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Giga Big Mac returns to McDonald’s Japan, along with Grand Big Mac and new Big Mac Jr

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By Dale Roll, SoraNews24

McDonald’s Japan is always coming out with new menu items, and we’re always ready to try them. Honestly, since the latest teriyaki burgers and the newest American Deluxe Burgers were all so good, we can’t help but want to try anything McDonald’s puts out.

And that includes the two limited edition Big Macs that were re-introduced to the menu on April 17: the Grand Big Mac and the Giga Big Mac, plus the limited edition sandwich that’s new to Japan: the Big Mac Junior. As you can tell from the names, the primary difference between them is their size, but of course our resident McDonald’s expert K Nagahashi had to try them all out, just to make sure.

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The details of the new Big Macs are as follows:

Big Mac Junior: 290 yen, 159 grams, 412 calories

Grand Big Mac: 490 yen, 303 grams, 776 calories

Giga Big Mac: 700 yen, 403 grams, 1,067 calories

*Prices are for the burgers only, without fries and a drink.

Compare that to the regular Big Mac, which is always on the menu: it sells for 390 yen, measures at approximately 217 grams, and has 525 calories.

Our overseas readers may not be surprised to see the addition of the Big Mac Junior, which is already a popular menu item in other countries. As you may already know, it’s simply a smaller Big Mac, with a single patty and no bun layer in the middle. The Grand Big Mac, on the other hand, maintains the same shape as a traditional Big Mac, but has patties that are 1.3 times bigger. The Giga Big Mac, however, is K’s real opponent, and has a whopping four patties layered in between the buns. It’s only for the hungriest of challengers.

When you stack them all next to each other…the Giga Big Mac towers over the others. Even the diameter of the Giga Big Mac is bigger.

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The only thing that seemed to be different between the burgers was the size, with each having the same sauce and ingredients. Nagahashi assumed that the flavor of each would be the same, but since the patty sizes and the filings are slightly different, he deemed it necessary to try each of them, in the name of science. So, he started with the littlest of the four: the Big Mac Junior.

It’s a small burger that doesn’t really distinguish itself from the rest of the menu at first glance. The mixture of the cheese and the sauce dominates the overall flavor of the sandwich, but with the addition of vegetables, he says, it tastes a little different from other McDonald’s burgers, which often lack lettuce. Since it’s a smaller portion, this is a burger that you can easily pick up for a snack!

The regular Big Mac, as you well know, is a classic staple of the McDonald’s menu. The flavors are, of course, familiar, but Nagahashi couldn’t ignore the delightful balance of the flavors of the bun, patty, sauce, and vegetables. Nagahashi does, and always will, love the classic flavor of the traditional Big Mac.

The Grand Big Mac, Nagahashi expected, would be similar to his beloved traditional Big Mac, though perhaps he might find himself feeling fuller after eating it, since its patties are larger. But to his surprise, the Grand Big Mac exceeded his expectations! The ratio of bun to meat is a little bit higher in this burger, so in spite of its larger patties, it actually had a much softer texture.

Having tried the child’s play that were the other three Big Macs, it was time for Nagahashi to challenge himself with the Giga Big Mac. He didn’t know quite what to expect from this monster of a burger, but when he opened his mouth wide and took a big bite…it was so meaty! The flavor of the beef really washes over the tongue and spreads throughout the mouth, he says. It was a little bit salty, so K thinks this mammoth would go perfectly with a mug of beer.

At this point, Nagahashi was stuffed to the brim, and as he leaned back in his chair and patted his stomach congenially, he told us his final conclusions. If you want the delightful flavors of a Big Mac without the calorie count, the Big Mac Junior is the way to go. If you want to enjoy delicately balanced flavors, then the traditional Big Mac is it. If you want a substantial meal, but a softer texture, he recommends the Grand Big Mac. And, if you have a craving for meaty goodness, and want to throw caution to wind, the Giga Big Mac will satisfy all of your needs and more.

