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Difference Between Sausage and Hot Dog

Difference Between Sausage and Hot Dog


Sausage vs. Hot Dog

The words “hot dog” and “sausage” are often used interchangeably. The two food products are often placed side by side in retailer shops and share similarities in appearance, packaging, and serving; it is often hard to distinguish between the two.

“Hot dog,” for instance, is correctly spelled as two separate words. “Hot dog” is the American term for “German sausage,” often attributed to the German frankfurter and wiener. The term can be used for the food product itself or the snack that includes the product in a sliced bun flavored with various choices of condiments and additional ingredients.

The history of the hot dog as a food concoction is often disputed since many people hold claims of inventing this food. “Hot dog” has been used as a term since 1884.

On the other hand, “sausage” is a general term for any food item that consists of ground meat, fat, various spices, and herbs that are stuffed into a casing. Preservatives can also be added. In fact, the origin of the word “sausage” is etymologically linked to salt, a type of traditional preservative.

The American hot dog belongs to this general category as well as the German frankfurters, wieners, and other distinctive types of sausages from all over the world. Almost every country or town (where sausage is considered as a staple food) has its own variation or recipe of sausage that is unique from the others.

Sausages also share a similarity of ingredients and preparation. Both use synthetic and natural casings to hold the meat together. There is a distinct difference between a sausage and a hot dog in terms of concentration and variety of ingredients, but this also differs from one kind of sausage to another. As a food item, sausages and hot dogs share the same versatility in ingredients and flavors, which results from the wide variety of herbs and spices used.

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Compared to the hot dog, sausages have a long history. Sausage making was a practice in the ancient world as a form of effective butchery of meat. It is recorded in Homer’s “Odyssey,” which was written in 850 B.C., and it is mentioned in other ancient works as well. Since then, sausages and sausage making has been a staple in kitchens around the globe.

Another main distinction between sausages and hot dogs is the texture. Hot dogs often have a smooth, homogenous mixture that often resembles a pureed paste. Sausages contain miniscule bits and pieces of meat that are still distinguishable. Hot dogs are often eaten as leisure foods–something to nibble on as a snack while watching something or during any similar activity. It is often combined with condiments like ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and additional toppings such as onions, pickle relish, tomato, cheese, chili peppers, and other small amounts of food.

Sausages, on the other hand, are a versatile ingredient that can be eaten either as a leisure snack or as an ingredient in a main dish. Sausage falls into many classifications and can also vary depending on the country. One distinct classification is in how the sausage is prepared. It can be categorized as cooked, cooked smoked, fresh, fresh smoked, dry, raw, cured, or bulk.


1.Sausage is an encompassing term for any processed meat with fat, spices, and preservatives that is encased in an animal’s intestines or commercial wrapping. Many types of sausages are made and available in many markets; one of them is the popular American hot dog.
2.The hot dog is not an original sausage but merely an American adoption of German sausages, frankfurters, and wieners.
3.The texture of a hot dog is smooth and paste-like, while sausages have a more composite mixture of miniscule bits of meat.
4.A hot dog is usually a food for leisure time, while a sausage can be eaten for the same purpose but can also be used in main dishes.

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  1. This post has errors. First of all, the facts are….It was not 1884, but instead, 1904, when at the St Louis Worlds Fair, a vendor from Frankfurt, Germany ran out of spices for his sausages, and the line was so long, he had to keep his business going, so he altered the recipe, then tested it on a nearby dog for taste. The dog was panting due to the St. Louis heat. Hence, the HOT DOG that saved his business, and gave him a new usable recipe that still had people lined up to indulge. In a St Louis high school in the early 1970’s, I took a course in The 1904 Worlds Fair, which had many innovations, like iced tea and the waffle cone which was a supply issue. Iced tea was innovated because hot tea wasn’t selling in the heat of a St Louis summer, and a brilliant vendor chipped off ice from a huge block to add to the tea. The waffle cone became “the handheld delight” because the ice cream guy ran out of dishes and collaborated with a waffle maker to hold the ice cream, but the waffles had to be cold first! This is Information from my high school teacher who was in her 60’s who learned first hand from relatives who had been there! We didn’t have Google back then. We lived the experiences and shared them. Writing and teaching is all about sharing what we know. And when it comes to history, it had better be factual. I am grateful to have a faithful and honest teacher, Viva Ruesing (RIP) as my source for this information from 1974. It was a 70th anniversary celebratory course from the Worlds Fair. Please update this info. Any questions, I would be happy to answer them. 314-791-2944. I use my phone more ( daily) than I check e-mail ( once every 1-2 weeks)

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