As Americans, we’re pretty familiar with processed meats—eating burgers and hot dogs is practically a national pastime. But despite years of enjoying these backyard BBQ staples, nothing could have prepared us for the craziness that is the Hamdog. It’s literally a hot dog that lives in between a split-in-half hamburger. Yes, that’s right, it’s beef inside beef—and that’s bad news for your body in so many ways. Meat-heavy diets have been connected to an increased risk of heart attack, colon cancer, and even stroke. In fact, one German study found that the risk of stroke was 41 percent higher for those who consumed 7-ounces of red meat (about what you’d find in 2.5 McDonald’s burgers) daily compared to those who cut themselves off after 3.3-ounces. Though we’re not exactly sure how much meat is in a Hamdog, we’re fairly certain that it surpasses 3.3-ounces.
Aside from the red meat, the Hamdog’s patented bun is stuffed with lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, cheese, mustard, mayo, and “tomato sauce” (staying true to Australians’ lexical rejection of the term “ketchup”).
“We use all local ingredients. The only thing that’s not from Western Australia are the pickles,” Mark Murray, the Aussie behind the creation, boasted in a recent interview.
While we give him props for staying local, we estimate that the Hamdog with toppings probably packs about 700 calories, more than 50 percent of the day’s fat, and nearly an entire day’s worth of salt. This definitely isn’t something you’ll want to eat if losing weight or lowering your blood pressure are among your health goals.
Though the Hamdog is currently only available in Australia, Murray announced yesterday that international licensee and reseller opportunities are now available for, what he deemed, the “most talked about burger.” That means anyone who’s got $10,000 to spare could start his or her own Hamdog stand. And apparently, there are a number of Americans who are eager to hand over their cash and get in on the business. Murray recently told CNBC that he’s currently in contact with potential resellers in the U.S. and we can expect the beefy hybrid to arrive stateside at some point in 2017.
While it may be tempting to indulge if you happen to spot one, our advice is to skip it. If you really can’t stay away, at least chase it with a couple glasses of water to knock out the salt and consider going meat-free the next day to undo some of the damage. Not sure how to get through a full 24 hours without red meat? These 20 Protein-Packed Vegetarian Meal Ideas can help!