Review: 1/2 lb. Flamethrower Grillburger from Dairy Queen

I seem to unintentionally review a lot of burgers for this snazzy website. From big to small, classic to new, and delicious to muddy sneaker on a bun, I have seen it all. Surprisingly enough, the best so far was the prepackaged frozen White Castle hamburgers from a grocery store. Well, with a welcomed suggestion from the master of mastication, aka Ryan, I decided to give the Dairy Queen 1/2 lb. Flamethrower Grillburger a go.

Back in 2009, the kickass blog reviewed the Flamethrower. Reviewer extraordinaire IndianapolisEater loved it and the comments pretty much called it the greatest fast food burger ever.  With such high praise, this burger has a lot to live up to. Just like getting to ride a flaming rainbow-colored unicorn into the center of the sun, one has to wonder if the hype is legit. And yes, there is indeed hype for that… or there is now anyway. Dairy Queen describes the 1/2 lb. Flamethrower Grillburger like this:

Two thick, juicy 1/4 lb. burgers, smothered in a fiery Tabasco® flavored mayo with pepper jack cheese, jalapeno bacon, thick-cut tomato, and green leaf lettuce. Served on a toasted bun.

First off, my burger was obviously constructed by someone with their eyes closed.  Did I mention I haven’t had a burger from DQ before? Well, I haven’t. Appearance aside, this isn’t half bad. The Tabasco mayo is exactly that; Tabasco and mayo. I like both and it brings a moderate amount of heat and tang. Kudos to DQ for not screwing up this spicy mayo like every other fast food joint. I could have used more lettuce and tomato, but what was there was on point. I think the bun was a tad too sweet, but other than that it was great. The pepper jack was decent quality and perfectly melted. Other burgers should be jealous. Jalapeno bacon is a great idea. This tasted fantastic but was a tad on the limp side.

The only major flaw with the Flamethrower Grillburger was the beef. It’s super fatty. This is a grease bomb and if you told me it was 50/50 fat to lean, I wouldn’t second guess you. It also has that weird mass-produced frozen super market beef taste. I like a clean beefy flavor, and this was more like drinking a giant glass of melted meat margarine. It wasn’t bad, but better beef would have taken this over the top. At $4.39 for a half pound burger, it’s a great value too. As it stands, it’s a cheap, fantastically topped burger with slightly sub par beef. The kind of fat missile that tastes way better when you are drunk. That’s not necessarily a bad thing either.

So would I, ahem… buy this again? After being half in the bag from a few Tom Collins, most definitely. Until then though, my trek for the perfect quick serve burger continues. Please don’t sue me WIBIA.

Pros: Tabasco mayonnaise. It's cheeeeeesy. Produce. It only costs 88 nickles.

Cons: Lacks a clean beefy flavor. Did I mention I'm pretty sure the other clientele still live in a hypothetical world where the south won? Stumbling upon the 2012 Confederate stomping grounds. Living too far north to be in central Virginia, and too far south to be in northern Virginia. Knowing that not everyone will understand what I was just talking about.

Taste: 7.75/10
Value: 8.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 3.00/10
Price: $4.39/$5.99 for a combo

Overall GrubGrade: 8.00/10

More Info:
Nutrition Facts:
1/2 lb. Flamethrower Grillburger
Calories - 1000
Total Fat - 74 grams
Saturated Fat - 26 grams
Cholesterol - 170 milligrams
Carbs - 40 grams
Sodium - 1610 milligrams
Sugars - 9 grams
Dietary Fiber - 2 grams
Protein - 46 grams

24 comments on “Review: 1/2 lb. Flamethrower Grillburger from Dairy Queen

  1. SmoledMan says:

    Wow, another 1000 calorie burger bomb!

  2. Mitchery says:

    Yeah that’s a big calorie count. I would probably eat half of it for lunch and the other half for dinner.

  3. Manavee says:

    Nice review. I think this burger is alright, but I agree about the somewhat weird quality of the beef at DQ…it’s not terrible but it tastes just a bit off. The other thing I object to is calling it the Flamethrower. If you’re going to call it that, you better bring it in terms of heat. Otherwise, why call it the Flamethrower? I found the heat to be on the mild-moderate side of things….it was there, but I was hoping for more.

