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Top 23 Does a hotdog count as a sandwich

Top 23: Does a hotdog count as a sandwich?

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

This is a difficult question. On the one hand, if we look up the technical definition of a sandwich, the hotdog does indeed fulfil all the requirements of a sandwich. The contents of the hotdog are surrounded by bread. You can add toppings and garnish it with sauce and vegetables.

However, something seems off.

If I were to tell my wife that I was going out to get a sandwich and then come home with a hotdog instead, she would almost certainly question what prompted the sudden change of plans. I feel that in our society, it is somehow unconsciously understood that a hotdog does not fall under the blanket term of sandwich. If I came home with any variation of a sandwich, such as a sub, a muffuletta, or your standard PB&J, there would be no question.

This is an issue of cultural linguistics. Let’s take it a step further. If we are defining a “sandwich” as a food item that is wrapped or enclosed in bread, whether with two pieces or one, then shouldn’t a calzone also be considered a sandwich? A hot pocket? A wrap? An egg roll? They all technically meet the requirements of a sandwich, yet labelling them as such seems incorrect.

You wouldn’t tell your office mates you’re making a sandwich run; only two come back with a basket of hot dogs or a box of calzones. Your office mates would be understandably vexed. The expectation is a long bag filled to bursting with sandwiches wrapped in deli paper.

So, I am not entirely convinced that a hot dog in the US of A can be considered a sandwich, at least not at this point. Some brave thought leaders may pave the way to a hotdog’s induction into the Hall of Sandwiches. But as of right now, I’ll have to ask the hotdog to step aside and allow the authentic sandwiches to come through.

Is a hotdog a sandwich? Before you say no, why is it not a sandwich?

I’m going to say a hot dog is not a sandwich.

It is a hot dog.

Ok, I know.

The definition of a sandwich,



  1. An item of food consisting of two pieces of bread with a filling between them, eaten as a light meal.

Exactly, a hot dog fits this definition, so what?

Consider this,



  1. A road vehicle, typically with four wheels, powered by an internal combustion engine and able to carry a small number of people.

Is this then a car that fits all the requirements?

No, it’s a van.

A van is not a car; it is a van.

A hotdog is not a sandwich; it is a hotdog.

Top 23: Does a hotdog count as a sandwich?

The Sandwich Alignment Chart helps with visualizing the possibilities, as another answerer noted:

It’s necessary to come up with rules to determine whether something is a sandwich based on the matrix in the chart. Here’s what I’ve come up with.

Assign point values to determine if something is a sandwich:

Purist = +1

Neutral = 0

Rebel = -1

If the would-be sandwich has a score of 0 or greater, it’s a sandwich. For example:

  • BLT: +1 structure, +1 ingredients. It’s a sandwich!
  • Sub: 0 structure, +1 ingredients. It’s a sandwich!
  • Ice cream between waffles: +1 structure, -1 ingredients. It’s a sandwich!
  • Chicken wrap: -1 structure, +1 ingredients. It’s a sandwich!
  • Burrito: -1 structure, 0 ingredients. It’s not a sandwich.
  • Pop-Tart: Are you freaking insane?

I also want to consider texture. An Oreo cookie is structurally sound (+1) and ingredient rebellious (-1). Pork steamed buns are structurally neutral (0) and probably ingredients neutral (0). Peanut butter between crackers is sound on both ingredients (+1) and structure (+1). But, despite the filling being “sandwiched” between the outer layers, those things aren’t correctly classified as sandwiches.

So it’s necessary to account for that. In addition to scoring 0 or higher on the alignment chart, the outer layer needs to be soft or semi-soft baked, griddled, or fried bread.

So, to answer the original question, yes. A hot dog, with a score of 0 and a soft baked roll, is objectively a sandwich.

No, a Hotdog is not a Sandwich.

People have been debating if a Hot Dog is a Sandwich since the Hot Dog was created. People pushing that a Hot dog is a Sandwich propose that a hotdog shares the core similarities of a Sandwich, pieces of bread with stuff in the middle. And based on those core similarities, it should be considered a sandwich.

But there are a ton of things that could be improved with that argument. First off, a sandwich typically has two pieces of bread; hotdogs have only one. That’s why we call the outer shell a bun because it’s really one slice of bread with a cut in the middle. It’s similar to that of a bread bowl, where the centre is cut out and filled with content. When you look at a hot dog bun without the meat, it looks like this.

One piece of bread. You cut down the middle and add content. But the bread is still joined at the bottom. That is different from your average sandwich, which requires separating slices of bread from a loaf. But people would bring up sub sandwiches, which are considered sandwiches and can also have a joined end.

And this is where the second fundamental difference between a Hot Dog and a Sandwich arises. How you eat/make a Hot Dog vs. a Sandwich is very different from one another.

