Looking for a place to get a hot dog? You will love this list of the best hot dogs in and around Burlington, VT. Find your hot dog fix now!
While working on the Taste of Home article, The Best Hot Dogs in Every State I found all kinds of hot dog places across the country: brand new spots, family owned businesses, food trucks and decades-old eateries
In addition to hot dog classics like the Chicago, the Michigan and the Coney there are chefs out there dreaming up pretty unique flavor combinations—like one dog I found in Delaware topped with bananas, peanut butter, bacon and honey!
Local hot dogs
My weeks spent immersed in all things hot dogs got me thinking—where do folks around here like to get their hot dogs?
Summer is a delightful time to find Delectable Destinations, so why not hot dogs? After asking and searching around I'm ready to help you on your hot dog quest this summer with the Best Hot Dogs In & Around Burlington VT!
There are a mix of eateries here, 16 of them! There are family-friendly spots, classic joints that have been around forever, and places doing original things with plain ol' dogs. These spots are all close by beautiful beaches, bike paths, museums, shopping areas, walking malls, and parks—it's so easy to add a hot dog stop into your day!
A weenie glossary
Before we get to the eateries, have you ever wondered what a Chicago dog is exactly? Here is a glossary for varieties of regional hot dogs—how many have you tried?
- Michigan: steamed hot dog in a steamed bun topped with spicy ground meat and chopped onions.
- Vermont-style Michigan: hot dog split in half and grilled, the bun is often grilled as well, topped with spicy ground meat, chopped onion and yellow mustard. They're also known as "red hots".
- Snap dogs or natural casing dogs: Regular hot dogs are skinless, but natural casing dogs have a skin that gives a little "snap!" when you bite into them. In Maine they love their red snappers, which are natural casing dogs with a fiery red hue.
- Chicago dog: all-beef kosher dog, usually steamed, in a poppy seed bun topped with yellow mustard, chopped onions, sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, slices or wedges of tomato, pickled hot sport peppers and celery salt. This topping combo is also referred to as "dragged through the garden".
- Coney: hot dog in a bun topped with a savory meat sauce, white onion, yellow mustard and sometimes cheese.
- Danger Dog: a hot dog wrapped in bacon and deep-fried
- Carolina-style: hot dog in a bun topped with chili and cole slaw. Sometimes yellow mustard is included or replaces the slaw.
- Sonoran: hot dog wrapped in bacon and grilled, then served in a bolillo roll (similar to a baguette), and topped with beans, tomatoes and onions.
- Italian hot dog: hot dog fried in oil and served in an Italian bread roll or pizza bread roll. Topped with diced fried potatoes and fried peppers & onions
- Ripper: a hot dog that's deep-fried until it splits or "rips".
- Seattle-style: a grilled hot dog in a grilled roll topped with cream cheese and grilled onions.
🌭 Best Hot Dogs In and around Burlington VT
2021: Remember folks, eateries of all sizes are struggling with a shortage of workers and increased food costs. They want your business, but also need your patience and understanding! Check the hours listed below for changes from last year. Most importantly, BE A KIND HUMAN!
Pioneer Lakeshore Cafe, Colchester
After seeing eateries come and go in this spot for the last few years, Malletts Bay residents are so happy to have Pioneer Lakeshore Cafe open for lunch and breakfast. Pioneer began as a popular food truck, famous for their crispy chicken sandwich. Their cafe menu has that sandwich, plus burgers, breakfast sandwiches... and a hot dog! Grilled and sliced, topped with onions, and you just gotta add that Michigan sauce.
Pioneer Lakeshore Cafe: 824 West Lakeshore Drive, Colchester, VT 05446. Hours: open Weds - Fri 7am to 3:00pm; Sat 9am - 3pm; Sun 9am - 3pm
Bri's Fries, Milton
They made the transition from a small food truck in Malletts Bay, and now Bri's Fries has a brick 'n mortar spot on route 7 in Milton. They have plenty of indoor seating so you can take a break from the heat. Stop by for hot, freshly-made Michigan dogs topped with seasoned meat, chopped onion and mustard. The menu has something for everyone: milkshakes to burgers to clam strips to mac 'n cheese bites. And of course: fries!
