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Hot Dog Onions

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Smoky, tangy, and delicious, this is my mom’s recipe for saucy Hot Dog Onions. They’re my favorite way to top my franks, and they only take about 15 minutes to make!

Hot Dog Onions

Hot Dog Onions

Now that the weather is getting warm, we’ll be making lots of grilled hot dogs with onions at our backyard barbeques. Here in New York City, you can get your hot dogs from street vendors with sauerkraut, ketchup, mustard, or saucy hot dog onions. New York Hot Dog Onions have always been my go-to topping, and I usually add some ketchup and mustard. With some pantry staples, you can whip up your own onions from scratch with this easy recipe. Trust me, they’re the best onions for hot dogs, perfect for your next BBQ. Serve them with baked beans, potato salad or macaroni salad on the side to make it a meal.

Hot Dog Onions Recipe

What is the healthiest hot dog you can eat?

I buy uncured, organic chicken or turkey hot dogs, which are generally lower in saturated fat and less processed than beef. Applegate is usually my brand of choice. If you’re vegan, you can also use carrot dogs.

Hot Dog Onion Sauce Ingredients

  • Onions: Thinly slice two large onions.
  • Olive Oil to sauté the onions in
  • Vinegar: I used white vinegar, but apple cider vinegar would work too.
  • Tomato Sauce: You’ll need one small can of tomato sauce.
  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste
  • Hot Sauce: I used Frank’s RedHot. Add more or less depending on your spice preference.
  • Water to simmer the onions in

How to Make Hot Dog Onions

These easy hot dog onions are fast and can be made a few days ahead! And if you’re having a BBQ, you can double or triple the recipe to feed more people.

  1. Sauté onions in oil in a small pot on medium-low for six to eight minutes until tender.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for five to 10 minutes.

What to Serve with Hot Dog Onions

This onion sauce for hot dogs recipe would also be great on sausage. Serve them with Air Fryer French Fries or Sweet Potato Fries and dip them in this Spicy Chipotle Ketchup or Homemade Ketchup. If you don’t want fries, this Rainbow Potato Salad, Cabbage Slaw, or Chopped Wedge Salad would all be delish. Of course you can’t go wrong with baked beans!

How to Store

Refrigerate onions for up to 5 days.

Hot Dog Onion Sauce

What’s Your Favorite Hot Dog Topping?

Share in the comments below! I’d love to try new hot dog toppings this summer.

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Hot Dog Onions Recipe

5 from 7 votes
Smoky, tangy, and delicious, this is my mom’s recipe for saucy Hot Dog Onions. They’re the best onions for hot dogs and only take about 15 minutes to make!
Course: BBQ Side dish, condiment
Cuisine: American
Hot Dog Onions
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
Serving Size: 1 /4 cup (generous)


  • 2 large onions, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons hot sauce, (I used Franks)
  • 1 1/4 cup water


  • Saute onion in oil in a small pot for about 6 to 8 minutes, medium-low until tender.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and simmer 5 to 10 minutes.
    pot of hot dog onions

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Makes 2 2/3 cups.


Serving: 1 /4 cup (generous), Calories: 64 kcal, Carbohydrates: 8 g, Protein: 1 g, Fat: 3.5 g, Saturated Fat: 0.5 g, Sodium: 328 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 5 g