During your travels around the world — whether you're visiting Beijing or spending a night in Stockholm — it is quite possible (if not certain) that you will run into the familiar golden arches of a McDonald's. With more than 33,000 McDonald's in 119 countries all over the world, filling your craving for a Big Mac is definitely not a hard task, even when far away from American soil. But if you're feeling the need for a new burger to satisfy your hunger in a hurry when you're abroad, a local international burger chain might be worth a visit.
In fact, there are several countries where other chains braved the risk of competing with the "burger giant" McDonald's, opening up burger locations to provide an alternative place for visitors to get their burger fix. Some international burger chains, like Belgian Quick, have branched out across borders, while others, like Indian Burgs, are located inside one nation only. In Finland, there are almost three times more local Hesburger restaurants than there are McDonald's.
While the basic burger in its different sizes and with various toppings is still a staple on the menu at most of these international burger chains, regional specialties revealing the local culture are what you would you should try if you're visiting one. How about a tandoori paneer burger at Indian Jumbo King, in which the patty is replaced with a thick slab of fried cheese, or a SPAM burger — a bun stuffed with a chunk of SPAM, topped with an fried egg — at Freshness Burger in Japan? Click through our slideshow of 10 international burger chains to see more global options where you can grab a burger in a hurry.