Burger King is home to the Whopper. And now hot dogs. That’s right. With Snoop Dogg as the pitchman, Burger King recently announced plans to sell grilled hot dogs at all 7,100 of its restaurants starting February 23.
Because the Miami-based chain already makes flame-grilled meat, the addition of the hot dog was a natural choice, company leaders say.
“This is probably the most obvious product launch ever,” said Alex Macedo, president of Burger King North America.
Kraft Heinz, which supplies Burger King with its ketchup, is supplying the hot dogs. Kraft Heinz also owns Oscar Mayer, which will supply the hot dogs.
While there is no Burger King in Inver Grove Heights, there is one on Robert Street in West Saint Paul and off of Concord in South Saint Paul. There is also a Burger King off of Town Centre Drive in Eagan.
According to CNN Money, Burger King’s experimentation with hot dogs in five cities last year was a success, leading to the decision to add it to the regular menu. Standard toppings will include relish, chopped onions, mustard and ketchup. Costs for the hot dog will be $1.99 for the classic hot dog and $2.29 for a chili-cheese dog.
In Inver Grove Heights, hot dogs are available on the menu at Dairy Queen and A&W. It’s rumored that Burger King added hot dogs to also compete with Sonic, which also provides hot dogs on its menu.
The hot dog is a popular American food item. In fact, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council estimates Americans consume 20 billion hot dogs a year. That works out to about 70 hot dogs per person each year – a number that seems extremely high. That would mean the average person would eat a hot dog about every fifth day, or just over one per week.
It’s hard to imagine many people rushing to Burger King just for a hot dog, but we expect people will be curious and order the hot dog along with other items as they head to the home of the Whopper.
Those who love it will be in pure hot dog heaven. So much so they may even break down and do the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse hot dog dance. Watch it below, where you can listen to the song interrupted for one hour.
And if you’re even more curious about the Burger King hot dog, you can watch the Burger King grilled dogs training video featuring Snoop Dogg here: