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Hot Dog Taste Test: Our Test Kitchen’s Top Picks

Here are our food editors’ favorite franks, just in time for grilling season.

Our food editors sampled a spread of cookout-ready hot dogs and narrowed it down to five favorites. The following franks were all a home run in the test kitchen. And remember, a delicious dog is just the beginning -- try dressing this summer staple with bacon, chili, beans, corn, you name it. Or how about drawing inspiration from Chicago, Wisconsin, or Hawaii, or giving it the Reuben or bahn mi treatment? You can't go wrong with any of our delectable ideas.

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Photography by: Armando Rafael

1. Brooklyn Hot Dog Company Smoked & Uncured Classic Beef Dogs

These dense dogs are 100 percent beef and have a long, skinny shape. We love them for their pleasant snap and subtle smokiness. (

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Photography by: Armando Rafael

2. Hebrew National Beef Franks

If you’re seeking classic ballpark flavor, look no further than these textbook wieners. (

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Photography by: Courtesy of Olympia Provisions

3. Olympia Provisions Uncured Frankfurters

Enjoy a high sausage-to-bun ratio? Try these excellent foot-long franks made from pork shoulder and smoked with hickory and apple wood. (

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Photography by: Courtesy of Schaller & Weber

4. Schaller & Weber Wieners

Made in the German style with a blend of beef and pork and an uber-snappy sheep casing, these hot dogs need little more than a dab of mustard to shine at your next barbecue. (

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Photography by: Courtesy of Brooklyn Cured

5. Brooklyn Cured New York Style Hot Dogs

Snappy and super flavorful, these wieners boast an all-beef blend and are spiced with coriander and paprika. (


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