Bri's Fries: 3 Southerberry Dr., Milton, VT 05446. Hours: open Tues - Sat 11:00am - 8pm; Sun 12pm - 6pm
Burger Bar, Colchester
This place near St. Michael's College has my hot dog favorite: Red Hots! They're made in the Vermont-style Michigan way: split and grilled, topped with spicy ground meat, onions and yellow mustard. There are great burgers and brews here, too.
Burger Bar: 831 College Parkway, Colchester, VT 05446. Hours: open 7 days Mon - Thurs 11am - 8:30pm; Fri - Sat 11am - 9pm; Sun 11:30am - 8:30pm
Handy's Lunch, Burlington
This downtown favorite, Handy's Lunch , has been in business and family-run since 1945. On their menu is a regular hot dog—or for 50 cents more make it a Texas dog, with mustard, onion and beef chili sauce! They have popular breakfast and lunch specials, too.
Handy's Lunch: 74 Maple St. Burlington, VT 05401. Hours: open 7 days: Mon - Fri 8am - 1:30pm; Sat - Sun 8:30am - 1pm
Butch & Babe's, Burlington
This awesome and eclectic little restaurant recently had a moment in the spotlight when Food Network's Guy Fieri came to town, and stopped by to try their Mac n' Cheese Pancakes! (Watch it here!) Butch & Babe's also has some creative weenies on their menu! Get the flavor of Mexican street corn in the Elote Corndog with a jalapeno "magic" sauce and cotijo cheese. There's also a Kimchee Dog with Korean mayo and cilantro.
Butch & Babe's: 258 North Winooski Ave., Burlington, VT 05401. Hours: Thurs - Sun 4pm - 8pm
Al's French Frys, South Burlington
This is a fun spot to head to with your family—or with anyone who wants a lot of tasty, fast food (especially fries) for just a few bucks! Their dog options are plain, cheesy and chili, as well as a corndog. When your order comes up the staff will give you a yell: "What's on the hot dogs?" (C'mon, you know yer getting more than one.) Ask for "the works" to get dogs topped with mustard, onion and relish!
Al's French Frys: 1251 Williston Rd., So. Burlington, VT 05403. Hours: open 7 days 10:30am - 11pm; til midnight Fri and Sat
Bessery's Butcher Shoppe & Delicatessen, Burlington
This North end butcher shop and the Burger Bar in Colchester are owned by the same family—so you can find those addictive Red Hots here, too! Get these Michigan-style dogs or a grilled hot dog fixed up however you like. This shop is a bit of a hidden gem in the area: a great butcher shop with wines and beer, plus the deli with unbelievably good grinders, burgers and dogs.
Bessery's Butcher Shoppe: 1398 North Ave., Burlington, VT 05401. Hours: open Mon - Thurs 12pm - 8pm; Fri - Sat 12pm - 9am; Sun 12pm - 7pm
Bliss Bee, South Burlington
This fun spot is right by the movie theater—and the hot dogs will be much better than movie theater dogs! Bliss Bee has some flavorful hot dogs to try, like the Vermont topped with Cheddar and apple, or the Kansas City with sauerkraut, cheese, and caraway seeds.
Bliss Bee: 1185 Shelburne Rd., So. Burlington, VT 05403. Hours: open Sun - Thurs 11am - 8pm; Fri - Sat 11am - 9pm
Switchback Brewery & Taproom, Burlington
A short distance from Pine Street (and the World's Tallest Filing Cabinet) is Switchback Brewing Company. Come into their taproom to have a hot dog alongside one of their brews! They steam the franks and also bratwurst in their signature amber ale. Toppings include vegan chili and German potato salad!
