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Fast Foods of the World: Big America 1 & 2 and the Big Egg

It’s been a little while since I bravely stepped into the world of weird international fast food, the last being my Traveller’s Guide on Flush The Fashion. Today I’m going to look at McDonald’s Japan’s “Big America” promotion of 2010, which was so successful they launched a sequel in early 2011.


The original “Big America” promotion introduced four (supposedly) authentic burgers featuring the flavours of American states:

  • the Texas Burger with bacon, fried onions and barbecue sauce
  • the New York Burger with Monterrey Jack cheese, bacon, tomato, lettuce and a grainy mustard sauce
  • the California burger with spicy cheese, bacon, tomato, lettuce and a sauce made with Californian red wine
  • the Hawaiian Burger with special gravy, an Egg McMuffin-style fried egg, bacon, lettuce and an American cheese slice (and bizarrely, no pineapple)

The “Big America 2” promotion included a new Texas Burger, and three other odd creations:

  • the Texas 2 Burger with spicy chili beans, bacon, onions and cheese with a central Big Mac style bun
  • the Idaho Burger with grainy mustard sauce,  bacon, onions and a circular fried hash-brown potato patty
  • the Miami Burger with tortilla chips and spicy chili sauce
  • the Manhattan Burger with mozzarella cheese, lettuce, onions, and a slice of pastrami inside an artisan bun.

Don’t fancy any of those? Try the Mega Tamago burger, considered by many to be the greatest McDonald’s burger ever. It’s basically a modified double Big Mac, with one patty replaced by an egg and some bacon thrown in for good measure. It does look interesting, although I’m not sure about egg with Big Mac sauce – and I think I’ll pass on the Double Mega Tamago Burger (warning: link not safe for those with a weak stomach or a nervous disposition).

Still hungry? Oh go on then, have a McHotDog….not to be confused with Taiwanese rapper MC Hot Dog. Hmm, that’s an unfortunate coincidence.

For a much nicer look at McDonald’s burgers, take a look at this piece I’m very jealous of from The Food Pornographer.