31 Regional Hotdog Recipes from Around the United States

Each Region with its own flavor and flare!

Written by Carly Hallman

About 20 billion hot dogs are consumed by Americans every year. As such, our hot dog recipes have evolved into food stuff that is pretty exciting. We’ve organized hot dog toppings by region, from the pickle-soaked Chicago-style hot dog to the peppery Sonoran to the gooey Seattle dog to the sweet and satisfying Papaya dog found on the mean streets of New York City. From sea to shining sea, we have our regional hot dogs, each with ingredients which might shock and horrify those in other parts of the country. Go in with an open mind and an open mouth, try a different style, and you might have a culinary experience that will make you cry out “hot diggity dog!”

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31 Regional Hot Dogs of the U.S.


America’s Favorite Traditional Recipes
Recipe Name Location Ingredients
Classic Mustard, Ketchup, Dog, Bun
Coney Island Michigan Homemade Chili, Chopped Onions, Mustard, Dog, Bun
New York System Wiener Rhode Island Meat Sauce, Mustard, Chopped Onions, Celery Salt, Dog, Steamed Bun
Kansas City Dog Kansas and Missouri Sauerkraut, Swiss Cheese, Hot Dog, Sesame Seed Bun
Chicago Dog Illinois Dill Pickle Spear, Chopped Onions, Tomato Slices, Mustard, Sweet Pickle Relish, Hot Sport Peppers, Celery Salt, Hot Dog, Poppy Seed Bun
Sonoran Hot Dog >Arizona Pinto Beans, Grilled Onions, Grilled Green Peppers, Tomatoes, Relish, Tomatillo Salsa, Mayo, Mustard, Shredded Cheddar, Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog, Bolillo-Style Bun
Seattle Dog >Washington Cream Cheese, Grilled Onions, Sriracha Sauce, Jalapeño, Hot Dog, Bun
Texas Tommy >Pennsylvania Cheese-Whiz-Filled, Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog, Toasted Bun
Reindeer Dog >Alaska Coca-Cola Grilled Onions, Stone Ground Mustard, Part-Caribou Hot Dog, Steamed Bun
Carolina-Style >North Carolina Chili, Coleslaw, Chopped Onions, Mustard, Hot Dog, Bun
Polish Boy >Ohio French Fries, BBQ or Hot Sauce, Coleslaw, Kielbasa, Bun
Italian Hot Dog >New Jersey Grilled Onions, Grilled Peppers, Potatoes, Deep Fried Hot Dog, Pizza Bread Roll
Dodger Dog >California Relish, Mustard, 10-inch Hot Dog, Steamed Bun
Danger Dog >California Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise, Grilled Onions, Grilled Green Peppers, Grilled Poblano Peppers, Deep Fried, Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog, Bun
Puka Dog >Hawaii Guava Mustard, Pineapple Relish, Polish Sausage, Custom-made, Hollowed-Out Hawaiian Sweetbread
Waffle Dogs >Hawaii Sweet Waffle Batter, Hot Dog
Half Smoke >Washington, D.C. Chili, Chopped Onions, Mustard (Optional), Smoked Half-Pork, Half-Beef Sausage
Papaya Dog >New York Sauerkraut, Mustard, Red Onion Sauce, All-Beef Hot Dog
Crab Mac n’ Cheese >Maryland Macaroni and Cheese, Lump Crab Meat, Old Bay Seasoning, Hot Dog, Bun
Bologna Dog >Maryland Dill Pickle Spear, Bologna, Mustard, Hot Dog, Toasted Bun
Red Snapper >Maine Mustard, Natural-Casing Hot Dog, Toasted Bun
White Hots >New York Spicy Brown Mustard, Pork, Veal, and Beef Natural-Casing Hot Dog, Bun
Scrambled Dog >Georgia Chili, Chopped Onion, Pickles, Oyster Crackers, Chopped Hot Dog Bites, Bun
Fenway Frank >Massachusetts Ketchup, Mustard, Relish, Picalilli, Chopped Onions, Baked Beans (Optional), Hot Dog, Bun
Philly Combo >Pennsylvania Fish Cake, Mustard, Pepper Hash, Chopped Onions, Hot Dog, Bun
Troy Mini Hot Dog >New York Meat Sauce, Diced Onions, Mustard, Mini-Dogs, 3-inch Bun
Cheese Coney >Ohio Grated Cheddar Cheese, Chili, Mustard, Diced Onion, Hot Dog, Bun
Oki Dog >California Chili, Pastrami, Two Hot Dogs, Flour Tortilla
Ripper >New Jersey Sweet Relish, Mustard, Deep-fried, Natural-Casing Hot Dog, Bun
Everything Bagel Dog >New York, Ohio, and Illinois Mini Hot Dog, Everything Bagel Dough
Nevada Naked Dog >Nevada Vienna Beef Hot Dog, Bun