All in all, they all have the classic, delicious flavors of the traditional Big Mac, so if you’re a fan of the original, you won’t go wrong ordering any one of these. Whichever you choose, however, make sure to order the delicious Strawberry Matcha Frappe for dessert, because no McDonald’s meal would be complete without a sweet to top it off.

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I'll stick to my ramen shop thanks... Can't remember the last time that I tried a Mcdonalds.

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if you have a craving for meaty goodness, and want to throw caution to wind, the Giga Big Mac will satisfy all of your needs and more.

If you have a craving for 'meaty goodness', I'd suggest going somewhere other than McDonalds.

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My entire calorie intake for the day, three meals, is 1500 cals. The Giga Mac fries and milk would wipe me out for the day.

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Well I'll give credit to the photo shown in this article, as at least the photo is somewhat representative of what you'll get in real-life. 3/4 the time when McBunold's advertises their grease-burgers, it is something that's aesthetically appealing, which is completely divorced from what's reality.

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I might have a word with one of these tonight. I admit that pretty much all their burgers taste the same, but their superb fries keep dragging me back now and again.

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Japan... you're going to get fat...

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Why people eat this stuff still amazes me.

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Everybody trashes McDonalds. It is reliable and consistent. If you want an inexpensive good meal and a clean place to sit for an hour or two it can't be beat.

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No fake cheese, onions or seasoning, take out the middle bun, then it’s good enough for a quick lunch.

McDonalds Japan can’t do anything right with their burgers. Never enough mustard and skimpy on the pickles. They destroyed the Quarter Pounder because they’d never put enough pickles, mustard and onions on it. And of course, never chesse unless it’s real.

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So for a Grand Big Mac you pay 2-3x more than a double cheeseburger because of 1 slice of bun, 1 slice of cheese, some lettuce and russian dressing?

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Mustard is treated like it's made of gold at J-McD. They will dowse with ketchup as if it's free, but mustard requires armed security guards to come with jar of golden goodness to apply 1 micron exact amount of it.

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Big Mac Junior: 290 yen, 159 grams, 412 calories

Grand Big Mac: 490 yen, 303 grams, 776 calories

Giga Big Mac: 700 yen, 403 grams, 1,067 calories

*Prices are for the burgers only, without fries and a drink.

Grossly overpriced. At hungry jacks in oz you get a cheeseburger, fries, coke, few nuggets and icecream for $5.95 (that's 500 yen).

Some of us do need an extra burger or 2 on top of their meal ;)

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I prefer Jolly Pasta. I can have lunch with my kids for about the same price and we get a server, a clean place to sit, a drink bar and not bad food. If I go to McD's I often get a stomach ache, the price is rather high, the drinks taste watered down and are not refillable, and the tables are dirty and filled with students nursing a water for 3 hours. The only exception is the McD breakfast which ain't bad.

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Sounds like its time for a rerun of the documentary, "SUPERSIZE ME".

GenZ is struggling with obesity and diabetes, at least put a " Government Health Warning" on the packaging, as we do with cigarettes !

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The Big Mac is the worst of all of their burgers. I have no desire for differently shaped ones. I would prefer the quarter pounder to be introduced - far superior.

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Sounds like its time for a rerun of the documentary, "SUPERSIZE ME".

It was entirely fake - a fraudulent documentary. Scientists have tried to reproduce the "experiment" and never had the effects that were supposedly reported.

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I actually used to like the Big Mac. Last 2 or 3 times I had one, not so much, and the last one I didn't even finish.

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I’ll take two Big Macs with a large fry and vanilla shake to wash it all down. Yeah, it’s not the best burger in the world, give you that, but after a bad hangover...boy does it hit the spot!

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I’ll take two Big Macs with a large fry and vanilla shake to wash it all down. 

Good grief, bass, that's enough calories and fat to last you for at least 2 days!

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