Find out what brands of hot dogs are gluten-free, plus get a list of varieties and flavors to shop for.
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If you enjoy hosting barbecues, going to a friend’s or family’s home for a picnic in the summer, there’s nothing easier than putting a few hot dogs or hamburgers on the grill, having a few side dishes, and enjoying the weather with people you care about.
Hot dogs are a quintessential summer barbecue food, and aside from hamburgers, they’re one of the foods I think of most when I think of warm weather eating.
If you like hot dogs or know someone who does and is following a gluten-free diet, this post is for you. We’re going to identify some brands of hot dogs you can pick up at the store for easy barbecuing, camping and grilling all summer long.
Find out in this post which brands and varieties to look for, plus some that you might want to give a second thought before buying. Plus I’ll share some of my best tips for keeping the rest of your plate gluten-free at your next barbecue.
What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in most wheat products, and acts as the “glue” that helps to hold wheat, barley, kamut, spelt, farro, durum, bulgur, rye, and semolina together to maintain their shape.
Gluten is naturally occurring, and therefore is impossible to strip away from the grain. If a grain naturally has gluten in it, there’s no way to make that food gluten-free.
Gluten can be found in foods in obvious ways, or in more hidden ways, like in binders or fillers. Even in meat products, like hot dogs, you can sometimes find gluten.
Are hot dogs gluten-free?
Hot dogs can be gluten-free, and some can contain gluten. It’s not easy to say that all hot dogs are safe for a gluten-free diet, because some brands contain binders and fillers with gluten ingredients.
When you follow a gluten-free diet, your best bet is to review a list of brands of gluten-free hot dogs (like the one here in this post!) and always look for a gluten-free label on the packaging before buying.
Some hot dogs have a gluten-free label while others have no gluten ingredients and still don’t have a label. If you are extremely sensitive to gluten or have an allergy, you’ll want to avoid anything without a gluten-free label.
If you can handle trace amounts of gluten, you may be okay with these brands, but you’ll want to do so “at your own risk.”
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What gluten ingredients should I look for in hot dogs?
If you’re shopping for hot dogs and you’re trying to avoid gluten, look for some of these key terms if you don’t see a gluten-free label on the package right away.
- Wheat gluten
- Wheat protein
Read on: Find out more hidden names of gluten.
Gluten-free Hot Dog Brand List
Next time you’re looking for hot dogs for your barbecue or cookout, try one of these gluten-free options. Those listed here are brands that either have a gluten-free label on their package or their website has listed them as gluten-free.
Applegate Farms offers gluten-free hot dogs in a variety of options. Their packages state “gluten and casein-free” making each of these products a good choice for your gluten-free diet.
- The Great Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dog
- The Great Organic Uncured Chicken Hot Dog
- The Great Organic Uncured Turkey Hot Dog
- Natural Uncured Beef Hot Dog
- Natural Stadium Beef & Pork Hot Dog
- Natural Turkey Hot Dog
Bar S makes a statement on the FAQ page of their website that their hot dogs are gluten-free, so you can feel good about choosing this brand on a gluten-free diet.
- Classic Franks
- Bun Length Classic Franks
- Jumbo Franks
- Red Classic Franks
- Beef Franks
- Jumbo Beef Franks
- Beef Bun Length Franks
- Turkey Franks
- Chicken Franks
- Chicken Jumbo Franks
- Signature Smokehouse Classic Franks
- Signature Smokehouse Jumbo Franks
- Cheddar Jumbo Franks
- Pork Jumbo Franks
Boar’s Head brand of hot dogs are all gluten-free, along with all their other meat products. According to their website, even their cheese, hummus, and condiments are also gluten-free.
Look for one of these varieties, plus all their sausage options next time you’re shopping for hot dogs.
- Uncured Beef Frankfurters (Natural Casing)
- Uncured Beef Frankfurters
- Uncured Pork & Beef Frankfurters (Natural Casing)
- Uncured Pork & Beef Frankfurters
- Uncured Cocktail Beef Frankfurters
Dietz & Watson
This brand offers gluten-free hot dogs in a variety of flavors. Their packages also have gluten-free labels, so you can easily look for that when you’re shopping to make sure what you’re picking up is safe for your gluten-free diet.
