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Classic Grilled Chicago Hot Dog

How to cook a delicious Chicago hot dog, char dog style. Grilled beef hot dogs recipe with all the best toppings and poppy seed buns. Perfect for a crowd!
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Course: Meat & Seafood
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 335kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff



  • Chop the onion; wash and slice the tomatoes. Set aside.
  • To make your own poppy seed buns, brush the tops and ends of the hoagie rolls with melted butter. Sprinkle poppy seeds on. Place on the grill or over the campfire until they start to get just slightly toasty, maybe 5 minutes. Then remove from the heat and set aside.
  • Grill the hot dogs until they're cooked through.
  • Open up the buns. Place 2 to 3 tomato half slices on one side and a dill pickle spear on the other side.
  • Place the hot dog in the middle between the tomato slices and the pickle spear.
  • Add a spoonful of pickle relish along the top of the hot dog on one side.
  • Then squirt yellow mustard along the top of the hot dog on the other side.
  • Add pieces of pepperoncini and a small handful of chopped onion on top.
  • Sprinkle with a dash of celery salt.
  • Serve and enjoy!


*You can use hoagie rolls or brat buns.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 1273mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g
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