Michigan hot dog
TypeHot dog
Place of originUnited States
Region or statePlattsburgh, New York
Main ingredientsHot dog bun, hot dog, michigan Sauce (meat sauce)

A Michigan hot dog, Michigan red hot,[1] or simply "Michigan" is a steamed all-beef hot dog on a steamed bun topped with a meaty sauce, generally referred to as "michigan sauce", and is a specialty in and around Plattsburgh, New York.[2][1]


There is no consensus on the origin of the Michigan,[2][3] which according to some sources is not capitalized.[2][4] Eula and Garth Otis, who opened the first Michigan stand in Plattsburgh, New York, in 1927, were originally from Michigan.[2][5]

According to Press-Republican columnist Gordie Little, a newspaper advertisement for the Otis's Michigans appeared in 1927.[3] Little calls the Michigan "a cultural institution."[6]

According to Serious Eats, the sauce recipe may have originated in Michigan, but "bears little resemblance to Detroit Coney sauce, with no offal and barely any Greek flavor, although the texture is similar to Flint sauce."[7]


The sauces are varied; some can be tomato-based and may contain vinegar, brown sugar, and a blend of spices. Others contain no tomato and are solely seasoning-based.[7] It uses hamburger and contains no large chunks of meat.[4][3] In addition to the sauce, the hot dog may be topped with onions and yellow mustard.[7] Unlike Cincinnati-style coneys, no cheese is used as a hot dog topping.[7] In many instances, customers can order their dogs with onions under the meat; the term for this is ordering the dog "buried".[8]

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  1. ^ a b Heil, Meredith (March 2, 2017). "The 41 Most Important Hot Dog Styles in America". Thrillist. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Bramen, Lisa (September 21, 2011). "The Annals of Geographically Confused Foods: Michigan Hot Dogs from New York". Smithsonian Magazine.
  3. ^ a b c Kourofsky, Nikki (August 2012). "Adirondack Life Article - Michigans - Adirondack Life". www.adirondacklifemag.com. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Tasty Treat Along the Adirondack Coast | Lake Champlain Region". www.lakechamplainregion.com. Archived from the original on October 10, 2015. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  5. ^ "The Michigans of Plattsburgh: More than just hot dogs". newyorkupstate. April 27, 2016. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  6. ^ "Michigans: a North Country delicacy". NCPR. September 3, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d Krall, Hawk (August 10, 2018). "Hot Dog of the Week: Decoding the "Michigan Dog" of New York State". www.seriouseats.com. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  8. ^ "Hot Dog of the Week: Decoding the "Michigan Dog" of New York State". www.seriouseats.com. Retrieved 2021-02-18.