Rudy’s Hot Dog Copycat Recipe


Rudy’s Hot Dog has become an all-time famous menu item at the iconic Toledo, Ohio restaurant Rudy’s. People drive from near and far to enjoy this delicious and retro Coney Island style hot dog. It included a chili style sauce on a hot dog, topped with mustard and diced onion.

Though Rudy’s holds their family recipe as top secret, this copy copycat recipe is sure to satisfy your cravings for a Rudy’s Hot Dog. And while there are a variety of menu items available, their best selling and most popular item has remained their famous Rudy Dog.

Rudy’s Hot Dog with sweet potato chips
Rudy’s Hot Dog. Photo by CookThink.

Shopping List

Hot Dogs
Hot Dog Buns
White Onion
Chili Powder
Cumin Powder

History of Rudy’s Hot Dog

Rudy’s Hot Dog was founded in 1920 by Rudy Poturedes, according to its website. It started with a single hot dog stand and grew into opening a restaurant and later a chain at 6 locations. After the passing of Rudy, the Dionyssiou brothers (Harry and Andreas) took over the restaurant and moved it to its current location on Sylvania in 1971.

Rudy’s remains a staple in the Toledo Ohio. People come from near and far to dine at the famous restaurant. The legacy continues to be passed down from generation to generation. And it is estimated that the Rudy’s nostalgia will always remain.

Rudy’s Hot Dog. A coney style hot dog topped with onions and mustard.
Rudy’s Hot Dog. Photo by CookThink.

Location of Rudy’s Hot Dog

Each of the restaurant location is owned and operated by a family member who continues to work hard to continue the legacy that started over 100 years ago. Harry and Andreas are presidents of Rudy’s and have packed a lot of hard work and family pride into their hot dog empire. It includes a chain of 6 restaurants located in and around Toledo, Ohio, as follows:

946 W Sylvania Ave
Toledo, OH 43612
phone (419) 478-7095

6069 N Summit Street
Toledo,  OH 43611
phone (419) 729-5781

3208 W Alexis Road
Toledo, OH 43613
phone (419)471-9159

4748 Monroe Street
Toledo, OH 43623
phone (419) 472-4813

4747 Glendale Ave
Toledo, OH 43614
phone (419) 382-2210

7170 Orchard Centre
Toledo, OH 43623
phone (419) 867-0321

How To Warm The Hot Dog and Bun

Since Rudy’s Hot Dog is intended to be coney island style, we recommend boiling the hot dog and steaming the bun. Here’s how:

Bring a pan of water to boil on the stovetop. Add the hot dog and warm until heated through. While the hot dog is boiling, place a grate over the top of the pan of boiling water and set the open bun on the grate. Cover the top with tented aluminum foil. Heat until warm. This will make an extremely soft and delicious tasting bun.

How To Store Rudy’s Hot Dog Sauce

Rudy’s Hot Dog Sauce can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days. It can be frozen in a zipped plastic bag for up to 3 months.

How To Reheat Rudy’s Sauce

Rudy’s Hot Dog Sauce can be reheated in a saucepan on the stovetop, while adding a few drops of water to keep it moist and from burning. Or it can be reheated in the microwave oven for a few seconds.

What To Eat With Rudy’s Hot Dog

We think that a Coney Island style hot dog has somewhat of a casual and iconic feel. Here are some items that pair well and ideas of what to eat with Rudy’s Hot Dog:

Cole Slaw
Baked Beans
Potato Salad
Chef Salad
Tossed Salad
Greek Salad
Potato Chips
French Fries
Onion Rings
Root Beer


Hot Dogs
Hot Dog Buns
1 White Onion, diced finely
1 lb Hamburger
1 tsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Pepper
Salt to taste

How To Make Rudy’s Hot Dog Sauce


1. Brown hamburger in a frying pan until there is no pink left. Crumble into as tiny pieces as possible, using a potato masher.

2. Add salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin and paprika. Add enough water to cover the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Reduce to low heat and simmer until liquid has mostly evaporated.

3. Keep well stirred. Add more salt or spices to taste.

4. Dice white onion.

5. Warm hot dogs thoroughly in boiling water. Steam the buns until warm and soft.

6. Serve warm hot dogs with sauce, diced onion, and a squirt of mustard. Enjoy!

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4 thoughts on “Rudy’s Hot Dog Copycat Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    I became a Rudy’s zealot during college at the University of Toledo. I’ve had Packo’s, and Detroit’s Lafayette and National but there is NOTHING like Rudy’s sauce and a steamed dog and that remains so 50 years after my first bite. Anytime you’re near Toledo, stop in. You won’t be disappointed!

    • Hi Greg. Feel free to add a little allspice if that makes the flavor taste more complete for you. Our recipe is not intended to be exact, but rather is a copycat recipe that gives you a similar experience and reminds you of Rudy’s. Thanks for your interest and thanks for reading CookThink!


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