June 20th, 2011
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What do women want? If Burger King has anything to say about it, the answer may be gelatinous mystery meat.

Today, the fast-food chain unveiled its SPAM burger in Tokyo, Japan - and this one goes out to an unlikely audience.

"SPAM is very popular among Japanese ladies," said Kazuha Sakamoto, Burger King's Marketing Manager.

So, we want to know:

Previously - A love letter to SPAM

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  1. iphone android news

    I fully agree completely...

    October 24, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
  2. washi

    Burger King, are you listening?

    Are you EVER going to come to Osaka? I've been waiting several years since you moved back to Tokyo. If you come, I won't even object if you bring your Spam Burger with you. All I want is a place where I can buy a decent burger once in a while.

    June 22, 2011 at 9:03 am |
  3. W.G.

    I LOVE spam it´s delicios with eggs and toast in the morning or as a sandwich .

    June 21, 2011 at 8:22 am |
  4. Wasted1

    Not "fun" like the breadless double fried chicken breasts with bacon and cheese sandwich.

    June 21, 2011 at 7:44 am |
  5. Farmer Vincent

    It takes lots and lots of critters to make farmer Vincent's fritters. Spam is a ripoff of my uncle Vincent's farm fritters. He worked hard to get the meat for those fritters and spam company stole his idea. Wonder why they can't find Jimmy Hoffa and others – Spam!

    June 21, 2011 at 6:55 am |
  6. Zheng Lai En

    SPAM is very popular in Asia and in the Pacific Islands, especially Guam and the Phillipeans

    June 21, 2011 at 12:53 am |
  7. Andrea M

    Mmmm, know I'm in the minority here, but I think spam is great! Fry it up a bit in a pan so it gets a good crispiness and make a sandwich or put it over rice with eggs for breakfast. And of course there's the wonders of spam musubi too. Heck, I once even worked for the touring cast of SPAMalot, best job I ever had!

    June 21, 2011 at 12:45 am |
  8. Danko Ramone

    The Japanese ladies picked up something besides babies from US servicemen, did they?

    June 20, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
  9. Rudolf

    Fraternities feed their pledges spam and watch them vomit. It doesn't take much. Less than a can each.

    June 20, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  10. dr. daneeka

    Are they sure they didn't mean SPERM burger?

    June 20, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
    • Maty

      Spermburger? I knew her in high school!

      June 20, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
  11. Spam Mama

    For those that grew up on Spam Musubi this the site for you!!


    June 20, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
  12. Kip

    I figure that Spam is a case of 'nose to tail' eating........all the bits that are leftover because they aren't "pretty" or may be wiggly. It is a good thing not to let a part of the animal go to waste. I'm not that fond of Spam, but I love the wiggly bits!

    June 20, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
  13. Mary

    Pig Newtons! Unroll a can of Pilsbury crescent dough. Pat down the perforations in the dough. Lay slices of Spam end to end down the middle. Fold up the sides. Cut in appropriate squares. Bake as you would crescents. Have served these at parties with mustard! People were SHOCKED to learn it was SPAM! LOL! I've only ever brought home a clean serving plate, BTW.

    June 20, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
    • AleeD@Mary

      What a neat idea – seriously. Thank you for sharing!

      June 21, 2011 at 7:24 am |
  14. Ground Porko

    It's OK. Too salty to eat on its own. but can be tasty. Hawaii consumes tons of Spam.

    No worse than a hot dog. I want to see all patriots who have that "These colors don't run" sticker go to the defense of hot dogs, bologna, and reconstituted ham slices and rail on French fries now.

    June 20, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
  15. Ollie

    Of course Americans love it. It's loaded with sweetener, probably sugar or corn syrup. It's so sweet when I tried it my teeth ached. And we wonder why diabetes is becoming pandemic in the US. Well, some of don't.

    June 20, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
    • Fran@Ollie

      It's not because we're eating SPAM, toad. Do some research before posting.

      June 21, 2011 at 7:22 am |
  16. BB88

    I love it. I cut it up to very thin, and pan fry it. sometime put a few drops of egg on top. It tasts so good with steam rice.

    June 20, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  17. Feeniegal

    fry it up, hellman's mayo on two slices of bread, slice of cheese.. heaven

    June 20, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
  18. john

    Koreans loved that crap when I was stationed there back in the 1980's at OSAN AB. Put it this way SPAM went a long way in getting what you wanted or needed. LMAO

    June 20, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
  19. Canada Will

    It was a childhood torture of mine in the late 60's and early 70's. Has anyone ever actually been to a hot dog rendering factory...I promise you will never eat a hot dog again!

    June 20, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
    • Florida Won't@Canada Will

      That's about the same time frame when mom served it to us as kids. Ugh. Can't stand any meat that's packed in jelly.

      (S)pecially (P)rocessed (A)ssorted (M)eats.

      June 21, 2011 at 7:20 am |
  20. glenda

    No animals had to die for a spam sandwich, even though I'm not exactly sure what's in it. Also, that's why I cook it very thoroughly before I eat it.

    June 20, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
    • Cletus

      Maybe no animals had to die, but I am sure there are a lot of animals that are missing eyelids, the skin between their toes, tails, lips...among other things that are used to make SPAM. Yummy!

      June 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
    • Tom

      The main ingredient in SPAM is pork shoulder...

      It's also pre-cooked.

      June 20, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
    • Kenny

      It appears you don't know what goes into SPAM. Let me tell you. SPAM = (S)quirrel (P)ossum (A)nd (M)ice. there now ya know.

      June 20, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
  21. svann

    About 3x too greasy for my taste.

    June 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  22. Monger(as in fish)

    A few years back, they introduced a smokey flavored Spam. It was superb and now they no longer market it, at least I haven't seen it in stores for some time.