Their website states that all their meats and cheeses are 100% gluten-free, except their Scrapple and Bockwurst selections. Look for one of these at the store.
- The Original Deli Beef Franks
- Jalapeno Cheddar Beef Franks
- Originals Natural Beef Franks
- Originals Organic Beef Franks
- Franks Jalapeno & Cheese
- Originals Black Forest Uncured Wieners
- Deli Franks
- New York Brand Deli Beef Franks
- Black Forest Wieners
- Natural Casing NY Brand Beef Franks
- Famous Deli Beef Franks
- Beef Frankfurters
- Black Angus Beef Franks
- Famous Deli Beef Franks
- Philadelphia Eagles Beef Franks
- Legacy Black Forest Wieners
- The Famous Deli Franks
This brand also makes a number of sausages that are also gluten-free.
Hebrew National offers a number of different beef franks. Their packages say “no gluten” which is also regulated by the FDA meaning it can contain no less than 20ppm of gluten in the product.
- Beef Franks
- Reduced Beef Franks
- 97% Fat Free Beef Franks
- Bun Length Beef Franks
- Jumbo Beef Franks
- Quarter Pound Beef Franks
- Beef Knockwurst
The Kayem brand makes both franks and classic hot dogs that are gluten-free, according to their website. Try one of these varieties for your next cookout.
- Old Tyme Natural Casing Franks
- Old Tyme Natural Casing Beef Franks
- Old Tyme Natural Casing Reds
- Natural Uncured Beef Hot Dogs
- Jumbo Hot Dogs
- Beef Hot Dogs
- Fenway Beef Franks
- Beef & Pork Minis
- Beef & Pork Hot Dogs
- Beef & Pork Skinnies
- Lower Sodium Hot Dogs
The hot dogs from Costco, under the Kirkland Signature brand, are gluten-free according to the company’s website. These are the same hot dogs that are served at their cafe counter, but remember that there is gluten in the buns they serve, so you’re better off buying them and making them at home.
- Beef Hot Dogs
- Beef Polish Sausage
- Beef Dinner Franks
Kinzler brand has a number of hot dog options that are gluten-free. Try one of these options when you find them at the store.
- Original Franks
- Jumbo Franks
- Grill Franks
- Chicken Franks
- Turkey Franks
- Beef Franks
- Juniata Skinless Wieners
Miller’s brand has hot dogs and sausages that are gluten-free and safe for a gluten-free diet.
- Beef Franks
- Cheddar Franks
- Colossal Angus Beef Franks
- Habanero Hot Link Grillers
- Jalapeno & Cheddar Grillers
- Zesty Italian Grillers
Nathan’s Famous brand has a number of hot dog and frank options you can buy from the store. Their website shows the following options as being gluten-free.
- All Natural Uncured Beef Franks
- Skinless Beef Franks
- Bun-Length Skinless Beef Franks
- Cheddar Beef Franks
- Colossal Quarter Pound Beef Franks
- Jumbo Restaurant Style Beef Franks
- Natural Casing Beef Frankfurters
- Angus Beef Franks
Ths brand offers hot dogs that have no gluten, but do contain dairy in case you also avoid this food. They also offer a number of sausages that are gluten-free. Try one of these options
- Gourmet Jumbo Franks
- Classic Beef Franks
If you can find this brand locally, Organic Prairie hot dogs that are gluten-free.
- Organic Uncured Grass Fed Beef Hot Dogs
This brand offers gluten-free hot dogs that you can find at some major retailers. Look for these at your local grocery store:
- Uncured Grass-Fed Beef Hot Dogs
Sabrett has a few hot dog options that are gluten-free. This brand discloses allergens in a chart right on their website, so you can see what options are safe for you.
