The missionary adventures of the Stimpson family

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.


4 responses

  1. All Eastern Europe is that way unless you buy some beef and grind it yourself. Pray yourself in a Kitchaid with a grinder attachment….. However, at least in Poland the sausage is awesome….. I am really excited your brother will soon join you…. In spite of everyone saying open air won’t work I was told the same…. yet we planted 12 churches in Poland…. Thats not Romania….. so I can’t speak for your country.

    June 6, 2012 at 5:35 am

  2. Grandma Karen

    I’m excited for Ben to join you also! Hope to see him at Gma/Gpa’s sometime Saturday to say bon voyage. Hoping to get Internet at Gma/Gpas soon so I can skype with you. Blessings on you all.

    June 7, 2012 at 12:44 pm

  3. Michael Fisher

    How far is McDonald’s from you? Or how long does it take to get there? I gotta start making hamburger plans 🙂

    June 17, 2012 at 7:24 am

  4. Hah! We’re almost literally right across the street from a McDonald’s. We’ve only been there a few times, but it really is good.

    June 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm

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