- Rastelli’s butcher is selling “round hot dogs.”
- The meat is shaped like a hamburger and designed to fit on the respective round bun.
- Twitter users are saying it looks like bologna and Bavarian street food.
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Twitter users are going bananas over a photo of disc-shaped hot dogs that, yes, really do exist.
Rastelli’s butcher is selling the patties on its website in a pack of four for $10. The hot dogs are made with ingredients such as pork, beef, water, salt, and more.
“Run out of hot dog buns? No problem,” the product description on the company’s website states. “Our Round Dog is everything you love in a hot dog in the shape of a burger.”
When Maria Yagoda, a senior editor at Food and Wine, tweeted out a photo of the unconventional product, the thread became filled with people’s reactions.
—maria yagoda (@mariayagoda) June 15, 2021
Some are questioning whether the shape simply makes it a thick slice of bologna. But the ingredient differences between hot dogs and bologna can vary depending on who makes them. In some cases, they may be exactly the same. So Rastelli’s “round dog” may be similar to bologna, but it is marketed as “a hot dog in the shape of a burger,” not grill-able bologna.
Another user drew a parallel to leberkäse, a type of street food in certain areas of Europe that resembles a thick slice of bologna or encased meatloaf on a bun.
Though it doesn’t look exactly like the long tubular hot dogs commonly found at ballparks throughout the US, Rastelli’s says the patties have ridges, which make it optimal for grilling, and the surface area allows for more toppings.
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