Best Burgers in Japan (1)

Restaurant Review: Kua ‘Aina in Japan


“Best American Burgers in Japan”


 

Average Meal Price

¥¥


Reservation

Not Required


Type of Food

American-style Burgers


Hours

11am-11pm (depends on the restaurant)


If you’ve lived in Japan for a while now, you know that finding a real “American” burger can be quite hard.  The hamburgers in Japan come in various forms.  Rice buns, soy patties, squid ink buns, tomato sauce burgers, red spicy buns, or even halloween special edition burgers. You can find any types of burger here in Japan, but to find a real BIG American-style burgers, can prove to be quite a challenge.

McDonald’s sometimes releases limited edition burgers that come from different States. I’m not American, so I don’t know if any of these are actually a thing back in the States, but you can find different styles of burgers at different times of the year!

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There are numerous fast food joints that sell hamburgers, but most of them aren’t made with fresh beef and they’re usually made with pre-packaged ingredients.  At Kua ‘Aina, everything is made with fresh ingredients! When you get to the store, you can choose what kind of buns you want (Kaiser, Brioche, Rye, Sandwich Multi-grain Bread), what type of cheese you want (Mozzarella, Provolone, Emmental, American, Cheddar, Monterey Jack), and you can also add toppings to your burger if you wish to (pineapple, pickles, bacon, avocado).  If you order a combo, you can choose whether you want fries, onion rings, or half and half! The actual burgers are HUGE compared to fast food joints, the meat is super juicy, and the ingredients are delicious!  I recommend ordering the Island Sweet Potato Fries because THEY ARE THE BEST THING ON THIS PLANET. These fries are dipped in MAPLE SYRUP…YES, I said maple syrup! That is the most brilliant idea I have ever heard!  If you ever make sweet potato fries at home, dip them in maple syrup!! SO GOOD! If you have the chance to visit this restaurant, please let us know what you thought of it in the comment section below!

MAPLE SYRUP FRIES

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If you want to see what Kua ‘Aina actually looks like and how to order, please watch this video!  This video was filmed in Saitama Shintoshin in Saitama prefecture! I ordered the avocado mozzarella burger on a brioche roll with fries and onion rings. It was about 1600 yen!

 

Author Bio
Mira Richard-Fioramore

Mira Richard-Fioramore

Mira is a self-trained home cook from the land of maple syrup in Quebec, Canada, who currently lives in Saitama. In her spare time, she studies Japanese, travels, and practices photography.

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  • The Jet Coaster

    duckaduck: Kua aina is good. I’ve been to the one in shintoshin you had in your video. There’s a couple of non-chain burger shops nearby in omiya as well that are decent. Have you tried them?
    One of the best things about kua aina for me is that they serve bottles of kona, which makes some damn fine beer. Being able to have a good beer with a good burger is one of the finer points of the place.

    (comment from previous forum thread)

    • The Jet Coaster

      Cookingwithmira: Kua aina is good. I’ve been to the one in shintoshin you had in your video. There’s a couple of non-chain burger shops nearby in omiya as well that are decent. Have you tried them?
      One of the best things about kua aina for me is that they serve bottles of kona, which makes some damn fine beer. Being able to have a good beer with a good burger is one of the finer points of the place.

      (comment from previous forum thread)

      • The Jet Coaster

        duckaduck: One of them I can’t remember the name of at this moment. Like kua aina it’s hawaiian themed. I happened to find it in an alley during a night of drinking once. The other is called great escape.

        (comment from previous forum thread)

  • The Jet Coaster

    duckaduck: Kua aina is good. I’ve been to the one in shintoshin you had in your video. There’s a couple of non-chain burger shops nearby in omiya as well that are decent. Have you tried them?
    One of the best things about kua aina for me is that they serve bottles of kona, which makes some damn fine beer. Being able to have a good beer with a good burger is one of the finer points of the place.

    (comment from previous forum thread)