Review: Bacon Cheese Dog from Five Guys

I love funky borderline inedible food. Pickled eggs, questionable seafood, super stinky cheeses etc… but quick serve hot dogs don’t really do it for me. Whether it’s from a gas station or chain fast food restaurant, hot dogs tend to be forgotten about, over cooked, unwanted meat filled tubes of mediocrity. The buns are stale. The toppings come from a warehouse storing food for Armageddon, and at best you get a cheap snack that doesn’t make your stomach hurt. Everyone and their grandmother know’s that Five Guys Burgers and Fries (some reviews here and here) is fantastic, but most people completely ignore the fact that they also serve hot dogs. Curiosity got the better of me and I decided to see how they stack up. Are they as good as the rest of the menu or do they sink to the depths of gas station semi-food?

Note: I like hot dogs. I just feel they might be the most neglected quick serve food you can get… everywhere on the planet. I also am not from New York City, so please take this review in that context.  Just like the burgers, there are thousands of ways to customize your dog. I decided to go with the Bacon Cheese Dog. While I could have played chef and driven down the wacky road with the toppings (steak sauce, lettuce etc..), I went with what seemed best for a review; grilled onions and bell peppers, jalepenos and mustard all on a fully split, extra-large hot dog bun.

This was fantastic. The dog is split down the middle and then grilled. It’s 100% beef, but that matters little to me considering my love for foods that can barely sustain life. What’s important is that it was delicious. Even with all the toppings, it was very apparent that I was eating a high quality, well cooked dog. What knocked it out of the park was the bun and afore-mentioned toppings.

The bun was super soft, but still stood up well to the toppings. Top notch bacon, tangy mustard, sweet grilled veggies, crunchy fresh jalepenos and melted American cheese all played very well together and really took this dog to the next level without over powering it. It was also pretty big. About the size of my hand. After eating it I realized what I had been missing all these years, and to tell the truth if Five Guys stopped serving burgers I think business would be just as good.  The price was about five dollars. I would know the exact total, but there was a screaming baby in the store, so I had my friend order while I waited in my car and listened to talk radio. Yes, I am a dick.

Pros: >: Just as good as the burgers but surprisingly, it's a hot dog. FRESH jalepenos, maybe the most underrated sandwich topping. Friends who do as I say.

Cons: Screaming children. (I understand kids are loud, but have some consideration for other people. People go to Five Guys for free peanuts, not the non-existent ball pit or moon bounce). Nutritional value.

Taste: 9.00/10
Value: 6.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Price: $4.6 (Ryan checking in here... found the price :))

Overall GrubGrade: 9.00/10

Nutrition Facts:
Five Guys Bacon Cheese Dog
Calories - 695
Total Fat - 48 grams
Saturated Fat - 22 grams
Cholesterol - 96 milligrams
Sodium - 1700 milligrams
Carbs - 40.5 grams
Sugars - 8.5 grams
Fiber - 2 grams
Protein - 26 grams

18 comments on “Review: Bacon Cheese Dog from Five Guys

  1. nice! all the times ive been there and ive never even considered getting a hot dog. this looks really good tho.

    i get the grilled cheese there all the time.. very good too!! they use a hamburger bun flipped over as the bread.

    • Chefprotoss or dan says:

      All my vegitarian friends swear by the grilled cheese and veggie burgerless burger. Hmm… Might call for a review…

  2. Natalie says:

    My dad isn’t a big fan of burgers so he always get these..he loves them.

  3. SkippyMom says:

    Five guys have diminished their quality in my opinion and I am surprised you could hear a screaming kid over the LOUD FREAKING music they play [at least at all the ones in our area.]

    5 bucks for a hotdog is extreme, no matter how good it is.

    I am known to be cheap, but honestly – as good as that one might be for 5 bucks it better fill me up a bit more.

    And the sodium is disgusting. That is over the recommended DAILY allowance. WOW.

    • Ryan says:

      I agree with the price complaint. I know it has bacon and all, but still. I’m happy I found an amazing place for hot dogs in my town recently… and my favorite dogs are all under $3.

    • Chefprotoss or dan says:

      I went to the one in fredericksburg va. One of the first franchised stores. No loud music and just as great as years ago. I have heard complaints about five guys being not as good as back in the day, but I have never eaten at one outside of dc or va, and they seem the same to me.

      The one in north stafford va isn’t that great now that I think about it.

  4. Katie says:

    Lets face it- if you’re going to Five Guys, you’re kind of relinquishing any sort of health factors.

    You don’t go to Five Guys cause they’re healthy, you go cause they’re damn good.

  5. Mitchery says:

    That price is way to ridiculous. I’d rather drive to NYC and have me some grey papaya’s.

  6. Thrash says:

    I have one of those dogs as an appetizer for my burger.

  7. Jay says:

    Your post inspired me to get some. I bought 3 and a small fry. FOR $17?!?! Value 3/10. WAY to expensive for a hotdog, it made baseball park dogs look like a deal.

    Got your same combo as well and I liked it and the girlfriend loved it. Maybe would have liked ketchup.

    • Chefprotoss or dan says:

      Yes, it is five bucks, but for the quality and size its worth it to me. If it was a big bite from 7eleven I would be right there with you on the price complaint. If it was cheaper they might sell more, but five guys seems to know what they are doing.

  8. Looks decent I guess… however if you are ever in the Kansas City area check out http://www.newyorkdawgpound.com/ the owner is actually from New York and they use real Nathan’s hot dogs. Really great stuff for being in the midwest. My personal favorite is the Yankee Poodle, dog topped with a fried egg, 2 huge bacon strips and cheese. Makes the bacon pictured above look like a midget :D

  9. Jon says:

    It looks delicious, but as others have said $5 is insane for a hotdog.

  10. Adam Bomb says:

    Good review! I’ve never been able to bring myself to order anything other than a burger at Five Guys. I might have to try one of their hot dogs now, though.

  11. larry says:

    I’ve also had their dog and found it to be very good. Tastes like a Hebrew National to me. I prefer a natural casing dog but a Hebrew style makes a decent dog and when split and grilled it’s a very decent dog.

  12. somesteve says:

    lol, dick. funny

  13. Raiders757 says:

    Thanks for reviewing Five Guys dogs. I don’t think I’ve ever read anyone’s opinions about them anywhere. It’s great to read that they are indeed very tasty(yet too expensive). May I also add that you shouldn’t sell your opinion short. If your a big hot dog fan, your opinion is just as legit as any New Yorker’s. Yea, they have access to some of the best food in the country, but the majority of us don’t live in The Big Apple.

    I can’t bring myself to pay that much for a hot dog and rarely eat them anywhere but at home. I’m too picky I guess, and not a huge fan. I like them a certain way. They must be all beef, period, and not boiled. Split or not, I like a little char, and I don’t want them sticking out past the bun. Just as you pointed out, the bun is very important. I can’t stand them being too thick either, and am completely turned off by the snap of natural casings. The later part coming from my childhood summers in Maine, where they had a popular brand of dogs that were very tasty. Sadly the snap, and knowing what the natural casing was, turned me off in a big way.

  14. J.B. says:

    I so badly want to try these but Five Guys is so far from me that every time that I go in there I end up going with the burgers that I love.
    I promise that next time I will have to get one…along with a burger.