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”.Whopper DogThe 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.Whopper DogIt 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.Burger King TomatoesSo 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.Whopper DogAt 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.

Taste: 5.00/10
Value: 4.25/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 3.75/10
Price: $2.39

Overall GrubGrade: 4.50/10

More Info: bk.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 380
Fat - 24 grams
Saturated Fat - 8 grams
Carbs - 30 grams
Sodium - 1040 milligrams
Sugar - 8 grams
Protein - 11 grams

25 comments on “Review: Whopper Dog from Burger King

  1. Burbles says:

    What a hilarious abomination! I needed this today – thank you for the review –

  2. Bill G. says:

    And it looks like the person put on sliced onions instead of the chopped onions. And I wonder if they’re saving up all the tomato end pieces for this?

  3. MP says:

    I see the infamous white lettuce! Isn’t a Whopper Jr only $1.29 or $1.49? That thing looks like it was difficult to handle.

  4. Roger says:

    Once again, thanks for taking one for the team. Yikes!

  5. Michael says:

    Yea FF shouldn’t be so into “premium.” That is like the Wendy’s trap, when most of us would be fine with our cheap Taco Bell. Premium is ok but first focus on good stuff.

  6. Patrick Bateman says:

    The problem I see with this is there’s WAY too much produce in it. With a burger you can get away with it, but on a hot dog, the dog gets lost. They should have maybe halfed everything in the picture.

  7. Bradleys says:

    I’ve heard celebrity chefs say something once and because of that, I denounce this not based on it being disgusting, but rather because of something I heard once. I’m a foodie. I don’t know much, unless I hear someone else say it first. Ketchup on a hot dog! Blasphemy! Ketchup and beef don’t go together.

  8. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Eych. I like the taste of the dogs themselves, but the lettuce and tomato… Nah. At least the pickles and onions I can sort of wrap my head around. But using some of the worst components of a whopper, a sandwich I actually like… Why. I’m honestly surprised they didn’t also cover it with wayyyy to much mayonnaise to make it more authentic.

  9. Al says:

    Ryan taking one for the team…

    You’re a braver soul than I, mate. Thanks for doing this.

  10. Snackeroo says:

    Next up, the Chicken Fries Whopper.

  11. Dougyfresh says:

    I work at burger king in Hornell New York Been For About 10 years now and the whoppef dog in honestly just as tasty as it seems to look like……it. The whopper dog is just that though… Just like the whopper has all the same ingredients and even kinda taste like a whopper but in hot dog form…..

  12. Ryan says:

    It looks like someone threw up on the hotdog :/

  13. Jonathan Wayne says:

    I haven’t seen one thing yet that makes me want to try this thing, it looks terrible.

  14. Matt says:

    I liked the Big Mac wrap !!

  15. Bryce says:

    If they used a burger dog this would make way more sense.

  16. T says:

    Has the mobile site been unreadable for anyone else for about a week? The Checkers drinks image is the background of entire site on my iPhone. Don’t know if just me or if they need to fix it.

    • Ryan says:

      Yeah having issues with it. I deactivated the mobile plugin because the reviews wouldn’t show up. In the process of trying to resolve everything and it’s taking forever. I’ll see if I can activate the mobile site again, but if you want to see review posts, switch over to the desktop version. Sorry about that.

  17. CulinaryZerg says:

    Their worst and laziest sandwich ever has to be the YUMBO they released a couple years ago. Literally ham cold-cuts with American cheese and their garbage produce, and the most embarrassingly uninspired new product I’ve ever seen.

  18. JJJ says:

    I tried this the other day and mine was constructed much better than that. The produce was chopped smaller and actually fit in the bun without falling out. The mayo idea seemed weird to me but it really just got lost in the other ingredients. Needed mustard though…a bit too sweet. Surprisingly, not bad. I would get it again.

  19. make America great again says:

    Must.Eat.Whopper.Dog.

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