Like burgers and steaks, hot dogs are judged by their ingredients, which is especially true at hot dog-focused chain restaurants.
Hot dogs, unlike steakhouses and seafood restaurants, don't have the bells and whistles to make up for poor ingredients, so they need to stand out with excellence.
Portillo's is a popular Chicago-based regional hot dog chain. As one of the nation's greatest hot dog businesses, it's important to know they use 100% beef. Chefs love it.
Nathan's Famous, a hot dog chain that's on grocery store shelves, knows quality control. This popular hot dog chain sells some of the best all-beef franks.
Eating a legendary LA Pink's Hot Dog is like tasting the past, he raves. They are iconic because the hot dog hasn't changed and snaps when you bite it. Schwartz like Pink's consistency and variety of toppings.
Wienerschnitzel, an old-school chain, accomplishes a lot well. This 1961-founded brand is known for its hot dogs, but it also makes great corn dogs and chili. They're the nation's best and purest hot dogs.
Sonic Drive-In may not be as hot dog-focused as the other wiener-slingers on this list, but it provides some of the best fast-food hot dogs in America.
100% beef hot dogs are topped with chili, diced onions, mustard, relish, and shredded cheese in a warm, fluffy bun.