Why a Hot Dog is a Sandwich and You Can’t Tell Me Otherwise

Recently, my friends and I have had an ongoing conversation about a topic near and dear to our hearts (and stomachs)–hot dogs and their status as a sandwich.

For many people, their initial reaction when asked “Is a hot dog a sandwich?” is a quick and ignorant no. Of course, I don’t blame them. By cultural norms, a hot dog is not a sandwich, but rather a category of its own, but when we get down to the meat of it, a hot dog is quite clearly a sandwich–and if you still disagree then you’ll need to make some concessions based on what your standards for a sandwich are.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a sandwich is “two or more slices of bread or a split roll having filling in between” and if you ask me, a hot dog is a filling (the meat and condiments) between a split roll (the hot dog bun). Now, there are non-believers out there who claim that a sandwich cannot consist of a split roll, but merely two slices of bread. Well to them I beg the question, “How are submarine sandwiches served?” Others doubt the legitimacy of the filling and the “purity” of hot dog meat, yet would still consider bologna a true sandwich filling. It is this kind of hypocrisy that is bringing our country down and now we need to catch up to those with more enlightened, open-minded thinking. Now, I must muster up the strength to admit this, but my own mother has turned her back on the hot dog movement. She claims that a hot dog is its own entity. Her biggest argument is how it is used in language. “You don’t ask for a hot dog sandwich like you ask for a turkey sandwich,” she repeats time after time, “you just ask for a hot dog, which has its own meaning” Well mother, I say to you, a BLT is a sandwich too.
And now that I’ve made this assertion, it’s time for me to get my buns to bed and relish this victory.


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8 thoughts on “Why a Hot Dog is a Sandwich and You Can’t Tell Me Otherwise

  • January 5, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    You probably put ketch-up on your hot dog too. “Limiting the hot dog’s significance by saying it’s ‘just a sandwich’ is like calling the Dalai Lama ‘just a guy.’ Perhaps at one time its importance could be limited by forcing it into a larger sandwich category (no disrespect to Reubens and others), but that time has passed.”

  • January 5, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    it’s not a sandwhich

  • January 6, 2016 at 7:36 AM

    A sandwich is something that is wedged between 2 other objects and the meat dog is in between the two sandwich buns so that makes it a sandwich why do you think it sounds like sand wedge because the the bread is wedging the hot dog together.

  • January 6, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    i like trains

  • January 6, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    In kindergarten at the end of the year our teacher asked for recipes from the parents of each student. We gave her a recipe for how to put a hot dog in between two pieces of white bread.

  • January 7, 2016 at 8:11 AM

    Ok, then why are hot dog buns called hotdog buns and not just buns?

  • January 7, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Basically I see a hot dog as a sandwich for several reasons. Basically there is bread and any other food that is stuffed into the bread is made a sandwitch. Since the hot dog is stuffed into the bread along with other food items. I believe its a sandwich

  • January 7, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    It’s all about the horizontal orientation and the shape/form of the hot dog

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