- All Beef Frankfurter
- Hot & Spicy Frankfurter
- Pork & Beef Frankfurter
- Hot Sausage
- Italian Sausage
This brand has a few gluten-free hot dog options available. Try one of these varieties that are safe for a gluten-free diet:
- Tender Casing Beef Hot Dogs
- Tender Casing Pork & Beef Hot Dogs
- Footlong Pork & Beef Hot Dogs
- Natural Casing Pork & Beef Hot Dogs
Wellshire Farms has a gluten-free hot dog that are great for any barbecue or cookout.
- Premium Beef Franks
Hot Dog Brands with No Gluten Ingredients
There are other brands of hot dogs that contain no gluten ingredients yet don’t have a gluten-free label. This means either the brand doesn’t test for gluten in their products or there is a possibility of cross contamination of gluten during the manufacturing process.
If you can tolerate gluten at the trace level amount, these brands may work for you. If you are very sensitive to any gluten in your food, go back to the list above for those brands that have stated some or all of their products are gluten free.
Ball Park Brand
Ball Park Brand of hot dogs does not look to have any gluten-containing ingredients, however this brand does not make any statements regarding gluten.
Though there aren’t any gluten ingredients in these hot dogs, you won’t find a gluten-free label on this brand. Be aware of this before purchasing from this brand, as there may be cross contamination.
Oscar Mayer has hot dogs with no gluten-containing ingredients, but they do not have a gluten-free label or make a gluten statement on their website.
Kraft is a company that always discloses allergens on their products, so if you don’t see “contains: gluten” or “contains: wheat,” these products are likely gluten-free, but there is a chance for cross contamination due to shared equipment and facilities that process gluten.
A note on vegetarian hot dogs
If you follow a gluten-free diet, avoid vegetarian hot dogs. Many of these hot dogs or sausages contain wheat gluten or wheat protein, which are gluten ingredients.
I’m sad to say that eating a vegetarian sausage was one of my defining moments of understanding that I was gluten intolerant. Enjoy a hot dog made with meat – or find another food instead if you’re trying to avoid meat in your diet.
Keeping your hot dog & barbecue gluten-free
Now that we’ve gone over some hot dog brands that are gluten-free or have no gluten ingredients, let’s talk about how to make sure the rest of your hot dog is gluten-free.
Be sure to use a gluten-free hot dog bun.
If you avoid gluten and slap that cooked hot dog on a gluten bun, you’ve done yourself a disservice. Avoid gluten throughout the whole hot dog experience with a gluten-free bun.
If you don’t want to use a hot dog bun, opt for another gluten-free bun alternative.
I tend to eat hot dogs and hamburgers the most with lettuce wraps or in salad bowls than I do with buns, but check out some of these other ideas too.
Keep an area of the grill gluten-safe.
If you don’t want cross contamination with your hot dog and other gluten ingredients, ask whoever is doing the grilling to have a dedicated section for you on the grill. Or have your hot dog grilled first before other foods with gluten hit the grill.
Top your hot dog with gluten-free condiments.
Did you know that not all condiments are gluten-free? Make sure your ketchup, mustard, relish, and other fixin’s are also safe for your gluten-free diet before slathering on top.
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Enjoy other gluten-free sides.
Be sure to choose other side dishes that have no gluten to keep up with your gluten-free diet at the barbecue or picnic that you’re at (or hosting). Choose naturally gluten-free salads, fruit, or gluten-free chips or crackers.
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Use specific serving utensils just for gluten-free dishes.
If you’re extremely sensitive to gluten and are concerned about cross contamination, be sure to use dedicated serving utensils that are only for gluten-free options.
You can also keep the serving dish with the food so that there’s no dipping from one food to the other, increasing the chance for cross contact.
I hope if you love to barbecue or have hot dogs at picnics, that you feel confident choosing a gluten-free hot dog option that works for your diet after reading this post.
There are a number of brands that you can look for at the store and easily determine if they’ll work for you by reading the ingredients list and looking for gluten-free labels.
Next time you’re shopping for hot dogs, I hope this list and these tips come in handy!
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