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Meet The HAMDOG, A Hot Dog Perfectly Fitted Inside A Hamburger

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A brilliant new concept for a hamburger and hotdog hybrid is making its presence known on the Internet. The appropriately named HamDog is the combination of the two staple fast food dishes.

Unlike most quick food combinations, it’s not a hot dog with chopped hamburger meat and cheese on top, but rather a carefully designed hamburger with a hot dog placed inside with a custom bun to fit both proteins.

Here is the official image for the concept, courtesy of Google Patents:


The inventor, Mark Murray, was first seen pitching his concept on Shark Tank Austrailia last year.

Response to his product was pretty tepid from the panel, but after working in the food news industry for so many years we think it’s a GENIUS product.

According to, Murray has been selling the product at local markets in Perth, Australia, and has been met with “incredible” response. Murray is currently looking for “resellers,” similar to franchisees, to buy a HamDog marquee for $10,000.

Hopefully one of those investors will find their way to California. We’d love to get our hands on a HamDog and slather the sides with mustard and relish, then load the middle with thousand island.


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CUCAMELON: The Cucumber + Melon Hybrid You Didn’t Know Existed

The cucamelon is the newest trending fruit hybrid, and its small size and watermelon-like exterior is everything.

The tiny, citrusy, cucumber-flavored melons have the aesthetic of a watermelon but are the size of grapes. They’re so adorable that you’re likely to feel a sense of guilt when you bite into one.

Food and Wine states that the fruit has been around for centuries, originating in Mexico, and are also known as mouse melons. They’re a fruit with many names and have also been branded as chihuahua cucumbers, and Mexican sour gherkins.  

Cucamelons are the new cotton candy grapes and they’re extremely photogenic and way too cute not to Instagram!

How have we just now found out about these?! Thank you internet.

Organic cucamelons can be found at Whole Foods, however, keep an eye out for them at your local farmers market. Another way to get your paws on them is to purchase seeds on Amazon and grow your own!




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15 Hybrid Foods For People Who Are Afraid Of Commitment

I can’t tell you how many times my friends and I have stood in the kitchen, trying to decide on something to make for dinner and get nowhere because no one can agree on one thing. Well, that’s where hybrid foods come in for the win. Hybrid foods combine two or more dishes which makes everything easier because there’s bound to be something in there that everyone will like. Check out these life-saving savory combinations.

1. Pizza Pasta


Photo by Hui Lin

Pasta with herbs, pepperoni, and cheesy goodness… what more could you possibly need? Added bonus – it only takes 20 minutes to make. Recipe here. 

2. Guacamole Fries


Photo by Max Bartick

Yes I know, it’s literally your hybrid dream come true. Who wouldn’t want guac fries to dip in some fresh salsa? Make this amazing key lime salsa to go along with your new fav food. Try them now.

3. Totchos


Photo by Emma Lally

No need for tortilla chips, they have officially been replaced by tater tots. It’s like a loaded baked potato… but in tot form with meat and avocado. Yum. You know you want to.

4. Doritos-Crusted Mozzarella Sticks


Photo by Audrey Mirabito

Cheese on cheese on cheese. Warm oozy gooey cheese wrapped in a crunchy blanket of even more cheese, seriously, why hasn’t anyone thought of this before? Recipe here.

5. Pizza Hot Dog


Photo by Hui Lin

Yes this exists, and yes, I promise it’s amazing. Try it at your next cookout to impress your friends.

6. Sushirrito


Photo by Jane Yeo

This is honestly an adventure for your tastebuds. An awesome adventure that you’ll want to go on again. The sushi burrito is packed with flavors, textures, and mixed temperatures that work gloriously together. Learn how to make your own in just 15 minutes.

7. Mac ‘n Cheese Stuffed Ramen Sliders


Photo by Shalayne Pulia

All I have to say is wow. The crispy ramen acts like the bun and the meat is filled with creamy mac ‘n cheese. I could probably eat that everyday. Find out how to make it here, plus what else you can do with ramen.

8. Guacamole Hummus


Photo by Benj Shapiro

This hybrid combines the two most epic dips into one ultimate snack. It’s easy, healthy, and super customizable.

9.  Pizza Panini


Photo by Tarika Narain

Wowie that sounds good, and looks good too. Cheese, marinara sauce, mushrooms, spinach, peppers and onions all come together in perfect unison to create this majesty.Find the recipe here, and check out some other amazeball paninis, too.

10. Lasagna Cupcakes


Photo courtesy of @christinaongert on Instagram

Okay so it’s not actually a cross between lasagna and a sweet cupcake, but just lasagna in the shape of a cupcake, which is cute and delicious. But if you do want sweet lasagna, try this amazing cookie lasagna.

11. Caesar Salad Pizza


Photo courtesy of @nc_eats on Instagram

Since this hybrid has “salad” in the name, you can trick yourself into thinking you’re being healthy. Oh yes.

12. Soup Dumpling


Photo by Toedora Maftei

This really is a game changer. I mean, soup inside of the dumpling is genius. Find out where you can get the best soup dumplings in Boston.

13. Chicken and Waffles


Photo by Katie Elliot

So technically this hybrid can be sweet or savory, but it can still count since it’s undoubtedly one of the best. Step up your brunch game with these chicken and waffle cones.

14. Carne Asada Fries


Photo courtesy of @mexicalitaco

Fresh fries topped with heaps of nacho cheese, guac, salsa, sour cream, and meat. Yes plz.

15. Spaghetti Taco


Photo courtesy of @alliica on Instagram

These sound a little sus, but they are surprisingly delicious. Plus, they were on iCarly so they have to be good. If you’d rather just stick with normal tacos, check out these black bean and butternut squash tacos.

