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People from Kansas City are roasting McDonald's UK for debuting a burger inspired by the city

Business Insider logo Business Insider 6/20/2019 Irene Jiang
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Kansas City is known for its slow-cooked, sauced-up barbecued meats, and not for its burgers.

So when McDonald's UK released a Kansas City-inspired burger on Tuesday, apparently bemused city natives stormed Twitter to roast the fast-food chain.

The Kansas City Stack is a double quarter-pounder with cheese, bacon, and "a smoky steakhouse sauce" - and has nothing to do with the city, according to residents posting on Twitter.

Neither does the word "Yeehaw," which McDonald's used to herald the arrival of the burger.

Twitter users who said they're Kansas City residents reacted almost unilaterally in disgust, mostly in meme form.

Among them was Michael Byars, a local morning radio host at KCUR.

Some residents pointed out that what McDonald's calls a Kansas City Stack doesn't actually exist in Kansas City.


Citizens of Kansas City were also quick to defend the city's barbecue culinary heritage.

Others were perplexed by McDonald's use of "Yeehaw!" in its advertising for the burger because the word actually isn't in the Kansas City lexicon. At all.

Even the mayor of Kansas City, Sly James, threw in his two cents - and a picture of a "real" Kansas City burger: a sandwich featuring heaps of the slow-cooked pulled pork the city is actually renowned for.

A spokesperson for McDonald's did not immediately return Business Insider's request for comment on the backlash.

The Kansas City Stack is only available through June 25 at select locations in the UK, as part of McDonald's Great Tastes of America burger series.

Real Kansas City barbecue, however, can be found indefinitely at restaurants throughout Kansas City.

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