Burger King is ready to add another backyard grilling staple to the menu: Hot dogs. Yahoo Food got a sneak peek at the new “flame-grilled” hot dogs, which are a custom 100 percent beef and spice blend made specially by Oscar Mayer for Burger King.
Hot dogs are near and dear to many Americans’ hearts. But how you define a hot dog may differ vastly depending on whether you’re in, say, New Jersey, West Virginia, or Chicago: The brand of dog, the type of bun, and everything that goes on top is likely to vary. Is the hot dog steamed or grilled? Are the buns toasted?
By: Andy Kryza Credit: Andy Kryza/Thrillist The hot dog has gotten a bad rap recently. Which is all the more reason to seek out the best hot dogs our nation has to offer. There are some who say that hot dogs are a simple man’s food. Those people are called traitors, and they need to be tried as the turncoats they are, because the hot dog is a true symbol of American ingenuity (much like the other 49 foods on our list of the most American foods out there): hand-held, inexpensive, and basically stolen from another country and relabeled as American.
Hot hot dogs are plump and ooze juice, tasting like a shot of unrestrained beef, with garlic and paprika haunting around the edges. They don’t mess around with subtlety. They go right for the kill. And they beat out cool, and even tepid, hot dogs every time.
Picture your ideal summer meal. Chances are, you’re not thinking about a hot dog. And I totally understand. Why fantasize about tube steak topped with a squiggle of ketchup when you could be dreaming about burgers or barbecue?
Cincinnati chef Daniel Wright is on a mission to transform the classic hot dog from hum-drum to extraordinary at his restaurant Senate, where the dogs are adorned with ingredients like goat cheese, bacon and “tons of drama” (the Lindsay Lohan dog) and wasabi peas (the Hello Kitty 2.0 dog).