Grilled Hot Dogs and Sausages That Won’t Break your Budget

Let us be frank: These 9 new takes on the classic cookout treat will transform your backyard meals.
Published June 18, 2020

Nutritionally speaking, most hot dogs aren’t winning any awards. And you know what? That’s fine. At WW, we believe you can make a healthy plan to enjoy any food you like. 

Warm-weather grilling season is stoking momentum for this barbecue classic. Frankfurter fans don’t need to be told why: Snappy on the outside, juicy on the inside, grilled hot dogs are practically synonymous with summer. A wide world of toppings—from spicy mustard to smoky beans—can please any palate. 

The sausage-nestled-in-bun format is versatile, too: You can improve the nutrient profile of your meal by loading up your dog with fresh veggies such as chopped onion and diced tomato, then serving it in a homemade veggie hot dog bun. You can also make your meal more Points-friendly by shopping for lean precooked chicken sausage or turkey franks. However you like your links, check out our tasty grilled hot dog and sausage recipes below, complete with tons of tasty extras. 

Our best recipes for grilled hot dogs and chicken sausages


Leslie Fink, MS, RD, has been working at WW for 20 years. In addition to her role as a nutritionist and recipe editor, she works on food and program development for a variety of projects, including WW Cruises, WW Ambassador partnerships, WW Fresh, and WW x Blue Apron.