It’s the follow up to last year’s all-black cheeseburger
The Aka Samurai Chicken Sandwich and Burger will be available on July 3.
Just when you thought Burger King Japan couldn’t get any crazier with their color choices (who could forget that all-black cheeseburger?), the chain announced today in a press release that they will release an all-red Aka Samurai chicken sandwich and Samurai beef burger, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The Aka (“Red”) sandwiches are made with their respective meats and topped with a red-hot sauce made of miso and hot pepper. The all-red sandwiches — their color comes from tomato powder — will be available starting July 3. The Samurai chicken is 540 yen, or about $4.40, and the Samurai beef is 690 yen, which is around $5.60.
And those all-black burgers we mentioned earlier? Burger King Japan is releasing a 2.0 version called the Kuro Shogun on August 21. The Kuro (“Black”) burger will contain deep-fried eggplant, along with a black bun, sauce, and cheese.
As terrifying as they look, the burgers must taste good (or just intrigue a lot of people) if Burger King Japan is coming up with more combinations. We’ll be on the lookout for more colors.
One slender Japanese man ate six of these four-patty burgers in 30 minutes.
Last week, our Japanese-language reporter Mr Sato found himself in training for one of the biggest food challenges of his lifetime: all-you-can-eat Burger King, limited to fries, drinks, and a massive new monstrosity called the Maximum Super One-Pound Beef Burger.
On the day of the event, however, the unthinkable happened — he became ill and had to hand the challenge over to his far less-experienced colleague, Yuuichiro Wasai.
Yuuichiro was terrified of stepping into the king of food challenges’ shoes, especially as he was called to take up the challenge on short notice…and after having eaten a huge brunch earlier in the day.
Still, he vowed to do his best so he lined up, pre-reserved ticket in hand, at the Ochanomizu Saint Clair branch in Tokyo, where the all-you-can-eat deal is currently being offered until 22 September.
The other people in line also had their tickets, and Yuuichiro couldn’t help but feel he had joined a clan of warriors, all waiting nervously for the monster battle to begin.
The foe they would be taking down was the Maximum Super One-Pound Beef Burger, which weighed in at 607 grams (1.3 pounds) and contained a hefty 2,046 kilocalories. To give you an idea of the size of the burger, it’s said to be equivalent to 2.8 McDonald’s Big Macs.
The all-you-can-eat challenge gave the joint a lively atmosphere, with Yuuichiro’s fellow warriors smiling and cheering each other on to take down as many burgers as possible. Even the staff were in a great mood, praising diners every time they went back to the counter for a new burger, making everyone in the store feel like they were part of something much bigger than themselves.
▼ It wasn’t long before Yuuichiro got to sit down with his first tray of food, which consisted of medium fries, a medium drink, and one Maximum Beef Burger.
▼ Holding it up for size reference, the burger was almost as big as his face.
▼ This is what it looked like next to an iPhone 8.
The burger itself looked fantastic — it was enticingly juicy and packed with the following ingredients: creamy mayonnaise, freshly cut onion, pickles, four slices of smoky bacon, two slices of cheddar cheese, two extra slices of cheddar cheese, 13-centimetre-wide sesame seed buns, fresh lettuce, freshly cut tomato, ketchup, salt, pepper, and FOUR flame-grilled beef patties.
Looking at the mammoth burger had Yuuichiro wondering if he’d be able to even put a dent in it, but he was here to do battle with the beast, so, with the meat sweats already dripping down his face, he took his first bite.
His taste buds immediately lit up and his veins caught fire as the four beef patties and everything else that came with it flooded his body with an instant overload of kilocalories. The burger’s juices were insanely delicious, but Yuuichiro found himself hitting a meat wall with the amount of time it took him to chew through so many flame-grilled patties.
▼ Our reporter found himself having flashbacks to this 35-patty Lotteria burger he and his colleagues once defeated many years ago.
As he was chewing, he heard a staff member pipe up with a surprised “What? Already?” Looking up, he saw that the person next to him had already finished one whole burger in the time it had taken Yuuichiro to take two bites. Confused, he looked around and saw other people were also close to finishing, and even a schoolgirl nearby was already ordering her second burger.
Yuuichiro gulped down some of his drink to help him pick up speed. He got about halfway in and then the meat wall came up to meet him again. Slowing down to a pace Mr Sato would be ashamed of, Yuuichiro lowered all expectations, deciding he would be happy if he could just…finish…this…one.
The thirty-minute food frenzy continued, with Yuuichiro’s fellow warriors demolishing one, then two, then three burgers. Once time was up, there was one clear winner — a man who went through SIX burgers — and one clear loser, Yuuichiro, who just managed to finish only one.
