out)

janbb's avatar

My son always says “with nothing on it.’ Then the waitress usually asks, “No ketchup? No lettuce? You don’t want tomato?” and he reiterates, “Nothing” and gets it plain.

TexasDude's avatar

“Plain, nothin’ on it.”

filmfann's avatar

Hamburger patty on a bun. That’s all.

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SuperMouse's avatar

We tend to go with either naked or “just patty and bun.”

chyna's avatar

Hamburger, plain. Or hamburger minus everything.

aprilsimnel's avatar

When I worked there, the term was “plain”.

Jude's avatar

Hamburger patty and bun with nothing on it.

jca's avatar

i order like this sometimes for my toddler and i say “with nothing on it, no ketchup, nothing, just plain.” that’s usually descriptive enough to get into their skulls.

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JLeslie's avatar

A McDonalds employee might not know what naked means, even though I think the term is common usage in restaurants. I agree with @jca say “nothing on it, no toppings, just a burger and bread please.” McD’s in the states, not sure where you are, does not have any lettuce or tomato on their hambugers or quarter pounders; just ketchup, mustard, onion, and pickle. I get my burger just ketchup all of the time and I never have a problem.

Jeruba's avatar

I would order it plain and probably add “That’s with nothing, just plain.” It doesn’t hurt to say things twice. People who work at McDonald’s might have limited vocabularies for handling orders.

“Dry” would not be understood the way you mean it.

JLeslie's avatar

Oh, I just saw @aprilsimnel post. She worked there, so her voice should count most. Plain. Simple enough. But, I would still specify nothing on it, because what if the person behind the counter thinks you mean a hamburger, not a cheeseburger, and still puts the other stuff on it? I have this problem all of the time, not at McD’s though. I order a sandwich with just lettuce. ONLY lettuce, and they still put a mess of mayo on the bun. Ugh.

Pandora's avatar

A plain burger without the works.
A kiddy burger.

JLeslie's avatar

@Pandora Even the burgers in Happy Meals have stuff on them.

jaytkay's avatar

“Plain. Burger and bread. Nothing else”

Pandora's avatar

@JLeslie True.
So I guess they can ask for some meat and bread. :)
Doesn’t matter. They can show a picture of what they want and it will still get messed up!

john65pennington's avatar

We order this for our border collie all the time. the correct jargon that the workers understand is this…...a plain childs hamburger, please. no problems.

shadling21's avatar

“Plain” works. “No toppings”, too. Good luck with ordering!

JLeslie's avatar

@Ranimi23 In America the hamburger, is the small burger found in a Happy Meal, but you can order it separately. The Quarter Pounder is typically what adults order (although I typically get a happy meal, but that is besides the point). I only mention because people are saying things like kiddie burger, and plain child hamburger, and that will mean you get the very small hamburger. You can get the larger one plain also. I am not sure if you are using the word hamburger generically, or literally as the McD’s menu would read.

jonsblond's avatar

I do what @jca does. You need to be very descriptive, or they may get the order wrong. My daughter likes to get the double cheeseburger Mighty Kids Meal (without onion and pickle). That’s how we order it. Just tell them what you don’t want on it.

aveffects's avatar

Can i have it plan please just the meat no extras

Ranimi23's avatar

Thanks people :-)
I think I am learning by using Fluther more english than I had ever learned before.
Now I going to enjoy my vacation with food, just plain cheesburger, with nothing on it.

perspicacious's avatar

hamburger, hold everything but the meat

JLeslie's avatar

@perspicacious In this low carb environment you might not even get the bread with that sentence.

perspicacious's avatar

@JLeslie Laughing. Maybe you are right.

JLeslie's avatar

@perspicacious Crazier things have happened. I am like Sally in a restaurant. Typically I change something, and it is unbelievable how things get screwed up, forgotten, or misinterpreted.

UScitizen's avatar

On hamburger, please. No ketchup, no mustard, no pickle, no onion. You are covered.

Ranimi23's avatar

Hi everyone, now after my vaction I can tell you what worked the best:
Plain haburger, with only cheese, nothing else in it.Just bread and hambutger with cheese please.

I had trouble with the sizes of the Big-Mac, it was smaller than I used to, but that’s OK.
The food is the same food and the same taste all around the world :-)

Strauss's avatar

The food is the same food and the same taste all around the world

That is how McDonalds changed the meat industry, first in the US, then world-wide.

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