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Squirmy Wormy Sandwiches

My sister and I came up with this recipe while thinking of spooky, ghoulish foods for a Halloween party. You can also serve the "worms" as an appetizer on party picks with BBQ sauce for dipping. —Diane Eaton, Campbell, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) hot dogs
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon spicy brown mustard
  • Dash Liquid Smoke, optional
  • 6 hamburger buns, split


  • Cut each hot dog into eight strips. In a large skillet, saute hot dogs in oil until golden brown.
  • Stir in the ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and, if desired, Liquid Smoke; heat through. Serve on buns.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 417 calories, 27g fat (10g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 1259mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 13g protein.

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  • cynandtom
    Apr 26, 2020

    Not only are these guys cute and fun, but they are also simple and delicious.

  • katlaydee3
    Nov 12, 2017

    Very cute, quick and easy recipe for a Halloween themed dinner.

  • LPHJKitchen
    Oct 29, 2015

    This was a great recipe for kids! My two (7 and 3) LOVED the idea. My husband and I aren't hot dog fans so I split a couple of brats for us and it worked great also. As mentioned by other reviewers, I cut out the canola as I didn't find it necessary but everything else worked great. Would be perfect for a Halloween Party main - especially for children.

  • wonderwoman124673
    Oct 1, 2015

    I am going to have that at halloween.

  • geopchick
    Mar 31, 2013

    These were super easy and the kids liked them, though I wasn't sure if I only found them okay due to the hot dogs or barbecue sauce or what. You really can't beat how quick and easy it is, especially if you've got kids to feed!

  • lorenmiller
    Oct 28, 2011

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  • zinderella
    Oct 27, 2011

    5 stars for Halloween

  • zinderella
    Oct 27, 2011

    Fun and tasty! It is a bit of work to slice the hotdogs into worms but I loved it. Use regular dogs and not the old fashioned. Great recipe too if you served in bites instead of worms to adults as a party appetizer. No need for canola oil, as hotdogs will produce their own fat in a hot pan. I removed the extra fat and then added the Squirm Sauce to finish. I did not use liquid smoke (horrible stuff). Lea and Perrins W sauce worked well with this.

  • Summy
    Oct 27, 2011

    Eeeeewwwww!!! Soooo ghastly gross and realistic!!! Great recipe!!! Woooooooooooo!!!

  • NinaJ
    Oct 18, 2010

    My 5 year old and I made this last year for Halloween and I'm looking forward to it again this year.