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4 Ways to Celebrate National Hot Dog Day

What does it take to make a winning weiner? Pair the newest franks and condiments with fun, fresh toppings. Your crowd will give these top marks!


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Cool Crunch

Applegate Natural Uncured Beef Hot Dog ($6.49) + Frank’s RedHot Slammin’ Sriracha ($3.49) + cucumber + onion rings


Hawaiian Twist

Hillshire Farm Jalapeño & Cheddar Smoked Sausage ($4.99) + Slawsa Spicy (kicky slaw meets relish; $3.99) + pineapple + scallions


California Club

Ball Park Applewood Smoked Chicken Frank ($5.79) + Hidden Valley Cucumber Ranch ($3.59) + avocado + red onion + bacon


Chili Bowl

Oscar Meyer Chili Cheese Dog ($3) + French’s Twangy BBQ Mustard Sauce ($1.99) + Fritos corn chips



Photography by Sarah Anne Ward

Hot Diggity Dog!

It seems that every summer one very important question lingers in the air “Hamburger or hot dog?!” and while we’re a fan of the burger (Rach wrote a whole book on ‘em!) we can’t argue against the love for a delicious bite of a grilled dog sandwiched between a pillowy bun. And it looks like we’re not alone—July 23 marks national hot dog day and for good reason! According to recent polls, a quarter of Americans eat only hot dogs during grilling season!

Want some more hot dog celebrating trivia? According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, we eat about 7 billion hot dogs during the summer—that’s 818 hot dogs per second! With all that hot dog eating, the mustard and relish combo might get a little old, so check out our 10 twists on a hot dog (pictured above) to spice up your cook out. Try more of our favorite recipes—from classic toppings to hot dog kebabs—like these favorites:

Cheese-Stuffed Hot Dogs with Spicy Onions

Cheese-Stuffed Hot Dogs with Spicy Onions


Chili-Cheese Dogs in Beach Blankets

Chili-Cheese Dogs in Beach Blankets


Hot Dog Pizza-Dillas

Hot Dog Pizza-Dillas





Classic Coney Island Hot Dogs

Classic Coney Island Hot Dogs


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