Dairy Queen Brazier Sauce
Meatless Hot Dog Or Hamburger Sauce
1 onion, diced small
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (15 oz) sauce can water
1 tsp basil
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp kosher salt (I only use Kosher)
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp prepared mustard
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tbsp sugar
Saute onion in a little oil until tender. Combine with remaining ingredients.
Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until desired thickness.
If you want, try adding a tbsp of sugar and a tsp of white vinegar.
Play around with it and adjust it to your taste.
Dairy Queen Burgers
The standard Cheeseburger stood up fairly well to the PR photo. It should; there’s not much to this basic starter model. A sixth of a pound of what the chain touts as “100% USA beef” is nestled into a sesame seed bun, with American cheese, ketchup, and mustard joining the party. Oh, and pickles. I had completely forgotten about those until I bit in and got a sour surprise.
It is a cheeseburger in the strictest technical sense, but unsurprisingly given its (lack of) size, the toppings dominate the taste profile: overwhelming condiments and way more bun than burg. As a “value menu” kind of option, it’s not terrible. Your kids will like it just fine ('cos I promise they’re already mentally at “ice cream”), but I’m hard-pressed to concoct a scenario in my head where I actually order one for myself.
DQ’s GrillBurger with Cheese is available as a quarter-pounder or half-pounder. My quarter-pound version wasn’t as perfectly stacked and dripping in fakery as the publicity shot, but I was okay with that. Mine actually looked better. It looked real; it reminded me of the classic cheeseburger wrapped in wax paper you’d get on the cheap from a beachside shack somewhere: American cheese (although the online nutritional breakdown wrongly references cheddar), LTO, ketchup, mayo, and pickles all on a butter-toasted Kaiser bun. It all came together nicely, although the “thick-cut tomato slice” was absurdly thick—thicker than the beef patty—and the raw onions were perhaps more abundant than they needed to be. Overall, though, I guess I’d order this one again.
The big dog of the DQ burger menu is the Half-Pound FlameThrower GrillBurger. And mine looked like a dog when compared with the promo pic. Holy crap, what was going on back in that kitchen? On second thought, don’t answer that. The top bun, already smashed riDQlously thin, slid right off the stack as it posed for my Canon. Visibly-wilted lettuce was draped over the whole thing like an attacking sea monster. Someone had once again taken the “thick-cut tomato” thing a touch too far, limp (supposedly jalapeño-flavored) bacon poked out one side, and the pepper jack cheese had congealed around the twin patties.
The real heat behind this burger is generated by the chain’s FlameThrower Sauce, which is simply Tabasco-spiked mayo. It’s unnaturally bright orange and extraordinarily artificial-tasting. (Tabasco may have brand recognition and market share out the ying-yang, but they don’t take home many taste test trophies.) You ever get bad Buffalo wings where the hot sauce is just hot… but with no real depth of flavor? Yeah, it’s like that. Not good at all. But at least they slather it all over both bun halves so you’ve got nowhere to hide from this abomination. No amount of ice cream is worth suffering through this.
14 things you didn’t know about Dairy Queen
For decades upon decades, Dairy Queen has been there for you in the Summertime with ice cream, burgers, and the occasional visit from Bill Clinton. But how much do you actually know about this ever-evolving, soft-serve-slinging “fan food” behemoth? Well, did you know that it was founded by a dude whose name was “Grandpa”? That revelation – and more – right this way…
dairy queen sign
- The original formula for DQ’s soft-serve was developed in 1938.
It was created by John Fremont “Grandpa” and Bradley McCullough. (Yeah, dude’s nickname was actually “Grandpa”. No wonder he invented something you don’t need to chew.) It was first sold by family friend Sherb Noble at his ice cream store in Kankakee, IL. The first stand-alone DQ wouldn’t be opened until 1940, in Joliet, IL.
the dairy queen curl
2. The “curl” on top of the soft-serve is considered a DQ trademark.
It’s occasionally referred to by employees and DQ acolytes as “the Q”.
orange julius dairy queen menu
3. DQ also owns Orange Julius!
Yep! That perennial mall food-court favorite is a subsidiary of DQ’s parent company (meaning you sometimes can find Orange Julius’ signature smoothies on DQ menus), and they also own Karmelkorn, a flavored popcorn company started out of Wyoming.
4. However, DQ itself is owned by Berkshire Hathaway.
It was bought by the conglomerate in 1998, so technically Warren Buffett is the Dairy King. That guy’s resumé is lookin’ good!
5. The largest DQ location ISN’T IN AMERICA?!
It’s actually located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – where ice cream is ostensibly always in season. Meanwhile, the busiest location in the world is in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and the largest location in the good ol’ USA is in Bloomington, Illinois. USA! USA!
dairy queen blizzard
6. In 1985, the first year the Blizzard was introduced, DQ sold more than 175 million of them!
That stellar rate of consumption more than paved the way for our editor to try 22 of them in one sitting.
dairy queen china
7. Dairy Queen currently has locations in 30 countries.
And it’s also pulled out of its fair share of countries, as well! Some places that used to have DQ’s but no longer do (weep for them): Austria, Dominican Republic, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Slovenia, South Korea, and Turkey.
dairy queen brazier
8. Those “Brazier” signs you used to see on Dairy Queens sometimes? They showed what type of DQ it was.
“Brazier”-type DQ stores sell hot dogs and hamburgers (and other hot foods) in addition to the usual frozen treats. The name “Brazier”, though, has been phased out of most signage. Your local DQ could be a “Brazier”, and you don’t even know it yet!
upside down blizzard dairy queen
9. The upside-down Blizzard test has a dual purpose.
While some employees do it just for show, it was actually a promotion in some locations (Texas, Louisiana, Canada) – if the employee didn’t turn yours upside-down, you would get a free Blizzard.
10. Mark Cuban ran a DQ for one day in 2002.
After making some comments regarding the managerial aptitude of an NBA official, saying he wouldn’t allow him to manage a Dairy Queen, Mark Cuban tried some humble pie and ran a store for a day. He was fined $500,000 for his incendiary comment. But he made a hell of a soft-serve.
dennis the menace
- “Spokestoon” Dennis the Menace was dropped by the DQ team in 2001.
From 1971 to 2001, Dennis the Menace appeared on a bunch of advertisements. But come 2001, DQ decided not to renew the little rapscallion’s contract, leading him to turn to an awful life of do-goodery.
12. No Doubt was formed at a DQ in 1986.
Eric Stefani and Greg Spence met while working at the same Dairy Queen and often talked about starting a band together. They finally did, and looped in a bunch of other musicians to round out the group. Oddly, despite the fact that only two of them were DQ alums, they were still successful.
The biggest Blizzard ever made weighed 8,224.85lbs.
It was made in Springfield, MA in 2005 and was a whopping 22ft tall. ALTHOUGH SOMEONE IN NEW ENGLAND WOULD PROBABLY CALL IT A “NOR’EASTER”, AM I RIGHT?! I’m right.
The phrase “Dairy Queen” is mentioned in the social universe about once every 18 seconds.
Now that’s some serious fandom.