Travel the world enough and you will find some pretty strange takes on American fast food. Whether it’s an odd adaptation based on regional palates or simply a misunderstanding of American eats, just about every foreign fast food establishment is going to have at least one or two menu items that make you do a double take.
With that in mind, here’s a look at the five weirdest fast food items found in fast food chains abroad:
Pizza Hut’s Cheeseburger Crown Crust Pizza – Middle East
Pizza Hut has done some very “interesting” things to our beloved pizza pie, but few can top this two-in-one monstrosity sold in the Middle East. Imagine a standard thin crust pizza, surrounded by mini open face cheeseburgers built into the crust. It’s almost as if some evil, foreign Pizza Hut scientist labored to invent the most obscenely American fast food item, ever.
Wendy’s Lobster Caviar Burger – Japan
Could a fast food burger survive in America with a price tag in the area of $20? Probably not. But for those customers in Japan with big wallets and rich tastes, this seafood burger at Wendy’s may be the preferred menu item. This burger consisting of lobster chunks and caviar is, likely, too rich for most folks and is, for sure, an acquired taste.
Pizza Hut’s Kit Kat Pops – Middle East
We like the Kit Kat chocolate and wafer candy. We also like pizza dough. What we may not like is a Kat Kat buried inside of pizza dough. This odd concoction is available in select markets across the Middle East and, double yuck, apparently has a “cheesy” version.
Burger King’s Pumpkin Burger – Japan
In Japan, at least, pumpkin is more than pie filler and the gunk that come from inside a Jack O’ Lantern. The Pumpkin Burger is a pretty typical burger that just happens to contain two slices of Japanese pumpkin and an odd creamy nut sauce made up of sesame seeds, peanuts, almonds, cashews and hazelnuts. For a little bit extra, you can even go all out and get the extra “pumpkiny” burger with ten slices of pumpkin.
If there’s anything that can nullify the awesomeness of a burger with all the fixing, it’s the dreaded rice cake. Now take TWO rice cakes, toast them, and use them instead of buns and you have Singapore’s McRice Burger. Can this be as bad as it sounds? Yes, probably.