15 Best beef hot dog brands in 2022

Why do we typically just shrug and buy whatever hot dog brands are on offer when it comes to purchasing hot dogs? Hot dogs hold a very particular place in our hearts and stomachs, whether we’re lighting the grill or throwing the world’s quickest dinner into a pot of boiling water. It turns out that the flavor and texture of each brand vary significantly from one another. The top hot dog brands are listed below so you can decide once and for all which one is the greatest. Five 20-point criteria were used to evaluate each: meatiness, snap and crust, spice, texture, and pricing.

Ranked 15 best hot dog brands are:

1. Bar S classic franks

Kosher: no

Meatiness: 6/20

Snap: 4/20

Seasoning: 10/20

Texture: 0/20

Price: 20/20

Total: 40/100

We enjoy a good bargain, so please bear with us. So, when we discovered an eight-pack of Bar S dogs at our neighborhood grocery store for less than $2, we knew we had to try them. You get what you pay for in this instance, as much as we’d like to suggest they’re a steal. These sabrett hot dogs were a letdown because they were made with chicken and pork rather than beef. We ended up with a gelatinous, jiggly dog after attempting to boil and grill it. Our fork slid effortlessly in; even after being browned, there was no significant outer shell or snap. The texture was also challenging to swallow due to these tiny particles of stuff that reminded people of chewing on fat or cartilage. On the plus side, they produced wonderful char. On the plus side, grilling them produced attractive char markings. Strangely enough, the char had little effect on how crisp or snappy the dog was. The rest of the frank’s outer skin and the areas that went

2. Sabrett skinless beef frankfurters

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Kosher: no

Meatiness: 17/20

Snap: 20/20

Seasoning: 18/20

Texture: 19/20

Price: 16/20

Total: 90/100

At first bite, these dogs will have you humming “New York, New York.” They are identical to the ones that come with the works from a vendor on Manhattan Street. They are the most flavorful hot dog brands on our list because of the addition of hickory smoky flavor, and their natural casing. Each dog’s case is tied off at the end, giving them a handcrafted appearance. If you want all of the flavors of the spices and herbs to come through, boil them because they are quite juicy and tasty. Despite only a slight browning, the snap and outer crust are crispiest when grilled. But in all honesty, you won’t even see the char marks if a dog snaps at you, and is all about the texture

3. KC Cattle company wagyu gourmet sabrett hot dogs

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Kosher: no

Meatiness: 19/20

Snap: 16/20

Seasoning: 19/20

Texture: 18/20

Price: 17/20

Total: 89/100

You probably enjoy Wagyu, famous for Nathan’s hot dogs because of its extremely soft texture and superior flavor, if you enjoy beef Mexican hot dogs. The high marbling and exclusivity of the meat are the causes of both (Wagyu must come from one of four Japanese breeds of beef cattle). Cows are chosen from reputable breeders and grown on lush pastures at KC Cattle Co. They consume a lot of corn since research has shown that it increases the number of fat cells in cows, which will eventually result in superior marbling. The fact that these dogs are extremely beefy is therefore not surprising. Compared to the other dogs on our list, their flavor is fairly distinctive; almost like a hamburger-hot dog hybrid. Even though they could be wittier, they will undoubtedly outperform everyone at the picnic. Consider stocking up on all your BBQ necessities before the big day at KC Cattle Co., which sells anything from beef chorizo to bacon cheeseburger bratwurst and ships to all 50 states

4. Harry & David beef frankfurters

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Kosher: no

Meatiness: 18/20

Snap: 20/20

Seasoning: 18/20

Texture: 17/20

Price: 16/20

Total: 89/100

Even the most authentic New York City hot dog cannot match the snap on these Harry & David weenies. The Artisan Frank Collection, which also comprises beef wieners made in the old world, Portuguese-style linguiça, and classic German knackwurst, features beef hot dogs and frankfurters (aka pork and beef sausage). Because of their smokiness, subdued garlic flavor, and excellent crisp casing, we adore the beef frankfurters. They are from a family farm in Milwaukee that has produced fine dogs since the late 19th century. We adore how basic the components are as well (beef, water, salt, spices, paprika, and garlic in a natural pork casing)

5. Best beef hot dogs frankfurters

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Kosher: no

Meatiness: 18/20

Snap: 17/20

Seasoning: 18/20

Texture: 18/20

Price: 18/20

Total: 89/100

Doesn’t the vintage packaging just make you feel good inside? With only one bite, we are brought back to the neighborhood barbecues and picnics of our youth. The outside crust remained crisp and the interior remained moist and tender, both when it was boiled and when it was grilled, despite its only mediocre browning. Its delicious, smoky flavor enclosed in a characteristically chewy, crisp outer skin is the highlight of this dish. This option is ideal for cooking on the stove or grill for a laid-back outdoor family supper because they don’t charge as extravagantly as you may desire for serving guests. Additionally, the cost isn’t too bad, coming in at only 79 cents per dog.

