Americans Consume 818 Hot Dogs Every Second (and 5 More Barely Believable Wiener Facts)

We’re now in peak wiener season, folks. Hot dogs are a beloved pastime found at backyard barbecues, picnics, and even cocktail bars across the country. Even though hot dogs are sold in 10-packs and buns are sold in packs of eight — for infuriating, logistical reasons — it’s no secret that Americans love these tubular meat treats, and the numbers back it up.

Believe it or not, the U.S. has a National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC), and it graciously consolidated America’s consumption stats using sales data from supermarkets and major league ballparks to keep us up-to-date on our shared hot dog habits. Read on to discover five surprising facts about America’s favorite cookout staple.

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