Ketchup on Hot Dogs? Americans Weigh In on Favorite Toppings and Sides


SAN ANGELO, TX — This Memorial Day, tens of millions of Americans are expected to fire up their grills, with hot dogs taking center stage on many menus. 

From classic ballpark dogs to gourmet creations, 93% of Americans enjoy hot dogs, according to a survey by US Foods.

The survey also aimed to settle a long-standing debate: Does ketchup belong on hot dogs? Residents of 12 states not only said yes, but they also ranked it as their favorite topping. 

However, Texas was not among them. In the Lone Star State, mustard emerged as the top choice. Other popular toppings across different states included onions, relish, and chili.

But for the perfect dog, Americans believe the top condiments are mustard, ketchup, onions, relish, and chili. The hot dog should be grilled and served on a white bun. The most popular sides are french fries, potato salad, potato chips, baked beans, and macaroni and cheese.

The age-old question of whether a hot dog is a sandwich also sparks a debate, with 33% saying “Yes, a hot dog is a sandwich” while 67% believe it’s a food category all on its own.

On average, Americans enjoy two hot dogs a month and are willing to spend $5.88 for the perfect bite. While two hot dogs a month may seem like a lot to some, to others, it might just depend on the season. More than 2 in 5 say they eat more hot dogs during certain months, particularly in summer.

Chicago hot dogs reign supreme when it comes to famous regional-style hot dogs. Other popular hot dog styles include the New York hot dog, the California hot dog, the Texan hot dog, and the Michigan Coney (hot dog with chili.)

In December 2023, US Foods surveyed 1,009 people who reflected the demographic makeup of the general American population.

In that month, US Foods also analyzed Google search terms related to hot dogs and hot dog toppings to complete this study. For state data, US Foods looked at search volume per capita over the past 12 months.

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