There’s a new addition to Burger King’s menu, but it’s not a version of its namesake dish. According to Yahoo, it is another cookout favorite: The chain will start serving grilled hot dogs nationwide by February 23.
it’s BURGER King not HOT DOG King please stop this and #makeamericagreatagain
— Dylan C. Lathrop (@DylanLathrop) February 10, 2016
The weiners are made with a 100-percent beef blend custom made for the restaurant by tube steak experts over at Oscar Mayer. (In theory, does this not make it a burger, but in tube form?) Unlike the hot dogs found at gas stations, ball parks, and the sidewalks of New York City, the Burger King version will be “flame grilled,” just like its burgers.
There will be two versions on the menu: The Classic features ketchup, mustard, chopped onions, and relish, and the Chili Cheese comes topped with well, chili and cheese. You can have a hot dog made your way, unless you like your bun toasted, then you’re sh*t out of luck.
While chains like Sonic have successfully added hot dogs to its menu, major burger-based fast food restaurants have not. Throughout the years, various McDonald’s franchisees have made several attempts at creating a McHot Dog that would stick, but failed, and the new menu items now gives Burger King a leg (or sausage) up on its main competitor. Now the real question is, will BK take inspiration from Japan and add a black hot dog to its menu come Halloween?