Low Carb Chicago Dog Recipe
The first time I discovered a Chicago Dog was at Sonic Burgers. I live on the West Coast so Chicago Dogs aren’t really that popular out here. But I was amazed by all the toppings all piled on this juicy hot dog. It’s become my favorite hot dog to eat. Now I can have a keto chicago dog thanks to my reicpe for keto hot dog buns.
This recipe for keto chicago dogs contains a variety of hot dog toppings - tomato wedges, pickle spears, relish, white onion, pepperoncinis, mustard and poppy seeds. These toppings are scattered over a juicy, all-beef hot dog and placed on top a gluten-free keto hot dog bun.
You will be amazed how incredible this combination is. It’s worthy of any baseball field, ball park frank!
Keto Hot Dog Buns
The hot dogs buns most of us grew up eating are loaded with carbs. One hot dog bun can have up to 22 grams of carbs. In addition, they are made with wheat and contain gluten - a common allergan.
Luckily, I have low carb hot dog option for you! My recipe for keto hot dog buns if so easy to make. You can make up a batch of 5 hot dog buns in under 20 minutes. These hot dog buns are gluten-free too! They taste buttery and plump up just like a regular hot dog bun. Each keto hot dog bun contains 3.4 grams net carbs.
You could also make your keto chicago dog without a bun. Just have a bunless hot dog or wrap it in a lettuce wrap.
Are Hot Dogs Keto?
Yes! Hot dogs are keto! However, make sure you check the nutrition labels becuase some companies will add sugars and soy to their franks. Look for franks that are 100% beef.
Uncured hot dogs are free of synthetic nitrites or nitrates. These are uses as a preservative in regular hot dogs to keep them from spoiling; however, there are many people that are sensitive to nitrates. Reach for uncured hot dogs if this is you.
100% All-Beef Hot Dogs from Grass-fed Cows
When it comes to hot dogs, I think it’s best to reach for one that is made from 100% beef. Sometimes generic hot dog companies can add fillers to their hot dogs, like soy, that aren’t even meat. Make sure you check the nutrition label to ensure your frankfurter is all beef.
A more nutritious approach is to make sure you are purchasing hot dogs made from grass-fed cows. These hot dogs will have more nutritional value if the cattle was allowed to fully graze on pasture.
The brand that I love and trust is by Teton Waters Ranch. Not only do they make uncured hot dogs but they also have a line of polish sausages, smoked sausages and bratwurst that are so juicy and delicious!
Keto Chicago Dog Toppings
Typically a Chicago dog is topped with some strange toppings. It is commonly said it has been ‘dragged through the garden’ because it has so many toppings! Keto Chicago dogs are very similar to their non-keto counterpart. The only difference is we can’t add sweet relish because of the sugar content in sweet relish. To stick with a low carb option, we add dill pickle relish instead.
The toppings that are added to a Keto Chicago dog are tomato wedges, dill pickle spears, relish, diced white onion, pepperoncinis poppy seeds and mustard. Typically, Chicago Dogs don’t contain any ketchup. But you could still add a no-sugar ketchup if desired.
Keto Recipes Using Hot Dogs
Are you a big fan of the All-America classic hot dog? So are we! That’s why I have several recipes on my website dedicated to my love of juicy hot dogs. Here are some other delicious keto recipes using hot dogs: