As I write this, I’m super-excited that my wife is going to grill hamburgers for dinner.  In this case, they’re plant-based, since my daughter is vegetarian and my stomach doesn’t deal well with large hunks of beef.  I’m psyched, as my Midwestern upbringing made hamburgers a cornerstone of my diet, with the choice of hamburger or hot dog sometimes being my entire meal plan option.  I’m not proud of it, and I still love both pseudo-sammiches, although not equally.  If I can get a really good beef hot dog, I’m a frankfurter fan, but my heart belongs in Hamburg, leading to today’s chopped meat query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) once ate a four pound hamburger to win a t-shirt, and I still regret that decision, asking: Hamburger or Hot Dog?


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  1. toppings and sides notwithstanding, hamburgers seem to be more substantial than hot dogs. i’ll go with hamburgers even though i’m not much for red meat anymore (though i’d still pick a turkey, salmon or veggie burger over any hot dog or dog equivalent too)

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