Let’s start with a sandwich. Even if we were making subs, for example, you would only really change something significant from how you would make a regular sandwich—bread on the bottom, meat, lettuce, tomato, cheese, etc. Then bread. With a Hot Dog is very different. The bun, instead of being on the top and bottom, is instead on the sides, extending towards the skyYou start with that cut, then add your sausage, and then your condiments.

How a Hot Dog and a Sandwich is made affects how you are going to eat it.

While we are on that, Hot Dogs also uses a sausage that will reflect the structure of how a Hot Dog is made. It’s cylindrical in shape, meaning it could be more optimal for your bread to be put on top or the bottom; it has to move around the sides, with the bottom joined and the top open. With sandwiches, the sides are available because the contents in the middle are relatively parallel to the bread holding it together.

So when you see a person eating a sandwich, it looks like this,

Notice her hands. She is clamping on the top and bottom of the sandwich, with the bread holding the content in the middle in place. With a Hot Dog, it looks like this,

His hands are curling the bottom, cupping them in his hands rather than using pressure because the content is facing upwards. With a Sandwich, you eat straight on. With a Hot Dog, you typically have to eat at an angle to get the best/cleanest bite. In this regard, a Hot Dog is actually more closely related to a taco than a sandwich. With what’s inside and how it’s eaten, it also necessitates the joined ending at the bottom, while sub-sandwiches do not.

In conclusion, a Hot Dog is not a sandwich, a Hot Dog is just precisely what it says it is, a damn Hot Dog.

Why is the question ‘Is a hot dog a sandwich’ so controversial?

Mostly because it seems insightful, as if you’re making a powerful realization about something everyday and ordinary, but it isn’t: it resists answering because there isn’t an answer. The definitions are arbitrary, and the boundaries are fuzzy.

Legally, it barely matters. There was a bit of kerfuffle about whether a burrito is a sandwich with regards to whether a store with exclusive rights to sell sandwiches in a shopping centre could legally exclude a burrito stand. (The answer is “no”.)

Judge Rules Burrito Is Not Sandwich

But mostly, it’s “controversial” because it gives people something to argue about without any risk of finding an answer or doing anything constructive.

Is a hot dog just a hot dog or a sandwich?

Is this a sandwich? Or is it a submarine?

Is this a sandwich? Or is it a hamburger?

This could be a sandwich. Or is it a Reuben?

What’s in a name? If a hotdog were a sandwich of any other name, would it not taste so sweet?

All are sandwiches.

Definitely a sandwich.

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Our generation is plagued with many unforeseen questions our founding fathers could have never anticipated, such as nuclear war, gun control and orange presidents with stubby fingers. But there is one issue that no one could have possibly planned for: are hot dog sandwiches?

The most trusted resource for students worldwide, Wikipedia, defines a sandwich as “a food item consisting of one or more types of food placed on or between slices of bread, or more generally any dish wherein two or more pieces of bread serve as a container or wrapper for some other food.” If this definition is used, it’s a stretch to call a hotdog a sandwich. If we were to define a hotdog as a sandwich, we would have to explain a hotdog bun as two pieces of bread. We can all reach the consensus that a proper hotdog bun consists of only one slice of bread unless you’re the kind of barbarian who separates their hotdog buns.

If you are one of these said barbarians, you should know that hotdogs have been around for much longer than sandwiches. There are many opinions as to where they started out, but most historians agree that they were popularized in the late 1600s in Frankfurt and Austria, but existed long before that. Some argue that we have been consuming these glorious combinations of bread and meat for nearly 500 years. Of course, we all know the story of John Montagu, more famously known as the 4th Earl of Sandwich. Guess what? That momentous day in history occurred in 1762. Over 100 years after the introduction of the hotdog!

Additionally, the National Hot Dog and Sandwich Council (yes, it’s a legit thing) ruled in 2015 that hotdogs are, in fact, not sandwiches. However, the NHDSC brought up a good point: why define a hotdog as a sandwich? Why chain it down? Why stereotype it like that? A hot dog is so much more. Putting it in the same category as a Reuben, a BLT, or a PB & J is like calling a pizza a “flatbread.”

Do you think a hotdog is a sandwich? Why?

It feels wrong to call a hot dog a sandwich; to my mind, they’re their own thing.

But they have the same basic idea: arranging a multi-part food so that bread on both sides keeps your hands clean while you eat it. So okay, they’re sandwiches.

What isn’t a sandwich, even though the word is right there in the name, are open-faced sandwiches. “Between” is the essence of sandwiches, and there’s no between there. I don’t care who says otherwise.

Please explain to me why a hot dog is/is not a sandwich.

