Hot Dog Etiquette: Do’s and Don’ts


How do you eat hot dogs? Apparently, there are some important rules to follow when consuming the classic summertime treat.

Here are a few of the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council‘s top do’s and don’ts:


  • Serve sesame seed, poppy seed and plain buns with hot dogs.
  • Eat hot dogs on buns with your hands. Utensils should not touch hot dogs on buns.
  • Use paper plates to serve hot dogs. Every day dishes are acceptable; china is a no-no.
  • Condiments remaining on the fingers after eating a hot dog should be licked away, not washed.


  • Use a cloth napkin to wipe your mouth when eating a hot dog. Paper is always preferable.
  • Take more than five bites to finish a hot dog. For foot-long wiener, seven bites are acceptable.
  • Fresh herbs on the same plate with hot dogs over-do the presentation
  • Use ketchup on your hot dog after the age of 18. Mustard, relish, onions, cheese and chili are acceptable.
  • Ever think there is a wrong time to serve hot dogs.

What do you think? Agree with the list? Sound off in the comments below.


  1. oh, and so does every grown up!!
    It’s logic people!!!!
    Besides, taking 5 bites for one dog is bad. That’s the bad one. My dad makes amazing toasted buttery new england hot dogs from scratch and you want to eat the dog in like 10 bites and then finish off the roll in 3. It’s hard to explain if you never had a new england hot dog but if you did then you understand.

  2. I disagree with the ketchup before 18 rule. Ketchup should be banned from hot dogs after the age of 12 months. There are places in the Chicago area that refuse to put ketchup on a hot dog.

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