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Keto Chicago Hot Dog with Romaine Lettuce Bun

By Bree

Spending time outdoors with my family over a round of hot dogs and burgers is my idea of fun. Even when I switched to keto, I was able to find ways to make low carb keto hot dogs and burgers without much trouble. If you’re looking to make the switch just like I did, here are my tips on how to make your own keto hot dogs without the classic hot dog bun.

Keto Chicago Hot Dog with Romaine Lettuce Bun

How to Make Keto Hot Dogs

  • Let the hot dogs thaw. If you stored the hot dogs in the freezer, make sure to give time for the hot dogs to thaw to room temperature before cooking.
  • Boil the hot dogs. Cook the hot dogs for about 5 minutes then remove from the heat. If you have an outdoor grill, you could finish it off for 1-2 minutes on high heat to give it a smokey flavor.
  • Assemble the hot dogs. Instead of a bread bun, this recipe calls for a lettuce leaf to wrap the hot dog and toppings in.
  • Add the toppings. I like to top my hot dogs with tomato, pickles, pickle relish, onion, mustard, some pepper and finally some celery salt–all keto-friendly of course.

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Are Hot Dogs Keto-Friendly?

Yes, hotdogs are packed with protein and they also contain some fat. While most brands may have a gram or two of carbs, most hot dogs are very much keto-friendly.

You may find the occasional flavored frank (usually honey glazed or honey BBQ) with a few extra grams of carbs, but in general, these may still fit your keto lifestyle depending on how many carbs you can tolerate without getting knocked out of ketosis.

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Keto-Approved Substitutes for a Bread Bun

To make your hot dog keto-approved, you’ll have to switch out the bread bun for something else. Lucky for you, I have a few that have already been tried and tested with great results:

  • Pickle bun
  • Keto bread bun (adapted from this recipe)
  • The bun from our Pigs in a Blanket recipe

You can use a lot of ingredients as your ‘bun’ depending on the flavors and vibe you’re going for. I’ve tried all sorts of keto crust recipes with this, too, and they would work just as well.

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How to Store Keto Hot Dogs

As much as I love reaching for these keto hot dogs for a light lunch or even as a snack, I’ve learned that they are best eaten freshly cooked, or at least assembled fresh.

The hot dogs can be frozen, however the fresh ingredients like the lettuce or even the toppings like the relish and pickles are best served at room temperature or slightly chilled.

Cooked hotdogs can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.

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Keto Chicago Hot Dog with Romaine Lettuce Bun

  • Author: Bree -
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


  • 1 lettuce leaf 
  • 1 beef hot dog 
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard 
  • 1 tbsp sweet green pickle relish
  • 1 tbsp chopped onion
  • 4 thin tomato slices 
  • 1 dill pickle spear
  • 2 sport peppers
  • pinch of celery salt


  1. Fill a saucepan halfway with water and bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Add the hot dog and cook for 5 minutes. 
  3. Remove from the heat. 
  4. Place hot dog, tomato slices, dill pickle spear, pickle relish and onion in lettuce leaf. 
  5. Top with mustard, sport pepper and celery salt and serve.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 316
  • Carbohydrates: 4.2g
  • Fat: 27.3g
  • Sugar: 1.6g
  • Protein: 13.2g
  • Fiber: 1.4g

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