Cheeseburgers in Paradise
The ground beef situation in Romania is a little bizarre.
Surprisingly, hamburgers at McDonald’s are amazing. By far the biggest and tastiest burger on their menu is the “Big Tasty.” The pickles taste fresh, the tomatoes seem like they’re straight from someone’s garden, the buns are delicious, and the hamburger patties taste almost like they just came off a backyard grill. I know, weird, isn’t it? I’m used to McDonald’s tasting a lot more like rubber.
That’s where the ground beef happiness ends, from what we’ve found. I ordered a “hamburger” at a roadside kiosk a while back. It was more like a chilli-flavored meatloaf sandwich. It tasted great, but the meat was crumbly and mushy, and this concoction would never pass for a hamburger in the States.
A week ago, I thought, “Enough of the desperate hamburger situation! I’m buying the most expensive ground beef I can find and we’re making our own burgers.” Not gonna try that again. The burger patties turned out mushy and crumbly, barely holding their shape, and every bite was scattered with inedible fat chunks. The tomatoes from the market and sesame seed buns we got from the bakery, however, were amazing.
So, don’t come to Romania expecting some sort of ground beef heaven. Well, not unless you plan on going to McDonald’s every day.