Starting Feb. 23, Burger King will change that by adding two types of grilled dogs, classic and chili cheese, to its menu. Both made with 100 percent beef, a release from the brand said that after 60 years, the new addition “just made sense to our guests and for our brand.”
But before you get too excited, consider the (nutrition) facts. One classic dog will cost you 310 calories, 16 grams of fat and 960 milligrams of sodium, while the chili cheese option has 330 calories, 19 grams of fat and 980 milligrams of sodium. And, as a food expert and nutritionist revealed to, a hot dog should have no more than 450 milligrams of sodium (which, we have to admit, is really hard to find).
If you’re going to eat at Burger King, the new hot dog could be a solid option if you’re looking to minimize your calorie intake. After all, it has about half the fat and calories of a Whopper. However if you’re watching your sodium intake, then you should probably be staying away from fast food chain restaurants altogether.
A perplexing addition that makes more sense if you consider its timing: about ten months (plenty of time to conduct a test phase) after the chain’s majority owner, 3G Capital,acquired Oscar Mayer. BK says its new “Grilled Dogs” will be sold in two varieties at all 7,100 U.S. locations: one with the standard fixings of ketchup, mustard, onions, and relish; and another gussied up with chili and cheese.
Burger King will be the largest chain in the country to sell hot dogs, an area of food service usually relegated to 7-Elevens, food-cart operators, and the roaming vendors at baseball stadiums. Interestingly, national hot-dog sales have been on the wane lately, perhaps having something to do with the fact that people are looking for more transparency in their food, and hot dogs, even ones made with all beef, are mystery meat incarnate. Even still, they sound better than “fiery chicken fries.”