What Makes The Perfect Hot Dog

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If you could only choose one condiment for your hot dog tomorrow, what would it be? Ketchup, mustard, or something else?

A poll examined the most popular hot dog toppings across different states, revealing various preferences. The overall favorite is . . . MUSTARD.

  • 73% of Americans like mustard on their hot dogs.
  • 62% prefer ketchup.
  • Onions, relish, and chili each have over 50% popularity.

Here’s a breakdown of the top condiment preferences by state:

  • Mustard: 14 states
  • Ketchup: 12 states
  • Relish: 10 states
  • Onions: 8 states
  • Chili: 6 states

Here are five more quick stats:

  • People described the “perfect” hot dog as one with a combination of mustard, ketchup, onions, relish, and chili. It should be grilled and served on a white bun, not wheat.
  • The top sides to accompany a hot dog are French fries, potato salad, and potato chips. Baked beans and macaroni-and-cheese also make the top five.
  • 91% of Americans enjoy hot dogs, eating an average of two per month. However, around 40% said they consume more during this time of year (I’m eating more than that this week alone).
  • 91% also consider hot dogs an “American food staple.”
  • Only 33% think hot dogs are sandwiches, while 67% disagree.
Matt Ray

Matt Ray

Matt is a Jacksonville native and has been in radio for over two decades. Matt also owns his own production company that produces Award winning Radio and TV commercials all over the country for a variety of clients.

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