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McDonald’s Japan is known for their more experimental learning when compared to the United State’s most popular fast food franchise. On April 4 McDonald’s Japan did something that would be unthinkable here in the States, it discontinued the iconic Quarter Pounder line of burgers. Although Japanese fans of the burger were understandably upset, they got a tasty new treat that may fill the gap the Quarter Pounder left in the new “Gran” line of burgers.
On April 5 McDonald’s Japan debuted the “Gran” burgers in its restaurants, a move which it hopes will help revitalize the menu. These three new Gran burgers are a bit fancier fare than we in the States are used to, and the Gran Clubhouse, Gran Teriyaki, and Gran Bacon Cheese have me envious of Japanese McDonald’s patrons.
All three burgers are served on steamed buns which give the bread a softer and fluffy feel. The Gran Clubhouse uses a host of ingredients to make an explosive taste. Onions, lettuce, tomato, white cheddar cheese, sauce, two slices of bacon, and a beef patty all combine for a succulent taste experience.
For those who don’t mind being a little messier, the Gran Teriyaki offers a more traditional Japanese taste. The tomato sets off this burger with texture and tang and gives it an injection of western flavor that makes the sandwich delectable, and to top it off the lettuce accentuates the Teriyaki flavor with a burst of clean aqua taste.
The third sandwich rounding out the Gran line is the Gran Bacon and Cheese. As the name implies, the appeal here is the two kinds of cheddar cheese and the thick strip of bacon. This burger hits your tongue with much more force than most McDonald’s offerings and the ketchup, mustard, and onion make a welcome, but not entirely necessary appearance in this burger’s flavor profile.
Unfortunately, these Gran burgers are limited to Japanese McDonald’s only, and in the states, the restaurant isn’t exactly known for its willingness to change things up too much. However, with more and more people eating out than ever, perhaps McDonald’s will step up its offerings to help set itself apart from other cheap burger joints.
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