|Place of origin||United States|
|Region or state||Georgia|
|Main ingredients||Hot dog, beef patty|
|Variations||chili, cheese, onions, egg, potatoes, hoagie roll|
|623 (315 from fat) kcal|
|Other information||fat 35 g|
A hamdog is an American dish that consists of a hot dog that is wrapped in a beef patty, deep-fried, covered with chili, a handful of French fries, and a fried egg. It was invented by Chandler Goff in February 2005, and a hamdog eating contest was established in 2007. Dr. Nicholas Lang, professor of surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, advised against consuming a hamdog, even as a one-time snack.
Chandler Goff, the owner of Mulligan's, a suburban bar in Decatur, Georgia, invented the hamdog in February 2005. He started selling it at the Indiana State Fair in 2006. A hamdog eating contest was established in Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, in 2007 by Jimmy's Food and Drink. There is no reward for the winner other than bragging rights.
David Harsanyi mentioned the hamdog in his manifesto against the nanny state, Nanny State: How Food Fascists, Teetotaling Do-Gooders, Priggish Moralists, and other Boneheaded Bureaucrats are Turning America into a Nation of Children. He claimed a group of activists, whom he called "Twinkie Fascists", were trying to prevent him from eating the meal. While some people might not enjoy it as much as he did, that was the beauty of being a free citizen. Harsanyi described the hamdog as "perfect", "greasy", and "scrumptious", but mentioned he could only finish half. That was his body exhibiting self control, "two concepts that nannies, it seems, can't wrap their minds around."
Preparation and variations
Mulligan's served the hamdog in addition to the Luther Burger, a bacon cheeseburger with Krispy Kreme donuts as its bun. Their version of the hamdog consists of the usual hotdog and beef patty, but is topped with chili, cheese, onions, a fried egg, and two fistfulls of French fries, all served on a hoagie roll. These two dishes were among the attractions of the bar.
Goff told the Associated Press that his restaurant served more healthy alternatives, like salads and sandwiches that were not deep-fried. Dr. Nicholas Lang, professor of surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, advised against ever consuming a hamdog at any point in one's lifetime. "If you choke that down, you might as well find a heart surgeon because you are going to need one," he added.
The approximate caloric intake for a hamdog is 623, including 315 calories from fat. The total fat in a hamdog is 35 grams, roughly 54% of an average person's daily value. These statistics were listed by The Advocate in a 2005 article.
- "Is this ultimate way to clog arteries? A hot dog inside burger, then fried !!!! Southern-fried staples nutritional info". The Advocate (Louisiana) (NewsBank). February 14, 2005. Retrieved August 11, 2010.
- "Health officials wage tough fight in America's 'Stroke Belt'". Associated Press (USA Today). February 13, 2005. Retrieved August 11, 2010.
- "It's a deep-fried train wreck, but I can die happy". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (NewsBank). April 21, 2005. Retrieved August 11, 2010.
- Harper, Jennifer (August 3, 2006). "All is fare at frying fests; Even strawberry is not exempt at state fairs". The Washington Times (The Gale Group). Retrieved August 11, 2010.
- "Dare You! Calling All Big Eaters, Here Are 5 Places Where You can Test Your Competitive Spirit (Burp)". St. Paul Pioneer Press (NewsBank). February 26, 2009. Retrieved August 11, 2010.
- Harsanyi 2007, p. 2.
- Harsanyi, David (2007). Nanny State: How Food Fascists, Teetotaling Do-Gooders, Priggish Moralists, and other Boneheaded Bureaucrats are Turning America into a Nation of Children. New York, New York: Broadway Books. ISBN 978-0-7679-2432-0. OCLC 105450624.