Coney Island Hotdogs

For the longest time I thought that Coney Island Hot Dogs were fair food sold on Coney Island in New York. I just read a Wikipedia article all about Coney Island Hot Dogs that showed me just how incredibly wrong I was. They are actually popular in the midwest, mostly Michigan and Indiana, and were actually developed by Greek and Macedonian immigrants in the early 1900s. Who would have guessed?

Coney Island Hotdogs
I was craving a little vacation and New York sounded perfect. So I set out to bring a little New York to me and made Coney Island dogs. Turns out I brought a little mid-west, but I wasn’t disappointed. The Coney Island Hot dogs were perfect for a summer dinner out on the patio. There are tons of variations, some with a chili type sauce, and some with a sweeter sauce, some with tons of onions, some with cheese. What I am giving you is a basic (but home run) recipe. Think of sloppy joe sauce on top of hot dog. Feel free to add as much (or as little) cheese, onions, and spice, to your heart’s desire.

Coney Island Hot Dogs

Coney Island Hotdogs


  • 1 pound Ground Beef, Lean
  • 1 Small Onion, Chopped
  • 2 TBLS Prepared Yellow Mustard
  • 2 TBLS Vinegar
  • 2 TBLS Sugar
  • 1 TBLS Water
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 tsp Celery Seed
  • 1/4 tsp Tabasco Sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup, or more (Use enough to keep mixture loose)
  • 6-8 Hotdogs
  • 6-8 Hotdog buns.


  1. Cook ground beef with onions. Break up beef really well while cooking. Drain fat.
  2. Add mustard, vinegar, sugar, water, Worcestershire sauce, celery seed, and Tabasco sauce to the beef and onions. Mix well. Add ketchup. (Enough for a thick sloppy joe consistency.) Keep warm over low heat while you prepare the hotdogs.
  3. Heat hot dogs over the stove or grill.
  4. Place the hot dog in a bun and top with meat sauce and mustard.

As I mentioned grilling is a big part of my family. It has saved us in a lot of predicaments and has made some of the best dishes imaginable. Grilling is a magical way to make dishes in a unique setting where the fire literally roasts your food instead of an electric coil in the oven. Fire can really bring out flavors in most foods and creates a unique taste. That is my short plug and I recommend that everyone try to grill at some point.

If you have never grilled, begin now, and if you grill infrequently try something new. You will learn to love it as you give it more time. The type of grill and brand we use in our home is a Char-Broil Classic 4 Burner Gril and yes this is an affiliate link. Don’t feel like this is the only option either but look for something that will suit your needs.

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