Nathan's Hot Dog USA Today

It’s Fourth of July, so you know what that means …

We watch actual human beings stuff their faces for honor at the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.

While Joey Chestnut, once again, won the display after a two-hour weather delay, there is one question that needs to be answered.

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Well, let’s take a look at the evidence, shall we?

For starters, the definition itself says, “Yes.”

I understand a lot of people will disagree with me, but they’re wrong.

According to, it is indeed a sandwich.

We say yes. A hot dog is “a sandwich consisting of a frankfurter in a split roll, usually eaten with mustard, sauerkraut, or relish.” But we’re willing to talk about it.

Merriam Webster defines a sandwich as “two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between and one slice of bread covered with food.”

Here’s a history lesson for you …

According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council (yes, that’s a thing) the frankfurter was developed in the city of Frankfurt, Germany in 1487. Back then, they served the hot dog in the form of a sausage on a roll.

It was in 1893 the hot dog truly made their way into popularity, especially at baseball games. That was the year the sausages became a staple. It allegedly was started by a St. Louis bar owner, Chris Von de Ahe, a German immigrant who also owned the St. Louis Browns major league baseball team.

The invention of the actual hot dog bun came to be when they essentially wanted to elongate a roll. It’s still a roll, hence it’s still a sandwich.

In 2022, a  In a poll of 1,000 people across the United States, conducted by RTA Outdoor Living, 57 percent say they consider a hot dog a sandwich.

But sure, let’s argue with the numbers.

At least I know Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson has my back on this:

Let’s fast-forward to present day, shall we?

Sure, things are ever-changing, I’ll admit that, but with that being said, many people disagree with me.

Chestnut himself said a hot dog was not a sandwich:

Or you can listen to the Washington Commanders:

You could always choose the safe route and say, “sometimes,” just as Justice Stephen Breyer did:

About Jessica Kleinschmidt

Jess is a baseball fan with Reno, Nev. roots residing in the Bay Area. She is the host of "Short and to the Point" and is also a broadcaster with the Oakland A's Radio Network. She previously worked for and NBC Sports Bay Area.