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The Best And Worst Hot Dogs To Buy At The Grocery Store

Are they weiners, frankfurters, coneys, weenies or just hot dogs?

No matter what you call them, you definitely know a great dog when you taste one.

Here is our ranking of hot dogs that can be bought in a grocery store, from worst to best.

While Bar-S has sold the most hot dogs in America every single year since 2006, it's

not because everyone loves them.

Rather, people buy Bar-S brand because they are almost always the cheapest hot dogs available.

If you're feeding a bunch of hungry kids, you might as well go with the cheapest ones

around, right?

If you taste Bar-S Classic Franks without any condiments on top, you'll find that they

are legitimately terrible.

From their wretched smell while being cooked in the microwave to their filmy texture once

they enter your mouth, you will regret going the cheap route when you eat these hot dogs.

"But you get what you pay for, huh?"



You probably bought these hot dogs because you thought you were going the healthier route

by eating turkey.

While it can be argued whether these hot dogs are actually healthier than the ones made

out of beef or pork, what you can't deny is how absolutely bland Jennie-O Turkey Franks


After you take a bite, you are greeted by virtually no discernable flavors.

Then the meat just starts disintegrating in your mouth.

Jennie-O claims that their turkey franks have 40 percent less fat than comparable beef franks.

While that may be statistically true, they also have about 99 percent less flavor.

It's possible to find decent cheese-infused hot dogs, but Eckrich Cheese Franks wholeheartedly

miss the mark.

Let's put it this way: when you taste one, you will find the cheese water that managed

to stay within the hot dog is as unpleasant as you imagined.

Eckrich says that American cheese is an ingredient but you don't get any notably sized chunks

so it's impossible to judge the quality of the cheese.

Instead, it's just a liquified cheese-like substance by the time it gets to your dinner.

These hot dogs made by Oscar Mayer are some of the most recognizable in the country, although

that may be because the Wienermobile has been turning heads on roadways across the nation

since 1936.

Once you get beyond the iconic brand, the actual taste of these hot dogs is nothing

to write home about.

They're really greasy and so salty: one dog has 15 percent of the recommended daily amount

of sodium and 25 percent of the saturated fat.

With a history that dates back to 1883, it's quite possible that generations of your family

have eaten Oscar Mayer wieners.

However, it seems like the quality has slipped as the years have gone by, so don't blindly

trust your grandmother's recipe book.

While they might remind you of the hot dogs you can get at a baseball game, Ball Park

Original Beef Franks just aren't that tasty compared to some other hot dogs on the market.

While these hot dogs are 100 percent beef and don't have any artificial flavors, added

nitrates, fillers, or artificial colors, they simply don't taste that great.

It's like biting into a soft piece of rubber that was sprinkled with a light coating of

beef flavoring.

While some people enjoy the plumpness, these hot dogs are oddly pliable and are missing

any sort of snap.

"Have you ever had one before?"

"A hot dog?"

"At the ballpark."

"I don't believe I have."

"OK, good."

If you rigorously follow a keto or no-carb diet, you will be happy to learn a decent

hot dog exists on the market that has zero carbohydrates.

Wellshire Sugar-Free All-Natural Beef Franks won't win you any cookout contests or culinary

awards, but considering they have no sugar, no carbs, no preservatives, no gluten and

are minimally processed, they're surprisingly good.

They're flavored with garlic, celery powder, onion, and sea salt, and you can taste all

of it.

Sugardale Hot Dogs have been around for nearly 100 years, and while they're not the best

hot dogs you can buy, they provide a good bang for your buck.

If you are going with an inexpensive option, reach for the Sugardale Hot Dogs.

They claim to still use their original recipe, and it tastes like they're telling the truth.

If you ate these as a child, you can go to a grocery store, buy a pack, and be pleasantly

surprised that they still taste the same.

If you only eat grass-fed beef, you don't have to forgo hot dogs.

An Applegate Naturals Beef Hot Dog is the answer to your prayers, as this company only

uses beef that was humanely raised on a pasture, only grass fed, and never given antibiotics.

As far as the taste is concerned, you won't be disappointed.

They're good, but one issue with these hot dogs: they don't really taste like hot dogs,

as the seasoning is lacking.

You will likely be tempted to add sea salt or even garlic powder, or perhaps smother

them in an ocean of ketchup and mustard.

Boar's Head Uncured Beef Frankfurters have been blessing kitchens around the country

since 1905.

Their one-of-a-kind recipe mixes USDA Choice Beef with a blend of spices inside of a natural


If you hate rubbery hot dogs that seem to bend forever, you should buy Boar's Head Uncured

Beef Frankfurters.

These things are sturdy and deliver a satisfying bite.

Taste-wise, the spices are quite noticeable but not overwhelming, giving you high-quality

flavor in something that still qualifies as a hot dog.

"Look at those steaming weenies."

If you are looking for hot dogs for your barbecue, go with Dietz & Watson Deli Beef Franks.

These hefty wieners grill perfectly and, unlike many other types of hot dogs, they won't experience

shrinkage on your grill.

Dietz & Watson was founded in 1939 by Gottlieb Dietz, a sausage maker from Germany.

You can taste the German influence in these hot dogs, as they are slow cooked and seasoned

with a liberal amount of paprika, mustard powder, and garlic.

The fact that they are skinless allows you to taste all the flavors.

Even if you're not from the Big Apple, you should find out first-hand why New Yorkers

can't get enough of their street hot dogs.

The secret to Sabrett Skinless Beef Frankfurters is the hickory smoke flavoring that is added

to each wiener.

These hot dogs taste great no matter if you eat them plain or fully dressed in a bun.

If you are a firm believer that size matters, you'll be glad to learn that you can get these

hot dogs in various sizes from cocktail to 12-inchers.

These hot dogs are known around the nation for being a go-to when you really need a tasty

hot dog in your life, for good reason.

They're good out of the microwave and hot off the grill.

You really can't make any mistakes with Hebrew National.

Not only do these beef franks have flavor that will have you craving just one more hot

dog for days after your meal, they're made with high-quality ingredients.

Starting with the 100 percent kosher beef, to the fact that there are no added nitrates,

you can literally taste the quality.

If you want to be impressed by a hot dog, you deserve to give Nathan's Famous Angus

Beef Franks a go.

These things are the pinnacle of the wiener world.

Take a bite and taste the authentic beef flavor that encompasses every ounce of this frank.

Even the texture is perfect - not too mushy, not too tough.

Sure, you'll have to pay a premium price to get your hands on these franks.

But once you taste the difference, you'll never willingly go back to those cheap, bland

hot dogs again.

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