Feb 25, 2016

Review: Burger King - Grilled Dogs

Burger King's Grilled Dogs feature flame-grilled beef hot dogs on a bun with one of two topping combinations: Classic or Chili Cheese.

Classic includes ketchup, mustard, relish, and chopped onions, while Chili Cheese comes topped with chili and shredded cheddar cheese. The Classic Grilled Dog cost me $1.99, while the Chili Cheese was $2.29.

The buns on these were pretty basic. They didn't have much spring to them so that when I picked it lightly up, my finger left imprints. They also felt a bit dry like generic brand hot dog buns. Still, they held up decently against the toppings and didn't fall apart.

The ketchup, mustard, and relish made for a very tangy and sweet combination, while the onions were good for a slight bite and crunch. Between the plentiful amount of each condiment, I couldn't really taste the hot dog. I could feel the slightly spongy meatiness but the taste was lost under the layers of tangy and sweet.

It's a nostalgic taste, and the preference of some, but makes you wonder how much you actually like the taste of the actual frankfurter. It might work better with a quarter pound hot dog.

The chili and cheese combination worked out a bit better. The chili was decently thick and meaty but not very tomato-y. It didn't have much nuance seasoning-wise but was tasty enough. There were a few beans in it here and there but they didn't add much flavor or texture. The cheese was mild and plentiful but was also dry and didn't melt much. The dryness gave it a bit of a straw-like texture.

The hot dogs themselves sported some nice grill marks and a note of smoky char from the flames. The grilling also graced the casing with just a bit of a snap. There was a notch cut lengthwise into each hot dog; perhaps it's a precautionary measure so that they don't burst while cooking.

Overall, Burger King's Grilled Dogs were pretty good as far as the hot dog itself went. The taste of cooking over fire is the draw here. Unfortunately, the quality is largely lost with all the sauces on the Classic. The Chili Cheese fares much better but could use some fresher cheese. My preference would be to get a plain hot dog with some onions for the best flavor.

Nutritional Info - Burger King Classic Grilled Dog (123g)
Calories - 310 (from Fat - 140)
Fat - 16g (Saturated Fat - 6g)
Sodium - 960mg
Carbs - 32g (Sugar - 10g)
Protein - 11g

Nutritional Info - Burger King Chili Cheese Grilled Dog (123g)
Calories - 330 (from Fat - 170)
Fat - 19g (Saturated Fat - 8g)
Sodium - 980mg
Carbs - 28g (Sugar - 5g)
Protein - 14g

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