A hotdog is not a sandwich because the bread is specialized. If you cut the bun in half and then put a piece on either side of the hotdog, it could, by stretching a point, be called a sausage sandwich. A hotdog could possibly be considered a wrap if the bun fully engulfs the hotdog. Certainly, nobody would call a pig in a blanket a sandwich, yet that is also a bread product with a hotdog in the middle. A hotdog in a tortilla would not be a sandwich; therefore, a hotdog in a specifically designed hotdog bun is not a sandwich. If it were in a roll that was cut in half, or even a standard bread roll cut as they do in Subway restaurants, it could be called a sandwich. But this is not the case; a hotdog in a specialized bread product designed to hold a hotdog will never be a sandwich. The reason a hotdog is not a sandwich is that the form of the bread precludes it.



Still Nope.

Not Even Close.

Have you ever said, “Look at all the sandwiches on my pizza!”? Didn’t think so.

It’s still not a sandwich.

There’s potential here, but the caption lists it as “hotdog sliders”, and there is a conspicuous absence of an actual hotdog bun. I would say this is about as close as you can get to making a “hotdog sandwich”.

This a horror. If it could speak, it would say, “Kill me…. kill me….”

Freud might like it, but it’s not a sandwich.

 Is a hotdog a sandwich? …

According to Merriam-Webster, a sandwich is “two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between.” Hot dogs qualify as sandwiches. Many people argue, though, that while the hot dog technically fits the dictionary definition of a sandwich, it’s simply not a sandwich.

Is a hotdog a type of sandwich?

Yes and no.

It all depends on the definition of each of these keywords, specifically “hot dog” and “sandwich”.

The definition of “sandwich” is this: “An item of food consisting of two pieces of bread with a filling between them, eaten as a light meal.”, according to the Oxford Dictionary.

By referring to this definition, a hot dog, which is typically a wiener, is served in the slit of a partially sliced bun. Ta, king into a conversation that it sandwiched between the bun, it is then technically correct to define it as a sandwich.

Oh oh! Here comes the exciting part, though! While generally, we define “hot dog” as “a sausage served in the slit of a partially sliced bun”, the “hot dog” can also mean only the “sausage”, which does not include the bun. In these circumstances, it is no longer definable as a “sandwich”.

All in all, it depends on where you’re living, what the culture is, and how people around you perceive a word. “Hot dog” at your place might refer to the sausage with bun, but it’s actually a sausage at my place. Peace!

Would you consider a hotdog a sandwich?

Anything that consists of bread with something inside of it is technically a sandwich.

If you search for this question on Google, the first response is the Wikipedia definition: “A hot dog (also spelt hotdog) is a cooked sausage, traditionally grilled or steamed and served in a sliced bun as a sandwich.:

Is a hotdog a sandwich? Give your reasoning as to why or why not.

By itself, no, it’s a sausage. However, once you’ve placed it on a bun, it becomes a sandwich.

If you say it can’t be a sandwich because it is in a bun, then burgers are not sandwiches.

If you say it can’t be a sandwich because there is only one piece of bread, then an open-face sandwich is not a sandwich.

If you say it can’t be a sandwich because sausages don’t go in sandwiches, then a bologna sandwich is not a sandwich.

All a sandwich has ever been is a complete meal wrapped up in an edible plate of bread so that you can eat with one hand and do something with the other. That sounds like a hotdog to me. From that definition, it really needs to be clarified what isn’t a sandwich. Not only that but in the interest of finding new ways to tax people, hotdogs have been legally defined as a sandwich in the state of New York: New York Officially Calls Hot Dogs And Burritos’ Sandwiches’

So, there you go. A hotdog is a sandwich.

On the other hand, The National Hotdog and Sausage Council makes a rather convincing argument about why Hotdogs are not Sandwiches but something far superior: Is A Hot Dog A Sandwich?

We can compromise and say that all Hotdogs on a bun are a sandwich, but not all sandwiches are Hotdogs on a bun. Capiche?

Why is the question ‘Is a hot dog a sandwich’ so controversial?

“Controversial” is a bit of an overstatement. It’s just a fun discussion. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary says that it is, by definition, a sandwich if there’s meat between two pieces of bread. If people say, well, the Boston-style hot dog roll (sliced partly down from the top, rather than horizontally isn’t technically two pieces of bread, well, others can counter that we call submarine sandwiches a sandwich, even though a meatball sub only has one piece of bread.

The Hot Dog Council (yes, there is such a thing), representing hot dog manufacturers, insists that it is not.

My vote is no, nor is a cheeseburger. As for pita pockets, I’m on the fence. Wraps, no. And if you are in Philly or Chicago, where a sub is called a hoagie or a grinder, e.g., then no, it doesn’t count. I think a sandwich should be in the name: a club sandwich, a pastrami sandwich, or a BLT sandwich….nobody in my life has ever asked for a hot dog sandwich or a hamburger sandwich….

