Hot dogs are one of those few menu items that are profitable, easy to make, and in-demand by customers. If you’re on a budget, you can even bootstrap one of these businesses with a used hot dog cart for a few thousand dollars. This means you can can open a hot dog business without risking your life savings or draining a retirement account.

Although these characteristics are well known in the food industry, there’s another appealing element to hot dog businesses too. There’s an incredible amount of flexibility and creativity that comes with operating this business. You can appeal to the high-end foodie market by using wagyu beef hot dogs. The topping and bun combinations are endless. You can even appeal to vegetarians with a veggie dog.

These are all reasons why hot dog businesses continue to thrive. If you’re thinking of starting one, here’s a list of catchy hot dog business name ideas to get you thinking creatively. When you’re ready, check out our series on opening a hot dog cart.

Hot Dog Business Name Ideas

Gourmet hot dog toppings.

Hot dogs are such a classic favorite that’s evolved into a staple food item. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (Yes, it’s a real organization!), Americans eat 70 hot dogs per person each year on average. Take your pick with some of these hot dog business name ideas you can use.

  • Delish Franks
  • The Hot Dog Station
  • Franks and More
  • Minnesota Hot Dog Co.
  • American Dreams
  • Link-ville
  • Dad’s Diner
  • Doggo Buns
  • Winner Wiener
  • Grill King
  • Smoked Hot Doggies
  • Hot Dog Daddy
  • The Frankfurter Culture
  • Grilled Dawgs
  • Gourmet Dogs
  • Cerberus’ Eats
  • City Famous Franks
  • Bangers Unlimited
  • South Dakota Sausage Company
  • Chicago’s Original
  • The House of Sausages
  • Mustard and Relish
  • The Grill Barn
  • The Hot Dog Project
  • The Original Dogs
  • Frankfurter Central
  • The H Stop
  • Meaty Dogs
  • Everything Hot Dogs
  • Hometown Dogs
  • The Sausage Place
  • Hotdog Grill and Brewery
  • Hungry Kidz
  • Relish and More
  • Wiener County
  • Paradise Franks
  • Tasty Links
  • Hot Dog Hut
  • Yum Dogs
  • Saturdays
  • Fierce Dogs
  • Supreme Franks
  • Franks and Beers
  • Wrapped Dogs
  • Fancy Franks
  • Flavorful Brats
  • Happy Hot Links
  • The Nation’s Favorite
  • The Backyard Link Grill
  • The Frankfurter Experts
  • Coney Wonderland
  • Big Apple Eats
  • In Between the Bun
  • Patriots Hot Dog LLC
  • Dogs In Buns
  • Savory Franks
  • One Big Bite

Hot Dog Stand Name Ideas

bow ties and hot dogs

A modern hot dog stand.

Nothing beats a fresh frank on a toasted bun served just outside your office building or big-box home improvement stores. Hot dog stands are a familiar sight in many major cities. If you’re thinking about putting up a low-cost hot dog stand near a busy office district, here are a few names to consider.

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  • Hot Dogs On The Go
  • Hot Off The Grill
  • Franks To-Go
  • Dogs on Wheels
  • Hot Dawgs
  • Dogs Gone Wild
  • Frankie’s
  • The Frankfurter Express
  • The Hot Dog Master
  • Jumbo’s
  • Top Dog
  • Make Your Own Dogs
  • Quick Bites
  • Franks Anywhere
  • Wiener Street
  • Downtown Links
  • Brat Attack
  • Top It Up
  • Smokey Dogs
  • Street Dogs
  • The Corner Stall
  • Street Side Snacks
  • All Day Dogs
  • Grilled Dogs
  • AffordaBites
  • Good ol’ Frank
  • Meaty Tubes
  • Sausage St.
  • Frankfest
  • The Sausage Cart
  • Coneys To-go
  • Pre-Game Eats
  • Sausage Yes!
  • Dogs on Buns
  • The Frank Stop
  • Foot Long Favorites
  • The Frankfurter Master
  • Uncle Franks
  • Sausagetopia
  • Juicy Links
  • Franklicious
  • Sausage Hub
  • Hot Dog Corner
  • Dogs ‘N Chips
  • Sausages Etc.
  • Coney Favorites
  • Pigs In Buns
  • Brats On A Stick
  • Frankfurter Madness
  • Hot Links
  • Hot Dog Eatery
  • Hot Doggies
  • Big Shot Dogs
  • Cheap Dogs

Funny Hot Dog Name Ideas

Silly hot dog name ideas.

