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Bumping Up the Hot Dog to a Whole New Level!

“What are some of your favorite things to purchase at Sam’s Club?” I asked a friend.

“I love their chicken sausages! They make such a great supper meal!”

So upon her recommendation, I purchased some and they were good, but just “meh.” But then I realized that they would be fantastic on a bun in the place of a regular hot dog. After searching, I found this recipe for adding a sweet and savory pineapple relish on top of that sausage, and it bumped it up to be the tastiest “Hot Dog” ever!

One great thing about these sausages (you can get them at any grocery store, not just Sam’s) is that most are already cooked, so you’re basically warming them up. We chose to throw them on the grill to add that smokey flavor. Good idea! Then, I also sprayed the buns with cooking spray and warmed them on the grill before placing that hot chicken sausage inside and topping it with the delicious relish. Oh my! What a yummy meal and also so much healthier than the pork version.

Chicken Sausages with Pineapple Salsa
Keep in mind you can leave out any ingredient you don’t love!

  • 4 chicken sausages (or vegetarian sausage)
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 cup red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 jalapeno, diced
  • 1/8 cup onion, diced
  • 1/8 cup cilantro, diced
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 lime, juice


Stir together the pineapple, red pepper, jalapeno, onion, cilantro, cumin, salt, pepper, and lime juice.2

Grill the sausages according to package directions, about 6-8 minutes for pre-cooked chicken sausages.

Spray buns with cooking spray and place sprayed side down on grill. Cook until lightly browned and warm.

Place sausage in buns and top with Pineapple relish.

If you’re hungry for a delicious summer meal, I encourage you to jump on the Chicken sausage bandwagon and give them a try inside a toasty bun and smothered with this relish! You’ll be saying,

Move over, hot dog, you’ve got some stiff competition!!

Two questions:
Have you ever tried chicken sausages?

What’s your favorite thing to buy at Sam’s or Costco?

With love from my country kitchen,

10 thoughts on “Bumping Up the Hot Dog to a Whole New Level!

  1. Yes! The Sam’s brand, at both Sam’s and Walmart, is also a money saver. And only 100 calories each! We like the chicken apple and the Italian chicken. They’re great with vegetables as a sheet pan dinner or whipped up in a skillet for a faster meal with similar flavor. I remove the casing (it comes off so easily) before cooking for a more tender sausage. Soon I’m going to make a low cal pasta sauce with the Italian sausage, tomato sauce, and seasonings to serve over whole wheat penne.


  2. We buy chicken sausage frequently, stocking up and freezing it whenever we find a good sale. I use it (chopped) a lot in main dishes and soups. I admit I have never eaten one in a bun like a hot dog, but it sounds like a fantastic idea! And that salsa does sound yummy!

    We don’t have a Sam’s or Costco near enough for us to bother with a membership, but one thing I love at Costco when we visit out West and stay with family who do have a membership, is their muffins. Especially the maple apple ones. Not sure if they still sell those; it’s been awhile. I found a recipe that tastes the same, though!


  3. Sounds yum! Ive never tried chicken sausage but would love to try this with vegetarian sausage. Thanks for the good idea.


  4. My husband and I enjoy Apple Chicken Sausage. I’ve gotten it from Costco and Walmart. We like it with a number of meals from pancakes, to roasted veggie sides, or sliced to go on snack platters. Maybe the apple in it makes the difference for us. But I’ll definitely have to try it in a hotdog bun with pineapple relish! Sounds delicious!


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