Review: 1/4 lb. Sweet Apple BBQ Grillburger from Dairy Queen

Other than a simple, no frills hot dog that I ordered probably 15 years ago, I’ve never ventured into the grub at Dairy Queen.  I’ve been intrigued by DQ food offerings in the past and even requested Chef to review the 1/2 lb. Flamethrower Grillburger a few months back.  When it comes to getting myself to a Dairy Queen, I always forget there are a couple of locations within 5 miles of where I live… and if I’m making a stop, it’s going to be for a Blizzard.  My love for BBQ sauce on burgers was motivation enough to put DQ’s latest Grillburger creation on my to-eat-list… the 1/4 lb. Sweet Apple BBQ Grillburger.

Dairy Queen describes their Sweet Apple BBQ Grillburger like this:

Your new summer fling is here.  It’s 100% beef, drenched in a smoky BBQ sauce that is mixed with tangy apples, and smothered with spicy pepper jack cheese and hickory smoked bacon.  Then we piled it high with sweet onions, fresh lettuce and thick-cut tomatoes.

So I mentioned there are 2 DQ locations within 5 miles of me, but it turns out that neither of them sell burgers.  I had to take a 50-minute road trip for this burger!  At a price of $2.99, I went into this grubbing venture with relatively low risk and a hope that the BBQ sauce mixed with apples was decent enough to not ruin the entire burger.  I was definitely intrigued by the idea of an added apple flavor into my burger and with every other ingredient listed in the description, this was looking to be right up my alley.  So the BBQ sauce mixed with tangy apples was going to make or break this burger.  Was it going to be like a BBQ flavored apple sauce?

Well, this smoky BBQ sauce mixed with tangy apples turned out to be a decently sweet and spicy sauce with chunks of softened apples in the mix.  It was tasty enough for me to want to dip fries into The bacon was another winner and thankfully DQ didn’t skimp on it.   The pepper jack cranked up the heat a little extra and I had trouble figuring out if most of the spicy flavors were coming from the BBQ sauce or the cheese. I think the BBQ sauce provided enough kick on its own.  The slight downfall of the Sweet Apple BBQ Grillburger would have to be the bun because it didn’t hold up well and easily fell apart.  As for the produce, there was only one tomato slice and it was a bit lacking, but the lettuce and fresh rings of onion made up for it.

A part of me wished I went into this more unique style of burger with prior experience with other more simple Dairy Queen burgers.  I guess I would get a better feel for the beef patty by itself if I had something to compare it too in its more boring state.  My first foray with the beef was that it didn’t overly impress me, but it also didn’t disappoint.  The main standouts with the Sweet Apple BBQ Grillburger remain with the BBQ sauce and the hickory smoked bacon.

I really am impressed with the Sweet Apple BBQ Grillburger.  It was my first time with a Dairy Queen burger and I hope it wasn’t a fluke.  I’ll try to make my way to try out other burger offerings in the future and see how they compare.  To me I felt that $2.99 was a pretty fair price for the burger alone and makes the option of adding a Blizzard to the mix a fine idea for around 6 bucks.

Pros: Interesting sweet and spicy apple BBQ sauce. Great bacon. Priced fair at $2.99.

Cons: Bun could use some work. Nubby single tomato slice.

Taste: 8.50/10
Value: 7.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Price: $2.99

Overall GrubGrade: 8.25/10

More Info: DairyQueen.com
Nutrition Facts:
1/4 lb. Sweet Apple BBQ Grillburger
Calories - 620
Total Fat - 33 grams
Saturated Fat - 13 grams
Cholesterol - 85 milligrams
Sodium - 1300 milligrams
Carbs - 52 grams
Sugars - 18 grams
Dietary Fiber - 3 grams
Protein - 29 grams

16 comments on “Review: 1/4 lb. Sweet Apple BBQ Grillburger from Dairy Queen

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Dairy Queen has some seriously underrated non-confectionery items. I even prefer their regular chili cheese dogs from a chili cheese dog at Sonic or similar big chain places. I’m interested in trying this burger, but likewise face a bit of a drive if I wish to do so. Meh

  2. Roger H says:

    It wasn’t a fluke. I’ve had a number of different burgers at Dairy Queen – They really do have very good burgers.

  3. M86 says:

    For some reason, apples integrated into a burger just seems odd to me, but after reading this, I’m very tempted to try it. I actually ate Dairy Queen a few days ago… I got the standard carb-overload meal: Chicken Strips, Fries, and Texas Toast. I must admit though that my absolute favorite thing at DQ is their ice cream cakes.

  4. rob says:

    Certainly looks good for a fast food burger

  5. Crysta says:

    This looks amazing (hubby is less enthused and gives me odd looks), but I haven’t had a chance to try it yet. If it’s even half as good as the Flamethrower it’s a hit as far as I’m concerned.

  6. Jeni says:

    My husband loves DQ burgers, but I’ve always maintained their buns are a real negative factor. I’ve gone so far as to consider ordering the burger without the bun altogether!

  7. Joseph says:

    I’m curious about the two DQ’s close to you. How do they not have burgers? What items do they sell and how big is the actually place?

    • Ryan says:

      They sell BBQ pork sandwiches and hot dogs for the most part… but no burgers. I just assumed all locations had burgers but I ended up finding what DQ locations serve what via their store locator on the Dairy Queen website. You can see what each restaurant carries.

    • Jake says:

      There’s several of those around Indy, it’s fairly common. They mainly sell ice cream and just a couple food products.

  8. kikurage says:

    Great review,thanks. I am impressed to the sweat apple sauce. The picture of sauce on bun looks very clear. I feel sour in my mouth. I will try that tangy flavor.

  9. Chipster22 says:

    I did a little reading on Wikipedia and apparently there are a number of levels of Dairy Queen stores.

    Standard stores have the most limited menu. Mostly ice cream and drinks. Some are only open during the warm months.

    Dairy Queen/Orange Julius stores add Orange Julius items.

    Dairy Queen Braziers add in burgers and chicken. The Brazier name is being phased out.

    Dairy Queen Grill and Chill stores are the most modern, have the fullest menu, and are the largest. They are intended to replace Brazier stores.

    Texas has Dairy Queens with food branded “Texas County Foods” and have unique items.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dairy_Queen

    • Ryan says:

      Very cool. Thanks for the info.

    • Mike N says:

      I’ve got one of those old-school DQ’s near me. You can’t go inside — it’s walk up only, and closed during the winter. They even have those yellow bug lights outside!

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  11. Rob P says:

    I went to DQ for a Foot Long, tried the Sweet Apple BBQ Grillburger. It is GREAT! Like a backyard charcoal fire burger. Compaired to a VORTEX (Atlanta) burger. {except not 1/3 lb}

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