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 WouldIBuyItAgain.com 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.
Grubbing on-the-go: 3.00/10
Price: $4.39/$5.99 for a combo
Overall GrubGrade: 8.00/10
More Info: DairyQueen.com
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