The funnier and catchier hot dog names are, the more people will notice your stand and give you a try. Operating a successful hot dog stand is often a matter of finding the right marketing angle. One funny slogan could be “hot dogs as big as a babies arm.”

If you were voted class clown, now’s the time to take this skillset and apply it to a business venture.

  • Dogs on The Buns
  • Frankly Speaking
  • Unleashed Dogs
  • Wild Dogs
  • Soaked Dogs
  • Tube Steak Sisters
  • Chicks Grabbing Hot Dogs
  • TGIF (Thank God It’s Franks)
  • Hyperlinks
  • Jack And The Dogs
  • The Dog House
  • Hot Dog Boss
  • Link Me Up, Scotty!
  • FRANKenstein
  • Not Your Ordinary Dog
  • Sausage Bonanza
  • Coney Logs
  • Let’s Be Frank!
  • The Wieners’ Club
  • Bark If Hungry
  • Big City Dogs
  • Oh! Oh! Dogs!
  • Bangin’ Bangers
  • Tube Steaks On Bread
  • Netizen’s Choice
  • Juicy Wieners
  • Wienie Meanies
  • Monster Dogs
  • Juicy Flavor
  • Crazy Links
  • Brave Dogs
  • The Under Dog
  • Stray Dogs
  • Franks’ Palace
  • Foot Long Frenzy
  • Classic Franks
  • Bombtastic Wieners
  • Fiery Dogs
  • Yummy Brats
  • All-Day Bangers
  • Sausage Fest
  • Franks That Make Sense
  • Long Coneys
  • Hardcore Dogs
  • Links Up
  • Scorched Franks
  • Beefy Dogs
  • Perfect Bangers
  • Wild Wieners
  • Mister Frankfurter
  • Hungry Dogs
  • Pretty Little Doggies
  • Big Franks
  • Sausage-fied
  • Diner Dogs
  • Hot Dog Special

Alternative Names for Hot Dogs

sanora hotdog

The Sanora Style Hotdog

Did you know about the alternative names for hot dogs? If not, them familiarize yourself with them if you want to be able to consider yourself a hot dog connoisseur. These alternative titles can also serve as the foundation for a business name idea.

  • Frankfurters
  • Wieners
  • Franks
  • Sausages
  • Links
  • Coney
  • Tube Steak
  • Pigs In A Blanket
  • Bangers
  • Brats
  • Dog
  • Foot Long
  • Wienie
  • Little Doggies
  • Red Hot
  • Meat Tubes

Hot Dog Name Origin

Hot dogs have been around for so long that nobody questions the name. But if you did think about it, why is a hot dog called a “hot dog” when it doesn’t even look like it?

According to Hot-Dog.org, the earliest known tidbit about the term was back in 1901. Vendors at the New York Polo Grounds were selling the snack and yelling “They’re red hot! Get your dachshund sausages while they’re red hot!” that it captured the attention of Tad Dorgan, a cartoonist from a New York Journal. He then drew dachshund sausages barking in between rolls.

But since he didn’t know how to correctly spell “dachshund” the man wrote “hot dog” instead. While the actual copy of this cartoon seems to have been lost with time, the term stuck.

Is selling hot dogs still a good business?

mexi dogs

Is this a good business?

You might be wondering, if hot dogs have been around for so long, then have people grown tired of it? Would putting up a hot dog business still be profitable?

According to reports, 2019 saw a rise in Americans spending on sausages and hot dogs with over $6.2 billion in sales. Back in 2018, Americans spent $3 billion on hot dogs. Just by seeing a rise in spending on sausages, one can see how the hot dog business is on the rise.

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Now if you’re wondering where to get the best hot dogs or what is the most popular hot dog brand in the United States, Delish did a ranking and Sabrett is their number one choice. Meanwhile, Washington Post did a taste test of over fifteen brands and Costco’s Kirkland Beef Hot Dogs made it to the top of their list. We suggest doing a blind taste test to find the brand and style of sausage that works best for your future business.

It’s up to you whether you serve boiled, grilled or steamed sausages at your establishment. There’s plenty of debate over what cooking style is superior. But either way you cook it, hot dogs will continue being a traditional snack or meal fit for all ages in the United States.

Are you ready to put up that hot dog business you’ve been thinking about? As a next step, we recommend looking at our spreadsheet with the detailed costs to start a hot dog business. Then listen to our podcast explaining how much money you can make from one hot dog cart. Then go ahead and start it off by picking a name from our sales-driving hot dog business name ideas listed above.

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