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MrBeast Goes Bold By Launching 300-Unit Burger Chain Nationwide

Prolific YouTuber MrBeast is now also the owner of a burger chain that rivals In-N-Out and Shake Shack when it comes to size.

His new delivery-only concept, MrBeast Burger, marks one of the most ambitious moves a media personality has taken in the food space to date. MrBeast isn’t just committing money or a bit of ownership stake into a brand, he’s the full owner and is working with 300 different ghost kitchen locations to bring his burgers nationwide.

In comparison, Shake Shack has just under 300 locations while In-N-Out is nearing 400, putting the YouTuber’s concept on par when it comes to spread.

MrBeast, who is known for giving away absurd amounts of money in viral video challenges, has gained a ton of consumer appeal and brand recognition. As a result, on opening night for the chain, many locations had hour-long waits (and the initial drive-thru concept itself had a line miles of cars long), and even causing an app made to handle orders to crash.

To open the way he did is also a monumental challenge. Most restaurant concepts start out as a single location that specialize in a few items, become celebrated for that, then make enough money to branch out and eventually franchise. Viral success stories like Slapfish, The Halal Guys, and Afters Ice Cream are all examples of that.

Instead, MrBeast launched 300 locations from the jump, all at once, betting on his brand name and virality to carry all of the spots to financial success.

While it’s still too early to tell if all of the locations are doing well financially, we were able to sample the burgers to see what they’re like.

I managed to procure a burger the day the chain opened, and was honestly impressed at how good the quality was. MrBeast’s chain is a smashburger concept, and the patties have a great sear and solid flavor to them. The toppings and condiments are all pretty standard, but overall is a solid burger.

To be honest, I would rank these just below Shake Shack when it comes to the realm of chain restaurant burgers, although as a SoCal local, it’s not going to be beating places like Tommy’s anytime soon.

The one spot that may have some concern is that when it comes to delivery, burgers aren’t something I think of that necessarily travel well. Smashburgers, especially, are something you want to eat on the spot, scalding your tongue with beefy and cheesy goodness moments after it gets off the griddle.

Still, in the times of a pandemic, it is a consistent and reliable option that I would co-sign, and for a franchise as big as MrBeast Burger is already, that’s what they should be striving for.

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Fast Food

Burger King Japan’s Extreme Burger Is 1lb Of Meat And Doesn’t Mess With Buns

Photo courtesy of Burger King Japan

Whenever craving a fast-food burger, for me, the meatier, the better. When Burger King Japan dropped a new burger that featured an incremental amount of meat and nixed the burger buns, my jaw dropped.

The Japanese branch of the iconic Burger King chain just introduced the Extreme Burger.

Boasting more than 1 pound of meat, the sandwich features four juicy beef patties, tomato, lettuce, pickles, onions, and cheese.

Customers who find stability in burger buns may need to look elsewhere. Though a slightly more expensive version with buns, dubbed the Maximum Burger, is also available for purchase.

Available now at all Burger King locations in Japan, the burger is priced at 1400 yen (USD 13.50), making it more than three times the price of a Whopper in the country. Still, for more than a pound of burger, that sounds about right.

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Fast Food

KFC Adds Sandwich That Has Hash Brown ‘Gravy Boat’ In The UK

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Gravy is the most comforting part of any holiday meal. It’s rich and savory, making it the exclamation point to any feast that keeps a warm boat of it on the side.

In the UK, where roast dinners are king year round, even outside of the holidays, KFC is latching onto that vibe with a new fried chicken “burger” that cranks the gravy meter to the max.

The new Gravy Box burger meal (the UK tends to call cooked, flat meats served in a roll burgers) features a fried chicken filet, melted cheese, and gravynnaise: a blend of gravy and mayo that looks as unctuous as it sounds.

Atop all of that lies this sandwich’s piéce de resistance: a hash brown “boat” (basically an indented hash brown to contain space) that’s filled to the brim with gravy.

The sandwich promises to be a gravy-soaked feast that’ll leave you in pure bliss, as well as a need for extra napkins.

KFC UK’s offering is being sold for a limited time over the holiday season. It comes in a box with a mini chicken filet, a pot of gravynnaise, a side dish, and a drink for £6.99.

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Fast Food

McDonald’s Adds ‘Pho Burger’ To Vietnam Menu

Photo courtesy of McDonald’s Vietnam

When I think of pho, I’m taken back to the many comfort meals I’d enjoy at home, whether breakfast, lunch or dinner. Taking down a piping bowl of rich, aromatic pho was probably one of my greatest delights growing up.

Well, it looks like McDonald’s Vietnam is looking to capture some of those delights in the motherland, as they’ve taken elements of the iconic Vietnamese noodle soup and turned it into a Pho Burger.

The burger features two beef patties sourced from Vietnam’s neighboring Australia, an egg patty, pho centric herbs, and cilantro. McDonald’s also took pho broth and reduced it down to a thick sauce to finish off the Pho Burger, served on an English Muffin.

Not sure how I feel about the lack of noodles if they’re calling it a pho burger, though.

