Review: Grilled Dogs from Burger King

Many people complain that Burger King should concentrate on making a better burger rather than coming up with a constant flow of mediocre LTO’s;  I think there’s room for both.  It seems like a challenge to mess up a simple hot dog so it’s not the worst idea in the world for BK to come out with new Grilled Dogs.Grilled Dogs BKNew Grilled Dogs were actually available last year in some test market locations in Maryland, but I never gathered up enough enthusiasm to take the long drive.  I had this idea that Burger King’s Grilled Dogs wouldn’t be too different than any other cheap hot dog I’ve picked up at a gas station convenience store.BK Grilled DogsBK’s Grilled Dogs didn’t surprise me or let me down in any significant way.  They were just about what I expected them to be… average. There’s currently only two choices of Grilled Dogs available and that leaves plenty of room for future creations topped with crazy ingredients that will grab some easy publicity.  For the launch, BK went with a couple of standard creations.BK Grilled DogsThe Classic Grilled Dog was priced at $1.99 and it features a flame-grilled hot dog made 100% beef topped with ketchup, mustard, chopped onions, and relish and served on a baked bun.  I’m not going to deduct points for the “Classic” not being exactly the kind of hot dog that I would consider classic.  Personally I’d just go with mustard and chopped onions for what I think best classifies as classic.  Ketchup… eh, why not.  Taking it for what it is and for what toppings made the cut, BK’s Classic Grilled Dog is OK with me.  The condiments were generously portioned and all nicely layered and evenly distributed along the dog. I found the sweet and sour relish to be slightly overpowering over the other condiments so it would’ve been fine to lighten up a little on that.  There’s onions for crunch, but little else, and the slight bite yellow mustard flavor balances the ketchup sweetness.BK Hot DogThe all beef hot dog lacks any significant qualities of being flame-grilled to be honest.  It could’ve been cooked on one of those rollers and I wouldn’t have been able to recognize a standout difference.  A bigger hot dog would’ve been nice considering the hot dog to bun ratio fell heavy on the bun. The decent amount of toppings didn’t help too much to take my mind off how much bun there is… not a big deal, but worth mentioning. The Chili Cheese Grilled Dog was priced at $2.39 and it features a flame-grilled beef hot dog made with 100% beef topped with chili, cheddar cheese, and served on a baked bun.  I would’ve preferred a meatier chili and something with a slight kick to make it interesting. IMG_8400It’s a no-frills chili cheese dog really and I can’t help but feel like it’s a hard sell at $2.39.  There wasn’t enough cheddar cheese topping and even with the light application it struggled to reach any melt.

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Getting a hot dog at a drive-thru window isn’t something that you’ll find at the bigger chain fast food restaurants so it’s a good thing that BK is on board.  Sure Wienerschnitzel, Checkers/Rally’s, A&W, and Sonic offer them, but they aren’t in practically every region of the country like Burger King is.  The bottom-line still ends up being the fact that you can usually pile on ingredients to your liking at a 7-Eleven or random gas station mart for cheaper.  Offering a pretty average hot dog without adding some real standout element makes it a hard sell outside of a random craving.

Pros: Getting a hot dog from a drive-thru window from a fast food restaurant that has a lot of locations.

Cons: Pricey compared to topping your own dog at convenience store.

Taste: 6.00/10
Value: 5.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.50/10
Price: $1.99 for the Classic, $2.39 for the Chili Cheese

Overall GrubGrade: 5.75/10

More Info: bk.com
Nutrition Facts:
Classic - 310 calories, 16 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 32 grams of carbs, 960 milligrams of sodium, 11 grams of protein
Chili Cheese - 330 calories, 19 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 28 grams of carbs, 980 milligrams of sodium, 14 grams of protein

36 comments on “Review: Grilled Dogs from Burger King

  1. Jonathan Wayne says:

    I tried a piece of the chili cheese dog and it was okay, still expensive, but then I ordered the classic one last night to try for myself and it was very very average, completely insulting that BK is charing $2 for this thing, it is worth $1 max. Most gas station hot dogs are as good or in many cases bigger and better for much less money. They’ll get an initial bump from curious people like myself and then nothing after that. You would have to be an idiot to buy this for $2. I think 7 Eleven announced yesterday they are doing a hot dog and a Big Gulp combo for $2 which is a hell of a lot better deal than this.

