Hot dogs are almost synonymous with America. Baseball games and backyard barbecues are not complete without a dog in your hand. Perfect on a stick and even better in a bun, hot dogs slathered with ketchup and mustard brings back memories when everything was pure and simple.

Choosing the best dog for your family, however, can be very difficult. This is especially since there are a lot of companies that put out different brands of dogs in the supermarket.

What makes a good hotdog?

A good hot dog should have a balanced ratio of meat to bun, a natural casing for snap, and a flavorful taste. The meat should be high quality and the bun should be fresh and soft.

Additionally, a good hot dog should be cooked properly, whether that be grilled, steamed, or boiled, to give it a nice texture and a slightly crispy exterior. Condiments such as mustard, ketchup, onions, and sauerkraut are popular additions that can complement the flavors of the hot dog.

You can even try out different hotdogs on the street, with varying tastes and textures. While the definition of best hot dog is a matter of personal taste and will always be up for debate, here are some of the hot dog brands that we can all agree on to be on top of the list.

It is hard to say which brand is the most popular hot dog as it might vary depending on the region and personal preference. Some of the well-known hot dog brands include Nathan’s Famous, Oscar Mayer, Ball Park, Hebrew National, and Johnsonville.

These brands have been around for many years and have built a reputation for providing high-quality hot dogs. They are available in most grocery stores and supermarkets and are popular choices among consumers.

The Top 10 Hot Dog Brands

Hebrew National

Hebrew National prides itself on creating kosher hot dogs that do not compromise taste and quality. Hebrew National uses no nitrates and is packed with garlic and paprika with every bite.

Their beef franks are their flagship product, but you can also opt for their jumbo hot dogs that can satisfy extra-large cravings. If you want unique flavors or are following a more restrictive diet, then look for Hebrew National hot dogs and be satisfied in more ways than one.


If you love the hot dogs being sold in carts all over New York, then you are probably also familiar with the brand Sabrett. Boasting a sumptuous hickory smoke flavor, the brand is a below staple in the streets of the Big Apple. The brand offers different products, with their skinless beef franks being the most famous, although they also have dogs made with jalapenos for that spicy kick that some may love. Sabrett also offers dogs of different sizes, from cocktails to foot-longs.

Oscar Mayer

Oscar Mayer is a beloved brand that has been around for almost 150 years. At that time, they were able to create pretty much the perfect dog. Oscar Mayer hot dogs are delicately smoked with the perfect combination of saltiness and greasiness that will have you salivating at the first bite.

Oscar Mayer hot dogs have a classic taste that those not familiar with the brand may not be used to, and while they may have been long past their heyday, Oscar Mayer dogs are still part of our favorite childhood memories.

Hebrew National hot dogs

Ball Park

Ball Park is almost synonymous with its namesake. After their popularity boomed in the 1950s, these sluggers have stayed in our minds and hearts due to their classic taste and unmatched texture.

Biting into a Ball Park is like biting into a juicy, smooth, bag of goodness that will transport you to memories of watching ball games with your dad. Ball Park Classic Beef Franks, their flagship product, is made out of 100% beef and do not contain any artificial coloring.


For a brand that has been existing for over a century now, Nathan’s is still going strong. This hot dog brand has launched multiple products over the years, but our favorite remains to be Nathan’s Famous Skinless Beef Franks.

It has a sweet and salty taste that we’ve loved since time immemorial, and it has a nice texture and snaps which makes each bite a delight. It is also gluten-free and contains no artificial colors or flavors. It is no wonder that the iconic yellow and green packaging is recognizable almost anywhere you go.


If you have ever visited any of Costco’s stores, then you have probably seen their 100% pure beef hotdogs. While not the healthiest hot dog on the list, Costco’s hot dogs are some of the most delicious things that you can find, and it goes perfectly with a bun and slathered with toppings of your choice.

The fact that they are absolutely cheap makes them one of our best go-to choices when we want affordable hot dog treats as well.

Just FreshDirect

Just FreshDirect hot dogs are made with 100% organic, grass-fed beef. It has all-natural flavors and is uncured, so grilling them immediately upon purchase will let you take advantage of its freshness.

Just FreshDirect hot dogs are plump and juicy with each bite, and this brand is also easily one of the healthiest hot dogs on this list. If you like hot dogs that are as natural as they come with a very satisfying snap, then look for Just FreshDirect dogs to satisfy your cravings.

Boar’s Head

Boar’s Head hot dogs come in many forms, but our favorite is their uncured beef frankfurters. Made with USDA beef and packed with spices that create a symphony of tastes in your mouth, each bite of this dog is immensely satisfying.

They also have pork, beef, and chicken frankfurters, and with or without natural casing are also an option. Each bite produces a big snap and will not fall apart, making them perfect for grilling or any other type of cooking.

Oscar Mayer hotdogs

Great Value

Great Value is the flagship brand of retail giant Walmart, and their hot dogs deserve a mention due to their taste and budget-friendliness. Incredibly cheap, Great Value hot dogs can provide a satisfying meal that will not burn a hole in your pocket.

The price of these dogs definitely did not affect the taste, however, as they offer a combination of sweet, salty, and savory flavors that will not overwhelm your taste buds. Defined as the standard in hot dog taste, Great Value hot dogs definitely do justice to their name.


Bar-S has been America’s number-one selling hot dog for many years now. Not only are they cheap, but they provide a myriad of varieties that will suit everyone’s tastes. You can have your selection of beef, turkey, chicken, pork, or cheddar franks, and each one is bursting with flavor and savory goodness. Whether you want a cheap yet satisfying meal, or if you want to start a barbecue party on short notice, then you can’t go wrong with Bar-S hot dogs.

Which hot dog brand is healthiest?

When it comes to finding a healthy hot dog brand, it’s important to pay attention to the ingredients and nutritional information.

Some brands offer “healthier” options such as turkey or chicken hot dogs, which are lower in fat and calories compared to traditional beef or pork hot dogs. Brands like Applegate, for example, offer organic and non-GMO options.

Also, you can look for brands that use natural casings, and avoid those that use fillers, added preservatives, and artificial flavors.

It’s important to note that even with the healthiest options, hot dogs should still be consumed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

Which hot dogs does Costco use?

Costco, being one of the largest retailers in the world, uses a variety of hot dog brands for their food court. The most well-known brand that Costco uses for their hot dogs is Kirkland Signature, which is Costco’s own brand. These hot dogs are made with 100% beef and are sold in a pack of 72. They are also a great value for the price, and are very popular among Costco customers.

Costco also uses other brands such as Hebrew National and Nathan’s Famous, depending on the location. They also have options for turkey and chicken hotdogs.

It’s worth noting that Costco’s hot dogs have been a staple at their food court since 1985 and they have been selling 100 million of them annually.


Statistics show that Americans consume over 9 billion hot dogs per year. That’s a lot of dogs, and hot dog manufacturers would be definitely happy to know how large a market they have.

With many companies developing their own products, the average consumer has numerous brands to choose from. While it may be difficult to know which hot dog one is the best without trying them all, the real winner here is the people who love to eat these franks as they have countless options as well as countless sumptuous hot dogs to taste and enjoy.

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Nicolas Desjardins

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