The 15 Most Bizarre Fast-Food Menu Items of All Time

These left us scratching our heads

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A couple times a year, a new fast food product comes along that leaves us alternately scratching our heads and blown away by the inventors’ ingenuity. Pizza with a crust that’s stuffed with cheese? Amazing! A taco shell that’s actually a giant Dorito? Genius! But believe it or not, even America’s most far-out fast food creations pale in comparison to what’s being offered by these same chains internationally. We’ve rounded up 15 of the wildest, most over-the-top fast-food menu items that we’ve encountered, and while several are from the U.S., the vast majority are international items.

The 15 Most Bizarre Fast-Food Menu Items of All Time (Slideshow)

Chains like Pizza Hut, Burger King, and KFC actually give their international divisions a lot of leeway to come up with new menu items (usually limited-time-only releases) that they think will appeal to the locals while still representing “American” cuisine. And when the popular belief around the world is that American food is grossly outrageous (I wonder why?), that tends to lead to some truly wild offerings.

Take Pizza Hut Singapore, for example, widely regarded as the most outside-the-box international fast food division. Last year, they released what they called the Double Sensation Pizza, which is so complex it takes a while to describe: The pizza is separated into two rings, an inner ring and an outer ring. The outer ring’s crust has melted mozzarella, Cheddar, and Parmesan oozing out of it, and between that and ring number two is a pizza topped with cheese, salsa, bell peppers, mushrooms, and turkey ham. The inner ring is stuffed with chicken sausage, which itself is stuffed with cheese. Inside that ring is a pepper Alfredo sauce, smoked chicken, and slices of zucchini. Oh, and there’s a cherry on top.

Believe it or not, it gets even crazier than that.

We’re not exactly sure why these chains feel so compelled to release such outrageously insane offerings, but hey, good for them. They’re living dangerously, pushing the boundaries, and in some cases leading folks to believe that this is how Americans actually eat. Some of these menu items sound legitimately tasty — Pizza Hut Puerto Rico’s Crazy Cheesy Bacon Crust Pizza, for example — but we think we’ll stick with the Big Mac.

Read on for 15 fast food items that are so over the top it’s hard to believe that these were actually unleashed on the public.

Pizza Hut Sri Lanka: Birizza

Biryani, the popular South Asian rice dish, is about the last thing you’d expect to see at a Pizza Hut, but last July the “Birizza” hit the menus at locations in Sri Lanka. The dish was offered with either chicken or paneer cheese, and was topped with a pizza dough crust (starch on starch!). An onion salad came on the side, as well as spicy gravy. 

Subway Japan: Sausage and Barbecue Sub

In August 2013, Subways in Japan added a new meat to the menu: a long sausage, topped with barbecue sauce. As usual, guests were able to choose the cheese, bread, and veggies. I think we can safely say that we won’t be seeing stateside Subways offering sausages any time soon. 

Click here for 13 more of the craziest fast-food menu items of all time. 


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What, you (DM) have never heard of Toad in a Hole? That's essentially what the pancake-wrapped sausages are from Dunkin. They're delicious! And I have to agree with what the above poster (don't people have names around here?) said, I don't think these things are all that extreme. In fact, with the exception of the kimchi sandwich (I can't stand kimchi) I'd try at least one bite of ALL of them. Can't really comment unless I've eaten it. It's like I always tell my son, "Don't say something is gross until you've tried it."

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Hi. I really want to see the slideshow, but for some reason it appears broken and says there are 0 items in it. I am using Safari and haven't tried another browser yet. Am I the only one with the issue?

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With all due respect to the wonderful research and writing.....I think this editorial/commentary slide show is a nice example of exactly what is wrong with people in the US. With the exception of maybe one or two of these items, I would love to see all of the rest of them be regular offerings. Some of the commentary is just silly. There are so many wonderful and delicious variants of traditional foods and WHAT.....are you and everyone else afraid to try them? What is the big deal? The idea of embedded cheeseburger on pizza seems nothing short of wonderful to me! My thoughts on the whole were: boy, I sure wish I could find out how to get one of those or...WOW, that looks yummy! And yet, the whole show seemed to be dedicated to negativity and bashing. What a waste of space....maybe you should have just put the pics and descriptions and left out the commentary. Talk about closed-minded and silly! Ugh! And these items aren't even what I would call extreme! I really think it is time for us (in general in the US) to be thankful for what we have and what is out there and be willing to try new things...everyone is so picky!

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