The Best Hot Dogs (and Giveaway!)

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Both my dad and husband love hot dogs. When I ask them to request a meal for their birthdays or Father’s Day, it’s a given at least one of them will ask for hot dogs.

But as many of us know, conventional processed meats can be a little scary. So when heeding the requests of my favorite fathers, I’m careful to choose hot dogs that most closely resemble real food.  I look for brands I really trust and ingredients I can understand.

Applegate makes my favorite hot dog – The Great Organic Hot Dog – but a few other brands offer tasty & sustainably-produced options too. Below is a list of the best hot dogs for summer. By “the best,” I mean the most natural, humanely-farmed hot dogs that still taste just like you want them to…namely, delicious!


Organic Prairie

Fork in the Road

Nature’s Rancher

Heritage Foods – any sausage or kielbasa they offer


Leave a comment below with your favorite summer BBQ food and be entered to win a package of Applegate’s organic hot dogs (you can choose beef, chicken, or turkey) shipped straight to your door!  Winner will be chosen on Thursday, June 20th.
Good luck!

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No compensation was received for this post, but Applegate will generously be providing hot dogs to the giveaway winner.

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  1. Erica M. says:

    Yum! My husband and I also love to grill hot dogs in the summer. These look delicious. Thanks for sharing some great organic favorites!

  2. Ali Warner says:

    Grilled veggies, preferably asparagus! Great hot or at room temp.

  3. Kylie K. says:

    I’d love to win! MY Son loves Applegates hotdogs!

  4. Luke has just discovered hot dogs & he’s in love. Might be a toss up between hot dogs & bacon now.

  5. LOVE grilled corn on the cob – one of my favorite treats of summer. But I think all of the rest of the folks in my family would say hot dogs – LOL.

  6. I love kebabs with chicken and lots of veggies. Grilled corn on the cob is pretty amazing too! Thanks!

  7. I love brats, but every one in a while I just need a good hot dog!

  8. Barbeque chicken!

  9. Sara March says:

    Fresh corn salad
    ¾ cup sour cream
    1 t Worcestershire sauce
    ¾ t seasoned salt
    3 cups fresh corn kernels (about 5 ears)
    1 cup finely chopped red pepper
    1 cup finely chopped green onions

    Combine first 3 ingredients stirring with a whisk. Add corn and remaining ingredients. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Can be served as a salad or s dip with tortilla chips.

  10. Sara March says:

    Homemade Kimchi

  11. My husband has mastered grilled corn on the cob. I love it. Thanks for the list of good hotdogs. I’ll put Applegate dogs on my grocery list.

  12. Hot dogs with chili are my favorite!

  13. foodandcrafts says:


  14. I’m a big burger fan, preferably with cheese and some heirloom tomatoes.

  15. I love grilled veggie kabobs, grilled pineapple, and grilled chicken sausage at a summer BBQ. I would definitely love to try the turkey or chicken hot dogs from Applegate, thanks for the giveaway!

  16. i still love me a costco hotdog. i just don’t want to know what’s in them. with my applegate turkey hot dog, i’d like a fruit salad. you know, to balance out the “healthy-ness.”

  17. I love bbq’d baby back ribs, but hot dogs are a close second!

  18. I love salmon on the grill. The kids love applegate hotdogs. Thanks!

  19. Hot dogs are my favorite!

  20. Brad K. says:

    I love grilling hot dogs!

  21. Jessica M says:

    we love grilling hotdogs

  22. Turkey burgers are probably my favorite bbq food. Just tried the Applegate Farms uncured chicken hot dogs for the first time yesterday. Loved ‘em! Our daughter has food allergies and we love that, in addition to being a healthier choice, almost all of the AF products are safe for our family.

  23. Gosh such a tough decision!! I would say BBQ turkey probably. Clean of course :)

  24. Grilled peaches and pound cake, always a big surprise, no expects dessert from the grill.

  25. I’ve never tried these, but they look amazing!

  26. Love grilled hot dogs and grilled corn on the cob, and toasted buns! YUM!

  27. Denise solan says:

    Agree its our favorite too. Sophia our 4yr old would eat a hotdog every day at every meal if i let her!

  28. I’m looking forward to trying your hot dogs!!!