Hot Dog Extravaganza! (Tips, Picks & More)

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Whether you're at a cookout, the ballpark, or home in your own backyard, we've got the must-know info when it comes to consuming the great American hot dog!

  Let's Be Frank... Having Hot Dogs When Out 'n About!

The Lowdown - The average hot dog in a bun (without toppings) has about 350 calories and 20g fat. Large ones tip the scales with more than 500 calories each. Avoid the oversized pups, people! You might even consider ordering one off the kids' menu. Those are generally smaller...

Top Toppings - Since the basic dog itself is on the high end in the stats department, stick with smart add-ons. Go for mustard, relish, sauerkraut, ketchup, raw onions, etc. Things like bacon, cheese, and oily grilled onions will only bog down your dog. Save decadent extras for at-home creations made with guilt-free versions!

Look for Leaner Proteins - Turkey and chicken dogs won't always be low in calories, but there's a good chance they'll be lower in fat than pork and beef options. Good to know...

Super Sides - Keep your meal's stats in check with smart pairings. Have a large salad (light dressing on the side), some crunchy cut veggies with salsa, or a big ol' Fuji apple alongside that hot dog!  

  Hot New Finds and Classic Faves!

Applegate Natural Uncured Beef Hot Dogs - These flavor-packed franks are made from quality cuts of beef and not much else -- just water, salt, and spices! Plus, each one has a respectable 70 calories and 6g fat (PointsPlus® value 2*). Applegate also has super-impressive turkey and chicken dogs. The Natural Uncured varieties have a mere 50 - 60 calories and 3 - 3.5g fat each (PointsPlus® value 1*).

Ball Park Lean Beef and Lean Pork Franks - We were sad when Ball Park discontinued its fat-free and lite beef hot dogs, but these new lean franks cheered us right up! They have that classic hot dog taste without any artificial colors, artificial flavors, or by-products. Each of these has only 70 - 80 calories and 5g fat (PointsPlus® value 2*). We still love the brand's Smoked White Turkey Franks, which have just 45 fat-free calories each (PointsPlus® value 1*)... Thankfully, those remain around! Click here for all of Ball Park's "Better for You" franks.

More HG Favorites - Wanna read up on some of our all-time top picks, including an extra-special meat-free find? Click now!

  Hot Dog! That's One Hot Recipe Roundup...

Chili Cheese Dog Nachos - Chili cheese dogs are good. Chili cheese dogs on top of guilt-free nachos? EVEN BETTER.

Fully Loaded Chi-Dog - If you find a pickle-topped hot dog appealing, this is the swap for you!

Corndog Millionaire Muffins - Corndog flavor in cute and convenient muffin form. Click, bake, and devour!

Hot Kansas City Dog - Hot dog, summer in the city... Kansas City, that is! Try out our Swiss-tastic recipe swap STAT.

Fully Loaded Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs - In Southern California, we like our dogs wrapped in bacon and topped with grilled onions and peppers. Luckily, you don't need a plane ticket to enjoy this no-guilt take on the regional favorite!

De-Pudged Pigs in a Blanket - Ah, the quintessential party food. Our version is just as easy as conventional recipes, but it has a fraction of the calories. And click here for our variations on the classic!

Pump-Up-the-Jam Cocktail Weenies - Another party-time must-have. The sauce is the perfect balance of savory and sweet, which goes great with these lean weenies!


Fact: A whopping 92 percent of humans enjoy hot dogs. Okay, we made that up, but click "Send to a Friend" anyway!


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