Celebrate National Hot Dog Month with the Best Wurst On the Planet

The hot dog is an iconic American food. From dirty water dogs in New York City to Chicago dogs piled with pickles and peppers, hot dogs are beloved every which way in every region of the country…with cheese, chili, onions, you name it. Hot dogs and hamburgers form the backbone of most American barbecue cookouts, and we eat more hot dogs during the summer months than any other time of year. It makes sense that July was designated National Hot Dog Month by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. What other month would you propose? October? So grab a pack of dogs and buns, and cook up a hot dog already! We have recipes for Coney Island dogs, Chicago dogs, and New York dogs with classic onion sauce. While you’re munching, check out the links below for some interesting hot dog history, our taste test of all-beef franks, and the truth about what really goes into a hot dog. We even have tips on what to drink with a hot dog — yes, beer is on the list, but read on to find out what kind is best! Happy Hot Dog Month, America!

Hot Dog Recipes

By: Meathead Goldwyn

The word sausage covers a wide range of foods, typically they are ground meats with spices and seasonings, often stuffed into a casing and shaped like a cylinder. Make the sausage and shape it any way you like, with or without the casings! No matter what shape it takes, the taste will be amazing!

bacon hot dog

Andrew Zimmern’s Bacon “Dog” With Jalapeño Jelly And Slaw Will Have You Wagging Your Tail

By:

Meathead

Here's the craziest "hot dog" ever, made of pure bacon spiced with jalapeño jelly and topped with crisp, sweet and sour slaw. This mouthful of joy could only come from the creative mind of the world's best traveled chef, Andrew Zimmern. It's perfect any time you want to wow the crowd at your BBQ and grilling cookout.
Chicago hot dog

The Great, Incomparable, Classic Chicago Hot Dog Recipe

By:

Meathead

In Chicago, where hot dog stands far out number hamburger joints, there is one perfect classic recipe, and very little variation from it.
Sabretts onion sauce

New York Hot Dog With Classic Onion Sauce, A Bite Of The Big Apple

By:

Meathead

As anyone who has had a classic New York hot dog then you know that there are few things better than the simple combination of mustard, sauerkraut, and Sabrett's onion sauce. Here's the recipe you need to make your own onion sauce for a bite of the Big Apple.
Detroit Coney dogs with sides

Coney Dogs, The Pride Of Detroit

By:

Meathead

In Detroit hot dogs are Coneys and hot dog stands are Coney Islands and we've got the recipe for creating them yourself at home. Move beyond boring hot dogs at your next cookout with these flavor packed variation featuring a chili sauce made with beef hearts. And they're very good!

Hot Dog Recipes

By:

Meathead

Hot dogs are a type of sausage, which includes a wide range of foods. But hot dogs are specifically ground meat mixed with spices and seasonings stuffed into a casing shaped like a cylinder. From classic New York dogs to Chicago dogs to Cincinnati dogs and more, try our best hot dog recipes!
Cincinnati chili cheese hot dog plated

The Cincinnati Cheese Coney Is Pure Hot Dog Bliss

By:

Meathead

If you're already a fan of Cincinnati Cheese Coneys or are just looking to step up your hot dog game then you're sure to love this tested grilling recipe. This delicious version comes complete with our version starts with a grilled hot dog, homemade chili, mustard, chopped onions, and tons of shredded cheese.
West Virginia slaw dog

Slaw Dogs, A West Virginia Original

By:

Meathead

If you've ever enjoyed the full flavor of a West Virginia slawdog then you'll enjoy making your own at home with this tested recipe. Coleslaw and a meat sauce are standard on a hot dog in West Virginia, coming together in one flavorful bite after another. Our recipe includes homemade slaw, bean free chili, and mustard.

My Most Memorable Hot Dog: The French Chien Blanc

By:

Meathead

Hot dogs are a staple at many backyard cookouts but all too often they can be rather bland and boring. Learn how the French make hot dogs, saucisse, chien blanc, with Dijon mustard, in a warm crusty baguette. Once you try this French twist you will never look at tradition American hot dogs the same way.
Man holding a hot dog

The Hot Dog Recipe Of My Dreams

By:

Meathead

This is the ultimate hot dog, made with a special mustard sauce, fresh onions, caramelized onions, and Japanese pickled ginger. With all the variations of hot dog available it can be hard to choose so we created a guide for making the best hot dog you have ever tasted. You're sure to get rave reviews from guests!

