The Best Hot Dogs in the World
Best Hot Dogs in the World
No matter where you travel you are sure to find different versions of the hot dog that may challenge your idea of what a hot dog is supposed to be, but I encourage you to try them all. Here are our top picks for the Best Hot Dogs Around the World.
Amsterdam Hot Dog:
Amsterdam has a very serious version of the hot dog known to locals as “The Stoner.” The Amsterdam hot dog is a cross between a normal hot dog and a pizza, making it the perfect late-night snack for those visiting Amsterdam. This gooey savory mess is certainly one of the best hot dogs in the world.
Argentinian Hot Dog:
The Argentinian version of the hot dog is made with spicy chorizo that’s wrapped in warm, crusty bread. The favorite topping to go along with the Argentinian hot dog is the local sauce, chimichurri. The combination of the spicy savory chorizo and the tart chimichurri sauce make this one of our picks for one of the best hot dogs in the world.
Australian Hot Dog:
Australians serve traditional-style hot dogs on buns and top them with shredded cheese and friend onion. But one particular specialty is known by a few names: the Dagwood Dog or the Pluto Pup or Dippy Dog. This is essentially a dog that’s coated in a wheat- or corn-based batter and then fried, similar to a corn dog, and then topped with ketchup to complete the Aussie delicacy.
Brazilian Hot Dog:
When it comes to hot dogs in Brazil, the more toppings the better. If you name a topping, it’s been added to a Brazilian dog — even items like quail eggs, mashed potatoes, corn, peas, cheese, and marinara sauce have been utilized. A common topping is shoestring french fries, because why eat them on the side when you can eat them on top of the hot dog itself?
Canadian Hot Dog:
Throughout Montreal and other parts of Quebec, locals love their own version of the hot dog. It can come in one of two ways: either steamed or toasted. The “steamie” version is topped with mustard, chopped onion, and a vinegary coleslaw.
The Chicago-style hot dog is a true classic in the States. It starts with a steamed all-beef, natural-casing hot dog topped with yellow mustard, chopped white onions, sliced or wedged fresh tomatoes, a dill pickle, sweet pickle relish dyed bright green, pickled peppers, and a dash of celery salt. The classic dog is served on a poppy seed bun. The Chicago-style hot dog has become an icon of American culture so it deserves to be one of the best hot dogs in the world.
Chilean Hot Dog:
The Chileans go to extremes with their version of a hot dog that is slathered with a heaping pile of mayonnaise and then topped with tomato and avocado. Their favorite toppings include relish, mustard, ketchup, and green chile peppers.
Chinese Hot Dog:
China’s hot dogs are typically baked inside warm, fluffy buns, very similar to the boa dumplings the Chinese are known for. While they are smaller in size than American hot dogs, these yummy treats still satisfy. They are often served for breakfast or brunch as part of a dim-sum menu as well.
The Colombians like their hot dogs to have lots of toppings and different textures. Their beef and pork hot dogs come complete with shredded cheese, pineapple sauce, mayonnaise, mustard, and ketchup, and are topped with crushed potato chips.This beauty deserves to be on the list of the best hot dogs in the world.
Czech Republic Hot Dog:
In the Czech Republic, if you have a hankering for a hot dog, they are known as párek v rohlíku, which translates to sausage in a roll. In this case, the roll is not cut in half. Rather, they punch a hole into the softer inside of the bun and then the sausage is tucked inside.
El Salvador Hot Dog:
Hot dogs are popular street food in El Salvador. The country’s version of the hot dog includes fried cabbage and mustard, plus a splattering of ketchup and mayonnaise.
Finish Hot Dog:
In Finland, hot dog stands take a thick sausage and slice it across to end up with a sausage patty that they wrap in white bread for their version of a hot dog/hamburger, called porilainen. Condiments and toppings include diced onion, chopped pickled cucumber, ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise.
French Hot Dog:
I guess it’s not surprising that the French version of the hot dog incorporates a baguette. Parisians love their sizzling dogs tucked in or baked into a baguette, making it warm and flavorful. The dogs usually include Gruyère cheese and are then grilled. Then, customers can top it with a mushroom-based ketchup-like condiment that is delicious.
German Hot Dog:
While there is no shortage of sausage dishes in Germany, the one that most resembles a hot dog today is known as currywurst. In this case the “bun” is served on the side, most often in the form of french fries. The main focus is the sliced wurst topped with slightly spicy ketchup infused with curry.
