Great Debates: Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich? - This American Plate

I wouldn’t go so far as to actually call a hot dog on a bun  a “hot dog sandwich”, sort of like I won’t call a hoagie a “hoagie sandwich”, a Philly cheesesteak a “Philly cheesesteak sandwich”, or a cheeseburger a “cheeseburger sandwich”. But, come on, technically they are still sandwiches.

The debate about whether or not a hot dog is a sandwich has been going on for a while and has gotten pretty heated at times…

“According to the American Heritage Dictionary, a sandwich is ‘two or more slices of bread with a filling such as meat or cheese placed between them, or a partly split long or round roll containing a filling.’ Thus, bun-plus-Dodger Dog equals … Voila!”

Yes, if a hot dog is in a bun IT IS a sandwich.
– Ang’s Verdict


Why I Think a Hot Dog is “Technically” a Sandwich

Definition of a Sandwich

Merriam-Webster defines a “Sandwich” as:

a :  two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between

b :  one slice of bread covered with food

A hot dog bun is a split roll. The hot dog with or without toppings inside the split roll should be considered “the filling in between”. But, again, I wouldn’t walk around calling it a hot dog sandwich, but if I did it wouldn’t be incorrect. Many people around the world call it a hot dog sandwich (see #HotDogSandwich).

So that’s my case for why a hot dog is a sandwich. I am in favor of the technical definition of a sandwich.

Now on to more important matters…

Is there such a thing as a healthy hot dog?

Though some will disagree that there’s a “healthy” hot dog because they links are often processed and full of sodium. However, today there are some healthier hot dogs to purchase when you’re ready to break out the grill for your next cookout. Check out the links below for details on some options at your local supermarket.

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