Forget the debate about whether or not a hotdog is also a sandwich; that's old hat in comparison to the new form the hot dog has now taken on.
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were torn? Torn between indulging in a burger or a hot dog for lunch?
Well, worry not, indecisive diners, because a man in Perth, Australia, named Mark Murray has created a solution for you: the Hamdog.
Per Metro, the Hamdog is a super intense looking hamburger-hotdog hybrid, and is now the world’s only patented burger which is currently being rolled out across Australia at large.
Apparently, Murray actually dreamt up the chimera in 2004, but only began offering his unique brainchild to the world two months ago; his venture has been a great success.
Each Hamdog costs $6, and consists of a frankfurter placed between two halves of a beef patty -- yes, you read that correctly -- and then topped with cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomato, American mustard, ketchup, and mayonnaise. Then, all of those ingredients are tucked snugly inside a meticulously designed Hamdog bun (think normal burger bun, only with the addition of hot dog bun ends attached).
All of the Hamdog ingredients are locally sourced from Western Australia, excluding the American-sourced pickles.
“We’ve had requests of all sorts for gluten free, vegan and vegetarian Hamdogs,” Mark told News.com.au. “Once the product is out there and that process is sorted, we’ll start experimenting.”
At the moment, the most intricate detail that goes into the Hamdog is the bun: Each one apparently has to be assembled by hand, which is no doubt an extremely time-consuming process -- especially if demand increases. Murray is currently looking to find a way to semi-automate the process.
Interested in helping him out? The Hamdog is patented both in America and Australia, so you can’t bring the idea over stateside. However, if you want to get involved in the business, you are welcome to purchase a franchise for approximately $7,500, and try to help production get moving along.