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Ah, the age-old question: Is a hot dog a sandwich? If you said no, does your answer change if the hot dog is in the shape of a hamburger patty and served on a bun? Because that’s a thing now.
They’re called hot dog rounds, and the world does not need them, yet the world is intrigued. It’s confusing, it’s weird it’s… genius?
Hot dog rounds come from New Jersey butcher Rastelli’s, who claims that the flatter surface is better at holding condiments and creates more caramelization on the grill.
“We set out to improve the hot dog,” Rastelli’s told Fox News. “Like many people, our customers were accustomed to slicing their hot dog down the middle before grilling to increase surface area for caramelization and flavor — so when the really busy moms and dads asked if we had any pre-sliced hot dogs, we started thinking.”
Some people were quick to compare the hot dog rounds to bologna, which is essentially thinly sliced hot dog meat. However, Rastelli’s said its hot dog rounds are different because they use black Angus beef and premium pork, which they smoke with a blend of woods and then finish in the oven.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to be in New Jersey to try these babies either. Rastelli’s ships nationwide, but you can also get them online at QVC. You can get a 16-pack of the 3-ounce hot dog rounds for only $34 or a 24-pack for $50 on Rastelli’s website (shipping costs $25). Or, at QVC, you can get a 24-pack for $78.66, plus free shipping.
One might argue that hot dog rounds are the perfect cookout dish for freaking out your friends and then impressing them upon their first bite. And now you only have to buy one type of bun if you plan to serve hamburgers, too! Oh, the many benefits.
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