Photo courtesy of McDonald’s Vietnam

You can also order Vietnamese Iced Coffee to go along with your burger. If you’re a fan of robust drip coffee paired with sweet condensed milk, it is definitely a must-try. Though not quite sure how strong McDonald’s makes theirs.

Not super sure if the new burger is meant for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but hey, I feel that way about regular pho. It kind of goes with every meal.

You can find the burger and coffee combination at participating McDonald’s locations in Vietnam.

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Restaurants What's New

Hawaiian BBQ And Burgers Collide In This Mouthwatering Mashup

If you’re in Orange County, chances are you’ve heard of or been to Stacks Pancake House. Known for creative entrees that draw inspirations from Hawaii, Japan, Korea, and beyond, the breakfast and lunch spot has opened up a few locations throughout the area.

They’ve become a go-to spot of mine since I moved down to Orange County a few years back, so when Foodbeast had the chance to team up with restaurants for OC Burger Week, I knew that I wanted to do something cool with Stacks.

The idea we came up with takes a classic burger and amps it up with inspirations from Hawaiian BBQ. Known as the BBQ Kalua Pork Burger, the photo above is ample evidence to show just how mouthwatering the combo can be.

Owner Nixon Tanuwidjaja uses as much house-made Kalua Pork as there is ground beef in the patty for his burger. That’s met with an equally massive mound of Cheddar Jack cheese, brought together with Hawaiian bbq sauce and coleslaw inside of a Portuguese bun. A scoop of mac salad on the side completes the feast of a Hawaiian burger experience, although there’s tots, fries, or salad you can have alongside it, too.

This collab between Stacks Pancake House and myself is going to be available at all of their locations during Burger Week, put on by the OC Restaurant Association. For those not in the know, Stacks has four locations in Orange County: Newport Beach, Irvine, Dana Point, and Mission Viejo.

You can get it for pick-up or to-go from July 12th through the 18th. Recommend grabbing a few extra napkins on the way out, too.

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Film/Television

Someone Recreated The Nasty Patty From ‘Spongebob’ And It Went Viral

Fans of SpongeBob Squarepants may remember the first appearance of the Nasty Patty, a disgusting burger designed by the titular SpongeBob and his boss Mr. Krabs to fend off a fake health inspector trying to score free food. A creative individual decided to turn the grotesque menu item into a real-life burger, complete with the same visually nauseating aesthetic.

SpongeBob fan Danny Jay Do posted on his Facebook a side-by-side shot of his Nasty Patty. Do made a turkey burger he crusted in pea snap crumbs and topped it with a goat cheese and garlic aioli, a pea turkey gravy, Swiss chard veins and leaves, and sandwiched everything in between cranberry brioche buns baked by his sister.

Definitely a far cry from the original set of ingredients: Volcano sauce, seahorse radish, toenail clippings and fried with old gym socks.

Posted last Friday, the image went viral, garnering more than a thousand reshares through the platform. Do even went as far as shouting out viral YouTube pop culture chef Binging with Babish hoping the creator would have eyes on the sandwich.

Fingers crossed, my friend. Wonder if this talented young man has any other burger creations in the books?

Feature Image Courtesy of @DannyDoIt
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Restaurants

TGIFridays’ New Loaded Burger Stuffs CHEESE FRIES Inside For One Amazing Mouthful

Many of us have been cooking from home these last couple of months and we’ve REALLY been craving something decadent to treat ourselves with. It seems we’ll have to look no further than the nearest TGI Fridays as their latest menu addition is one for the books.

Meet the Loaded Cheese Fry Burger.

This massive entree features a beef patty, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and red onions. The burger is stuffed with loaded bacon cheese fries that’s drenched in poblano queso between two toasted buns. It’s finished with a loaded potato skin as garnish.

Man, that’s a lot of starch for a burger and we’re all about it. Especially since each order also comes with a side of additional fries.

Check out TGI Fridays’ Loaded Cheese Fry Burger at participating restaurant locations nationwide.

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Fast Food

Carl’s Jr. Tests New Spicy Western Bacon Cheeseburger That’s Available For Delivery

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While most fast food locations in Los Angeles have closed down their dining areas, the drive-thrus remain open for customers to get their burger fix. Carl’s Jr. stores in California have actually rolled out a new burger during these uncertain times that may bring some warmth to this cold uncertainty we’re all living in.

Behold, the Spicy Western Bacon Cheeseburger.

Not your father’s Western Bacon Cheeseburger, this new iteration features the addition of Pepperjack cheese and Caliente Jalapeños  to compliment the staple charbroiled beef patty, crispy strips of bacon, tangy barbecue sauce, and a couple plump onion rings.

The burger is available in three forms: single patty, double patty, and triple patty. Whatever size fits your hunger best.

For those trying to avoid going out to get their fast food, both Postmates and UBER Eats are offering free delivery where available with Carl’s Jr. delivery is active through UBER Eats until the end of March. For Postmates, all you have to do is use the code CARLSJRNOW through April 6.

Stay safe out there, Foodbeasts!