Coney Island hot dogs are a New York City institution and are a quintessential summer food. Traditionally, they are made with a beef wiener and placed in a bun that has been steamed or grilled and topped with a variety of condiments.
Ground beef is the key ingredient in most of the Coney Island hot dog recipes. It needs to be fresh, and of good quality so that it doesn’t dry out when cooked. The beef should be coarsely ground, and you can add some fat to it if you like, but this isn’t necessary. You’ll also need to use a good-quality hot dog bun, and it’s important to make sure that the bun is soft and fresh so that it doesn’t fall apart when you bite into it.
Coney Island hot dogs got their start in the early 1900s, when pushcart vendors began selling them to workers on their lunch breaks. The popularity of the Coney Island hot dog soon spread beyond New York City, and today, they can be found at concession stands across the country. While there are many imitators, there’s nothing quite like a real Coney Island hot dog.
If you’re looking for a taste of New York City history, be sure to try one of these iconic sandwiches.
Ingredients for 8 servings:
- 1 1/2 lb ground beef
- 2 cups of water
- 1 cup of diced onion
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 2 tbsp of butter
- 2 cloves of crushed garlic
- 2 tbsp of chili powder
- 1 tsp of fresh ground black pepper
- 1 tsp of ground cumin
- 1/2 tbsp of celery salt
- cayenne pepper
- 8 beef hot dogs
- 8 hot dog buns
- yellow mustard
- In a large pot over medium heat, cook the ground beef until it is browned. Drain the fat and add the water, ketchup, onion, butter, garlic, chili powder, salt, black pepper, cumin, celery salt, and cayenne pepper. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 60 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Grill the hot dogs for 5-7 minutes, or until they are cooked through.
- To assemble the sandwiches, place a hot dog in a bun and top with mustard and chili sauce. Serve immediately. Enjoy!