On Saturday night I was poking around in the fridge looking for something to make for dinner. I had thawed some ground beef, but I was surprised to see we didn’t have any hamburger buns left.
I didn’t feel like running to the store, so what could I do? I noticed we still had some hot dog buns.
Hmm…. ground beef. Hotdog buns. Ground beef. Hotdog buns. That’s when a genius idea popped into my head.
I thought, what is to stop me from rolling up hamburgers longways so they’ll fit into a hotdog bun? Nothing, unless you count societal pressure for buns and meat types to be segregated, which is pretty strong because when I brought this idea up to Jeanne she was against it.
Surely this new grilled beef and bread combination needed a name. The hot burger sounded too much like a perverted sexual practice, so I settled on the ham dog. Now all I had to do was start making them.
The first thing I did was get out the ground beef and add some salt, garlic, and ground pepper. Second, I mixed it all up and formed six longish shapes I figured would fit into a hot dog bun, like so.
At this point I thought my ham dogs were going to look more like grilled dog turds than anything else, but I pressed on.
I put the ham dogs on the grill and cooked them for about five minutes on each side.
Looking good! I put cheese on a few of them and toasted the hot dog buns. When they were finished I brought them in, added ketchup, mustard, lettuce, and some red onion. Finally, the first hamdogs were born.
How were they? Freaking awesome, but I probably made them slightly too big. I thought they’d cook down a little since we were using fattier meat than usual, but they didn’t. I also wouldn’t use lettuce next time because it’s a lot harder to keep the lettuce on a hamdog than on a burger. They tasted delicious and in doing so I proved to the world that you can successfully cross breed a hot dog and a hamburger.
Jeanne liked them, too.