The 11 Best Hot Dogs

Grilling season is here, and we've got the best way to celebrate: humanely raised, hormone-free hotdogs.

By Emily Main

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These 11 hotdogs are some of the healthiest hotdogs on the market.Healthier Hot Dogs: They Really Exist

It's that time of year again—summertime, eating outside, and lots of grilling! So pass the processed meat, please. You've probably heard all the urban legends about hotdogs: They contain pig ears, snouts, tails, and every other animal entrail you'd never touch with a 10-foot pole. But they're not all bad! We searched high and low for the best hotdogs out there, made with 100 percent real beef, not "variety meats," as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) likes to call them. And ours are organic or grass-fed, higher in omega-3s and vitamins, and untainted by the genetically modified animal feed, hormones, or antibiotics in unhealthy factory-farmed fare. Grab your tongs and hit the grill with these healthy dogs.


These Applegate Farms hotdogs are both inexpensive and widely-available.1. Applegate Farms Great Organic Beef Hotdog

Calories: 110
Fat: 8 g (3 g saturated)
Sodium: 330 mg
$5.99/8 hotdogs; applegatefarms.com

Good to know: Not only are these hotdogs the lowest calorie 100 percent grass-fed dogs out there, but they're also the most widely available.

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