What is the difference between hot dog and sausage?

I decided to write about this topic when I found out that some of my friends can't see the difference between a hot dog and a sausage.

The main differences are the origins and the ingredients.

The high quality traditional German sausages first come from Neu-Isenburg, a small town on the road from Frakfurt to Darmstadt. It is made of prime lean pork and a little salted bacon fat. It is then finely chopped into a smooth paste, put into pork casings and smoked.

Hot dogs
The stuff that we call hot dogs are made from very different ingredients and most probably came from America. These ingredients can be anything like pigs' and cows' hearts; and pigs' cheeks. Iced water is added at around 1/3 the weight of the meat and stuffed into Narrow Bullock Runners (casing) and smoked.

Sausages are my favourite! What's yours?


  1. I did not know that. But how can you not know what makes up the stuffing of hot dogs?

  2. Hotdog is a type of a sausage. A sausage is a food usually made from ground meat with a skin around it. Typically, a sausage is formed in a casing traditionally made from intestine, but sometimes synthetic. Some sausages are cooked during processing and the casing may be removed after. Sausages are found in many type of cusine, even chinese has sausage - lupcheong. The german sausage includes German sausages include Würste Frankfurters/Wieners, Bratwürste, Rindswürste, Knackwürste, and Bockwürste. Frankfurters are most similar to Hotdog, the latter name originated in USA.

    1. This is the most accurate. A hotdog is a type of emulsified sausage- similar to a bologna. Originally the franks/weiners were sold on the streets in the 1800's and the Americans called them Hot dogs- they were implying that dog meat was used in the sausage.

  3. They are the same thing. Go read up a little.

  4. same thing they are both unhealthy but still good at the same time what taste good is bad for you bit what taste bad is good for you

  5. Wieners allegedly come from Vienna (Wien), Frankfurters from Frankfurt. Hot dogs are an American name for a generic sausage that is thin enough to place within bread and has more finely ground meat. Sausages can be made from various type of meats, the Jews of Europe ate beef sausages (obviously they would not eat pork). Look on the package to see what they are made of, you might be surprised. Various grains may be included (cheaper than meat) Defining a hot dog, or sausage, is like trying to define a dumpling or noodle. So many locales feature their own variety, and then folks modify from there.


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