The ultimate American burger: a three-burger bun complete with two all-beef patties flame-broiled and topped with cheese, special sauce, tomato, onions, ketchup, and pickles.
The McWhopper would have been great, but unfortunately it’s not to be.
McDonald’s just dissed a Burger King proposal to mashup America’s two favorite sandwiches, the Whopper and the Big Mac, into one huge 1300-calorie McWhopper made in honor of International Peace Day.
— YouTube (@YouTube) August 26, 2015
That hasn’t stopped burger lovers everywhere from running out and creating their own versions of the McWhopper, however, and their creations are the stuff foodie dreams are made of.
Should the onions be kept whole, or sliced and diced? Middle bun or no middle bun? Tomato or no tomato? Flame-broiled or oven-grilled?
It’s these questions and more that have kept burger specialists across the country burning the midnight oil in an attempt to realize the burger dream: a Burger King and McDonald’s hybrid.
— MarketWatch (@MarketWatch) August 26, 2015
Burger King first floated the idea with two full-page ads ran in the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune earlier this week when it offered to combine the two famous burgers in honor of the International Day of Peace, Sept. 21.
“We know we’ve had our petty differences, but how about we call a ceasefire on these so-called ‘burger wars’? All of the tastiest bits of your Big Mac and our Whopper united in one delicious, peace-loving burger, developed together, cooked together, and available in one location for one day only.”
The proceeds would have gone to Peace One Day, a Jeremy Gilley charity credited with convincing the United Nations to adopt a worldwide annual day of non-violence dubbed International Peace Day.
Sadly, however, the McWhopper was not to be.
McDonald’s declined the offer in a Facebook post written by CEO Steve Easterbrook.
“We love the intention but think our two brands could do something bigger to make a difference. P.S. A simple phone call will do next time.”
Although McDonald’s reluctance to join forces with arch rival Burger King effectively killed the McWhopper, it hasn’t stopped burger lovers from attempting their own creations.
— CNN (@CNN) August 27, 2015
The foodies over at Delish created a mouthwatering three-bun burger whose patties are covered with melting cheddar cheese, Mac Sauce, and twice the pickles.
They’re not alone.
The Internet is abuzz with foodies showing of their own versions of the McWhopper, and Youtube is full of burger enthusiasts eager to showcase their own creations.
What will your McWhopper taste like?
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