April 11, 2011 at 6:02 PM ET
Haven't the Japanese suffered enough already?
Burger King has transformed the classic Whopper into the aptly named Meat Monster by squeezing two ground beef patties, two slices of cheese, three strips of bacon and a chicken breast between two buns.
That's right, meat lovers: beef, chicken and pork all in one sandwich. Oh, and to keep it healthy, you can add lettuce, tomatoes and onion slices.
Now here's the bad news, America. The burger is only available in Japan.
The Japanese press release for the Meat Monster doesn't include a calorie count, but according to The Consumerist, using typical U.S. ingredients, the burger would tip the scales at 1,160 calories, 69 grams of fat, 13 grams of sugar, 54 grams of carbohydrates and 2.3 grams of sodium. It will set a Japanese burger lover back 820 yen (roughly $9.70).
Apparently, in Japanese "Have it your way" translates into "Here's some heartburn for you."
At first we worried the Meat Monster was a hoax — the original press release was dated April 1 — but Lauren Kuzniar, a spokeswoman for Burger King, confirmed that, yes, the burger is a real menu item.
The Meat Monster isn't the only oddball sandwich available at Japan's Burger Kings. The Angry Whopper, the pickle-filled Crazy Whopper, the All Heavy (as in all you people will be heavy) and the Windows 7 Whopper (seven patties!) make America's options look downright slim.
What do you think? Is America ready for the Meat Monster?