In these tough economic times, we’re all looking for good deals. A lot of restaurants have been promoting their value menus. You can’t go to a McDonald’s without seeing their advertising for their McDouble and McChicken, each for only a dollar. Neither are all that great on their own, but together, it’s something pretty good.

I like this Special because it really combines the “nerd” and the “lunch” parts beautifully. I got the idea for the double-meat from an episode of Buffy, The Vampire Slayer when Buffy was forced to work at the Doublemeat Palace for some income. In the show, the restaurant combined hamburgers and chicken sandwiches for a tasty signature item that I just had to try.

The first place I tried it was Sonic. It was tasty, but I’ve landed on McDonald’s being the best choice to concoct this special.

Start by ordering a McDouble and a McChicken. I recommend these cheaper items and I’ll tell you why in a bit.

You open the wrappers. By default, the sandwiches come the following ways:

top bun
condiments (ketchup, mustard, pickle, onions)
two hamburger patties
bottom bun

top bun
condiments (mayonnaise and lettuce)
chicken patty
bottom bun

So it’s really quite simple. Flip those sandwiches over and remove the bottom bun from each.

Then combine the top bun, fixins, and meat remaining and you have the Double-Meat Sandwich.

This does leave two bottom buns. What to do with those? You could simply eat them or toss them.

Me, I like to get the small fry and make a “Fry Sandwich.” Slap some fries between those buns and load them up with ketchup or your choice of condiment and gorge yourself in a starchfest.

If you like the McDonald’s version, you might be tempted to try this elsewhere, right? Makes sense. If McDonald’s is good, then a Wendy’s or Burger King version should rock! I’d recommend against that. I have a Double-Meat Theory. My theory is that you’re aiming for a score of ten total. A McDonald’s McDouble isn’t so bad…maybe a 6 out of 10. The McChicken isn’t all that great, but palatable…say, a 4 out of 10. Together, they make a 10.

Try that with Whopper, Jr. and the oddly tasty chicken sandwich at BK and you’re overshooting the 10 by quite a bit. Same with Wendy’s. And for whatever reason, the taste of two great things that are great on their own, conflict with one another. Still, experiment away. I’d love to hear where you think this works best.