Weiner Winks


Fun to say and even more fun to eat



When I started my latest series on hot dogs across the United States, I was excited to try some creative variations or new takes on the classic American hot dog. What I did not expect to find was a hot dog that is even more quintessentially American than the traditional American hot dog. Meet Weiner Winks – a recipe that’s courtesy of Brittany from Pennsylvania.  

Although Weiner Winks were a big part of Brittany’s childhood in Pennsylvania, it’s hard to say if Pennsylvania is where this hot dog creation originated. But honestly, this dish could have believably popped up from any state in the United States. In fact for many kids, like Brittany, Weiner Winks were a special treat at school lunches across the country. Now they’re a special treat for Brittany’s kids, who frequently get to enjoy the same recipe that Brittany did as a kid.  

However, Weiner Winks aren’t just filled with sweet nostalgia, they’re also filled with a few staple American ingredients. The recipe begins with classic, white sandwich bread that’s lightly buttered and toasted. Then comes the ever divisive American cheese singles. Whether you love them or hate them, the melted gooiness of American cheese is perfect for Weiner Winks. Add one slice of the cheese onto the bread (or two- who’s counting?), followed by your hot dog. These hot dogs are often referred to as, “weiners,” hence the name of Weiner Winks. Although, the “winks” part of the name is a bit less clear…  

With all of your ingredients assembled, you then fold the diagonal corners of the bread toward each other and secure with a toothpick until it looks like a taco. You’ll then bake or air fry the dish until everything is golden brown. Serve with a bit of ketchup on the side and you’re ready to enjoy.  

Weiner Winks are one of those recipes that are just so beautifully simple and comforting. They’re warm, salty, cheesy, crunchy, and absolutely delicious. At first glance, you might not think that Weiner Winks are anything special, but they’re an easy and budget-friendly way to add a bit of All-American joy into your day.  

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  • toothpicks


  • white bread
  • butter
  • American cheese slices
  • hot dog sausages your preference
  • ketchup for serving


  • Take a slice of white bread and butter one side.
  • Lay bread butter side down and place a slice of American cheese down.
  • Next, your hot dog will go at at angle because you’re going to take each corner of the bread and fold up around the hot dog and hold in place with toothpicks. It should look kind of like a taco when you’re done.
  • Place in a 375° oven for 10-12 minutes or until bread is golden brown and hot dog is cooked through.
  • Dip in ketchup to eat!
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Region: North America

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