Franks, wieners, weenies, red hots — whatever they're called and however they're topped, hot dogs are a perennial favorite of Americans. Tubed meat is a classic budget staple even when dining out, since a hot dog is often one of the least-expensive options on the menu. In celebration of National Hot Dog Day, on July 22, 2020, Cheapism scoured reviews and rankings by expert food writers and countless hungry customers to find the best hot dog joints that offer a basic dog for $5 or less in most cases.
Note: While many restaurants are closed to dine-in customers due to the pandemic, most offer takeout and/or delivery options. Be sure to call ahead to confirm.