    I inherited my taste for Spam from my father (ex-navy and they used it frequently aboard ship during WWII). Our favorite was fried chunks of Spam mixed in barely scrambled eggs heaped onto slices of my mother's home-made sourdough bread toast.

    Dang, now I'm going to have to run to the store and get some Spam, eggs and a loaf of Panerra Sourdough.

    June 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
    • LuvmySS

      That sounds so good! I still have this every once in a while, ever try it cut up fried and put into mac and cheese? Yummmmm :)

      June 20, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  23. AL

    This will do good in Hawaii and Guahan (Guam) – the #1 and #2 places where Spam is consumed most.

    June 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  24. Momtoane

    Yeah....I'll hold the spam thanks.
    Fortunately, despite Spam is made in my state, its not that popular...save the deep fried spam curds....*shudders*

    June 20, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  25. Chef

    (S)quirrel (P)ossum (A)nd (M)ice.......mmmmmmmmm

    June 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
    • AleeD@Chef


      June 21, 2011 at 7:16 am |
  26. Billy

    I forced myself to try it a while back and was surprised. I won't be going out of my way to eat it, but I will be bringing a few cans on every camping trip I take from here on out. It's tasty enough for breakfast and way easier to carry/store than sausage and/or bacon.

    June 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  27. Truth

    What if I don't like Spam?

    June 20, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
    • Evil Grin

      The bloody vikings will come for you.

      June 20, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
      • Prometheus


        June 20, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
  28. JBJingles_the hipster

    Ah, the mystery meat...a bit gross on my scale, but the hubs says it's spiced ham and likes it, fried crisp or straight out of the can.

    June 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • mike

      Bah...it's no worse that what they put in hot dogs, really. In fact it's probably better. Probably.

      June 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
    • jaer

      spam is pork shoulder and spices

      very good

      June 20, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
  29. Mare

    I don't like spam!


    June 20, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • Shine

      I don't like Spam much, but I love this video! :)

      June 20, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
  30. MT Miner

    I must admit, every fall, I have 6 or 7 breakfast sandwiches that consist of fried Spam, 2 eggs over hard, and a slice of american proccessed cheese, on toasted sourdough. it is a hunting camp tradition, and out there, everything tastes good, hunger is the best spice.

    June 20, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • dude

      We have the Canadian version. It's called KLIK, Nasty stuff . but having said that , We have basicly the same thing only scrambled and old canadian cheddar. Heart attack on a paper plate!!! LMAO.

      June 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
    • dave

      Hey! Thats a good idea I never thought of a breakfast sandwich with spam!

      June 20, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
  31. Christian

    Shocked they don't do this in Hawaii considering the amount of SPAM that is consumed there.

    June 20, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • corey

      McDonald's has spam for breakfast in Hawaii which I thought was a little weird. They sure do love their spam there.

      June 20, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • Miyuki

      I believe they did do it in Hawaii at one point at least. I'm not sure if they still do.

      June 20, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • John

      Spam is huge in Hawaii. They make all sorts of great dishes with it.

      June 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
      • Pulelehua

        Spam and string beans....Spam and cabbage.....spam musubi......spam with guava jelly! It was inexpensive food for plantation workers back in the day. It's out Portagee steak!

        June 20, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
      • JimiJons

        Oh my god, SPAM musubis.... how I miss thee.

        June 20, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
    • LuvmySS

      I was born an raised in Honolulu, I love spam... my husband thinks I am nuts... but in Hawaii we used to eat it different ways for different meals...

      June 20, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
    • JimiJons

      I lived in Hawaii for 7 years. I love SPAM and Burger King (despite all its super-healthy high-quality non-mass produced food) *ahem*, so naturally this is good news for me. They just need to move this stateside. I don't know why so many people bash SPAM so much... it's tasty, soft kind of like bologna, and can be cooked in so many different ways.

      June 20, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
  32. Evil Glare

    Isn't that what all of Burger King's burgers are made of?

    You know, the Japanese have ramen shops on every corner (in my head). Why would they ever want to eat American fast food?

    June 20, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • mike

      Same reason Americans often eat Asian junk food, maybe? Noodles aren't healthy...

      June 20, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
      • Evil Grin

        Heh, probably. That was actually me saying I'd much prefer ramen to a hamburger. Or SPAMburger, I suppose. And doesn't everyone have the same opinion as me? ;)

        June 20, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
      • DoctorH

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        this is spam too )))

        June 20, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
    • James76er

      Sigh.. animals get tortured and killed to make this for you people, so you can gorge and pat yourselves on the back and giggle about it online. What a pathetic lot. Spam is the ultimate Shmeat. NoShmeat (dot com) –> 'most popular' article. All you need to know. Enjoy eating your filth.

      June 20, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
      • WolfLightnin


        June 20, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
      • dude


        June 20, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
      • Gingerpeach

        steak anyone, a big juicy one??? yuuuummm

        June 20, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
      • dr. daneeka

        Well, when we're done eating all the animals- maybe we'll eat you.

        June 20, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
      • Maty

        Thanks for advertising your blog, again! Proselytize elsewhere.

        June 20, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
      • Andrea M

        I am personally going to go out and buy a package of SPAM on my grocery run tomorrow just to spite you.

        June 21, 2011 at 12:36 am |
      • dajackg

        For every animal you don't eat, I'm going to eat three.

        June 21, 2011 at 11:13 am |
      • Evil Grin

        You do realize that NoShmeat can also be read as NoshMeat – as in eat meat, and enjoy it. I think I can get on board with NoshMeat.

        June 21, 2011 at 11:35 am |
      • I want da gold!


        June 21, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • DoctorH

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      June 20, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
      • Maty

        Sheesh. Another one.

        June 20, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
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