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.New 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’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.The 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.The 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. It’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.
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.
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
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