    • Roger says:

      Agreed. And in my area Rally’s is ‘suddenly’ advertising .79 hot dogs and .99 chili dogs. I think the competition is quick to nip this BK in the bud.

    • Joe says:

      Your gas station’s hot dogs are also likely a mix of turkey, chicken and pork; all-beef dogs are always a bit more expensive (and worth every extra penny in my mind).

      • Bubbsy says:

        Doesn’t matter, like our resident d-bag said, anyone who pays $2 for a flame-grilled all-beef hot dog with all the trimmings is an idiot, because you can buy 2 much lower-quality mish-mash dog from the gas station off the roller and cram it into a stale bun at some gas station for $2. Good luck sleeping tonight.

    • carol p says:

      Terrible hot dogs, I tried both of them, mine were shriveled up and very salty, so were the chicken fries. Spent $7.00 + on this worthless meal.

  2. Matt says:

    If you get a chili cheese dog, you’re really just going to get a chili dog because the cheese will be stuck to the bag after you slide out the hotdog. I bought two yesterday and it happened to both.

    Also, how about mustard, chili, onions?!

  3. Mike N. says:

    DQ does chili dogs too, but for money and convenience QuikTrip does just fine for a hotdog fix. I heard that what stood out during BK’s testing was that people often bought the dogs as a side rather than the “main course” which drove up the average ticket.

  4. Sean B says:

    Not the first go around for BK and hit dogs. It might have been considered a hidden menu item but we regularly bought hit dogs from BK in the 80’s and early 90’s but they were not of the grilled variety.

  5. Richard says:

    If I want a REAL Hot Dog I need to go to my local butcher shop. You pay more, but you get a much better and bigger dog.

    • Matt says:

      Well…….that’s not exactly a news flash. If you want real food….why go to a fast food place at all??

    • HugeMan says:

      Dude, literally no one cares what you do.

    • Blousey says:

      I’m thinking at the top of every comments section of every article we can have the inevitable obvious comments like “If I want a REAL burger I’d go to blahblah diner and pay more and not be fast food…” or “If I want a REAL fries I’d go to blahblah potato factory and pay more so the potatoes are sliced by the hands of an irish pixie and not be fast food…”. Just to get the obvious out of the way.

    • Fred says:

      You do realize that this is a fast food review website, right? Of course “real” food will taste better. I don’t see the point in even saying such nonsense. We all know it.

    • kylemeat says:

      You don’t say?!?! You’re telling me you pay more money for a larger and better product? You’re blowing my mind man.

    • Amanda says:

      You realize what a hot dog IS, right? We’re not talking steak here. Not sure if it’s worth bragging about “real” hot dogs from your local butcher.

  6. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Huh, I just had these and they tasted and looked JUST like a hotdog off off the grill. Authentic grilled taste and even had that snappy sort of blackened exterior. Thought they were great compared to what’s available in terms of microwaved fast food hotdogs at sonic and such

  7. Dennis says:

    Not disappointing but way way overpriced. Not likely to be a regular purchase.

  8. Patrick Bateman says:

    Yeah, I’d rather get a $1 dog from the corner store and pile the toppings on. Sure, it’s probably been sitting there for hours, but is really worse than BK???

  9. Steven says:

    When you can get them, nothing tops a big-ass costco all beef hot dog and a drink for $1.50

  10. Michael says:

    I can’t believe how unappitizing this was. Not to mention it gave me diarreah. Avoid this at all costs.

  11. 1maddd2mackxxx says:

    Too high for a SMALL HOTDOG

  12. Justin ST says:

    Eh, I’m in Michigan, there are too many better coney dog places to pay attention to this.

