Taste Test: Top 3 Hot Dogs

Martha Stewart
Shine Food
July 31, 2012

File this under "the things we do for you," dear readers! A few months ago the Everyday Food team dedicated our lunch hour to sampling dozens of America's best-selling hot dogs in an effort to taste our way to the top three. Now, we all generally consider ourselves dog lovers (some more than others) but, after tasting the whole spread, even the biggest frank enthusiast could agree that everything truly is better in moderation! Nevertheless, we narrowed it down to the three that won over our taste buds.

Oscar Mayer Classic Beef Franks
Testers liked the snappy texture and simple, lightly smoky notes of this American standard.

Applegate's Great Organic Beef Hot Dog
Unsuspecting samplers didn't even realize these franks were the healthiest of the bunch (they contained less sodium and fat than the other dogs) and chose them for their seasoned, peppery taste.

Nathan's World Famous Beef Franks
These wieners were a hit, thanks to a sweet-savory flavor that made condiments optional.

Remember, a delicious dog is just the beginning. If you're looking for some innovative ways to dress this summer staple, try our internationally inspired Mexican Charred-Corn Dog or Banh Mi Dog, or keep your tastes within the states with our Reuben Dog, Hawaiian Dog, or Frank and Beans Dog.

Reuben Dog

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper
4 cooked hot dogs
4 buns
Swiss cheese

Combine mayonnaise, ketchup, relish, and Worcestershire sauce; season with salt and pepper. Place hot dogs in buns and top with dressing, Swiss cheese, and drained sauerkraut.

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