Oscar Mayer Classic Beef Franks Review



The overall favorite in the beef category, Oscar Mayer franks stood out from the crowd based on flavor, juiciness, and texture, an outcome that surprised many of our judges.

The Oscar Mayer Classic franks in our review won both top and bottom ratings. The beef hot dog beat out four other entries in a blind taste test while the pork-based wiener lost out to two others.

Our panel of judges favored the Oscar Mayer Classic Beef owing to several factors: flavor, juiciness, and texture. As one taster put it: "The good flavor, smoky taste, and juiciness all combine to make me want to eat the whole hot dog." Another review participant said the Oscar Mayer beef frank had a "good dog flavor and nice firm texture." On the other hand, the pork-based hot dog (containing turkey and chicken, as well) didn't measure up. Panelists declared the Oscar Mayer Classic Wiener less than desirable. One taster pronounced it "not at all juicy, and there is an odd texture to it" while another declared "the aftertaste is not good."

The collective opinion of Oscar Mayer Wieners (and some other varieties in the brand's hot dog line-up) at Influenster is far more positive. The product garners a 4-and-a-half-star rating from more than 1,300 reviews posted by consumers who have received complimentary samples. They rave that the budget-priced hot dogs are plump, juicy, flavorful, cheap, and easy to cook at home or around the campfire.

Each Classic Beef Frank (starting at 35 cents/serving, Amazon) delivers 140 calories and 13 grams of fat (including 5 of the saturated variety), and contains 360 milligrams of sodium, of 15 percent of the recommended daily value. Each Classic Wiener (starting at 19 cents/serving, Amazon) provides 110 calories and 9 grams of fat (including 3 saturated grams), and contains 340 milligrams of sodium, or 14 percent of the recommended daily value.

The well-known Oscar Mayer brand started 125 years ago when two brothers (one named Oscar F. Mayer) opened a small butcher shop in Chicago. They started selling bockwurst, liverwurst, and weiswurst and the eponymous products eventually became the first recognized meat brand. Today the Oscar Mayer product line includes cold cuts, bacon, Lunchables, and several types of hot dogs.

The bottom line from our Oscar Mayer Classic hot dog review: This brand is your best bet when buying beef franks, but the opposite holds for the traditional wieners. If a pork-based dog is on the menu, try a different brand.

Raechel Conover

Raechel Conover is a freelance writer whose work has appeared on Yahoo, blogs, and other websites. She's a self-confessed shopaholic and frugal mom, always scouring the sale and clearance racks for deals and taking full advantage of free community activities and events with her husband and young sons.

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