New York Style Hot Dog Onions and How to Create a Hot Dog Bar

Disclaimer: The post sponsored by Hebrew National.  All opinions are my own.



New York Style Hot Dog Onions are a sweet and tangy blend of sautéed onions with a bit of spice that take your dog from awesome to epically amazing.  Simple to make, these are a necessity at any cookout or hot dog bar.

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Summer is OFFICIALLY HERE!  I know I keep saying it, but it was a long winter, and when you work from home…the days are looooong.  Which makes the winter even loooooonger.  I just couldn’t wait for summer…for hot days and warm nights.  Lightning bugs, cool drinks, ice pops and HOT DOGS!  For those that know me, I’m a huge hot dog fan.  I love them more than anything and when I host a party…it’s usually all about the dogs.  And the toppings.  That’s why when Hebrew National asked me to partner with them to announce the official start of summer….I jumped at the chance while waving my hands in the air like a crazy person. (And possibly running around the house giggling like a teenager….possibly.)

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To celebrate, I threw an impromptu summer kick off party to let the world know that summer is here.  Maybe not to stay, but we will savor every single minute of it…preferably with a hot dog in hand. To be sure my guests were as thrilled about summer as I was, I set up a hot dog bar so everyone could customize their own Hebrew National All-Beef Franks just they way they wanted.  Creating the ultimate hot dog bar is simple and a great way to accommodate everyone’s unique palates.  And to keep the bugs off our food, I served all the hot dog toppings in mason jars with lids!  So easy and if you don’t use everything, you can just lid it up and stash it in the fridge for your next gathering.

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Hebrew National All-Beef Franks are full of flavor and have that perfect snap when you bite into one.  Paired with my New York Style Hot Dog Onions, you will think you’re standing on a New York City street corner…even if you’re just lounging in your own backyard.  The blend of spices and subtle tomato flavor pair perfectly with Hebrew National’s All-Beef Franks, this is sure to become a summertime favorite. What makes a Hebrew National kosher hot dog premium?  It’s all about what makes the cut (and what doesn’t.) They’re choosy about what goes into their franks –they use only premium cuts of 100% kosher beef from the front half of the cow and then choose the best from that. No artificial flavors, colors, fillers or by-products. When your hot dog is kosher, that’s a hot dog you can trust.  For more summer fun with Hebrew National, visit them on Facebook.

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In addition to my New York Style Hot Dog Onions, I also suggest the following toppings for your hot dog bar:

  • Homemade Ketchup
  • Yellow Mustard
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Spicy Mustard
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Pickle Relish
  • Sport Peppers
  • Lettuce, shredded
  • Tomato, thinly sliced and halved
  • Turkey Bacon
  • Diced Red Onion
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Chili

The possibilities are endless and you can use as much or as little as you like.  Serve everything with a simple side like my Smashed Potato Salad and Best Ever Macaroni Salad or take your party up a notch to match your Hebrew National All-Beef Franks and serve my Lobster Pasta Salad.  That would be one epic summer party!

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Note: The combination of franks and these toppings may not be Kosher.


New York Style Hot Dog Onions and How to Create a Hot Dog Bar

Hot dog bars are the perfect way to celebrate the weekend! This is your how to create a hot dog bar!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups
Calories 278 kcal


  • 2 large Vidalia onions
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Slice the onions into 1/4 inch slices. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions to the pan and cook until softened. Stir in the tomato paste, honey, chili powder and cinnamon. Continue to cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently. Turn off the heat and allow the onions to cool to room temperature. Serve at room temperature or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in an airtight container.


Serving: 0gCalories: 278kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 3gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 169mgPotassium: 575mgFiber: 4gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 540IUVitamin C: 19.4mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 1.5mg
Keyword hot dog, hot dog bar
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16 comments on “New York Style Hot Dog Onions and How to Create a Hot Dog Bar”

  1. I’m the girl who orders everything with extra, extra onions, so this topping is right up my alley…and Hebrew National is my hot dog of choice! You know I’ll be trying this!

  2. I’ve only been to NYC once and didn’t get a hot dog! However, unless they’re serving Hebrew National, I wouldn’t have ordered one anyway! Your Vidalia onion topping sounds so interesting with the honey and spices…I actually have a huge bag of Vidalias now, so thanks for the recipe and inspiration!

  3. Perfect for those summer time barbeques!

  4. Hot dogs are a favourite in our house! I’d take mine without the bun 😉

  5. We’ve been on a hot dog kick lately. So easy and convenient for summer lunching! What a great topping!

  6. There’s nothing like a good hot dog. Love the toppings!

  7. This is going to be very hot post this summer. Great instructions and information.

  8. I haven’t had a hot dog is so many years! After reading this post, I’m going to change that. 🙂 And I love the hot dog bar idea!

  9. I’m totally in love with your hot dog bar and those toppings look so awesome in the mason jars!

  10. You just can’t beat a good hot dog (or those onions…yum!), and I love the idea of having a hot dog bar!

  11. It’s a pain in the tukhus to find Hebrew National up here in Toronto, which makes me seriously sad, because they’re by far and above my favourite hot dogs. There’s a small company that makes a pretty reasonable kosher-style dog, though, so at least we’re not totally deprived.
    I’ve never seen these NY style onions before, but they sound like they’d be amazing. I’m picturing these tasting something like the delicious lovechild of ketchup and sauteed onions. 🙂 Totally trying this out for my next BBQ.

  12. A hot dog bar is a fantastic idea! I can’t imagine having one without chili, slaw, onions and mustard (a classic Carolina dog), but I’m going to Chicago in a month. I’m going to try my first real Chicago-style dog!

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  14. Ya forgot the pickled jalapeño slices. 

    Hebrew National are the only dogs I’ll buy. 

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