Guatemalan Hot Dog:
Guatemalan’s love their hot dogs and have developed two varieties. The first kind is known as a mixto, which is a hot dog served on a tortilla with chopped cabbage, lettuce, and avocados. The other type is known as the shuco dog (“dirty dog”), which is a hot dog on a sub-sized roll with guacamole, grilled cabbage, mayo, tomatoes, mustard, and hot sauce. This relatively unknown hot dog deserves to be included as one of the best hot dogs in the world.
In the sunny state of Hawaii, locals love sweet condiments on their hot dogs. The Hawaiian hot dog also known as the Puka Dog, is made by starting with a pork hot dog and tucking it inside a special mini loaf of bread that has been hollowed out. Then diners can top it with extras like pineapple relish, guava mustard, and garlic lemon sauce.
The Icelandic version of the hot dog starts with a frank that’s a mixture of pork, beef, and lamb. Then it’s topped with pylsusinnep, an Icelandic version of mustard that’s brown and sweet. The adventurous hot dog eaters top it with remoulade, a condiment made of mayonnaise mixed with capers, mustard, herbs, anchovies, and gherkins.
While technically not from Japan, the city of Vancouver is now famous for its Japanese-style hot dogs that combine Japanese ingredients with traditional American hot dogs. Varieties include the Terimayo, a beef hot dog topped with seaweed, teriyaki sauce, Japanese mayonnaise, and fried onions. Or you can take your Japa Dog and top it with grated radish, green onion, okonomi sauce, fried cabbage, and dried bonito flakes.
Mexican Hot Dog:
The Mexican version of the hot dog is presented similarly to a Mexican torta. A toasted telera roll is filled with sliced hot dogs, queso fresco, refried beans, onions, mustard, and creamy avocado.
The best straightforward New York hot dog, or as some call them “water dogs”, can be found everywhere in New York from corner hot dog carts to institutions like Nathan’s or Gray’s Papaya. These all-beef franks are plainly dressed in a warm bun and then topped with traditional toppings like sauerkraut, ketchup, mustard or grilled onions in a red sauce. This iconic hot dog is certainly one of the best hot dogs in the world.
New Zealand Hot Dog: New Zealanders like their hot dogs battered and fried, something very similar to a corn dog. They are traditionally topped with ketchup or tomato sauce.
Norway Hot Dog: The Norwegian version of the hot dog takes the meat and wraps it in potato lefse or flat bread. To top their dogs they keep it pretty simple with ketchup, mustard, and relish. Norwegians have also been known to add brunost, a sweet, brown goat cheese, to their hot dogs.
Peruvian Hot Dog: The Peruvians version of the hot dog is known as the Peruvian “salchipapas,” which is similar to a sliced German wurst dish. The meal celebrates sliced hot dogs and French fries. This traditional Peruvian street food is served with dipping sauces including ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard and aji chile sauce. This delicious mess deserves to be on any list of the best hot dogs in the world.
Philippines Hot Dog
In the Philippines street food vendors sell hot dogs on sticks that have been skewered and grilled over hot coals. Traditional hot dogs are served in a bun but often come with a multitude of condiments including their version of extra sweet ketchup.
South African Hot Dog:
The South African hot dogs, known as “boerewors,” are made with a combination of beef and either pork or lamb. The flavor of the dog is wonderfully unique as it’s made with spices like nutmeg, cloves, and coriander seed. This delicious tubed meat is grilled and then wrapped in a warm, large roll and topped with chutney, mustard, and tomato relish.
Much like an American corn dog, South Koreans like to dip their dogs in a rice batter, roll them in tater tots and then fry them on a skewer. They are then often topped with ketchup but some also use mustard. They are wonder and in our opinion is certainly one of the top hot dogs in the world.
Sweden’s version of a hot dog is called a tunnbrodsrulle. It’s essentially one or two hot dogs rolled up inside a soft doughy flat bread which is then filled with condiments ranging from mashed potatoes to onions to mustard, and so on. The hot dogs can also be topped with raksallad, a mixture of minced shrimp, mayonnaise, paprika, and Dijon mustard. If you haven’t tried it, you are definitely missing out. It certainly deserves to be one of the best hot dogs in the world.
Taiwanese Hot Dog:
Taiwan has a similar approach to hot dogs as the Philippines. Hot dogs are either served on a skewer or in a bun. The hot dog itself is usually a pork sausage and the bun, isn’t a traditional soft roll but instead, a rice patty shaped into bun form.
Vietnamese Hot Dog:
The Vietnamese use a fermented sausage for their version of the hot dog. They top it with pickled vegetables such as carrots, daikon, rice vinegar, cucumber, mayonnaise, olive oil, garlic, cilantro and green onion, and wrap it in a warm hot dog bun.