6. Trader Joe’s organic grass-fed uncured beef hot dogs

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Kosher: no

Meatiness: 17/20

Snap: 16/20

Seasoning: 17/20

Texture: 19/20

Price: 18/20

Total: 87/100

No TJ’s fans will be surprised to hear this, but we were really happy with their all-beef, uncured Mexican hot dogs. If you want a minimally processed weenie for your next BBQ, these are an excellent option because they are free of nitrates, nitrites, additives, or hormones. Whether grilled or boiled, their renowned Nathan’s meaty texture stands up, and they are expertly seasoned with the essentials, such as onion and pepper, as well as a few novel spices, such as nutmeg, mace, and ginger. The flavor is spot on, however, they could be snappier and their casing might be more robust. Your kids will go crazy over them, we bet

7. Ball Park Angus beef franks

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Kosher: no

Meatiness: 19/20

Snap: 17/20

Seasoning: 17/20

Texture: 17/20

Price: 17/20

Total: 87/100

Organizing a barbecue? The Angus improvement could have an impact. You’ll appear like a real grill expert with these amazingly juicy franks, a distinct outer crust, and lovely char markings. The dogs, which are made from uncured Angus beef, lean heavily toward the smoky, ham-like end of the flavor spectrum. Unlike other dogs, whose texture is more uneven and resembles ground flesh on the interior, theirs is soft and uniform. They retain their pleasantly sweet flavor and crisp outer peels when they are boiled. But when grilled, they acquire a decadent golden coating that is difficult to resist. A little bit more time on the grill might help you come closer to your goal because the skin could be a little bit snappier.

8. Rastelli’s around dogs

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Kosher: no

Meatiness: 18/20

Snap: 16/20

Seasoning: 18/20

Texture: 18/20

Price: 15/20

Total: 85/100

You are not seeing things: Rastelli’s butcher business provided those hot dog brands, which resemble hamburger patties. Listen to us out before you dismiss them as heresy. They have grooves and wavy edges that make it easier for them to stick to the grates of your grill pan or barbecue, and their flat design allows more of the dog to come into contact with the grill. In other words, every bite will naturally contain a more caramelized, burnt flavor. The dogs’ flavor is top-notch and is derived from finely diced black Angus beef and premium pork. Since the hot dog just had a casing on the outside, our one criticism was that it lacked snap. Nevertheless, we believe that eating one of these dogs is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that won’t let you down

9. Stockyards Chicago beef franks

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Kosher: no

Meatiness: 17/20

Snap: 16/20

Seasoning: 18/20

Texture: 18/20

Price: 16/20

Total: 85/100

Chicago Beef Franks from Stock Yards will bring back all the great memories of eating famous Nathan’s hot dogs at the ballgame. Even though the box does not specify the specific spices used, they are made from American beef and are incredibly juicy and meaty in texture. They are incredibly soft and chubby, but the snap falls a little flat. They’re especially good for boiling because they don’t brown as well as some other choices on our list, and the hot water has no negative effects on the texture or flavor at all. Given that there are 25 of them in a pack, these canines are also excellent for large gatherings. Before your next barbeque, order a box to avoid having to go to the store

10.  365 Everyday value organic uncured grass-fed beef Mexican hot dogs

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Kosher: no

Meatiness: 18/20

Snap: 17/20

Seasoning: 18/20

Texture: 17/20

Price: 15/20

Total: 85/100

You don’t have to worry about any weird hidden substances with these hot dogs from Whole Foods because they are produced without antibiotics or growth hormones. They taste like “genuine” meat and have a distinctive flavor thanks to a special combination of spices that includes minced onion and garlic, white pepper, nutmeg, ginger, and paprika. The outer skin becomes a lovely reddish-brown color when boiling, and they keep their snappiness. The skin gets bubbly, crackly, and even snappier when grilled; it resembles the deep-fried rippers that are unique to New Jersey nearly exactly. You will have to pay a few cents more per hot dog for these, but the quality difference is apparent and well worth it

