The Kuro Burger

Jayden Foote

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Are you an avid food enthusiast? If you like trying new and weird foods check out what Japan now has to offer until early November.

With buns colored by bamboo charcoal, ketchup mixed with soy sauce and squid ink, and cheese also colored with bamboo charcoal, the Kuro Burger is a blacked out creation.”

— Jayden Foote

The Burger King fast food chain in Japan has taken a giant leap to try and “overturn the fast food industry” and is now selling the Kuro Burger. “Kuro” means “black” in Japanese and you might be surprised to see that it really is black through and through. With buns colored by bamboo charcoal, ketchup mixed with soy sauce and squid ink, and cheese also colored with bamboo charcoal, the Kuro Burger is a blacked out creation. The patty is still normal, and the burger relatively has no change in taste―aside from the soy sauce and squid ink ketchup.

You have two options when ordering the Kuro Burger: Kuro Pearl and Kuro Diamond. The Kuro Pearl is just a plain cheeseburger (aside from the black coloring) with a small patty, cheese, and ketchup. The Kuro Diamond comes with a larger patty, along with normal lettuce, tomato, and onion for a splash of color.

Japan is known for its array of odd spins on American fast food items, which is probably why the Japanese aren’t too surprised by the Kuro Burger. Just about everyone else, on the other hand, is in total disgust, and even the most daring of diners are iffy about the black burger. No need to fret though, this different delight is not available anywhere near us and is only offered in Japan for a limited time.