Why Five Guys Kosher Hot Dogs May Not Actually Be Kosher

As a fast-food outlet known for its delicious burgers and milkshakes, Five Guys remains an option that's highly sought after. According to its website, Five Guys started its journey in 1986 when the Murrells decided to start a burger business of their own in Arlington, Virginia. They work was impressive: They were known for making "hand-formed burgers cooked to perfection on a grill, along with fresh-cut fries cooked in pure peanut oil."

By the early 2000s, the family business had expanded and started franchising. This helped Five Guys grow at an unprecedented pace and the company now has thousands of outlets across the U.S., U.K., the Middle East, Asia, Canada, and Europe.

As a brand, Five Guys is proud of the fact that all its products are made using peanut oil and there are no freezers at any of its locations — simply coolers. They focus on serving fresh food. While this brand is undoubtedly impressive, it does have a few flaws. Its "kosher style hot dog" is a bit misleading.

You should exercise caution

Does Five Guys serve delicious food? No doubt. Is it able to cater to all its customers' needs? Probably not. According to the company's menu, customers can opt for a kosher style hot dog if they wish to. The brand describes the dish as an "all-beef hot dog, split and grilled lengthwise for a caramelized exterior." Customers can even choose to customize their hot dogs by adding the toppings of their choice.

Here's the problem: The Five Guys hot dog is probably not entirely kosher because of a basic flaw. The hot dogs are prepared on the same grills that are used for cooking other products that may not qualify as kosher (via Jonathan Turley). The meat itself is kosher, but the hot dog isn't and shouldn't be classified as such. However, the dish is pretty tasty, as per Insider, and is worth trying if you're in the mood for a savory hot dog.