The “DOG” day of summer

Posted at 12:09 PM, Jul 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-18 14:09:09-04

Fire up that grill and slap some dogs on it, because today is National Hot Dog Day.

According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, the average American eats 50 hot dogs a year and 86 percent of them will be topped with mustard. 

There’s a frankfurter out there for every taste, but here are some of the most popular and the most outrageous sounding hot dogs out there.


  • Bagel dog- of a full-size or miniature hot dog, wrapped in bagel style breading before or after cooking.
  • Brat dog – A Midwestern variety of the hot dog that substitutes a bratwurst for the traditional frankfurter.
  • Cheese dog – served with cheese or processed cheese on it or stuffed within it as a filling.
  • Chicago style – an all-beef frankfurter on a poppy seed bun that originated in the city of Chicago, Illinois. The hot dog is topped with yellow mustard, chopped white onions, sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato slices or wedges, pickled sport peppers, and a dash of celery. 
  • Chili dog – the generic name for a hot dog served in a bun and topped with some sort of meat sauce, as well as other toppings. 
  • Completo – a Chilean hot dog usually served with ingredients such as chopped tomatoes, avocados, mayonnaise, sauerkraut, Chilean chili, green sauce and cheese.
  • Coney Island – a hot dog sandwich in a bun topped with a savory meat sauce and sometimes other toppings.
  • Corn dog – sausage (usually a hot dog) coated in a thick layer of batter on a stick.
  • Danger dog – a hot dog that has been wrapped in bacon and deep-fried.
  • Hamdog – an Australian sandwich that consists of a shaped bread bun with a beef patty cut in two, and a frankfurter placed in between the two halves which is then topped off with cheese, pickles, sauces, tomato, lettuce and onion.
  • Ketwurst – a type of hot dog created in the German Democratic Republic, it involves the heating of a special Bockwurst, larger than regular hot dogs, in water. A long roll is pierced by a hot metal cylinder, which creates an appropriate sized hole. The sausage is then dunked in ketchup and put inside of the roll.
  • Klobasnek – a savory finger food of Czech origin.
  • Ripper – the slang term for a type of hot dog. The name derives from a hot dog which is deep fried in oil and having some casings burst, or "rip".
  • Seattle-style – a hot dog topped with cream cheese that is often sold from late night or game day food carts in Seattle, Washington.
  • Sonoran – a style of hot dog popular in Tucson, Phoenix, and elsewhere in southern Arizona. It originated in Hermosillo, the capital of the Mexican state of Sonora, in the late 1980s, and consists of a hot dog that is wrapped in bacon and grilled, served on a bolillo-style hot dog bun, and topped with pinto beans, onions, tomatoes, and a variety of additional condiments, often including mayonnaise, mustard, and jalapeño salsa.
  • White hot – a variation on the hot dog found primarily in the Central New York and Western New York areas. It is composed of a combination of uncured and unsmoked pork, beef, and veal; the lack of smoking or curing allows the meat to retain a naturally white color.

Where are the deals on the dogs?

Dog Haus is offering a free dog when you download the coupon from their app.

7-Eleven is offering $1 big bite hot dogs on Sunday.

Burger King: Participating locations are offering grilled hot dogs for 79 cents until July 31st.

Pilot Flying J: Show the linked coupon for a free hot dog at participating Pilot travel centers from July 19 to July 26.

Sonic Drive-In: Get an All-American Dog or Chili Cheese Coney for $1 on Wednesday. Mention the offer when ordering.