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Everybody knows McDonald’s has some pretty crazy items in other countries (Vegemite McMuffin FTW!), but they’ve also got some pretty tasty items that you’d be crazy not to dive right into — and that they’re crazy for not selling here, because people would undoubtedly go crazy for them. Crazy. Here are the 12 best.

1. Prime Rib Burger, Israel

Sure, they make you serve in the military, but at least you can fill up after your 60mi morning run with a lineup of charcoal-grilled burgers made outta prime rib and rib meat patties. This is the Big New York, topped with whatever the hell Royal Sauce is.

2. Texan Burger, South Africa

South Africa’s Texan Burger has barbecue sauce on it, like many burgers actually from Texas. Unlike burgers actually from Texas, they punch it up with a hashbrown, making it the perfect brunch burger. Or excuse to have a burger at brunch.

3. Samurai Pork Burger, Thailand

You won’t feel like committing seppuku after eating this Thailand specialty: the Samurai Pork Burger jammed with teriyaki-glazed pork.

4. Bacon Potato Pie, Japan

If you’re in Japan and don’t like seafood, that’s totally cool, because there’s this thing called bacon potato pie. Those brilliant bastards took a pie crust, stuffed it with nothing but bacon and mashed potatoes, and deep-fried the lot of it.

5. Pizza McPuff, India

In India, you can get a friggin’ pizza Hot Pocket at Mickey D’s. They call it a Pizza McPuff, and it’s easy to eat while driving around in your Tata.

6. Nacho Jr, Finland

The fact that this is on a Finnish menu and not an American one is bewildering. Take a burger, load it down with tortilla chips, salsa, and sour cream, call it the Nacho Jr, and boom: the perfect American Tex-Mex-style burger, made fresh daily in Helsinki.

7. McVicky Tzatziki, Germany

The German McVicky Tzatziki comes with a healthy dose of cheese cubes, onions, and of course gyro meat. These countries are getting pretty confusing all of a sudden.

8. Deep-Fried Balls of Camembert, Ireland

Leave it to Ireland to make the perfect fast food Guinness-accoutrement: deep-fried balls of Camembert.

9. Chicken Maharaja Mac, India

What do you do if you can’t decide between a McChicken and a Big Mac? Why, go to India, of course, where the Chicken Maharaja Mac is the best of both greasy worlds.

10. Black Diamond, Japan

Wait at least 45min before skiing expert-level slopes after eating Japan’s Black Diamond, which smothers Emmental cheese and grilled onions in an egg yolk and black truffle sauce.

11. Moutard Boeuf, France

You’ll never be able to pronounce it, so you might as well shove one in your face before you even try. It’s France’s Moutard Boeuf, for which they put a burger on a baguette, add a couple of potato cakes, top it with mustard, and call it done.

12. McKroket, Netherlands

Slotting somewhere below the decriminalization of soft drugs and above the sadly Oompa-Loompa-less Heineken brewery, this Dutch treat, called the McKroket, is essentially a beef ragout that’s breaded and fried, topped with a mustard sauce, and served in a bun. Pro Tip: Eat it with mayo-drenched Vlaamse frites.

This post was written by Aaron Miller and originally appeared under the title 12 crazy foreign McDonald’s items that should absolutely be sold in America at Thrillist, a Matador syndication partner.



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  • Simon

    I think you can add the McPoutine to that list.

  • Gina

    While I find your style of writing entertaining, I don’t like the way you insult the Dutch. Fact is they legalized it but they have way less pot heads then here on the west coast. How do I know?
    I don’t only travel, but lived many years in different countries. That gives me respect for the countries I lived in.

  • Tea, Cake and Make

    For some reason I want to at least try all of these… hm! I’m not really a Mc Donalds fan but I’m addicted to trying regional food, or at least regional variations on things!

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