Some people consider everything McDonald’s makes to be inedible, but these international menu items take the cake. Or rather, take the burger. Even if you’re not a chain restaurant kind of person when you travel you’ll want to hit McDonalds to check out these crazy items! You may not want to eat them, but you’ll certainly want to take a look at them.
1 McCurry Pan: India
A mix of American and fast food and traditional Indian, this is probably not the best of both worlds. It does look interesting, though—it’s shaped like a square and it’s covered with all kinds of spices. You can get it vegetarian, or opt to add chicken.
2 Greek Mac: Greece
If you’re going to name a menu item after an entire country, it had better reflect that country, by darn. And I have to admit that this actually sort of does (other than the problematic fact that it’s from McDonald’s). It’s beef in a pita, smothered in yoghurt sauce and veggies. You can’t get more Greek than a pita. I’d go to McDonald’s more often if they served pitas in my hometown.
3 McLobster: Canada
I don’t know about you, but I don’t really want seafood from McDonald’s. Canadians, however, apparently don’t feel the same way. This is kind of like a lobster roll—but it’s not. It’s just not.
4 Taro Pie: Asia
Fried purple fruit? Count me out! To be fair, I’m not sure I would eat that no matter who cooked it or how it was cooked. Eggplant has ruined purple food for me forever. Surprisingly, these are actually very popular all over Asia.
5 Sausage and Egg Twisty Pasta: Hong Kong
I’ve never seen pasta offered at McDonald’s, but to be honest, this doesn’t look too bad. In case you’ve never tried a fried egg on pasta, let me enlighten you: it is delicious. And of course, sausage only makes everything better. The veggies are a little weird, but hey, you can always eat around veggies.
6 Gratin Croquette Burger: Japan
Deep fried macaroni and—crab? On a bun? With cheese and some kind of indistinguishable sauce? Sounds like lunch. You know what your mom always says: “You can’t know if you like it if you don’t try it.”
7 Nurnburger: Germany
McDonald’s did not invent this crazy sandwich, believe it or not. This makes me trust it a little more. The nurnburger is a popular German dish. It’s made with a few sausages packed inside a bun. It’s topped with a variety of things, but mustard is one of the most popular condiments. I’m a little confused: is this really a burger? It kind of seems more like a hotdog.
8 Cordon Bleu Burger: Poland
This sounds a whole lot fancier than it actually is. It’s just chicken, eggs, and bacon on a biscuit. And guess what? You don’t have to travel to Poland to get it. You can order it on the secret menu right here in the good old U. S. of A. And probably pretty much anywhere else in the world.
9 Bacon Roll: United Kingdom
Bacon and ketchup in a flat bun seems like something you could probably whip up in your own kitchen faster than you could drive to McDonald’s. It also sounds like something you make on the last day you can possibly get away without going grocery shopping. Still, if you must try it at McDonald’s, you’ll find in the United Kingdom, made responsibly from locally-sourced pigs.
10 Veg Supreme McMuffin: India
Veggie patties can be a decent meat replacement, but a spinach patty? Really? And in the morning? Yikes! To top it all off, it includes a minty sauce, just to make sure it’s as bizarre as possible.
When we travel, we sometimes hit the chain restaurants that we’re familiar with from home, expecting that they’ll serve all of our favorites. Turns out, they offer some surprises that cater to the locals. Who knew you could sample a foreign culture at McDonald’s?