Man Bites Dog: The Contested History of the American Hot Dog

So, when did the traditional, all-American hot dog start to hit grills? Sausages have been eaten and loved for centuries; even Romans enjoyed the luxury food items. When did they earn their current name?

According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC), “The origin of the word “hot dog” stirs as much debate as the existence of UFOs.” The numerous conflicting reports of the origin of the dog have puzzled historians for years. One myth is that a cartoonist named Tad Dorgan drew a picture of a dachshund on a roll to resemble frankfurters, but he didn’t know how to spell “dachshund” so he wrote “hot dog” instead. For all we can tell, it’s untrue.

When Hot Dog Met Chili

German immigrants have been thought to be the most likely culprits in the dissemination of regional hot dogs. Those, like Charles Feltman, who sold his out of a wagon, and served them on milk rolls in the late 1860s, were incredibly influential in the food scene of the day. Feltman’s essentially New-York-style hot dog sold in Coney Island, but they didn’t have the tell-tale chili sauce, mustard, or chopped onions we know and love today. That world-famous Coney Island hot dog recipe was created and spread by way of Greek and Macedonian immigrants in Michigan, confusingly.

Today, lots of these regional hot dogs feature homemade hot dog chili recipes; note that many of the original restaurants producing these classic meat-slathered treats like the scrambled dog, Coney Island dog, and New York System Wiener won’t give up their house chili sauce secrets. However, some are darker than others, and guessing can be a lot of fun!

Regional Hot Dog Toppings: A Face-Off

So the dog originated around the mid-1800s and was topped by chili sometime around the 1910s. It got the spicy pickles with the birth of the Vienna hot dogs in Chicago during the Great Depression. The Chicago version is one of the more popular hot dog styles to this day.

But, wait! When did the hot dog don a poblano pepper and mayo, as with the Californian Danger Dog, cream cheese, as with Seattle’s favorite, pinto beans, as with the Sonoran hot dog, or potatoes, as with New Jersey’s Italian hot dog? It’s clear that hot dog recipes diversified quite a bit in the decades following the Great Depression; often based on the changing local tastes, cultures, and immigrant populations.

South (and North) Pacific Dogs

While it’s true that Los Angeles consumes more of this American meal than any other city, this classic treat isn’t specific to the continental United States. Hot dog recipes are frequent in Alaska and Hawaii, where they tend to get a bit more exciting. Alaskans, for instance, mix theirs with caribou meat.

Known the world over for being fans of Spam, Hawaiians often create sweet recipes with hot dogs, pairing them with sweet rolls and fruity sauces. The waffle dog is a much-beloved favorite of locals, and definitely worth a try.

One Topping to Rule Them All

According to a survey done by the NHDSC, there’s one topping that 71 percent of all Americans who eat hot dogs use: mustard. Perhaps surprisingly, ketchup is only used by a little more than half (52 percent) the American hot-dog-consuming population. Onions, chili, and relish fall closely behind. Perhaps their popularity is because those ingredients are included in so many of the classic, regional hot dog toppings of several cities and sections of the U.S.

There is a National Hot Dog Day every year when the North American Meat Institute hosts its celebration on Capitol Hill. This year, branch out and explore the regional hot dog styles across the U.S. and get creative!

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