Not only do hot dogs taste amazing, but they are known for being affordable too.
On average, a pack of hot dogs will typically cost you anywhere from $2.50 to $6, and a pack will typically contain between eight and 12 hot dogs.
Despite this, there are some restaurants around the world that have taken this humble, well-loved snack and turned it into something outrageously expensive and outlandish.
With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the world’s most expensive hot dogs.
Grabbing a Brockton Rox McMullen Dog at the baseball for $80
For many years now, hot dogs have become an unofficial snack for live baseball events. Fans worldwide have enjoyed munching on hot dogs while watching their favorite national and local teams play.
In fact, research shows that during every Major League Baseball (MLB) season, around 20 million hot dogs are consumed. That’s a lot of hot dogs!
When it comes to the most costly hot dog ever sold at a baseball game, this honor goes to the Brockton Rox McMullen Dog.
Costing a moderate $80 when compared with the other hot dogs mentioned in this post, the McMullen Dog is deep-fried, but it’s not fried in any old oil, it’s fried in truffle oil, and then it is coated in porcini dust, and then white truffle shavings are sprinkled on top for the perfect finishing touch.
That’s certainly a posh dog for a game of baseball!
$130 for the U.N. Development Program hot dog
This is quite a unique hot dog!
It was sold by the United Nations to make a statement, rather than purely being sold as food for people to enjoy.
There was nothing special about this $130 hot dog. It was a bog-standard hot dog, simply costing a ridiculous amount.
The hot dog was part of an initiative to address the problem of hunger around the world.
The concept was based on the fact that for one of the billion people who live on less than $1 per day, paying the standard price of a hot dog would be the equivalent of $130.
Enjoy a California City Dawg for $145
Created by California City Dawg, a restaurant in Sacramento, this hot dog was made of 3.5 lb all-beef frank and topped with caviar, ground peppercorns, shallots, and New Hampshire maple syrup bacon.
Not only was the hot dog massive in size, but it contained a sizable serving of cheese imported all of the way from Sweden, further driving up the cost.
Sadly, California City Dawg is not around anymore. We hope that their lavish hot dog did not have anything to do with their closing.
If you want to give this hot dog a try, you will need to go through the arduous task of sourcing the luxurious ingredients and cooking it yourself!
The $1,501 hot dog from Hot Dog Mike’s
Next, we have this incredible hot dog from Hot Dog Mike’s, which is a small hot dog place in Little Rock, Arkansas.
You won’t be able to get your hands on this hot dog anymore, as there were only ever four made and sold.
This is because most of the profit went to charity. In fact, owner Mike Juliano only net $4 for himself, donating a total of $6,000 to those less fortunate in the community.
And those who were in the position to purchase one of these hot dogs were certainly in for a treat. Not only do you have the glamor of the edible gold flakes, but the lobster on top is the creme de la creme of the dish.
The most expensive hot dog in the world: $2,300 at 230 Fifth
We never thought that we would see the day a hot dog cost more than a vacation overseas, but here we are!
This hot dog from 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar & Penthouse Lounge in New York is the world’s most expensive, setting you back over two-thousand dollars!
So, what makes it so special?
Well, the hot dog is made from dry-aged Wagyu beef, which has been infused with Cognac. It is then topped with a whole host of luxurious ingredients, including Vidalia onions that have been caramelized in vintage champagne – non-other than Dom Perignon, as well as edible gold leaf, saffron, caviar, black truffles, and truffle butter.
Did you expect anything less for $2,300?
The hot dog is prepared by Johnny Benedetti, the Executive Chef, yet customers do need to order two days in advance if they want to try this meal. Perfection takes time after all!
How much would you pay for a hot dog?
Are you surprised by how much some restaurants around the world charge for a hot dog?
Would you pay prices like this to get your hands on a unique hot dog dining experience?