Craziest McDonald's Menu Items Found in Europe
There are so many different McDonald's menu items that in Europe alone you can find more than 30 unique ones, from desserts to pastries, burgers to sandwiches, snack-sized bites and even McDonald's fries.
30 Crazy Differences Between McDonald's in the U.S. and in Europe
Those famous Golden Arches from McDonald's are recognized around the world, with billions being served. You may know the menu inside and out, with go-to items you always pick for breakfast or lunch. But not all McDonald's are alike. Internationally, McDonald's offers menus with takes on local dishes and flavors.
There are so many different menu items that in Europe alone you can find more than 30 unique ones, from desserts to pastries, burgers to sandwiches, snack-sized bites and even McDonald's fries. The famous red and yellow hues are even different! Take a look.
In the U.S., McDonald's is known for its Big Mac: two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame seed bun.
But in other parts of the world, they like to get creative with toppings and cooking styles.
Le P'Tit Fondu
In France, McDonald's is referred to as McDo, and there you can get a hamburger topped with Emmentaler and raclette cheeses and crispy fried onions.
This little gem is called Le P'tit Fondu.
In the Netherlands, McDonald's serves a fried patty made of cheese and beef known as a kroket.
A mustard sauce perfectly complements this sandwich that is considered "world-famous" in the country.
Currywurst is a common street food item in Germany, so leave it to McDonald's to add it to its menu.
Sweety Con Nutella
Imagine a burger made with a chocolate, hazelnut filling. Good or bad? In Italy, they love it.
This "burger" is made with a bun of sweet bread stuffed with Nutella. It's meant to be a dessert, but we wouldn't judge if you ate it as your main course.
Le Bleu Cheese and Bacon
You can also get a double burger topped with blue cheese, bacon, onion and sauce from McDo's signature menu in France.
It would be wrong of McDonald's to serve pasta in Italy, but the Italian love of cheese and tomato sauce is found in the Panzerotti.
It's a fried pastry filled with these two ingredients and is similar to a turnover.
The most popular sandwich in France is the croque monsieur, a fancy ham and cheese on toasted bread.
It's made using gruyere cheese and dijon mustard — and at McDonald's, it's called the Croque McDo.
Sallad Kyckling och Belugalinser
In Sweden, healthy eating at McDonald's includes a chicken salad bucket, aka Sallad Kyckling och Belugalinser.
There is also a chicken and hummus option that is popular in Denmark.
In Russia, enjoy an Italian-style panini. Inside are two beef steaks with Emmental cheese, fresh tomatoes, arugula and raw onions.
The bread is actually a fried pita, but the basil and herb cream sauce is much more Tuscan.
The pita makes an appearance in Greece with the Greek Mac.
This is a Big Mac in a pita!
Across the sea, Turkey makes a Kofte burger out of spiced minced beef from Turkish doner kebabs. It includes an onion yogurt sauce and tomato sauce. Instead of a sesame seed bun, its bun features parsley.
This is available (and popular) in Croatia as well.
McCafe in France features a full offering of pastries and bakery-worthy desserts. And, because it's France, macarons are also on the menu.
We'll take five, please!
Can't make up your mind on what you'd like in Italy? Try the Tasty Basket that comes with seven Chicken McNuggets or chicken strips, five chicken wings, four panzerotti and three dipping sauces.
Oh, yes, and a snack-sized block of Parmigiano Reggiano!
Boneless pork drenched in BBQ sauce is a seasonal favorite in America — whenever the McRib returns, people clamor for it.
It's topped with onions and dill pickles and served on a homestyle bun.
While Americans are eating something made to resemble a pork rib, the Swiss get real fried shrimp found in the McShrimp.
The fried shrimp can also be enjoyed in a wrap.
McDonald's fries are beloved around the world and served everywhere you can find a McDonald's.
In America, it's the only fry option.
McDonald's fries may be famous, but in Austria, you can get waffle fries, typically only reserved for Chick-fil-A customers in America.
Cheesy Bacon Fries
In Belgium, where McDonald's is also called McDo, you can order fries that are topped in melted cheese and bacon.
Sweet Potato Fries
You'll even have a choice between regular fries and sweet potato fries in Norway.
Homestyle potato wedges are the rage in Germany.
In Portugal, they are called patatas deluxe.
Chili Cheese Tops
But why settle for fries as a side when you could have Chili Cheese Tops in Denmark?
Golden fried balls of melted cheddar cheese are perfect for popping.
Germany's fried cheese — yes, they are lucky enough to have this menu item, too — is stuffed with brie and served with cranberry dipping sauce.
Across the U.K., McDonald's serves Veggie Dippers as vegan-certified treats.
Red pepper and sundried tomato pesto are battered in breadcrumbs and deep-fried.
A traditional breakfast in America is the classic Egg McMuffin.
This English muffin sandwich features a fresh-cooked egg, cheese and typically a delicious breakfast meat like ham or bacon.
The McMuffin in Czechia, however, includes a cheesy filling, radishes and arugula to start the day.
Croissant con Nutella
Italy may take the win, though, for best breakfast with its croissant filled with a Nutella chocolate-hazelnut spread.
Similar to a Croque McDo, you can order a McToast Schinken-Käse with melted cheese and ham on toast in Austria.
Or, if you'd prefer bacon, go for the McToast Bacon-Käse.
Local flavors are even found in smaller starter dishes, such as Portugal's Caldo Verde soup.
This green broth has potatoes, cabbage, onions, carrots, garlic and chorizo sausage.
Neighboring Spain provides its grab-and-go, chilled gazpacho.
This soup is prepackaged with chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, celery, peppers and dashes of Tabasco sauce and lemon juice.