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The Griller’s Guide to America’s Best Regional Hot Dog Styles

From Chicago to New York, these are America’s best hot dogs.

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Chicago Style Hot Dog with Mustard, Pickle, Tomato, Relish and Onion;Brent Hofacker/Shutterstock

Chicago-style Hot Dogs

Perhaps the most famous dog on this list, a Chicago-style sausage features an all-beef frankfurter on a poppy seed bun. Chicagoans load up their hot dogs with mustard, pickle spears, chopped onions, relish, tomato, pickled peppers and celery salt. One condiment you won’t find? Ketchup.

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Jersey-Style Hot Dogs         


These dogs are so hearty, you won’t even need a side dish! In Northern New Jersey, you’ll find franks topped with peppers, onions and fried potatoes. Here are 25 more hot dog recipes you need to try.

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Cincinnati Chili Dogs          


This style takes hot dogs to a whole new level. Start by nestling your dog in a bun, then pile on the Cincinnati chili, diced onion and shredded cheddar cheese.

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Rhode Island Hot Wieners 


In Rhode Island we don’t call ‘em hot dogs—they’re wieners! To make this regional style, place your wiener in a bun, then top with mustard, chopped onion, celery salt and a well-seasoned meat sauce.

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Hot dog with New York street style tomato onion sauce on a wooden backgroundKiian Oksana/Shutterstock

New York Hot Dogs


These are the dogs you can find at push-carts all across the city. The secret? Keep it simple. A New York-style hot dog features mustard, sauerkraut and onions cooked in ketchup.

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Coney Dogs


While there are many variations of a coney (i.e. chili) dog across the country, the original still calls Coney Island home. Simply top your dog with a heaping scoop of chili and, if desired, a little mustard and onion. Yum! Get 18 more great recipes from New York.

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Homemade Slaw Hot Dog with Mustard Chili and ColeslawBrent Hofacker/Shutterstock

Atlanta Dogs


In Atlanta, you’ll find a fresh twist on the classic chili dog. Creamy, crunchy coleslaw helps cut through the hearty dish. Make ‘em by piling a hot dog and chili on a bun, then slathering the top with a spoonful of coleslaw.

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Homemade Seattle Style Hot Dog with Cream Cheese and OnionsBrent Hofacker/Shutterstock

Seattle-style Hot Dog


Craving something cool? Then try a Seattle dog. This beloved dish involves a hot dog, cream cheese and sautéed onions. For a spicy twist, add fresh jalapenos.

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Sonoran Dogs


Popular in Phoenix and other Southern cities, the Sonoran dog is pretty bold. First, wrap a hot dog in bacon. Then, place the dogs on a bun and bury them in pinto beans, tomatoes, onions and the condiments of your choice—mayo, mustard and salsa are all popular options.

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Kansas City-style Hot Dog


If a Reuben sandwich met a hot dog, you’d end up with this flavorful variation. Start with a pork-based hot dog and a sesame seed bun, then add melty Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and mustard. If you’re feeling bold, you can use Thousand Island dressing, too.

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