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Best Burgers Coming from Japan This Year!

Devon Lord-MoncriefDevon Lord-Moncrief
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February 29, 2024
One of the best burgers from Japan with fries on the side.

Everyone knows what a good burger is. It doesn’t matter what country you’re from or what country you happen to be in; there will always be a solid burger joint somewhere nearby. Hot, juicy, cheesy, and stacked with endless toppings, these factors create the best burgers around! 

There’s a perfect burger for the most voracious carnivores to those on strict plant-based diets. If a good burger is your thing, you must keep your eyes out for these upcoming burgers if you find yourself in Japan! From fried chicken patties to stacks of burger patties, these burgers pull zero punches!

Yuzu Kosho Chicken Burger (Shake Shack)

Shake Shack might be a New York-based chain, but their brand-new Yuzu Kosho Chicken Burger is 100% Japanese. If you’ve ever had a chicken sandwich from McDonalds or Burger King, great, but now imagine if that same sandwich was a massive piece of karaage-style fried chicken. 

The Yuzu Kosho Chicken Burger from Shake Shack one of the best burgers in Japan.
This sandwich and tangy and spicy! Image via Reddit

Okay, now top it with fresh shredded cabbage and a special sauce made from yuzu peel, chili, and salt. With that image now in your head, it makes sense why this sandwich is making waves with burger lovers. It’s big, juicy, and a fantastic blend of sweet, spicy, and savory. Some foodies would say it’s a total umami bomb. Whatever you call it, it’s still an amazing-sounding sandwich.

Teriyaki Chicken Burger (McDonald’s)

A McDonald’s chicken sandwich is a simple breaded chicken patty served with mayonnaise and some shredded lettuce in the US. Nothing to sniff at, but also not particularly outstanding, the US chicken sandwich usually gets the job done. The sad truth is that a regular chicken sandwich can sometimes be sad and limp. 

The Teriyaki Chicken Egg Burger from McDonald's.
This chicken is smothered in sweet, tangy teriyaki sauce! Image via Hypebeast

In Japan, that is not the case. Take that same sandwich, but make the chicken patty heftier. Now slather it in a bold teriyaki sauce and top it with shredded lettuce. McDonalds in Japan elevated one of the most forgettable fast food sandwiches and turned it into a meal worth remembering. The strong sesame and soy flavors elevate the simple chicken sandwich in a way that makes its US cousin blush.

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King Yeti (Burger King)

If there’s one thing burgers are famous for, it’s for pushing boundaries. Bigger, heavier, and cheesier is the way for those with an insatiable appetite. Burger King in Japan decided to up the ante and offer one of the most intimidating burgers, the King Yeti burger. 

The King Yeti Burger from Burger King.
This burger is a packed quadruple body! Image via Japan Today

Take not one, not two, not even three, but four beef patties, compliment it with slices of Gouda cheese, and slather it in a sauce made from Parmesan and Camembert cheeses, and then tie it all together with onions and pickles.

Do you want to know what the calorie content is for this burger? Not in the least, but you will know you’ll sit back completely content after eating this burger. Just make sure you go for a good walk afterward (hey, we’re not judging.)

Cheese Dak Galbi (Freshness Burger)

For those who are unfamiliar with Korean cuisine, dak galbi is a hot pot dish that consists of various meats and vegetables with gochujang, Korea’s famous spicy sauce. What makes Freshness Burger’s Cheese Dak Galbi burger so great is that cheese tempers the heat from the gochujang, allowing those more sensitive to heat to enjoy the burger. 

The Cheese Dak Galbi Burger from Freshness Burger.
This burger is a twist on a Korean classic! Image via MyNavi.jp

Made from fried chicken thighs, covered in a creamy cheese sauce that contains a mixture of cheddar, mozzarella, gouda, and steppen, AND topped with sweet potato fries, Freshness Burger’s latest chicken sandwich took its gloves off and stepped up to the plate.

Why are these the best burgers to come out this year?

Burger chains are usually just an eyesore for foodies. You can always find a McDonald’s or a Burger King hawking the same variety of low-quality sandwiches. One patty, maybe two, covered with sad single slices of neon orange cheese. But it’s worth noticing when chains decide to sit up and offer customers a solid sandwich. 

An burger with egg on top.
What are some of the best burgers you’ve had from Japan? Image via Shutterstock

What was the best burger you had in Japan? Was it at any of the places above, or did you go elsewhere? What kind of burger did you have? Was it a beef burger or a chicken sandwich? Please tell us in the comments below! We would love to hear about the best burger you ever ate in Japan!

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