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There are hot dogs, and then there’s the 4th of July hot dogs. Time to wow the crowd with these Hempler’s Seattle-Style Franks. 

For those wondering, a Seattle-style hot dog, sometimes called a Seattle Dog, is a hot dog topped with cream cheese and sautéed onions and served in a bun. These dogs are famous for being at game-day food carts in Seattle.

This 4th of July, you don’t have to travel to Washington to sample these delicious dogs. Check out our recipe for a holiday-winning hot dog.


1 package Hempler’s Seattle-Style Hot Dogs

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 yellow onions, peeled and thinly sliced

1 teaspoon salt

4 hot dog buns

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

Sauerkraut, optional

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Preheat the grill to medium heat. 

Split each hot dog or sausage lengthwise, keeping 2 halves together. 

Heat a pan on medium-high heat. Add oil, onions, salt, and sauté for 5-10 minutes until softened and golden. Set aside. 

Grill the dogs for about 2 minutes per side or until heated through and lightly browned or charred. Set aside and keep warm. 

Toast buns over the warm grill for a few minutes, keeping a close eye on them.

It’s time to eat! Add hot dogs to warm buns. Add grilled onions to the side. Add softened cream cheese to the other side. Then top with sauerkraut, if using.

Happy 4th of July!