We ate a whole lot of hot dogs—more than 60 kinds, in fact—to find the best for your grilling needs. These were the clear wieners (sorry).
Best Bun Length: Ball Park Bun Size Angus Beef Franks
Best Turkey: Oscar Mayer Natural Turkey Franks
These brand new, uncured turkey dogs (no added nitrates or nitrites) gave the beefy competitors a run for their money.
To buy: $3.40 for 16 oz.; target.com.
Best Veggie: Yves Jumbo Veggie Dogs
Sixty percent larger than the brand’s original dog, this vegan variety is supremely satisfying for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Its flavor is surprisingly authentic.
To buy: $56 for 13.5 oz. (4 pack); amazon.com.
Best Beef: Niman Ranch Fearless Franks Uncured Beef Hot Dogs
Made with 100 percent choice Angus beef, these premium hickory-smoked franks are seasoned with paprika, mustard, and garlic for robust flavor in every bite.
To buy: $7 for 11 oz.; nimanranch.com.
Best Pork: Olympia Provisions Pork Frankfurters
If you prefer hang-off-the-bun hot dogs with great snap, look no further than these foot-long pork frankfurters from the popular Portland, Oregon-based charcutier.
To buy: $12 for 12 oz.; olympiaprovisions.com.