Hot Dog Heaven: How to Cook Frankfurters

By:

Meathead

Many ways to skin a cat and many more ways to cook a dog. Here's how to grill, griddle, split griddle, dirty water, steam, nuke, and deep fry franks.

Warm Your Buns: The Art Of Preparing Hot Dog Buns

By:

Meathead

Whether it's from Coney Island, Chicago, Detroit, or elsewhere, the very best hot dog recipe is nothing without a perfectly prepared hot dog bun. Our how-to shows you how to step up your hot dog buns, whether it is steaming, grilling, toasting, or microwaving them.

Top Dogs: Rating Chicago’s Best Dog Houses

By:

Meathead

Who makes the best hot dogs in Chicago? Here's one expert's faves.

Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs Will Be Your New Best Friend

By:

Clint Cantwell

Stuffed with cheese then wrapped in bacon, this grilled hot dog recipe is a sure fire hit at any backyard bash. Inspired by Chicago's famed francheesie, our recipe skips the traditional deep frying in favor of the grill for a crisp bacon shell and deep smoky flavor.

Andrew Zimmern’s Bacon “Dog” With Jalapeño Jelly And Slaw Will Have You Wagging Your Tail

By:

Meathead

Here's the craziest "hot dog" ever, made of pure bacon spiced with jalapeño jelly and topped with crisp, sweet and sour slaw. This mouthful of joy could only come from the creative mind of the world's best traveled chef, Andrew Zimmern. It's perfect any time you want to wow the crowd at your BBQ and grilling cookout.

Chasing the Dogs: What to Drink with a Hot Dog

By:

Meathead

Some drinks are perfect for hot dogs. Here are suggestions for beers, wines, and soft drinks.

Slaw Dogs, A West Virginia Original

By:

Meathead

If you've ever enjoyed the full flavor of a West Virginia slawdog then you'll enjoy making your own at home with this tested recipe. Coleslaw and a meat sauce are standard on a hot dog in West Virginia, coming together in one flavorful bite after another. Our recipe includes homemade slaw, bean free chili, and mustard.

The Great, Incomparable, Classic Chicago Hot Dog Recipe

By:

Meathead

In Chicago, where hot dog stands far out number hamburger joints, there is one perfect classic recipe, and very little variation from it.

Hot Dog Heaven: How to Cook Frankfurters

By:

Meathead

Many ways to skin a cat and many more ways to cook a dog. Here's how to grill, griddle, split griddle, dirty water, steam, nuke, and deep fry franks.

Bite me! What’s in a Hot Dog and How are They Made?

By:

Meathead

Hot dogs are not as scary as you think. Here's a frank discussion of what is in a hot dog, as well as calories, fat, etc.

Coney Dogs, The Pride Of Detroit

By:

Meathead

In Detroit hot dogs are Coneys and hot dog stands are Coney Islands and we've got the recipe for creating them yourself at home. Move beyond boring hot dogs at your next cookout with these flavor packed variation featuring a chili sauce made with beef hearts. And they're very good!

The Cincinnati Cheese Coney Is Pure Hot Dog Bliss

By:

Meathead

If you're already a fan of Cincinnati Cheese Coneys or are just looking to step up your hot dog game then you're sure to love this tested grilling recipe. This delicious version comes complete with our version starts with a grilled hot dog, homemade chili, mustard, chopped onions, and tons of shredded cheese.

A Hot Dog Road Trip: The Country’s Best Regional Franks

By:

Meathead

Where did the hot dog get its start? Back in Europe if we're being honest. But as sausages came to America, these singular tubes of meat evolved into several regional specialties such as the Coney Island Hot Dog, the New York Streetcart Dog, and the Chicago Hot Dog. Here is the unvarnished history of them all.

My Most Memorable Hot Dog: The French Chien Blanc

By:

Meathead

Hot dogs are a staple at many backyard cookouts but all too often they can be rather bland and boring. Learn how the French make hot dogs, saucisse, chien blanc, with Dijon mustard, in a warm crusty baguette. Once you try this French twist you will never look at tradition American hot dogs the same way.

Frankophilia: The Hot Dog Creation Myth

By:

Meathead

Who invented hot dogs? The bun? When were they first sold? And who named them hot dogs. We answer your questions and dispel the myths.

New York Hot Dog With Classic Onion Sauce, A Bite Of The Big Apple

By:

Meathead

As anyone who has had a classic New York hot dog then you know that there are few things better than the simple combination of mustard, sauerkraut, and Sabrett's onion sauce. Here's the recipe you need to make your own onion sauce for a bite of the Big Apple.

Published On: 7/1/2020 Last Modified: 3/24/2021


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