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Seattle Hot Dogs

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Seattle Dogs” are perfectly grilled all-beef hot dog nestled in a buttery toasted bun, slathered with cream cheese, caramelized onions, and topped off with Dijon mustard. 

A few years ago I was looking for a way to “kick-up” my hot dog game! (Aren’t we all? I know y’all lay awake at night thinking about this! lol) 

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Two Seattle Dogs on a plate

I stumbled upon this recipe for “Seattle Dogs”! 

I wasn’t too sure how the “kids” would like them. Granted they were technically “adults” at the time (although that was up for debate … lol) I was still concerned that the toppings were going to be totally out of their comfort zone.

Seattle Dogs

One bite and they were hooked! We were all hooked! The mix of cream cheese with the caramelized onions is such a taste treat! Top it off with a really good quality Dijon mustard and you have a “lip-smacking” taste treat!

How To Make Seattle Dogs

Start off by thinly slicing one large yellow onion.  Please note… You can use a sweet white onion. However, I prefer using a yellow onion in this recipe. Use which ever onion is your favorite. I’m not going to hold it against you!

Thinly slice yellow onion

In a large skillet melt 4 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. (Yep I took a picture of melted butter in a skillet! There is NO end to my talents friends!) 

Melted butter in a skillet

Add thinly sliced onions.

Onions sauteed for caramelized onions

Turn often until onion slices brown and sugars release from the onion. This will create the beautiful caramelized onions needed for this amazing hot dog.

Caramelized Onions

Butter the Hot Dog buns! You can toast them without the butter…but WHY? Just kidding! I love the extra flavor the butter adds…and I’m ALL about the fat flavor! (Oops! Did I say that?) 

I recommend using a top quality bun. This is a recipe for “kicked-up” hot dogs so we want to use the best ingredients.

Buttered Hot dog buns

Place the buttered buns face side down and grill over medium heat until nice and toasty brown. (Ya don’t need sunscreen on these beauties…we want the “tan”!)

Grilled Hot Dog buns

Use a good quality all beef hot dog.

Grilling and Preparing Hot Dogs

With a sharp knife make Crisscross cuts on the front and back of the hot dog. Now you don’t have to do all that fancy cutting…but it really does add a little extra “sparkle” to this hot dog! It’s like engraved diamonds! (Okay that was a reach…but ya get my drift!)

All beef hot dogs

Cook on grill, over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, until golden brown on the outside.

Spread Cream cheese on your toasted buns (Not your personal buns…that would just be weird! So let’s be clear…cream cheese goes on the hot dog buns!)

Add a big heaping scoop of those beautiful caramelized onions! YUM!!!! 

~Sigh~ Let’s pause for a moment of silence and take in the mouth-watering glory of the foundation of this little doggie! Choirs of angelic baseball fans are singing in unison! Aaaaaaaaa-Men!

Hot dog buns with cream cheese and caramelized onions

Add that perfectly grilled all beef hot dog with it’s sparkling edible diamonds!

Addition of Hot Dogs to the buns

Top it all off with a beautiful squiggly squirt of Dijon Mustard. (Mine would have been beautiful if the mustard bottle wouldn’t have had the “farts”! Sheesh!)  Pretend mine is a perfect squiggle!

Seattle Hot Dogs

All that’s left is to DIG into these babies!

Grab one and squish it right into ye ol’ yapper! Now say to yer’self…Oh MY GOODNESS Lil’ doggy! Where have you been all me life! (I have no idea why I’m using a brogue suddenly? They’re Seattle Dogs NOT Irish Dogs!) 

Summer Recipes that pair well with Seattle Dogs

TIP: You can use a flavored cream cheese…like Cream cheese with chives and onions, or cream cheese with jalapeno! 

Close up photo of Seattle Dogs

These Seattle Hot Dogs are sure to be the “Star” of the BBQ! They’re different, unique, and absolutely delicious! No wonder those folks in Seattle are happy! They have these dogs to keep’em smiling!

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Yield: 4 servings

Seattle Hot Dogs

Two Seattle Dogs nestled in a basket with chips

Seattle Dogs are tasty treat that take ordinary hot dogs to a whole new level. Toasted buns are spread with cream cheese, topped with caramelized onions, an all beef hot dog, and dijon mustard. A BBQ All-Star!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 4 all beef hot dogs
  • 1/2 cup soften creamed cheese
  • 8 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • Dijon mustard


  1. Melt 4 Tablespoons butter in medium skillet over medium heat. Add thinly sliced onion. Cook, turning often, until onions are caramelized. Remove from heat. Set aside.
  2. Butter 4 hot dog buns with remaining 4 Tablespoons of butter. Place on grill and toast until golden brown. Set aside.
  3. Using a knife make crisscross cuts along top and bottom of hot dog. Grill over medium heat until golden brown and cuts swell open creating a diamond effect.
  4. Spread soften creamed cheese on toasted hot dog buns, top and bottom. Place a heaping scoop of caramelized onions on bottom bun. Top with one grilled hot dog and squeeze a line of Dijon mustard on top of hot dog.

Nutrition Information:


4 servings

Serving Size:

1 dog

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 546Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 929mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 13g

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