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Chicago Style Hot Dog Recipe
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Chicago-Style Hot Dog Recipe

Get a true taste of Chicago with this Chicago-style hot dog recipe: char-grilled, all-beef hot dogs topped with mustard, relish, and sport peppers. It’s a true classic.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time13 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicago, grilling, hot dogs, recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 309kcal


  • 4 all-beef hot dogs
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup bright green sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 small white onion diced
  • 2 small Roma tomatoes cut into thin wedges
  • 4 dill pickle spears
  • Pickled sport peppers to taste
  • Celery salt to taste


  • Build a charcoal fire for direct grilling using Kingsford® Original Charcoal and preheat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly oil the grates to prevent sticking.
  • Butterfly hot dogs by slicing them lengthwise without cutting all the way through. Open gently so they lay flat on the grill. Cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side, until charred in spots and hot throughout.
  • While the grill is heating and the hot dogs are cooking, grill the buns quickly over direct heat until lightly toasted—about 1 minute. Place one hot dog in each bun, and top with a quarter of the mustard, relish, onions, tomatoes, and one pickle spear. Add sport peppers, to taste, and sprinkle with celery salt. Repeat with remaining hot dogs and serve immediately.


Pitmaster note: All-beef hot dogs and poppy seed buns make a “true” Chicago hot dog. If you can’t find those, regular all-beef dogs and plain buns will be fine. You can grill the buns rather than steam them to save time.


Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 1453mg | Potassium: 276mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 565IU | Vitamin C: 6.4mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 2.6mg