By Mike Schuh

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The hamburger was born in America and is a part of our popular culture. Along the way, it’s been exported around the world.

Mike Schuh reports an exotic burger from overseas is now arriving back on our shores.

At any airport, including BWI Thurgood Marshall, once you’re past security, you’re part of a captive audience. Expectations are low; prices are high.

That notion makes what’s happening near the end of Concourse C remarkable. Kraze Burgers has landed.

Thirteen years ago, a Korean businessman brought American burgers to Korea. Now there are 90 restaurants there. That’s krazy!

In Korea, the American burger was just the base. Soon all sorts of spices and combinations emerged.

“We have our bulgogi with the fried egg. That’s very popular,” said Grace Lee, Kraze Burger vice president.

The prime rib is delicious, too. In part, it’s because the beef is from a farm in Virginia. They bake their own buns and the veggies are from Baltimore-area farms.

National headquarters for the chain is in the mid-Atlantic. It’s all part of BWI’s goal to have travelers truly get a local flavor.

“Passengers from throughout the country, when they travel to an airport, like here at BWI, they want to know they’re in Baltimore, they’re in the Washington region,” said Jonathon Dean, BWI.

This airline worker is an expert at airport food:

“I’ve had that No. 3, which is the bulgogi, and it’s fantastic,” said Ryan Surles, airport worker.

The only downside here is you have to have a ticket to get past security.

The company is negotiating to open a restaurant in the Annapolis Mall with hopes to come to Baltimore after that.

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