These Flat, Round Hot Dogs Solve a Long-Standing Barbecue Dilemma

Say goodbye to being left with an awkward amount of hot dog and hamburger buns.

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June 15, 2021
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Let’s be honest, there’s nothing better than a grilled hot dog on a summer day. But as anyone who’s ever attended a barbecue knows, for some reason, the number of hot dogs available just never matches up with the number of buns. There’s always one or the other left unpaired.

Luckily, Rastelli’s is here to solve America’s hot dog dilemma. The family-owned butcher shop, which delivers meat directly to your door, has created something called Round Hot Dogs. Instead of boasting a cylindrical shape, these dogs are shaped like a typical hamburger, which means those hamburger buns are fit for double duty. Given the hamburger-esque shape of Round Hot Dogs, you don’t need to worry about purchasing hot dog buns and hamburger buns prior to your next cookout. Instead, you can use hamburger buns to successfully sandwich both BBQ staples.

The advantages of these cleverly shaped hot dogs don’t stop there. Each disc-like piece of meat, which is approximately three ounces, features ridged edges, kind of like a Ruffles potato chip. This basically ensures you’ll get a perfectly charred final product every time you fire up the grill. And since Round Hot Dogs inherently have more surface area than typical dogs, you have more room to pack on your favorite condiments. Um, can you say win-win?!

According to an Instagram post about Round Hot Dogs, they’re made with a blend of antibiotic-free beef and pork. The Rastelli’s website sells these meaty morsels in packs of four, eight or 16, with prices starting at $10 for a four-pack.

And since this product might be a bit foreign to many of us, Rastelli’s offers tips on how to best cook your Round Hot Dogs. As it turns out, there are several different ways you can prepare these dogs. For example, if you’re firing up the grill, make sure it’s on medium-high and cook the Round Hot Dogs for two to three minutes per side, until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. You can also use a skillet to get the job done, boil them or toss them in the air fryer.

While it might take some time to get used to Round Hot Dogs, this is hardly the first time a food product has been reimagined for the sake of convenience. In fact, a company called Slice of Sauce has created sliced versions of popular condiments like Frank's RedHot Sauce, Classic Ketchup, and Spicy Sriracha in effort to avoid mealtime messes.

So what are you waiting for? Grab a Round Hot Dog, toss on a Classic Ketchup slice and get grilling!

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