The hot dog is definitely a sandwich, and here's why
First things first: Without the bun, a hot dog obviously isn’t a sandwich – just a piece of (delicious) meat. But when you add a bun to the mix? Let’s just say the opinions are fresh-off-the-grill hot.
Regardless of what side you’re on, there’s one thing we can all agree on: Hot dogs are delicious, and that’s the most important thing. Let’s be real, though: The hot dog is definitely a sandwich. Here’s why:
It has all the ingredients of a sandwich. Bread, meat, cheese, veggies, condiments – these are the ingredients of a sandwich. They’re also the ingredients of a hot dog. This is not a coincidence.
The meat is between the bread. This is the number one thing that makes a sandwich a sandwich – you put something between bread and you eat it. Sure, hot dogs have just one end open, but who said there needs to be two? Heck, some deli-style subs are closed on one end, but they don’t all of a sudden become something other than a sandwich. Why should we hold hot dogs to a different standard?
A sandwich can be many things. A grilled cheese is a sandwich, right? It doesn’t even have meat! And you can’t say an ice cream sandwich isn’t a sandwich – it has “sandwich” in the name. Open-faced sandwiches have just one slice of bread, and sometimes we eat 'em with a knife and fork – but we still call it a sandwich. And a lobster roll is basically just a hot dog with a sea creature in it. Point being: There’s no hard-and-fast rule of what constitutes a sandwich. Sandwiches come in all shapes and sizes, including the shape and size of a hot dog.
It can be both a hot dog and a sandwich. Sandwiches have different categories and subcategories. Look at the po’ boy: It’s technically a sub, which falls under the sandwich umbrella. Likewise, a chili dog is a type of hot dog, which can also fall under the sandwich umbrella. Are we blowing your mind yet?
The dictionary says so. We define things by what the dictionary says, right? So if Merriam-Webster calls a hot dog a sandwich, it’s a sandwich. End of story.