How Much Do Hot Dogs Cost?
Hot dogs, also known as frankfurters, are sausages served in buns that are a common food item in many different areas. Going to a baseball game and getting a hot dog at the field is one of America’s favorite past times. Hot dogs are also very popular in the summer when people grill out very often. Campfires are another common place to cook hot dogs for dinner. Because hot dogs are fully cooked when purchased, all that needs to be done is warming them up. Hot dogs can be warmed in many different ways, including over a fire, on a grill, boiling in a pan of water, heating them in a microwave, or slow roasted. Most people prefer hot dogs that have been cooked over a fire or on a grill since the smoke greatly enhances the flavor.
How much does it cost?
- On average, a 12-pack of hot dogs will cost anywhere from $2.50 to as much as $6. Many hot dog brands come in 8-packs which can cost from $1 to $3.
- Premium butchers or smokehouses that sell hot dogs may charge by the pound. If this is the case, plan on budgeting around $3 to $10 per pound. It will really come down to the type of meat used to create the hot dog.
- According to ChaCha.com, a 12 pack of hot dogs costs anywhere from $2.50 to $3.99. The price varies depending on the type and brand of the hot dogs.
- Hot dog heroes, a hot dog cart vendor, posted at HotdogProfits.com that they sell hot dogs for $3.50 at $5.00.
- If you are at a restaurant or event that sells hot dogs, you can expect to pay from $3-$8 for the hot dog, including the bun and compliments.
What is going to be included?
- Common hot dogs are going to include ingredients such as trimmings, fat, flavorings, and preservatives. “Franks” tend to be all beef, while others may have filler. There are also hot dogs made from chicken or pork, or they can be made from turkey to make them a little healthier.
- Hot dogs can be cooked in many different ways, which include being fried, steamed, boiled, baked and grilled.
- Skinless hot dogs will be less than hot dogs that have a casing.
What are the extra costs?
- If you are making your own hot dogs, your additional costs might diverge on what flavor you are purchasing. As mentioned above, purchasing hot dogs by the pound will be more than buying individual packs.
- Some hot dog vendors offer toppings for free, but some do not. More toppings can be an additional cost.
- If you are purchasing hot dogs to make at home, you will also need hot dog buns as well as condiments such as ketchup, mustard, and relish. Premium condiments such as sauerkraut, peppers, onions, chili and cheese, etc. will be considered an additional expense.
Factors that influence the price:
- Brand. Like anything, your store brand hot dogs are going to be cheaper than your name brands such as Ballpark.
- Kind. The sausages used to make hot dogs differ in regards to the meat used in making them. Hot dogs are often made from chicken meat, pork, beef and others.
- Size. Some hot dogs are larger than the normal. As hot dogs get bigger, they get more expensive. Because traditional hot dogs are somewhat shorter than a hot dog bun, some brands offer “bun length” hot dogs. You can also find foot-long hot dogs. Hot dogs also come in a variety of thicknesses.
- The location. Hot dog vendors will have different prices depending on their geographical location. Hot dog vendors in the city will cost more than a stand in a rural area.
Tips to know:
- Hot dogs will have an expiration date. If you purchase hot dogs and are unable to use them before they expire, you can freeze them for use at a later time. Just pull them out a few hours before you want to cook them.
- You can use hot dogs to make other food items such as corn dogs, pigs in a blanket, pork and beans, etc.
How can I save money?
- Buying more in a pack can help you save money. If you are having a party or a large gathering, purchase the hot dogs in bulk to save money. Check warehouse stores such as Costco.
- Never be afraid of asking what hot dog brand is the best because as you shop wisely, you save more money. The most expensive hot dog is not necessarily the best.
- Choose to buy those hot dog vendors who offer their toppings for free so that you can enjoy more by paying the sausage and the buns and not the toppings.
- Many name brand hot dog companies such as Ball Park often have coupons. Look for coupons before heading to the store to save a few dollars off your next purchase. These are especially available around times like Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Memorial Day.