Tail between his legs, Yuuichiro decided to make up for his shameful performance by asking to take a photo of the six-burger-eating warrior who put everyone to shame on the day.
▼ Because, you know, Mr Sato ought to at least know what the competition looks like.
With tickets to the all-you-can-eat event priced at 1,900 yen (US$18.08), devouring six burgers meant it took around five minutes for this valiant warrior to finish each one, with the burgers working out to be around three bucks each. On the other hand, our reporter paid close to 20 bucks for one burger, which took him half an hour to eat.
That’s certainly one of our worst food challenge results ever, but hey — it could’ve been worse. At least he made it through one burger, right? We doubt if Mr Sato will see it that way, and needless to say, Yuuichiro is now doing everything he can to avoid bumping into Mr Sato at the office. Because there’s a good chance he’ll be confined to this cardboard box house at work until he learns to eat like a true warrior.
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Burger King Japan launched a new burger called the Spicy Yakuyoke Whopper that can allegedly ward off the bad spirits of the new year. In Japanese, yakuyoke translates to "dodging curses" or "protection against misfortune." Therefore, as the new year begins, this appetizing burger will help customers ring in a prosperous and curse-free year.
In Japan, it's a tradition to visit a shrine or temple at the start of a new year to pick up a yakuyoke charm that protects its holder from evil spirits. However, the coronavirus pandemic has made it harder for some people to go out and get their new yakuyoke, so Burger King is bringing the charm straight to the home.
The fast-food chain released a video that features some Burger King employees at Tokyo's Jindaiji Temple. In the video, the employees bring the Spicy Yakuyoke Whoppers with them so each burger can be blessed by monks. The fires that cleanse the burger simulate the fire used to grill Burger King's infamous patties, hence the chain's ability to create a burger that wards off evil spirits. The red and white paper the Yakuyoke whopper is wrapped in is reminiscent of the Japanese Daruma, which is another talisman of perseverance and good luck.
The Spicy Yakuyoke Whopper is topped with cheddar cheese, pickles, tomatoes, and onions all within a toasted sesame bun. However, the real curse-warding magic comes in the burger's sauce. The whopper is slathered with a sauce that contains garlic chips and chili powder from Kyoto called "Nihon ichi karai ougon ichimi" or "the spiciest golden flavoring in Japan." The sauce is the spiciest sauce Burger King has ever used customers will receive a free Yakuyoke mint to help cleanse their palate after eating the evil-fighting burger.
The Yakuyoke Whopper will be sold at participating Burger King restaurants in Japan until January 28. It will cost customers 780 yen for the Whopper or 1,080 yen to make it a meal (About $7 for Whopper or $10 for the meal). Either way, it's a good deal for a burger that keeps you free of curses and evil spirits for the year.
To increase your prosperity in 2021, Burger King Japan is also selling the "2021 Yin Metal Ox Good Luck Set." This lucky meal is a family feast that includes one Yakuyoke Whopper, one regular Whopper, one five-piece coconut shrimp, two five-piece chicken nuggets, one order of onion rings, three orders of apple pie, and three hash browns. This box set will add good luck to each customer's health, finances, relationships, and love life.
This isn't the first sandwich that Burger King created to commemorate an entire year. Burger King Brazil also developed a 2020 burger that encompassed everything we hated about the year, rendering it inedible.
So, would you take a trip to Japan to try the evil-warding Yakuyoke Whopper? Let us know in the comments! We wish you all a prosperous and lucky 2021!
Burger King launches black burger in Japan – and no, it's not just burnt
It may look like leftover burnt scraps of a late-summer barbecue, stuffed with melted tyre fillings, but this bizarre black combination is just Burger King’s latest menu option for Japan.
The incinerated-looking buns are darkened with bamboo charcoal, and the same has been used to give the poisonous-looking cheese its melted-tar look. The beef burgers, meanwhile, have added black pepper, and are topped with an onion and garlic sauce mixed with squid ink.
The international chain says it is the third time it has released a goth-like burger (the others had black buns and black ketchup) and diners have so far given them a “favourable reception.”
Strange as they seem, however, Burger King’s Kuro Pearl and Kuro Diamond are not the first black burgers around.
The Spanish dish arroz negre, a rice casserole made with squid ink. Photograph: Alamy Photograph: Alamy
Opso in London does a fish burger and squid ink bun, while French burger chain Quick created a black bun – named Dark Vador – in 2012 to mark the release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 3D.
Then there are the regional dishes that prove black foods are more than a gimmick, from the Spanish Arros Negre (a cuttlefish and rice dish) to squid ink risotto, black pasta – and, of course, black pudding.