Switchback Brewing Company: 160 Flynn Ave., Burlington, VT 05401. Hours: open Tues - Thurs 1pm to 8pm; Fri 1pm - 9pm; Sat 12pm - 9pm; Sun 12pm - 7pm
Seb's Snack Bar, South Hero
Folks love to stop at Seb's in the islands for ice cream (over 30 kinds of hard ice cream flavors plus creemees!) but don't forget to try their hot dogs, too! Red Hots are available here, as well as regular grilled dogs and corndogs. This snack bar is just up the road from the Sandbar State Park.
Seb's Snack Bar: 297 US Route 2, South Hero, VT 05486. Hours: open 7 days, 11am - 9:00pm
Beansie's Bus, Burlington
Perched on the waterfront at the edge of Battery Park, the Beansie's bright yellow school bus has been a favorite local snack spot since 1944! Hot dogs here (McKenzie all-beef dogs) include plain and Michigan—and it's only 50 cents more for extra Michigan sauce! They also have a "Virginia dog": a hot dog wrapped in bacon. Bacon!!
Beansie's Bus: Battery Park & Sherman St., Burlington, VT 05401. Hours: open mid-April through early October. Mon 10:30am - 2:30pm; Tues - Fri 10:30am - 6pm; Sat 10:30 - 7pm; Sun 10:30am - 8pm
Archie's Grill, Shelburne
Though it's on the outskirts of the area, this dogs and burgers spot is only 20 minutes from downtown Burlington and five minutes from Shelburne Museum! Come here for the Archie's Chili Dog, topped with beef chili and Cabot Cheddar cheese. There's the Lake Monster Dog, too: a jumbo hot dog with sautéed peppers and onions. Be sure to try their homemade chips on the side!
Archie's Grill: 4066 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, VT 05482. Hours: open Sun - Thurs 11:30am - 8:00pm, Fri - Sat 11:30am - 8:30pm
Rozzi's Lakeshore Tavern, Colchester
This longtime Malletts Bay favorite is conveniently close to the marinas and to Bayside and Thayer beaches. Rozzi's has a pretty large menu full of sandwiches, burgers, and dinners, and they have a couple of hot dogs, too! Try grilled natural casing dogs (also called snap dogs), or their take on Red Hots: that's a hot dog topped with spicy Michigan sauce. They also have a Sea Dog on the menu... but that's fish!
Rozzi's Lakeshore Tavern: 1022 West Lakeshore Drive, Colchester, VT 05446. Hours: open Mon - Fri 11am - 10pm; Sat - Sun 9am - 10pm
Sausage Shack, Essex Junction
I look for this food truck whenever we go to the Champlain Valley Fair for their delicious grilled sausage. And they have delicious grilled franks and Michigan dogs, too! Find them at their usual spot on Pearl St. in front of Essex Automotive, at the fair, or hire them to bring their food to your next event!
Kountry Kart Deli, Burlington
This downtown deli (KKD for short) has quote the list of comfort foods—fantastic news if you're coming out of a late show at the Flynn Theater or from the bars in Burlington! Craving lunchtime or late-night weenies? Their indulgent choices include a Michigan dog, kraut dog, cheese dog, chili cheese dog, and a bacon cheese dog!
Kountry Kart Deli: 155 Main St., Burlington, VT 05401. Hours: open Sun - Thurs 6:30am - 8:00am; Fri - Sat 6:30am - 10pm
Lake Monsters Baseball Games, Burlington
Having a dog and a beer at a ballgame is just Summertime 101! Head to the Lake Monsters' home games at Centennial Field for hot dogs with ketchup, mustard and relish. And if they're not enough there are burgers, fried dough, Dippin' Dots, and fries.
💬 Tell me
Now that you have you have this Burlington area hot dog road map, tell me: is your favorite on this list? Is there a hot dog spot I missed? Leave a comment below and tell me!
Enjoy your franks! And while you're here, you should check out some other Delectable Destinations:
Post first published in July 2019. Updated July 2021.