A hamdog is an Australian sandwich. It consists of a formed bread bun with a chopped steak cut in 2. And a hotdog placed in between the 2 halves that is then flat-topped off with cheese, pickles, sauces, tomato, lettuce and onion.
There is a long history of eating a variation of the hotdog, but what is a hamdog? In the Australian barbecue that is affectionately known as the ‘barbie’, people will often dig into a cooked cut of beef. When it’s cooked, it’s quite tough, but if left in the sun for a day, it can soften and taste really good. Ham-based burgers are often used as a topping, but they take a very long time to cook, and they don’t actually taste very good when they’re cooked that way.
The people of Australia have come up with a solution to this problem. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the steaks are braised in a mixture of beer and herbs, similar to the American ‘pulled pork’.
What is a Hamdog?
A hamdog is an Australian sandwich consisting of a formed bread bun with a chopped steak cut in 2. And a hotdog placed in between the 2 halves that is then flat-topped off with cheese, pickles, sauces, tomato, lettuce and onion. The bun is then sliced in half lengthwise and placed on the hotdog.
Hamdogs originated in the 1980’s at Sydney’s Kings Cross Nightclubs. In 1983 “The Great Hamdog Lunch” promotion was held with the winner winning a trip to America to visit The Hot Dog factory.
The sandwich has spread to America where Burger King introduced a Hot Dog Cheese Sandwich. They are selling it from the late 1990’s to 2001.
According to the Google Trends, American’s eat 3.4 million hamdogs each year.
Hamdogs are now being sold worldwide.
How to make your own Hamdog
1. To make your own hamdog. Open a can of baked beans, mince an onion and quarter a red and yellow pepper, sauté in a pan.
2. Top the ingredients with the baked beans and a slice of a meatball.
3. Top the bun off with a slice of cheese, ham, pickles, sautéed onions and diced tomatoes.
4. Bake in a baking dish in a preheated oven at 180°C for 30 minutes.
5. Slice and enjoy!
Where can I find a hamdog?
All the major Australian fast food chain’s have them on the menu. Subway’s sub: sausage patty, ham, bacon and cheese, placed in between two halves of a bread bun. McDonalds sausage patty, ham, bacon, cheese, lettuce and tomato. Hungry Jack’s Bacon, lettuce and tomato and KFC’s Original Recipe hot dog. Lettuce and tomato, placed in between the 2 halves of a bread bun, topped with tomato and served with cheese sauce and hot sauce.
Most fast food chains’ restaurants in Brisbane have a hamdog. However all large fast food chains including KFC, Hungry Jacks and McDonalds are now nationally available in all major Australian cities.
In New Zealand, they’re commonly sold in the central North Island.
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