Looking for a place to get a hot dog? You will love this list of the best hot dogs in the Burlington, VT area. 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?
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! Summer is a delightful time to find Delectable Destinations like these.
There are a mix of eateries here: 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".
- 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.
🌭 Hot Dogs Places in the Burlington area
Bri's Fries, Colchester
Head to Bayside Park in Malletts Bay and you'll spot the pink and white food truck parked across from the beach! Stop by, meet the friendly crew and get hot, freshly-made Michigan dogs topped with seasoned meat, chopped onion and mustard. The menu has something for everyone: burgers to clam strips to mac 'n cheese bites. And of course: fries!
Bri's Fries: 181 East Lakeshore Dr., Colchester, VT 05446. Hours: open Tues - Sat, 11:30am - 7pm; 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 - Sat 11am - 9pm, Sun 11am - 8pm
Handy's Lunch, Burlington
Handy's Lunch is a downtown favorite, 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 7am - 3pm; Sat 7:30am - 1pm; Sun 8:30am - 1pm
Butch & Babe's, Burlington
This awesome and eclectic little restaurant 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 and a classic Chicago-style dog. Head there on Sundays to get hot dogs for only $3!
Butch & Babe's: 258 North Winooski Ave., Burlington, VT 05401. Hours: open 7 days: Mon - Fri 7am - 3pm; Sat 7:30am - 1pm; Sun 8:30am - 1pm
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 - Sat 11am - 9pm, Sun 11am - 8pm
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. Chili dogs are on the menu, too!
Switchback Brewing Company: 160 Flynn Ave., Burlington, VT 05401. Hours: open Mon - Sat 11am to 9pm, Sun 11am - 8pm
Guilty Plate Diner, Colchester
This diner opened in the quiet plaza across from the drive-in movie theater in 2013, and it's become a favorite Colchester breakfast and lunch spot! The dogs on their menu include a chili dog, chili cheese dog and a Michigan dog. I can vouch that their home-cooked Michigan sauce is very good!
Guilty Plate Diner: 164 Porters Point Rd., Colchester, VT 05446. Hours: open Tues - Sat 7am to 8:30pm; Sun - Mon 7am - 3pm
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 - 8pm
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. 7 days 10:30am - dusk
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 - 8:30pm, Fri - Sat 11:30am - 9pm
Sausage Shack, Essex Junction
I look for this food truck whenever we go to the Champlain Valley Fair for their delicious grilled sausage - 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) is open 20 hours a day - fantastic news if you're coming out of a late show at the Flynn Theater or closing down 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 7 days 6:30am - 3:00am
Lake Monsters Baseball Games, Burlington
(No baseball games or baseball hot dogs during this terrible pandemic, but I'm still including this mention so we can dream of hot dogs at baseball games in 2021.)
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 let me know: 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, check out some other Delectable Destinations:
Inishmore, Ireland, and a recipe for Vanilla Apple Pie
The Best Bagels: Myer's Bagels of Burlington, VT
Donegal, Ireland and a recipe for Irish Chilli Sauce
Post first published in July 2019. Updated August 2020.