Mos Burger’s new luxury burger contains 0.18% alcohol

By Oona McGee, SoraNews24

There are a lot of burger joints in Japan, but home-grown fast food chain Mos Burger is always one of our firm favorites. We love the fact that they source fresh ingredients from local farmers, and we’re continually impressed by their special range of “Tobikiri” (“extraordinary”) burgers, which contain oversized patties made with a blend of domestically sourced ground pork and beef.

This year, Mos Burger is going all out with a new series of Tobikiri burgers designed to provide luxurious comfort for the colder months, and the season has kicked off with their first installment: the Red Wine and Vinegar Tobikiri.

The new burger comes in two varieties — the regular Red Wine and Vinegar Tobikiri and the Double Red Wine and Vinegar Tobikiri. We decided to go all out with the double patty version, and when the staff handed us our order on a tray, we were surprised at the scent of wine that immediately wafted up to greet us.

▼ These new burgers come with a warning that they contain 0.18 percent alcohol.


Tobikiri burgers are known for having jumbo patties fifty percent larger than regular ones, and this one looked totally decadent, with not just patties but pork loin bacon, cheese, lettuce, and a heap of thick, glistening sauce dwarfing the two soft buns around it.


Carefully lifting the top bun revealed just how much wine sauce the burger contained. Made with high-quality red wine and four kinds of vinegar, we could sense that this would be no ordinary Tobikiri burger, and checking the ingredients, the focus was set squarely on luxury with locally sourced smoked pork loin and Hokkaido Gouda cheese.

We’d never heard of a fast food chain serving up sauce containing alcohol before, and the combination of red wine, pork, and cheese sounded more like a meal at a fancy restaurant.

▼ Fine dining luxury, fast food style.


The distinct aroma of wine in the burger is really surprising, and the scent of vinegar isn’t far behind, melding with the red wine to create a slightly balsamic vinegar-like scent. The fragrant sauce alone made our mouths water, so we licked our lips and took a bite.

We immediately tasted the sauce, meat and cheese together, which sang in unison like an elegant opera. It was a compelling performance, with the juicy patties sitting snugly in the lower register, accompanied by gentle notes of pork loin as the white cheese punctuated everything with high notes from the sauce, which really stole the show.


It was a gorgeous combination of ingredients, and so delectable it had us wanting to call out for an encore. After we’d finished the burger, its sauce still lingering on the tongue, we were left with only one regret — that we hadn’t ordered fries to mop up all the sauce left behind.

We did our best to slurp up as much of the remainder as we could — who are we to waste wine? — and discovered that the delightful fragrance of the alcohol diminishes rapidly when cool, allowing the scent of vinegar to take over.

The new Red Wine and Vinegar Tobikiri burger is priced at 538 yen plus tax for the single-patty version and 741 yen plus tax for the double patty version. It’s also said to give you a “charge” — because of the alcohol? — according to the new commercial for the product, which shows a customer charging through the wall after her meal.

This first installment in the winter Tobikiri lineup will only be available for a limited time. The next installment is set to land on Jan 5.

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The main problem with Mos Burgers is kind of hinted at in the article. They are so soft and crumbly that they are almost impossible to eat by hand like most burgers from other fast food joints. I always put the burger on a plate and eat with a knife and fork. Even so, they still break up. But they taste good, and this one sounds like something I would like to try.

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I always eat my burgers like the girl in the ad.

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This headline is about a warning Mos Burger puts in tiny print, presumably because they think it is irrelevant to pretty much everyone. It won't get you done for drink driving, which would be a concern to many when told "this has booze in".

The single patty one sounds okay. I'm not a fan of double patty burgers.

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Mos Burger over McD's anytime.

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I liked Mos Burger. Every one is cooked fresh and all the veggies are fresh. Fries always hot and tasty. What's not to like?

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Will not be trying this unfortunately. (To thine own self be true) However, Moss Chicken is the best fried chicken at any Fast food chain in Japan and even way better than Japan KFC.

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I love burger. You provide good information about burger's. Thank you.

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This looks worth a try! Quite like Mos, and their chips are by far the best available at fast food chains in Japan.

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Prefer Mos to Mac or any other big chain burger any day. Problem is in Australia I have to travel to Queensland to get one. Come on, Mos Burger, open a store in Melbourne.

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MosBurger is just crap. I either go to this American guy locally when I’m in Japan that makes some of the best grass feed lean burgers or if I’m in Tokyo, it’s Carl’s Jr....I did have a burger that had whisky based sauce on it, not bad at all.

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I quite like Mos Burger, but this looks horrible. Their cheeseburgers smell and taste exactly like a Wimpy from my youth.

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