May 12, 2016

Review: Burger King - Whopper Dog

Burger King's Whopper Dog features a flame-grilled beef hot dog in a bun topped with lettuce, tomato, mayo, ketchup, chopped onions, and pickles.

I bought one for $1.99.

I suppose the Whopper Dog could be considered a variation on a Chicago-style Dog (which typically comes topped with  yellow mustard, chopped onions, bright green sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato, pickled sport peppers, and a dash of celery salt) as there are a number of similar (or identical) ingredients.

I've never had lettuce in a hot dog before and didn't think it would be desirable. There wasn't a lot of it here but what little was present was fairly neutral, adding only a bit of crunch factor. The onions and tomato were similarly very mild but also contributed to an enjoyable, fresh crispness. The pickles also contributed crunch along with a bit of sweet and tangy notes.

The grilled marks added a nice charred note to the hot dog, which was otherwise unremarkable with a slight smokiness that didn't really stand out very well against the toppings. Also, with all the various produce around it, it seemed prone to escape its confines. I had to use my finger to keep it in the bun while I ate. Like Burger King's Classic Grilled Dog, the sauces provided the bulk of the flavor, although the mayo helped to blunt the sweetness and tanginess of the ketchup.

Overall, Burger King's Whopper Dog turned out better than I expected and did indeed feel like a cross between a hot dog and a Whopper. It's worth a try if you're the curious sort. That being said, it was just okay as a hot dog.

Nutritional Info - Burger King Whopper Dog
Calories - 380 (from Fat - 220)
Fat - 24g (Saturated Fat - 8g)
Sodium - 1040mg
Carbs - 30g (Sugar - 8g)
Protein - 11

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