Thursday, June 8, 2023

Best Hot Dog Brands in the US (Ranked by consumers)

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 In 2021, Americans spent more than $7.5 Billion on hot dogs and sausages in U.S. Supermarkets. And thankfully, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC) just announced the American cities that contributed most to those numbers, referencing Nielsen data for total sales and per capita sales from that year.

Los Angeles isn’t just the newest Super Bowl champion, but the city also retained its title as the top dog of total hot dog sales, followed by New York and Dallas. Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Houston, Atlanta, Washington DC, and Phoenix rounded out the top 10.

However, when looking at sales per capita, Buffalo earned the top spot, making the argument that upstate New York may host the most passionate hot dog fans. Multiple North Carolina cities also proved their frankfurter fandom by cracking the top 10 in per capita hot dog sales, including: Raleigh/Durham, Greensboro and Charlotte.

“Upstate New York and the south each have great hot dog traditions with popular local hot dog brands that drive demand in those communities,” said NHDSC President and Hot Dog Top Dog Eric Mittenthal. “Buffalo is the only city with a baseball stadium named after its hot dog brand, Sahlens, while Carolina Pride dogs are a celebration of their local history dating back more than 100 years.”

Dinner sausages like bratwurst, Italian and andouille show a similar pattern when it comes to their top overall markets. However, this year New York City earned the top spot, leapfrogging over Los Angeles and Dallas in total sausage sales. Though, Louisianans proved to be the biggest sausage fans per capita, with Baton Rouge placing No. 1, and New Orleans coming in second.

“Louisiana’s sausage culture featuring boudin and andouille is a great example of how community bonds are strengthened through delicious culinary traditions,” said Mittenthal. “Sausage is a food that binds generations.”

For more hot dog and sausage data, facts, figures and more, visit

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Top 10 Total

  1. Los Angeles
  2. New York
  3. Dallas
  4. Chicago
  5. Philadelphia
  6. Boston
  7. Houston
  8. Atlanta
  9. DC
  10. Phoenix

Per Capita

  1. Buffalo
  2. Raleigh/Durham
  3. Greensboro
  4. Paducah, KY
  5. Charlotte
  6. Knoxville
  7. Albany
  8. Birmingham
  9. Norfolk
  10. Omaha


Top 10 Total

  1. New York (up from #3)
  2. Los Angeles
  3. Dallas
  4. Chicago
  5. Houston
  6. Philadelphia
  7. Boston
  8. DC
  9. Phoenix
  10. Atlanta

Per Capita

  1. Baton Rouge
  2. New Orleans
  3. Dallas
  4. Mobile
  5. St Louis
  6. Little Rock
  7. Raleigh
  8. Norfolk
  9. Buffalo
  10. Kansas City

About the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council:

Established in 1994 by the American Meat Institute, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council serves as an information resource to consumers and media on questions related to quality, safety, nutrition and preparation of hot dogs and sausages. The Council also celebrates hot dogs and sausages as iconic American foods.

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2. Teton Waters Ranch


Teton Waters Ranch is dedicated to providing 100% grass-fed and finished beef products families can serve at every meal. Colorado-based Teton Waters Ranch has become the fastest growing brand in the category. Teton Waters Ranch is one of the only grass-fed and finished beef brands that is Certified Humane, and is committed to creating a better future from the ground up by being better for the planet, better for the animal and better for you.

3. Kayem


Kayem Foods, founded in 1909, is the largest meat processor in New England.  Owned and operated by the same family for more than 100 years, the company manufactures Kayem Franks, the #1 brand of franks sold in New England. Best known for its Old Tyme Natural Casing franks, Kayem produces over 100 varieties of hot dogs and 300 varieties of deli meats, sausage and dinner hams under the Kayem, al fresco, Schonland's, McKenzie, Triple M, Genoa, Jordan's, Deutschmacher, Kirschner, and Essem brands.  In 2009, Kayem Foods began manufacturing and distributing the iconic Fenway Franks line of hot dogs, the Official Hot Dog of the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park. In 2010, Kayem, became the official brand of both Franks and Sausage of the New England Patriots and Gillette Stadium.

4. Hebrew National

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Hebrew National, a brand of ConAgra(R) Foods, Inc., began in 1905 when Isadore Pinckowitz sold frankfurters in New York City under the Hebrew National name. Aside from hot dogs alone, Hebrew National makes additional premium kosher products including deli meats, specialty items like Franks in a Blanket and Cocktail Franks, breakfast sausages, sides and condiments. ConAgra Foods is one of North America's largest packaged-food companies with a strong presence in consumer grocery as well as restaurant and foodservice establishments. For more information, please visit 

5. Applegate


Founded in 1987, Applegate Farms, LLC produces high-quality natural and organic hot dogs, bacon, sausages, deli meats, cheese and frozen products. Our products are made without GMO ingredients, and we source from farms where animals are treated with care and respect and are allowed to grow at their natural rate, all part of our mission - Changing The Meat We Eat®. Natural can mean many things, but to Applegate natural means our food is:

  • From animals Applegate humanely raised without antibiotics, added hormones or growth promotants
  • From animals fed a vegetarian or pasture-centered diet (our beef is 100 percent grass-fed)
  • Free of added chemical nitrites, nitrates or phosphates
  • Free of artificial ingredients or preservatives

Applegate became a stand-alone subsidiary of Hormel Foods in July 2015.

6. Nathan’s Famous

jumbo restaurant style beef franks

Nathan's is a Russell 2000 Company that currently distributes its products in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and 16 foreign countries through its restaurant system, foodservice sales programs and product licensing activities. 

Nathan’s Famous premium, 100% beef hot dogs feature the same original recipe cooked up by Nathan himself over 100 years ago.

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