    All in all, a not bad burger, but nothing I would go out of my way for.

  4. Dustin says:

    This sounded like a dream come true until I read about the meat. Thank you for saving me 88 nickels!

  5. Erin Jax says:

    Man, that is a big bun. Looks like the burger is wearing a chef’s hat.

  6. Thanks for the link and thanks for referring to me as “reviewer extraordinaire.” You might the the only one in the world that thinks that! LOL!

    Anyway, it may not be your perfect quick serve burger (sorry you felt that way), but it is a darn good one. Glad to see you enjoyed it!

    • Chefprotoss says:

      You guys are great. After checking the cpmments on gg in the morning I head to your sight to see what’s chillackin’. Considering I have no plans to visit Indy, that has to say something. Keep rockin out with your… umm… just keep on keepen on brohiem.

      • Mike N says:

        That’s funny that’s my morning food blog routine too: GrubGrade -> Would I Buy In Again -> An Immovable Feast -> The Impulsive Buy -> Fat Guy Food Blog -> Serious Eats.

  7. Scott says:

    I just tried this last weekend on a friend’s recommendation — he claimed it was the best fast food burger. I have to disagree, and I would rate it a 5 or 6 – I wanted more char, more beef flavor, and the mayo based sauce was overkill for me. I managed to eat 2/3rds and probably won’t be buying it again. The vegetable ingredients were about Burger King quality, which is pretty low IMO. My alternative recommendation at this price point would be a double or triple at Culver’s or something from Steak and Shake, which both make better burgers, I think.

  8. Raiders757 says:

    DQ makes a good fast food burger, and I personally think it’s better than most of the bigger fast burger chains. I wish like hell that they would bring the mini-blizzard combo back to my local store though. You couldn’t beat it. A 1/4 lb. burger, fries, drink, and a mini-blizzard to boot. All for $5.

    About the meat. I haven’t noticed what is being said in this review with their burger. Not the best quality for sure, but it’s still better quality than what you get at BK and McDonald’s. At least at the store near me it is. Nor does anyone act as if they live in a “hypothetical world where the south won”, and I live even further south.

  9. Seeker says:

    The flamethrower burger is the only burger I get from DQ and one of the better fast food burgers I’ve had, but it’s never been as thick as this version. Maybe they changed it to include a thicker patty and pricing, as it usually was a $5 combo including fries/drink. I’ll have to check my local one sometime.

  10. Arsenio Billingham says:

    Where do you live, Fredericksburg? Strange town.

    • Chefprotoss says:

      Yeah, it is. The city, which is where I live, feels like a smaller version of nova, but step two feet into Spotsy or South Stafford and it’s a different world. Confederate flags fly high. My friend who came with me to dq pointed out that it felt like we were at a clan rally. I took a look around, and sure enough, she was right. It’s whatever. Just an observation.

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  12. kikurage says:

    1000 calories is just a bomb, and “Sodium – 1610 milligrams” is a heart attacker. One’s blood pressure must go up soon and highly.
    I seldom see like a hige sodium count at a one food.

  13. wibia says:

    Thanks for the link Chef! I have never tried this before. I really never think of DQ as a place for burgers, but I am always up for giving it a try. Btw, it almost looks like there are two top buns on your burger.

  14. James says:

    “The other thing I object to is calling it the Flamethrower”

    I am similarly disappointed by any mass-market item purporting to be hot. I know it will not be much above mild, if that.

  15. TJ says:

    I live near Fredvegas too, every fast food option in the world around here. For a good burger, check out the Big Burger Pub on 3. I feel like no one ever goes in there since its in the same shopping center with the abandoned Ukrop’s.

    • Chefprotoss says:

      I’ve never even heard of it. I’ll check it out. I’m not sure if Laziza is still in that area, but that place was awesome.

  16. Yoslimbo says:

    The flamethrower is tasty if it’s cooked right. DQ has a tendency of overcooking the burgers frequently.

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