Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins
We were at the lake for the weekend and I had planned to grill hot dogs for some Chicago-style Saturday afternoon lunch. I had all the ingredients out and prepared to go. I fired the grill up and went to get the dogs. No dogs. After getting a good-natured spousal breakdown of the attributes of a good grocery shopper, I started searching for an alternative ingredient. I was being assisted in my search by my grandson...a 7 year old who was professing his starvation symptoms and major disappointment in dog availability. We stumbled on some ground beef. Here is the result. It is now requested by my grandson any time we bring up hot dogs for lunch.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 4 hot dog buns, large
- 1⁄4 cup onion, coarsely chopped
- 2 dill pickle spears, split lengthwise
- 8 plum tomatoes or 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 4 large pepperoncini peppers, seeded and coarsely chopped
- mustard, to taste
- sweet relish, to taste
- celery salt, to taste
- Mold beef into hot dog shaped cylinders.
- Lightly season with celery salt.
- Grill or fry to desired doneness. If grilling, handle carefully. They can be fragile.
- Place on hot dog buns and tuck a pickle spear into the bun.
- Apply mustard and relish to taste.
- Add tomato, pepperoncini, and onion.
- Can be really messy when eaten by a 7 year old, so take the time to enjoy watching grandma clean up the mess.
- Enjoy. OK.if you can't resist the temptation, a little ketchup may be called for.