New York Hot Dogs

New York Hot Dogs

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  • Total: 48 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 33 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings

Even if you haven't made a trip to the city that never sleeps, you have to have heard their hot dogs are to die for. They aren't like your run of the mill hot dogs you top with ketchup, mustard, and maybe some relish at your uncle's cookout. They are held to the much higher and savory standard of sauerkraut and onion sauce. You haven't experienced New York City if you haven't stopped by one of the many hotdog carts that are littered around the city. But don't worry if you can't make a trip to the Big Apple then we've got you covered!

This recipe will help you recreate a vendor-style New York hot dog that comes topped with a delicious onion sauce.


  • 6 hot dogs
  • 6 hot dog buns
  • For Onion Sauce:
  • 3 yellow onions (peeled and sliced)
  • 1/3 cup prepared marinara or tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Dash of cinnamon

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a large pan, heat oil. Add the sliced onion and cook for 3 to 5 minutes.

  3. Add garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes, stirring often.

  4. Add tomato sauce (or marinara), water, and remaining ingredients, and allow the mixture to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

  5. Preheat grill for medium heat.

  6. Place hot dogs onto the grill and cook for 6 to 8 minutes turning often.

  7. Once hot dogs are cooked through, remove from grill, place into warmed hot dog buns and top with onion sauce.

  8. Serve and enjoy!