  13. Bubbsy says:

    I asked them to smother fries in chili and shredded cheese and it was pretty good, at least for something different. They charged 60 cents extra.

  14. BigBelly says:

    The packaging on these things does no favors for the buns, and it allows the dog to cool off pretty fast. A 10 second ride thru the microwave did wonders for the bun.
    The classic was ok, but it’s nothing I couldn’t do myself a whole lot better in a couple of minutes (I got no “grill taste” whatsoever out of mine.)
    The chili dog is just bland, I found it odd that the chili cheese version only had 20mg more sodium then the classic, but I believe that’s where the chili’s problem lies, that and it could use some more chili powder for a little zip. The beans had a almost mealy texture to them, not a good addition.
    A classic, a chili cheese dog, and a large onion ring set me back $7.56, and I easily could have eaten a third dog. Next time I’ll just drive the extra mile for a angus bacon strip street dog from Wienerscnitzel, it’s far superior, fills you up more, and so does their just regular chili cheese dog.
    They sent coupons today for 2 classics (only, chili dog is excluded) and 2 small fries for $5, a slightly better deal, but I still think they need to throw in a drink though :/

  15. icecycle66 says:

    Does this mean I can get chili cheese fries form Burger King now?

  16. JJJ says:

    I tried a couple of the chili dogs. My cheese was melted into a solid blanket. Not bad but a bit overpriced.

  17. My teath hurt says:

    Horrible. Bought 2 plain dogs in bk dt(thought i was helping myself by skipping what was for sure going to be sloppy toppings) unwraped the first, put some ketchup on it and took a bite. On the first bite halfway through the chew i bit down on a large bone fragment that was slightly bigger than a pinhead. It of course hurt like hell but iwas hungary and it was a 2$ dog, so i took another bite. Immediately i bit down on another rockhard pinhead sized bone. I completely abandoned the meal after that as well as Bk.

    • Sascha says:

      None of this happened, right? Burger King uses 100% All Beef Oscar Meyer hot dogs, the same kind we can all buy at the supermarket, and there has never ONCE been a complained of bone in a hot dog, but you claim to have had such a problem in not just one, but TWO out of two dogs? If I were BK or Oscar Meyer, I might try to find a way to sue for slander. Also, it’s spelled teeth.

  18. Jeff says:

    Just a slightly below average chili dog. Maybe better than 7-11, definitely worse than DQ and Checker’s. Too little chili, and it has beans, which is against every law of hot dog chili truth and fidelity. Had to try them once. Once was enough.

  19. Tanyale says:

    I live in the south so all I want to know is where is the slaw? You can’t sell these in the south without slaw just saying.

    • Jak says:

      Who the crap eats coleslaw with a hotdog? Clearly only the kind of people who call it “slaw”. Those are backwoods rednecks and hipsters. Im pretty sure i know which one you are.

      • Tanyale says:

        Actually I’m neither. You must be a child because mature adults don’t insult what they know nothing about or do you. Keep spewing your ignorance behind a computer that you probably won’t say to anyone’s face. Have a great day

  20. ProfZed says:

    Tried the classic yesterday. Thought the price was for 2 Hot Dogs. After all, every picture in the restaurant including signs in the window and at the counter show 2 Hot Dogs. Nope. Opened the bag and only one. Therefore, just one way overpriced Hot Dog. It was nothing better than what I could do myself. Way too much relish and onions. Wiped off most of that after the first bite. Also had the fries. What is it about fries that Burger King just can’t get them right? The drink machine offered Diet Coke Orange. Never saw that before. Tried it. Yuck. This was a wasted 5 dollars.

  21. Jason says:

    Me and my wife both wanted to try the new dogs, so we ordered 2 chili dogs. They were salty, salty, salty, did I mention they were salty! Worst hot dogs ever! Me and my wife both agreed that they were very salty and that we would never order another one. At $5.00 for 2 hot dogs we were really disappointed.

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