On many of its international menus, McDonald’s has adapted traditional favorites from around the world and combined them with standard fast food fare. While the Loco Moco Burger is technically inspired by Hawaiian cuisine, the popularity of island fare in Japan means that you’ll only find it on the McDonald’s menu outside of the U.S.
Loco Moco was invented in the 1940s as an inexpensive but filling food in Hilo, Hawaii. While the ingredients may vary slightly, Loco Moco typically includes a base of white rice topped with a burger patty, fried egg, and gravy. McDonald’s take on the traditional Hawaiian comfort food includes many of the same ingredients with some notable substitutions.
The Loco Moco Burger consists of two beef patties, a fried egg, gravy, and cheese. Japanese McDonald’s also offers a Cheese Loco Moco Burger and a Spicy Loco Moco Burger, which includes smoked bacon and jalapeno.