11.  Famous Nathan’s skinless beef franks

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Kosher: no

Meatiness: 17/20

Snap: 16/20

Seasoning: 16/20

Texture: 17/20

Price: 18/20

Total: 84/100

A mainstay of Coney Island with a strong, meaty flavor that can stand on its own without any of your preferred toppings. It is incredibly delicate and juicy without being oily. However, if you prefer your dogs to be crisp, keep looking. Boiling them will not give them any crunch, and grilling will only give them a mild snap and light brown tint. Use a barbecue or grill pan for these because we noticed a dubious soapy flavor when we bit into the cooked dog. Having said that, this was one dog that we repeatedly returned to for another bite. We wish we could eat more than one of them before a cheeseburger on a hot summer day because of the pleasantly sweet flavor and soft texture

12.  Oscar Mayer uncured cheeses dogs

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Kosher: no

Meatiness: 16/20

Snap: 17/20

Seasoning: 17/20

Texture: 16/20

Price: 17/20

Total: 83/100

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, as the adage goes. These cheese-stuffed dogs taste much like the ones we ate as kids, and every youngster who tries them loves them. There is nothing wrong with them giving us the impression that they are making a “grilled ham and cheese sandwich prepared with Kraft Singles.” Grilling brings out the finest of their creamy, cheesy flavor and decent snap, and they also brown fairly well. But whether boiled or grilled, they are delicious and melty. Look for the resealable ten-pack created with families in mind if you’re hosting or have a lot of kids coming to a barbeque

13.  Hillshire farm beef hot links

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Kosher: no

Meatiness: 16/20

Snap: 15/20

Seasoning: 17/20

Texture: 17/20

Price: 18/20

Total: 83/100

We were compelled to try these after seeing that Hillshire Farm commercial too frequently (“I said a brat, beef kielbasa, legendary Nathan’s hot-smoked sausage, cheddar wurst!”). These are hot red pepper- and filler-free, dark-red, smoked beef sausages. We adore the simple-to-open packaging. When grilled, the links exhibited gorgeous browning and char markings like those on Beyond Meat’s brat. They feature a distinctive exterior skin that offers some chewiness, but their inside texture is a touch irregular and more like sausage than a hot dog (it falls a bit short of snappy). While cooking, you can smell the red pepper and taste the distinctive flavor it gives the links in comparison to conventional dogs, even if they aren’t at all spicy.

14.  Upton Natural Up Dogs

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Kosher: no

Meatiness: 17/20

Snap: 16/20

Seasoning: 17/20

Texture: 16/20

Price: 17/20

Total: 83/100

This vegan hot dog meets your needs if you’re seeking one that can withstand the heat and provide the savory flavor you want in a hot dog. Non-GMO Updogs are made from a base of water, wheat gluten, and wheat flour (also known as seitan), and their outer shells made of algae give them a surprisingly good snap. Additionally, they are expertly cured and spiced with age-old seasonings like yellow mustard seed and celery seed. Even if you seared it indoors on your cast iron skillet or grill pan instead of on the grill, it will taste as if you grilled it because hickory smoke concentrate gives it a little of that magical charred flavor. The fact that each link contains zero cholesterol and a staggering 20 grams of protein makes it even better. Additionally, each provides 10% of the daily needed potassium and 6% of the daily recommended calcium. One warning: Despite what it states on Upton’s website, these babies shouldn’t be boiled; we tried it and they disintegrated

15.  Hebrew National kosher beef franks

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Kosher: yes

Meatiness: 16/20

Snap: 15/20

Seasoning: 16/20

Texture: 16/20

Price: 19/20

Total: 82/100

To test if these sabrett hot dogs lived up to their cult status, we were interested. We were sucked in by the convenient container even before we tried them (most of the products on this list needed scissors). They have a flavor that is meaty and slightly smokey. When cooked, the dogs become deeply crimson, soft, and squishy. One that has been grilled has a thick, chewy exterior that is nice but not especially sharp. We’d choose these for indoor stovetop boiling since it gives them a wonderful snap, more juiciness, and a unique sweetness.

The hot dog has supplanted apple pie as America’s favorite food. Even though the weather is terrible, you can still enjoy the straightforward but delightful hot dog brands. If simplicity is what you seek, you ought to consume more Mexican hot dogs of greater quality.

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