An argument as old as time, is a hot dog a sandwich? This battle has been waging for years inside professional kitchens, fine dining establishments and your family kitchen table. The hot dog, an American cuisine staple, has the world divided if this beef sausage like meat sat in between a split bun or hoagie roll is indeed a sandwich or not. Strong arguments can be made for both sides, so let's debate!
Case for being a Sandwich: First and foremost, the official definition of a hot dog is a sandwich using loose interpretations. So let's break down those parts: grilled or steamed sausage served in the slit of a partially sliced bun that can often be flanked by condiments of your choosing. Sure does sound a lot like a sandwich doesn't it? that loose definition of a hot dog goes hand in hand with a basic definition of a sandwich as well.
A second strong argument for a hot dog being a sandwich is the simple fact that the man who created the hot dog himself says that he considered a hot dog to be a sandwich when he first started to sell them. You can find a hot dog on the menu for a lot of sandwich shops as well and that just helps bolster the argument for the hot dog being a sandwich.
Case for NOT being a Sandwich: The strongest argument for a hot dog not being a sandwich goes right against the main reason for those who believe it is. The definition of a sandwich is veggies, meat and cheese on or between slices of bread. Doesn't sound much like a hot dog here does it? The argument here can heat up even more with a counter point of a hot dog could also be a taco if you want to consider it a sandwich. The non-sandwich truthers claim a hot dog is its own thing and is no way a sandwich.
A hot dog can't be a sandwich since it doesn't look anything like a sandwich is a typical argument against it being a sandwich. The strongest argument I think you can make against is going to any restaurant or store that sells sandwiches and simply ask them for a sandwich, when they give you their options they won't list you a hot dog even if it is on the menu.
Both sides of this argument make strong cases. A hot dog can very easily be a sandwich but at the same time you can see why it isn't. So what do you think?