The Best Hot Dogs

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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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33 Responses to The Best Hot Dogs

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.”

  5. 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.

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