Big Mac Hot Dogs

I wanted to make these Big Mac hot dogs the minute I saw the idea floating around in the online recipe world. First, I love Big Macs. I make a few crazy variations on them at home. I’ve made Big Mac smash burgers, subs, hoagies and sliders! I don’t need an excuse to make Big Macs. These hot dogs taste a lot like the fast food favorite and man, were they fun to make! I was smiling the entire time because it felt like I was making the real deal! They are cool and yummy at the same time!

Big Mac Hot Dogs

Of course one of the advantages of making Big Mac hot dogs yourself is that you can kinda play around a bit. Me, I like a lot of onions and lettuce. Oh sure, give me a few extra pickles too. And extra of that special sauce. I want mine messy. The messier the better. Like sauce-running-down-the-front-of-my-arms messy. That’s the right kind of messy. My homemade version of the classic burgers are messy too.

I recently discovered Blue Plate mayonnaise, which I think is the best around. If you can’t find it locally you can pick it up online for a fair price.

Big Mac Hot Dogs
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Big Mac Hot Dogs

One of the most fun things I've made!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword hot dogs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 540kcal

Ingredients

For the sauce (you might have more than you need)

For the hot dogs

  • 4 hot dog buns top-sliced
  • 1 egg white whisked
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 4 hot dogs all-beef, preferred
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 16 dill pickle chips
  • ½ cup onion minced
  • 1 cup iceberg lettuce shredded

Instructions

For the sauce

  • Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use.

For the hot dogs

  • Note: Preheat your oven to 350 F to bake the buns.
  • Cook the hot dogs as desired. I grilled mine, but you can also steam them, pan fry them, bake them (you do have the oven on!) or even microwave them.
  • Lightly brush the tops of the buns with the egg white. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds. Bake in a preheated 350 F oven or on a grill for 3-4 minutes.
  • Slather the insides of the buns with the sauce. Don't be shy.
  • Add a piece of cheese to each bun.
  • Add a hot dog to each bun.
  • Slide 4 dill pickle chips alongside each hot dog.
  • Sprinkle tops of dogs with onion and lettuce.
  • Add more sauce if desired.
  • Serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 540kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 15g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 1418mg | Potassium: 280mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 392IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 339mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Tennessee Smoky Hot Dog

I have a rule about hamburgers and sandwiches: the messier they are, the better they taste. That same rule also applies to hot dogs. These Tennessee smoky hot dogs follow my rule to a ‘T’. You’ve got your messy, delicious chili. Those are gonna run down your arms. You’ve also got your messy, crunchy slaw. Yep, going down your arm too. Messy and good!

Tennessee Smoky Hot Dog

Feel free to substitute some good ole baked beans for the hot dog chili. And a little hickory smoked bacon won’t hurt either. These Tennessee Smoky hot dogs make for the perfect dog.

Also try my slow cooker chili dogs. They put the ‘mess’ in ‘messy’ too. Or something like that.

Slicing your hot dogs before cooking helps ensure that the toppings don’t slide off. And that’s a good thing!

Also try my cowboy hot dogs.

Tennessee Smoky Hot Dog
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Tennessee Smoky Hot Dog

I have a rule about hamburgers and sandwiches: the messier they are, the better they taste. That same rule also applies to hot dogs. These Tennessee smoky hot dogs follow my rule to a ‘T’.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword hot dogs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 229kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Grill dogs and toast buns.
  • Assemble hot dogs by placing dogs on the buns. Top with plenty of the slaw, lots of chili and a nice long squirt of mustard.

Nutrition

Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 520mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Smoked Spiral Hot Dogs Version 2.0

If you have a smoker, you need to make smoked spiral hot dogs. They are quite different than regular ole grilled dogs. Not only do they pick up a great smoke flavor, they have a slightly different texture… a little denser. Cutting them into spirals not only makes for a great presentation, it also makes sure your topping stick to the dogs.

Smoked Spiral Hot Dogs Version 2.0
Smoked Spiral Hot Dogs Version 2.0

The first time or two that you try and cut a hot dog into a spiral you might not have great success. I can’t say my first few came out super-duper pretty, but after that I got the hang of it and they came out just like I’d hoped. The same technique can of course be used for grill dogs too.

Slicing your hot dogs before cooking helps ensure that the toppings don’t slide off. And that’s a good thing!

I marinate my hot dogs before cooking them. It definitely adds flavor and moisture, and is something people don’t expect when they take that first bite.

Also try my other version of yummy smoked spiral hot dogs.

Smoked Spiral Hot Dogs Version 2.0
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Smoked Spiral Hot Dogs Version 2.0

If you have a smoker, you need to make smoked spiral hot dogs. They are quite different than regular ole grilled dogs
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword hot dogs, smoked
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 229kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 4 Hot dogs
  • 1 wood skewer
  • Hot dog marinade I used my easy hot dog marinade
  • 4 Hot dog buns
  • Your favorite toppings

Instructions

  • Working one at a time, slide the skewer through the center of a dog, lengthwise. If you get it crooked just carefully pull it back and try again. I’ve found that laying the hot dog on a counter and sliding the skewer in while keeping it perfectly horizontal helps. Alternatively you can buy a hot dog spiralizer. See the post text for more information.
  • Take a sharp knife and starting at one end, slice into the dog until you hit the skewer while keeping a 30-45 degree angle. Rotate the dog until you’ve sliced all the way to the other end. Don’t worry if they aren’t perfect and don’t worry if you have to sacrifice a dog or two until you get them the way you want them. Remove the skewer and slice the remaining hot dogs.
  • Place dogs into a container. Add the marinade and refrigerate while you fire up your smoker for 250 F using a light wood such as hickory or maple.
  • Transfer the dogs onto the smoker and smoke for 1 hour.
  • Remove dogs and serve on buns with your favorite toppings.

Nutrition

Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 520mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional values are approximate.