Original post by Cara Hutto for Spoon University 


Packaged Food

Trader Joe’s Continues With Their Wizardry, Unveils A Pretzel Croissant Hybrid


Just when we thought we’ve seen every possible hybrid for a baked good, Trader Joe’s released another. The grocery store brand is now selling Artisan Bread Pretzel Croissants in their bakery section.

We swung by our local Trader Joe’s and grabbed a bag for ourselves. After all, the promo pic on the website showed us practically nothing.


The exterior had the firm taste of a pretzel, but broke apart as easily as a croissant. More croissant than pretzel, Trader Joe’s uses a traditional laminating method. Each layer of dough is folded with butter which gives the croissant its flakiness. It’s then given a yeasty, pretzel aroma with a salty taste.

Patrons can find a 5.78-ounce bag for $2.49 at their local Trader Joe’s. Each bag comes with two Pretzel Croissants.

Fast Food

Dunkin’ Donuts Announces Upcoming Croissant and Donut Combination, Take a Wild Guess


Dunkin’ Donuts has just announced on their Instagram that they’re bringing together two fan-favorite pastries in the next month. With the announcement, the donut franchise has posted a photograph of a croissant sandwiched on top of a donut. They’re asking fans to guess what they have cooking up in their test kitchens.


Don’t mind if we do.

Sure everyone’s first reaction is they’re going for a croissant-donut hybrid, similar to the famous Cronut. Those in-the-box thinkers are probably overlooking the endless possibilities that can come from sandwiching something between said croissant and donut. We’d love to try a burger with a donut top and croissant bottom. The croissant would soak in the burger juices while the donut adds a sweet crunch. Heaven.

Maybe they’ll introduced croissants with icing and sprinkles on top, or donuts stuffed with ham, egg and cheese. Has anyone ruled out croissant holes?

Watch, it’ll just look like a Cronut.



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The Pumpecapple Piecake Fuses Popular Desserts into a Frakencake of Deliciousness


You know that whole saying about having your cake and eating it too? Well, this bakery lets you have your cake and some pie too, because why the hell shouldn’t you enjoy both? Based in Texas, the Three Brothers Bakery has birthed the perfect companion to your Thanksgiving Turducken, the Pumpecapple Piecake. Yes, it all sounds like nonsense, but let’s break this frakencake down layer by layer.

The piecake’s premise is simple, yet genius. Each cake layer is its own flavor baked with a complemental pie which gives each cake a sweet balance that’s good on its own, but even better together. Three Brothers bakes up all their pies first so they can drop them into each cake prior to baking, but in order to keep the pies as structurally sound as possible without affecting the cake, the dough is made with eggs, making the crust more cake-like than flaky. The cakes are also purposely made to be more dense in order to support the pies as well as the heavy layers to keep the piecake from collapsing.

A traditional spiced cake is obviously paired with an apple pie, the chocolate cake gets a little more adventurous in its partnership with pecan pie, then comes a pumpkin spiced caked with, you guessed it, a pumpkin pie. The pies are expertly flipped into the cake rounds between batter additions before they’re baked. After the cakes are done, they are frozen, stabilized with a dowel rod, and then finally ready for construction.

The cake layers are flipped upside down during the building process so the pies are right side up inside the piecake. Cream cheese icing coats the entire piecake, while an addition of pecans and drizzling of scratch-made caramel sauce takes this already extraordinary dessert to the next level.

According to the Three Brothers Bakery website, this piecake weighs a hefty 23 pounds and doesn’t come cheap at a $175 price tag. Before you freak out and purchase those plane tickets to Texas, you should know that the bakery does overnight these things.

H/T + PicThx Food Network



The ‘Burgini’ is a Panini and Cheeseburger Hybrid, Duh

stefanos burgini burger panini burg-ini

You can’t walk a block on the Internet without seeing a Waffle Taco, a Milky Bun (Ice Cream Donut) or Cookie Cinnamon Rolls. Food mashups have become so ubiquitous with food news that when I heard a restaurant in my California hometown of Yorba Linda was offering a burger panini hybrid called the Burgini, you can imagine I was less-than-impressed. That is until I tasted it.

The Burgini aka BUR-GINI comes with a ground kobe burger, roasted garlic & jalapeño cream cheese, bacon, avocado, tomatoes, onions and cheddar cheese – all atop a traditional grilled panini baguette. The menu item is available at Stefano’s Golden Baked Hams for $10.25 and has apparently been right under our noses near the FOODBEAST HQ for almost an entire year. At least we found it before you did.

Stefano’s Golden Baked Hams

18220 Yorba Linda Blvd.

Yorba Linda, CA 92886



Ramen Bun Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Because Why Not?


For all their lack of structural integrity (i.e., falling apart after five bites), it’s kind of hard to believe how many burgers and sandwiches use instant ramen bricks as buns. Still, Keizo Shimamoto’s summer 2013 brainchild, much like its hybrid cousin the Cronut, continues to go strong nearly a year later, spawning breakfast knock-offs and pork belly knock-offs and now, a grilled cheese knock-off, courtesy of blogger husband Kruz of House of Yumm.

Like most ramen burger recipes, House of Yumm’s ramen buns are held together by cooking the noodles, straining them, mixing them with egg, freezing them, and then frying them. The insides (arugula, cheese, and sautéed mushrooms, because the veggies really make a difference) are added immediately after for maximum residual melt.

Oh, and Nick from Dude Foods did one too, though his is considerably more dude-friendly and lacks vegetables. Hey, at least no one’s trying to make tomato boba milk tea to go along with it.