9 Regional Hot Dog Recipes to Eat Your Way Across America
From Seattle's hot dog topped with cream cheese, onions, and mustard, to Jersey's bacon-wrapped "ripper," take a trip around the country via the hot dog express without ever leaving your kitchen! Each recipe pays authentic tribute to the city's original version, giving you the chance to really get a taste of a local favorite. Try all nine for the ultimate journey.
Seattle Cream Cheese Dogs
Even Chicagoans can't deny the deliciousness of Seattle-style! "I am from Chicago and I love my local dogs but these were a good change," says GINGERLY88. "I hate onions, and cream cheese seems so wrong on a hot dog, but they were really good! I had to fight with my mom to convince her to try it. Once she did, she agreed these were great!"
Chicago-Style Hot Dog
Chicago native MyTurnToCook says this recipe is the real deal: "Born and raised in the shadows of Wrigley Field, I can tell this is the correct Chicago-style hot dog recipe." And if you find yourself in the city ordering one, MyTurnToCook also has some lingo sure to make you sound like a local: "When they ask what you'd like on top, it's appropriate to say, 'Hey, drag that dog through the garden, would you?'" We're not sure what that means, but we're quite certain it's a good thing.
Detroit-Style Coney Dogs
"Where I come from, no Tigers game is complete without a Detroit Coney," says recipe submitter Ashley Schulte. "It's a grilled, natural-casing hot dog, loaded with chili sauce, mustard, and onions. Yummy...Detroit-style yummy!" Sold, right?!?
Coney Island Hot Dogs
For Sandy Cress, this one recipe provides three times the deliciousness: "Not only have I used it on Coney Island Dogs, but I've had it by itself on a hamburger bun as a nice alternative to a Sloppy Joe, and on a salad with corn, cheese, beans, and whatever else my imagination comes up with. This is a wonderful and versatile recipe."
Ultimate Jersey Ripper
This hot dog recipe was a home run at Melody Dumplin's dinner table: "Wow! What a great new way to enjoy a hot dog! The sweetness of the pushcart onions and salty goodness of the thick-cut applewood-smoked bacon I used REALLY made this dish! We LOVED it!!!"
Texas Hot Wiener Sauce (Ulster County New York Style)
For anyone who wants a little more hot dog with their hot dog, this sauce of savory spices simmered with ground hot dogs is just the thing—in addition to being exactly what Ulster County native candyman63j remembers: "This is just like the local hot dog place! I froze the leftovers, and once reheated, it's perfect!"
All-American Burger Dog
Okay, so this is really a hot dog/hamburger mixed breed. But check it out: These burger dogs come in really handy (no pun intended) when you've got a big ol' lemonade or adult beverage in one hand, but you still gotta eat. This cheese burger disguised as a hot dog is a "one-handed wonder" according to recipe submitter, Chef John, making it "easier to eat than a regular cheeseburger."
These Southern-inspired hot dogs have a kick. Creamy coleslaw, Carolina-style barbecue sauce, and tangy Dijon mustard combine for a world of flavors in each bite.
Michigan Hot Dog
"This regional specialty has a unique sauce which is typically slightly chunkier and thicker than most hot dog sauces," explains lutzflcat. "You'll often find this served on top-split buns, but regular hot dog buns will work. There are many versions of this sauce, but this is the way we like ours."