“Can there really be that much of a difference between the best turkey hot dogs and the best chicken hot dogs?” we asked ourselves as we fired up the grill and gathered around a picnic table for another Epicurious blind taste test—the first one we’ve conducted together since March 2020. If you’re opting for turkey or chicken hot dogs because you avoid red meat, the Ferndale option might not be what you’re looking for. Our favorite poultry hot dogs: Ferndale MarketFirst things first: These turkey hot dogs are made with a natural lamb casing, which may turn you off depending on the reason you’re choosing to buy turkey dogs. The best chicken hot dogs: Applegate OrganicsAnother Applegate on the loose: Of all the chicken hot dogs we tried, these were our favorite, hands-down. While we generally preferred the texture and flavor of the turkey hot dogs over chicken, this brand’s chicken dogs could go head-to-head with many of our top contenders.
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