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The History of the Danish Hot Dog Stands

Updated on November 5, 2014


I decided to write another article about Denmark, this time about one of Danish most popular places to eat fast food, the hot dog stand. It was really interesting to read about how the first hot dog stand got started and how it has become a business over these past few years.

A Danish hot dog stand.
A Danish hot dog stand. | Source

The First Danish Hot Dog Stand

The first Danish hot dog stand started in Copenhagen in 1921. The early hot dog stands had kerosene burners or camping stoves, this invention later lead to the creation of new mobile coffee stands and mobile restaurants. Although this seemed like a great idea to some people, there were others that did not welcome this new trend of eating outdoors. One example, is that of a city council member stating that: "It is highly unsightly to have people eating sausages in the streets."


The Many Danish Hot Dogs

The Danish hot dog is a natural casing wiener that is often dyed bright red. The wieners are cooked on a flat grill, as you can see the wiener is long and stretches out from the boundaries of the hot dog bun, they are then topped with onions, fried onions, and thinly sliced pickles and finally your own choice of sauces ranging from mustard, ketchup, to remoulade.

The most popular Danish hot dog is the hot dog made with a mountain of fried onions. The dogs are made out of pork and have a more flavorful touch than the American hot dog. They are still surely in the wiener frankfurter category. Vendors also offer Danish specialties such as the spicier Medister Polce.

What is Medister Polce? or otherwise known as Medisterpolse is a Scandinavian specialty food consisting of a spicy, thick sausage made of minced pork stuffed into pig intestines. Medisterpolse was first used in the Swedish housekeeping book in the 16th century. And since the sausage has changed dramatically over the years. One example is the filling used to be hand-chopped with a knife, nowadays, it is chopped very finely on a machine, giving the medister a different mixture.

How is the Medister Served?

It is first cut up in sections before serving. It is cooked or fried for the first time during the final preparation, therefore it must be kept in the freezer if you wish to store it for a longer time. The spices generally used often when preparing the medister are: allspice, cloves, salt, and pepper.

The Fransk HotDog:

Or otherwise known as the "French hot dog" which is a toasted baguette-like roll with a hole bored through the middle. They also have bacon-wrapped hot dogs known as Polse I Svod served with the bread and sauces on the side.

The Danish Hot Dog Stand

Hot Dog Stands in WWII and Today

Hot Dog stands in Denmark during World War II, started becoming a social provision, this lead to people with disabilities to mostly take hot dog stands. Now, hot dog, fruit and vegetable stands are operated by people with disabilities.

Hot Dog Stands Today:

Hot Dog stands are common in Copenhagen, eventhough many other new fast food ideas are springing, so are new ideas blooming out and spreading in the hot dog stand business.

Organic Hot Dog Stands:

In 2009 the first organic hot dog stand opened in Copenhagen. This new hot dog stand, serves sausages in a Nordic cuisine style. Selling more than 50,000 organic sausages is the proof that hot doh stands are still all the rage in Denmark indeed.

Denmark's Organic Hot Dog Stand

Polser- Danish Style-Hot Dogs Recipe

  • 8 frankfurters
  • 8 hot dog rolls
  • remoulade sauce
  • tomato ketchup
  • 1 handful homemade pickled cucumbers
  • 1 handful dried crispy onions

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: Servings for four people.
Danish Polser Hot dog.
Danish Polser Hot dog. | Source

Steps on how to do the Polser Danish Hot Dogs

  1. First you will cook the frankfurters (wiener sausages) based on package instructions, you can pan fry them in a low heat so you do not split the skins. Cook them for ten minutes.
  2. Split the hot dog rolls and put two on each serving plate. When the frankfurters (wiener sausages) are cooked place them on the center of each hot dog roll. Squirt the Remoulade sauce and ketchup along the top of your hot dogs. Lastly, add the cucumbers, and sprinkle the onions along the top.

Danish Fried Onions Recipe Video

Danish Remoulade sauce
Danish Remoulade sauce | Source

Danish Remoualde Sauce Recipe


  1. 1 cup of Sweet Relish
  2. 1 cup of Mayonnaise
  3. 3 teaspoons of yellow mustard
  4. 1/2 teaspoons of sugar

Directions for Preparation:

  1. Place the relish into a piece of cheesecloth or a clean kitchen towel, then twist into a tight ball and squeeze out all of fluid as much as you can.
  2. Place the already squeezed relish into a small bowl and add the mayonnaise, yellow mustard and sugar, mix until it is well combined.
  3. Place in an airtight container and refrigerate until you are ready to use it.

Remoulade Sauce
Remoulade Sauce | Source

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