When I came back from the States, I was greeted by more of America.
Japanese McDonald’s version of America, that is.
I saw the sign almost as soon as I stepped off the plane:
Grand Canyon Burger
A few days ago, I finally tried it. The newest burger in the Big America Series at McDonald’s in Japan.
This is what the official McDonald’s website has to say about it:
The distinctive Grand Canyon Burger is filled with beef patty and steak patty. The Grand Canyon is a World Heritage Site in the western U.S., and the Grand Canyon Burger conjures images of the three-layer rock-face using three buns and the color differences in the layers with two types of cheese (cheddar cheese and mozzarella). The Grand Canyon Burger packs a punch, towering with egg and beef patties. The steak sauce is the clincher, combining with the texture and flavor of onions, soy sauce, and smokey flavoring, making it a burger with a steak flavor that all Japanese will love.
Now, my take on the burger:
First, on top, a bun, maybe whole wheat, but probably not, with many crumblies, which do not appear to be sesame.
Then egg. Sort of like a short cylinder egg slab.
Next, maybe some ketchup, but I’m not sure.
I got through half the burger, and then I found that the second layer also had relish. I hate pickles. I think only half of the burger got relish on it though. How strange.
Then, meat patty.
Next, some sort of onion-straw things.
Under that, a cheese of some sort. Probably America. This is part of the Big America Series of burgers, after all.
After that, another bun. Sort of a flattish one this time, to make the burger more symmetrical or something.
Then, more meat!
Next, some sort of sauce. Unlike the Idaho Burger, I rather liked this sauce. It was reminiscent of sweet-and-sour sauce a bit.
After that, a lighter cheese. It reminded me of swiss, although I’m sure it was something else.
And, last, bun.
So, in conclusion, although I can’t say it really made me think of the Grand Canyon (not that I’ve ever been to it, sigh), I did really like this burger. Next time, if I ever get it (limited time!), I’ll definitely ask for no relish. That stuff is awful, and I thought I escaped it when I came to Japan. Although the burger is a little like a “Cheesy Western,” famous at a truck-stop in my JHS and HS town, it is its own entity.
You can also catch the commercial for the Japanese McDonald’s Grand Canyon Burger.
Originally published on my old blog on January 13, 2012.