Hot dogs are an American classic. They’re a favorite food around the country, but the city with the highest hot dog consumption is Los Angeles, followed by New York City and Philadelphia.
About 20 billion hot dogs are consumed in the U.S. every year. On the Fourth of July alone, Americans eat an estimated 150 million.
Many Americans even celebrate National Hot Dog Day, which always falls on the third Wednesday in July.
True hot dog fanatics can also visit The Vienna Beef History Museum in Chicago, where patrons can learn all about the hot dog’s history.
Whether you’re searching for cool names for new menu items or testing out creative flavor combinations at home, here you’ll find the list of fun hot dog names.
We also share a name generator and ideas for creating your own hot dog combinations below the list.
for a prize-winning hot dog
In a Pickle
for a hot dog with extra pickles
The Big Dill
a play on “big deal”; for a hot dog with a long sliced dill pickle
for a hot dog with guacamole
The Old Rancher
for a beef hot dog with ranch dressing
Bun in a Million
a play on “one in a million”
barbeque + cuties; for miniature hot dogs with barbeque sauce
Hot Diggety Dog
for a spicy hot dog
for a hot dog with relish
Sun's Out, Buns Out
a play on “sun’s out, guns out”; for any bunless hot dog recipe
for miniature hot dogs
for a chili cheese hot dog
for a giant hot dog
for a hot dog with queso
The Tofu-riffic Dog
tofu + terrific; for a hot dog made with tofu
Salami Get This Straight
a play on “so let me get this straight”; for a hot dog made with salami and pickles
Salty Sea Dog
for a hot dog with passion fruit mustard or other tropical flavors
The Corny Dog
for a veggie hot dog
for a hot dog with grilled onions and bell peppers
It's Getting Chili
a play on “it’s getting chilly”; for a chili cheese hot dog
for a hot dog with sauerkraut
For Goodness Flakes
a play on “for goodness sake”; for a hot dog with a croissant bun
The Aloha Dog
for a hot dog with grilled pineapples and teriyaki sauce or other Hawaiian flavors
for a hot dog with bacon and baked beans
The Mex-cellent Dog
Mexico + excellent; for a hot dog with cilantro, corn, lime juice, and sour cream
The BLT Dog
for a hot dog with bacon, lettuce, and tomato
for any hot dog served during October
Franks a Lot!
a play on “thanks a lot”
sauce + suspicious; for a hot dog with a surprise sauce
Show me the Honey
a play on “show me the money”; for a hot dog with honey mustard
Hot Dog Name Generator
How to Create Your Own Hot Dog Names
Coming up with unique names for your hot dog creations should be fun! Think of it as continuing the adventure of inventing your own recipe.
Be sure to try out these tips when creating your own hot dog name:
- Consider all the ingredients. Any part of your hot dog creation could be just the inspiration you need, from the type of meat used to make the hot dog to the toppings or the type of bun. For example, a tofu-based hot dog could use a play on the word “tofu” or the concept of meatlessness. Combinations of a few or all ingredients may also be helpful.
- What’s the flavor profile? If you’re using international flavors, use the place of origin as inspiration. If you’re going for spicy flavors, you could go with a name like “Hot Stuff” or “Spice of Life.”
- Add a little humor. Try searching for puns or other humorous ways to use words related to your hot dog. Funny names are always crowd pleasers! You can use your sense of humor to create names like “What’s up, Dawg?” or “Franks a lot!”
- Try translating keywords into another language. This may spark fresh ideas and provide new opportunities for creativity. Just be sure to check the accuracy with a translation tool or by asking a native speaker if you’re using a name from a language you don’t know fluently.