When Was the Hot Dog on a Bun Invented?
The first hot dogs on buns were served at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, the Colombian Exposition brought hordes of visitors who consumed large quantities of sausages sold by vendors. People liked this food that was easy to eat, convenient and inexpensive.
According to legend, a hot dog vendor at the German exhibit could not afford to serve his sausages on plates with silverware. On the other hand, his customers complained that the sausages were too hot to hold in their fingers. The vendor solved the problem by serving the sausages on buns.
Hot dogs were originally known as ‘”frankfurters.” They were nicknamed “hot dogs” because of the humorous resemblance of this spicy hot sausage to the long-bodied dachshund dog.
However, this claim is disputed by those who assert that the popular sausage – known as a “dachshund” or “little-dog” sausage – was created in the late 1600’s by Johann Georghehner, a butcher, living in Coburg, Germany. According to this report, Georghehner later traveled to Frankfurt to promote his new product.