Review: Whopper Dog from Burger King
On The Nosh Show podcast I do with my buddies Marvo, Dubba, and Eric, we have a segment called Nosh or Not. Burger King’s new Whopper Dog is one of those products that the majority would pass on and give it an emphatic “NOT”. There are some products, like the Whopper Dog, that come with a little sidebar of, “I’d nosh it for review purposes only”.The new Whopper Dog from Burger King is described like this:
The WHOPPER Dog is a flame-grilled hot dog made with 100% beef topped with lettuce, ketchup, mayo, chopped onions, and pickles and served on a fluffy baked bun.
Missing from the description is a single sliced tomato cut in half. The tomato is clearly not a crucial ingredient, but I had to point out the quality control that doesn’t just stop at Burger King’s food. I lucked out with three small end pieces of tomato in my Whopper Dog.It bothers me that the Whopper Dog could have been so much more than it is. I can’t help but say it’s a lazy creation by Burger King. The Whopper sandwich is an iconic item for the brand and adding hot dogs to the menu earlier this year was a semi-major menu update. With that said, why not really put some thought into the Whopper Dog beyond just taking Whopper toppings and placing them alongside a hot dog? There are other BK products that could make a far more interesting combination of flavors in hot dog form (Rodeo), but they don’t carry the classic Whopper name. Everyone knows that Burger King is “Home of the Whopper” so it should get some better treatment. It’s like walking around with a cheap VELCRO wallet filled with hundreds. Well maybe not, but I don’t know how else to put it. It kind of makes me think of when McDonald’s made a mockery of their Big Mac by putting it in pathetic wrap form.So what you’re getting with the Whopper Dog is a way to display Burger King’s subpar produce with a much better view. I’ve never had lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mayo, chopped onions, and pickles all together with a hot dog for good reason. The combination of ingredients makes for a hot dog new experience and I’m all for giving products a fair shot. If I was pleasantly surprised, I’d be excited to report that information. The only real standout ingredient that makes for some minor impact is the subtle sour punch of the pickles. The lettuce, tomato and chopped onions don’t add much to the flavor unless you find flavor in the water it was rinsed in. They add a little something for texture, but that’s me trying hard to be nice. I won’t get into a whole “ketchup doesn’t belong on a hot dog” rant because I’m far from a hot dog purist and being snobby about fast food can be exhausting.At a price of $2.39, just like the other Grilled Dogs from BK, they shouldn’t cost that much. A suggestion to Burger King would be to try harder, but not too hard (we don’t care about you going all “premium” on us). Respect the Whopper name and at least give us a hot dog that’s bigger than the rest… something, anything to show you spent more than 2 seconds on this idea. As lazy ideas go, the Whopper Dog is this year’s French Fry Burger.
Pros: The actual hot dog link wasn't bad... noticeable grill marks.
Cons: The ugliest fast food product in GrubGrade history. Piling garbage-quality salad on a hot dog is no way to treat something carrying the Whopper name. Big mess. A decent value would be pricing this at 89 cents.
Grubbing on-the-go: 3.75/10
Overall GrubGrade: 4.50/10
More Info: bk.com
Calories - 380
Fat - 24 grams
Saturated Fat - 8 grams
Carbs - 30 grams
Sodium - 1040 milligrams
Sugar - 8 grams
Protein - 11 grams