Then again, a patty melt is pretty much a hamburger sandwich…and a quesadilla is a stuff between two pieces of processed wheat…..

….oh dear, we’ll need Alexander’s sword to slice through this Gordian knot.

Would you consider a hotdog a sandwich?

If an ice cream sandwich is a sandwich, then a hotdog is a sandwich. It’s between two pieces of bread or similar baked goods; it’s a sandwich in the most general sense. This would include things like hot dogs and subs. However, some people(say in the U.K.) use it in a narrower sense, only referring to slices of the loaf, while a whole roll cut in two is called a “roll”, according to Wikipedia.

In the United Kingdom and Australia, the term “sandwich” is more narrowly defined than in the U.S.: it refers only to an item which uses sliced bread from a loaf.[citation needed] An item with similar fillings but using an entire bread roll cut horizontally in half is always referred to as a “roll”.

I’d point out that perhaps the reason people think otherwise is that it is typically called out by name when you want it. Similarly, you might not consider a burger a sandwich if you ask someone for a sandwich because if you wanted a burger, you’d ask for a burger.

Why is the question ‘Is a hot dog a sandwich’ so controversial?

As the official voice of hot dogs and sausages, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC) is primed to settle this debate once and for all, and our verdict is that a hot dog is an exclamation of joy, a food, a verb describing one ‘showing off’ and even an emoji. It is truly a category unto its own.

“Limiting the hot dog’s significance by saying it’s ‘just a sandwich’ category 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). Still, that time has passed, said NHDSC President and ‘Queen of Wien’ Janet Riley. “We therefore choose to take a cue from a great performer and declare our namesake be a “hot dog formerly known as a sandwich.”

The Council has often followed American history and USDA guidance on the issue and fallen on the side of the hot dog as a sandwich. When it first arrived on American shores from Europe in the late 1800s, it was often referred to as a “Coney Island Sandwich” or “Frankfurter sandwich,” but much like an “ice cream sundae”, it is referred to as a sundae, terminology changes.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidance also suggests the hot dog, as meat between bread, falls into the sandwich category. Still, the regulations paint a muddy picture as they hinge on the question of ‘open’ or ‘closed’, which could ignite a second round of debate where the hot dog on a bun is concerned. (See painfully long footnote containing USDA language.)

“While we thank the USDA for their careful regulation and inspection of our products, regulatory brevity is not their strength. We hope our position offers America some clarity and peace of mind. No matter how someone defines a hot dog, this much we can all agree on— it is THE great American food, beloved by all.”

Merriam-Webster took to Twitter to declare, once and for all, that a hot dog is a sandwich, reports the New York Post. “We know the idea that a hot dog is a sandwich is a heresy to some of you. But given that the definition of sandwich is ‘two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between,’ there is no sensible way around it,” the dictionary’s editors wrote in a list of 10 kinds of, well, sandwiches. “If you want a meatball sandwich on a split roll to be a kind of sandwich, then you have to accept that a hot dog is also a kind of sandwich.” Twitter erupted with cries ranging from telling sandwich believers to “get kicked in the shin,” to “terrorism,” to threats to become an Oxford English Dictionary convert, notes the Post.

As for those who contend that the hot dog itself doesn’t qualify as a filling, per the Merriam-Webster decree: “If you choose to interpret filling narrowly as only a food mixture used to fill pastry or sandwiches,’ rather than broadly as ‘something used to fill a cavity, container, or depression,’ then you’re not going to allow any single-item filling to qualify a food item as a sandwich—which means there can be nothing as a peanut butter sandwich or a bologna (or even baloney) sandwich. Hence, a hot dog is a sandwich.”

Is a hotdog a sandwich or a taco?

The “hotdog/sandwich” question pops up here on Quora at least once a month. Many properly relate that a US court ruled that a sandwich had to be between two slices of bread. That means when you buy a hotdog on the street, it’s not a sandwich, but if you carry it around and the bottom splits open from the sauerkraut juice, it then becomes a sandwich. Or if you go to a sub shop and they cut the roll all the way through, it’s a sandwich, and if they don’t slice through, it’s not a sandwich. I think the court got it wrong based on the fact that the Earl of Sandwich just put bread around his meat so he could eat with one hand and continue gambling at cards with the other. In his time, bread was mostly baked in whole loaves as opposed to individual rolls, so sliced bread is what he used. The sandwich that he invented could better be classified as some bread protecting the hands from a wet, sloppy filling, allowing one to eat with one hand.

Are hot dogs unhealthy, and why?

Too many hot dogs are bad for your health, so if you don’t want to hurt your body, then limit your consumption of hot dogs. A hot dog once in a while might be okay, I guess.

But I still love hot dogs, though

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