The fall pumpkin obsession many fast-food proprietors have — from Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte to pumpkin frozen yogurt at Pinkberry — is apparently heading into unchartered territory at Burger King in Japan.
Burger King Japan has introduced its very-own pumpkin burger called "BK Pumpkin", which contains two slices of kabocha (Japanese pumpkin), bacon, lettuce, a fried beef patty, and a creamy "nut sauce" of sesame seeds, peanuts, almonds, cashews, and hazelnuts, according to Burger King.
The ¥490 (US $3.90) pumpkin burger will be released as a seasonal item starting Oct. 26. The burger is also served as a "pumpkin bomb," which is the pumpkin burger stacked with 10 pumpkin slices for ¥100 ($1.25) extra. Diners can also order pumpkin slices as additional toppings for any burger for ¥60 ($0.75) extra for two slices.
Seasonal items are a huge trend in fast-food chain restaurants, so it is no surprise that Burger King Japan has come up with its own. While the success of the pumpkin burger is unknown, take into consideration some other fast-food seasonal items that continue to be a hit, such as McDonald’s’ Shamrock Shake and Starbucks’ Peppermint Mocha.
Even if you aren’t seeking festive fast food, American chain restaurants abroad often offer items not on the menu in the U.S. See The Best Fast-Food You Can’t Get Here.
Tayler Stein is a Junior Writer at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @TaylerSteinTDM.