Looking for ‘the Goldilocks of hot dogs?’ Here’s what Consumer Reports recommends

Hot dogs are oftentimes considered a staple of summer cookouts. But is there a superior dog among the wide swath of brands offered at the grocery store?

Known for its product comparison, the website Consumer Reports released its ranking of hot dog brands earlier this month.

Having a catchy jingle didn’t sway the judges — who rated the hot dogs based on how snappy, juicy, flavorful and smooth the meat was both with and without toppings.

Read on to see what brand is the top dog:

1. Nathan’s Famous Skinless Beef Franks

Coming in at the top of the list, Nathan’s is one of the oldest hot dog companies in America. Besides its ability to stand the test of time, Consumer Reports’ Paul Hope called it the “Goldilocks of hot dogs: crisp skin, subtle spice, uniform texture, and juicy.”

The dogs provided a snap, the report said, despite being skinless. It went well with toppings — though its flavor can hold its own.

A drawback, the hot dog split during the cooking test.

2. Hebrew National Beef Franks

Consumer Report said it’s a close second, falling behind Nathan’s because it is longer and thinner than the top dog, making it drier.

3. Oscar Mayer Uncured Original Wieners

Known for its catchy jingle, Oscar Mayer wieners fell short by the judges’ standards in terms of snap and complexity. But Consumer Report said kids who appreciate “perfectly uniform” food may appreciate this dog.

4. 365 Everyday Value Organic Uncured Grass-Fed Beef Hot Dog

If an organic hot dog is a must, this is the direction Consumer Report recommended. It’s dry and bland, the report said, but comes out in top in the category of snappiest hot dog.

5. Ball Park Classic Franks

Consumer Reports called this dog “disappointing.” Why? The judges said they are juicy, but bland, and messy while cooking (at times bursting or bubbling and blackening).

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Jessica Kronzer

Jessica Kronzer graduated from James Madison University in May 2021 after studying media and politics. She enjoys covering politics, advocacy and compelling human-interest stories.

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