are culver’s corn dogs beef

Culver’s corn dogs are made from pork franks and double-coated in a sweet honey cornmeal batter and then deep-fried.

Where can you find the best fast-food hot dogs? We tried 19 varieties and ranked them worst to best

CLEVELAND, Oh – Few things are as satisfying as a perfectly grilled hot dog on a hot summer’s day or at the ballpark.

But if you are spending that day bustling about doing errands and end up at a fast food joint — but aren’t feeling a burger — there are several burger chains that offer the option of a grilled hot dog.

Since it’s National Hot Dog Month — and cleveland.com is in the midst of searching for the tastiest hot dog in Northeast Ohio — the Best Of Cleveland team of Yadi Rodriguez and Brenda Cain got curious about which fast food emporium served up the better frankfurter.

They visited 9 different fast-food chains around town that offered some form of hot dogs or corn dogs. They found 19 varieties out there and tried them all, then ranked them worst to best for below.

Our Thoughts: In a word — “Salty!” We loved the grilled bun, but this frank was so salty we couldn’t go for a second bite, even if we wanted to. There was also a peculiar metallic after-taste and this dog left us with a greasy mouth-feel.

Menu Description: A Sonic delight! A delicious dog wrapped in sweet corn batter fried to a crispy golden-brown.

Our Thoughts: If you are looking for that county fair flavor, forget about it! This thin dog was heavily coated in corn batter and fried. The outside gave that crunch you are looking for, but the dog is so greasy you could see a halo of grease in the surrounding coating — and you could taste it, too. And let’s not forget the saltiness of this frank. Despite the sweetness of the corn batter coating, salt was the dominant flavor.

Menu Description: SONIC’s Premium Beef All-American Dog is made with 100% pure beef and topped with ketchup, yellow mustard, chopped onions and served in a soft, warm bakery bun.

Our Thoughts: While this hot dog offering from Sonic was our favorite, it still fell short in the flavor department. The dog was simply boiled — though firm — and the bun was steamed, so soft and fresh-tasting. Where this frank did shine was in the toppings department with the big chunky onions and sweet/tart relish, and just the right amount of ketchup and mustard so as to not overwhelm.

Menu Description: A premium hot dog double dipped in honey batter and then fried to crisp perfection!

Our Thoughts: We were impressed by the incredibly crispy outer shell on this slightly honey-tasting corn dog, but it was a little dry. The coating was proportioned evenly for the slightly small dog inside. This dog was on the pricey side and for the $$, it just was not what we were expecting. It looked good but left us disappointed.

Menu Description: Skyline’s classic coney is a specially made hot dog in a steamed bun with mustard, covered with our original secret-recipe chili, diced onions.

Our Thoughts: Don’t come hungry — or be prepared to order multiples of this teeny-tiny hot dog. Tasty Cincinnati-style chili with all the spice. But the hot dog gets lost under all that chili, And the micro-bun doesn’t hold up well to the chili either.

Menu Description: Skyline’s classic Cheese Coney is a specially made hot dog in a steamed bun with mustard, covered with our original secret-recipe chili, diced onions and a mound of shredded cheddar cheese.

Our Thoughts: The tiniest hot dog and bun gets lost under the mountain of shredded cheddar mounded atop — so much so that the cheese even over-powers the onion and mustard. Still, if you are a Cincinnati Chili fan, you’ll get plenty of chili-cheese flavor. Again, order multiples if you are looking for more than just a taste. These dogs can be consumed in one bite!

Our Thoughts: We were both shocked by this hot dog. If you are looking for that old-fashioned fair flavor, Rally’s has found it and serves it up in a decent-sized frankfurter. Nicely cooked, the dog was still plump and firm and was the perfect vehicle for all those condiments — rich, meaty chili that was nicely spiced, enough mustard to taste, with the bonus of fresh-chopped red onions on top. Best value for the price

With a Kids’ Meal they can choose all of their favorites

You know, choices are kind of a big deal for younger guests. Try one of our Classic Favorites below along with a choice of Small Crinkle Cut Fries or Motts® Applesauce and White Milk, Chocolate Milk, Motts® 100% Apple Juice or a small drink.

  • ButterBurger “The Original”
  • ButterBurger Cheese Single (Shown Above)
  • Original Chicken Tenders
  • Buffalo Chicken Tenders
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Corn Dog

Download our Nutrition & Allergen Guide, which is also available in each of our restaurants.

Sonic: Chili Cheese Coney

are culvers corn dogs beef

No. 17 Sonic Chili Cheese Coney – Photo by Yadi Rodriguez, cleveland.com

Calories: 470

Price: $3.29

Menu Description: SONIC’s Premium Beef Chili Cheese Coney is an All-Beef hot dog topped with warm chili and melty cheddar cheese served in a soft, warm bakery bun

Our Thoughts: If chili from a can is your thing, then this chili cheese dog may strike your fancy. The chili was meat and plentiful, but there was little spice to cover up the saltiness of this small coney, which was over-cooked and mushy. The cheese was shredded, did not melt and was on the tasteless side.

Sonic: Foot-Long Quarter Pounder Coney

are culvers corn dogs beef

No. 16 Sonic Foot-Long Quarter Pound Coney – Photo by Yadi Rodriguez, cleveland.com

Calories: 790

Price: $5.29

Menu Description: SONIC’s Foot-Long Quarter Pound Coney is a grilled hot dog topped with warm chili and melty cheddar cheese served in a soft, warm bakery bun.

Our Thoughts: This foot-long did little to fulfill the promise of its size. The microwaved bun was soft but unable to hold up to this thin, salty dog and all that bland chili. The processed cheese sauce was runny and added to the deterioration of the bun.

Culver’s corn dogs are made from pork franks and double-coated in a sweet honey cornmeal batter and then deep-fried.

FAQ

What are the ingredients in Culver’s fries?

Crinkle Cut Fries – Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Contains One or More of the Following: Canola, Palm, Soybean, Sunflower), Modified Food Starch (Potato, Corn, Tapioca), Rice Flour, Dextrin, Salt, Leavening (Disodium Dihydrogen Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Dextrose, Xanthan Gum. Cooked in Canola Oil.

What fry oil does Culvers use?

Canola Oil (fryer oil) – Canola Oil with TBHQ and Citric Acid added to preserve freshness and Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an anti-foaming agent.

Does Culvers use quality meat?

Handcrafted Freshness It’s why we always use fresh, never frozen beef and whole, white meat chicken from America’s family farms. It’s why we only use family farm-fresh dairy for our Frozen Custard.

What are the ingredients in Culver’s frozen custard?

Vanilla Frozen Custard [Milk, Cream, Skim Milk, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Egg Yolk, Guar Gum, Mono & Diglycerides, Locust Bean Gum, Carrageenan, Natural and Artificial Vanilla Flavor], Pecan Pieces [Vegetable Oil (Peanut, Cottonseed, Soybean and/or Sunflower Seed), Sea Salt], Salted Caramel [Corn Syrup, Sweetened Condensed …

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