It’s easy to see why this masterpiece the size of Texas won the McDonald’s Burger Showdown McDonald's of Texas
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Even McDonald’s burgers are bigger in Texas.

Meet the Lone Star Stack, the winner of the McDonald’s Burger Showdown, sponsored by McDonald’s of Texas. The massive creation features two quarter-pound beef patties, American and white cheddar cheeses, Applewood bacon, caramelized onions, crinkled pickles, and sweet onion barbecue sauce between two slices of Texas toast.

Joseph Peña is the man behind the Lone Star Stack. The 25-year-old Houston resident said he “wanted to create a burger to be as Texas as possible.”

“Turns out the burger I made was almost an exact match to my mom’s burger she cooks at home, so really I owe her all the credit,” Peña said.

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Peña’s burger beat four others with names like the Lone Star Bronc, the Gourd and the McSqually to take the crown. More than 206,000 Texas McDonald’s customers voted in the contest.

“We wanted to give Texans a burger that truly captures the flavor of our great state,” David Glaser, local McDonald’s owner, said in a statement. “As you can imagine, most of the creations were spicy, large and, of course, loaded with bacon.”

Glaser added that the contest “allowed us to bond with our customers and showcase our high-quality ingredients.”

Unfortunately for McDonald’s and burger lovers nationwide, the Lone Star Stack is only available in Texas. It will be sold at restaurants in Austin, Beaumont, Bryan-College Station, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Harlingen, Houston, Laredo, Midland-Odessa, San Antonio and Waco through August 28.

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