Welcome to the United States of Hot Dogs.
By Allison Arnold Jun 30, 2022
The hot dog may be one of the most popular foods in the United States, especially in the summer. And while many of us are most familiar with the standard version you might see at a baseball game, there are many variations out there. From coneys and Chicago dogs to Sonoran dogs, many regional styles have developed and thrived around the country through a mix of culture, place, and pride.
Every year on the Fourth of July alone, Americans eat about 150 million hot dogs, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. What better way to celebrate than to explore some of the most popular hot dog styles with a hot dog expert? So I got in touch with Bruce Kraig, Professor Emeritus in History at Roosevelt University in Chicago and the author of Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture in America and Hot Dog: A Global History. “You can put anything on a hot dog,” Kraig told me. “It’s a platform for culture and also experimentation.”
While this is by no means a comprehensive list of hot dog styles, it’ll definitely make you crave a hot dog—and might even push you out of your hot dog comfort zone.