When my wife’s relative told me about Hamburlooca I was dying to know more. Hamburlooca is a Burger chain based out of Nicaragua. Last year, this same relative brought me the Whopper from Nicaragua. I enjoyed comparing to the U.S. Whopper (the U.S. Whopper was significantly larger) to it. After receiving the “guess what I got you from Nicaragua” call, I was happy to hear that it was indeed a Hamburlooca burger. You can assume that she knows me well enough to bring me the Super 1/4 Libra (translation: Super Quarter Pounder).
She also brought me some flyers from Hamburlooca. Look them over, some of those Burger pics look suspiciously like McDonald’s & Burger King Sandwiches. One U.S. dollar is equal to about 21 or 22 Cordobas in Nicaragua, in case you’d like to figure the approximate cost of the food over there.
I needed a burger for scale so I figured I’d get a Whopper (from the U.S.) to give you an idea of how big this Hamburlooca really is. The bun on this thing was enormous. It was cut similar to the Big Boy or Big Mac burgers with a middle bun. It was a very fluffy bread.
Once I took the top bun off I knew I was in for trouble. I could not tell what method was used to cook this and it looked like a Sausage Patty. The Super 1/4 Libra are 4 thin patties with only Cheese on the top burger. The holy trinity of fast food sauces (Ketchup, Mustard & Mayo) was on the top Burger as well as the one under the middle bun. Those sauces could not save this Burger.
It was horrid and one thing is for sure, that wasn’t meat (at least what I consider meat). It had a strong soy and vegetable taste. I had at least 4 bites before I gave up. It was just not enjoyable. My brother in law, who is Nicaraguan and eats Iguanas (a delicacy in Nicaragua) thought it was revolting, that should tell you everything. He actually thought I was putting him on when I said where it was from.
There was about a 4-hour time span from when the Burger was purchased to when it reached my grubby little hands (I’m sure some of you were wondering). There are also Hot Dogs on the menu but after having this Burger, I don’t think a souvenir Hot Dog from Hamburlooca is in the cards for her next trip. Now a Big Mac, that’s a different story.