Black pasta. Photograph: Alamy
While in 2009, jelly-makers Bompas and Parr held an all-black banquet using, among other things, black truffles, blackberries and caviar. The idea, according to Sam Bompas, was based around the fact that “black food is actually a luxury, a way of laughing at death to overcome it”.
It may be an extravagant claim for the purveyors of fast food, but it certainly adds a dash of danger to your burger.
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Burger King has gotten stuck in gimmicks
When CNN took a look at just why Burger King had fallen behind some of their biggest competitors, part of the reason, they said, was that they were focusing on the wrong thing. Instead of focusing on, say, adding new menu items that will get people coming back regularly, Burger King went a different route: the gimmick.
What do they mean? Take 2018's Halloween stunt, when they released their creepy-looking "Nightmare King," for example. The limited-time burger contained — the ad campaign claimed — a particular combination of proteins and ingredients that would interfere with sleep patterns and cause nightmares. The actual science was a little questionable, but here's the thing — while it undoubtedly got people in the door wanting to give the Nightmare King a try, it wasn't something that kept people coming back. They stopped in, they got their weird green burger, and then they went about their usual routine when the promotion ended.
Momentum slowed, sales declined again, and it didn't work nearly as well as, say, creating a new type of Whopper that would become a popular menu staple. Gimmicks are great, but the novelty wears off. Bling is short-term, and what Burger King needs is long-term, devoted customers who love their products and can't get them anywhere else.
Burger King Onion Rings Recipe (Copycat)
If you’re familiar with Burger King then you have to be aware of the awesome onion rings they serve up across their restaurants all over the world. The Burger King onion rings are universal when you’re eating in the United States or Japan or Australia. Great news for those who really enjoy this tasty side dish.
These can be described as the ultimate side dish to accompany any of the Burger King main dishes or even have by themselves. These onion rings are so delicious that I set out on a mission to replicate them for myself. As a result, you will find my copycat version of these battered onion rings.
Undoubtedly these are popular in the US considering how many American’s consume them at the the various Burger King restaurants around. BK although not entirely known for their onion-rings have an incredible offering that is worth indulging in every now and then.
Burger King Launches Avocado Whopper Burger
Last month, Burger King introduced a Banana Avocado ice cream dessert range which, unfortunately, wasn’t very well-received. Netizens complained that they could only taste the banana flavour and the desserts had barely any hint of avo.
But the fast food chain is not giving up on the fruit. Starting from today (October 29), it’s launching other avocado-themed items: the Avocado Whopper and the Avocado Tendergrill Chicken Burger. Each burger comes with fresh slices of avocado, and you can top up 90 cents for three extra slices of avo. At least you can console yourself that you’re making your fast food meal just a bit healthier with a superfruit lah.
Burger King’s famed Whopper burger gets a hipster cafe upgrade with avocado slices layered on top of its usual beef patty, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, pickles and a mayo-ketchup dressing in between toasted sesame buns. A Value Meal includes french fries and a soft drink.
Meanwhile, the grilled chicken burger features a chicken thigh patty topped with tomatoes, lettuce and mayo with sesame seed buns.
It’s not just McDonald’s who is rolling out its own merch now. Burger King has also created a special T-shirt with its iconic logo to raise funds for the Association for Persons with Special Needs (its fast food restaurants currently employ individuals with special needs). The limited-edition T-shirt ($20 each) is available only till December. It comes in two colourways, white and black. $14 from the proceeds of each T-shirt will benefit the Association.
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Burger King Whopper
In 1954, in Miami, Florida, James McLamore and David Edgerton built the first Burger King Restaurant. By 1991 more than 6,400 Burger King outlets could be found in forty countries and all fifty states. That gives this burger giant more than $6 billion is sales each year, making it the country's second-largest fast food chain.
For many, the favorite item on the menu is a flame-broiled hamburger conceived by the partners on a business trip from Orlando to Miami in 1957. Dubbed the "Whopper," this sandwich is overwhelmingly popular figures show that Burger King sells more than 540 million annually, or nearly 2 million each day. And with more than 1,023 different combinations of the eight ingredients, including a vegetarian version, you really can "have it your way." Try this Burger King Whopper copycat recipe today!
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- 1 sesame-seed hamburger bun
- 1/4 pound ground beef
- Pinch salt
- 3 dill pickle slices
- 1 teaspoon ketchup
- 3 to 4 onion rings
- 2 tomato slices
- 1/4 cup chopped iceberg lettuce
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1. Preheat a barbecue grill on high.
2. Toast both halves of the bun, face down, in a hot skillet. Set aside.
3. Form the beef into a thin patty slightly larger than the bun.
4. Lightly salt the hamburger patty and cook it on the barbecue grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side.
5. Build the burger in the following stacking order from the bottom up: