Coney Island Hot Dogs


The story of how the Coney Island hog dog got to the Midwest is pretty straightforward, but no one really knows exactly how the wiener first came to be topped with what is basically a hot meat relish. I have no idea how authentic this is and have never been to Detroit or even Flint. I have had Nathan's version, which I enjoyed, but the word on the street is that it's not nearly as good as the relatives it spawned.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins


  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground beef

  • 2 cups water, or as needed

  • ¾ cup diced onion, divided

  • cup ketchup

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder, or more to taste

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin, or to taste

  • ½ teaspoon celery salt, or to taste

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • 8 all-beef hot dogs

  • 8 hot dog buns

  • ¼ cup prepared yellow mustard, or to taste


  1. Combine ground beef, water, 1/2 cup diced onion, ketchup, butter, garlic, chili powder, salt, black pepper, cumin, celery salt, and cayenne pepper together in a pot. Mix with a potato masher or spatula over medium-high heat until mixture has a finely ground consistency and begins to bubble, about 10 minutes.

  2. Bring beef mixture to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens and reduces, about 1 hour. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook hot dogs in boiling water until heated through, 5 to 7 minutes.

  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Arrange hot dog buns on a baking sheet.

  5. Cook buns in the preheated oven until soft and warm, 2 to 3 minutes.

  6. Place 1 bun on a plate. Place a hot dog in the bun and top with meat sauce. Drizzle yellow mustard and a portion of remaining diced onion over the meat sauce. Repeat with remaining hot dogs.

    close up view of Coney Island Hot Dogs on a blue plate, with a side of beans
    Sean Anderson

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

528 Calories
32g Fat
30g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 528
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 99mg 33%
Sodium 1684mg 73%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 91mg 7%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 252mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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