Right Or Wrong? New Survey Reveals A Majority Of Americans Think Hot Dogs Are Sandwiches

Survey Reveals More Than Half Of Americans Think Hot Dogs Are a Sandwich


  • A recent survey of 2,000 Americans attempted to finally answer the question of whether or not a hot dog is a sandwich.
  • This new poll also revealed condiment preferences as well as what the definition of a “sandwich” is to most people.
  • More food news here.

Is a hot dog a sandwich? More than half of Americans (53%) think so, according to some new research.

A recent survey of 2,000 Americans explored their cookout food and condiment preferences and when it comes to the order of constructing a hot dog, 75% of those surveyed revealed they’ve put their condiments on the bun first before adding the hot dog, and one in three out of that group agree the by doing so it is less of a mess.

The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Applegate, a natural and organic meat brand, also found those who prefer hot dogs over burgers are more likely to identify as being picky eaters (34% vs 29%), single-taskers (24% vs 19%), and extroverts (24% vs 19%).

Three in four opt for burgers over hot dogs, and when it comes to their personalities, more than half of burger fans (52%) think they’re open-minded and responsible, compared to 46% of hot dog fans.

Americans overwhelmingly prefer ketchup (63%) over mustard (27%), as a condiment. However, being an adventurous eater was found to be a more prevalent trait for mustard, rather than ketchup, enthusiasts (42% vs 34%).

More burger lovers also believe they are kinder than hot dog enthusiasts (57% vs. 52%) and said they get more laughs, as 47% consider themselves funny, compared to just 42% of hot dog lovers.

One debate, however, had unexpected results, as respondents finally (?) settled the age-old question of how to define a sandwich.

Seven in 10 were in agreement that a sandwich is “any food between two pieces of bread.” Eight in 10 Americans said burgers also meet the sandwich criteria.

Related: Is A Hot Dog A Sandwich? The Case For Why It’s Absolutely Not

Survey Reveals More Than Half Of Americans Think Hot Dogs Are Sandwiches


“There are many debates surrounding summer food favorites, but one thing that shouldn’t be up for debate is the quality of the ingredients that go into those foods and how they are sourced,” said Nicole Glenn, Vice President of Brand Strategy & Innovation for Applegate.

Most Americans also share a common food problem — they don’t eat enough veggies.

However, vegetables don’t have to just sit on the side of your plate. Sixty percent of those surveyed found vegetables are an acceptable hot dog topping.

United by their buns, more than two-thirds of hot dog and burger enthusiasts add lettuce to their favorite foods, with 58% topping things off with pickles.

“Among the similarities, we discovered between hot dog lovers and burger lovers was that more than two-thirds said they’re making an effort to be more environmentally responsible with their daily life choices and purchases,” Glenn added. “Believe it or not, not all hot dogs and burgers have the same environmental impact. Becoming more familiar with how your food is sourced and produced can help you when making choices.”

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