Hopdog – Healthy Hotdogs in Brussels

By - September 28, 2011 (Updated: December 4, 2014)

Hopdog and owners Sameul and Chady

Hopdog and owners Sameul and Chady (photo via Hopdog)

Hotdogs probably aren’t the first food that comes to mind when you hear the word ‘gourmet.’ But a new company in Brussels is trying to change that. They’re called Hopdog and they’re taking food in a bun to a whole new level.

After one quick look at Hopdog’s website and menu, we decided we had to give these healthy, gourmet hotdogs a try. So, we grabbed a couple of willing friends and went to taste-test.

Located on Rue des Fripiers, a bustling shopping street, steps from Grand Place,  Hopdog is conveniently located for a snack on-the-run.  This isn’t an eat-in restaurant, but luckily Hopdogs are highly portable.

Hopdogs are made with chicken sausage and come in two sizes: Small at 250 calories, and Big at 480 calories. There are also vegetarian and organic Hopdogs for an even healthier choice. The buns are fresh baked daily and are available in white, brown and multi-grain. There are 7 home-made sauces to choose from including spicy ketchup, mustard and pesto.

The Healthy Hopdog

The Healthy Hopdog (photo via Hopdog)

Andrew ordered the Traditional Hopdog, which has ketchup and mustard on a white bun. As his was the ‘Big’ version, he got two sausages on his bun. His verdict? Delicious!

The Big Original Hopdog

The Big Original Hopdog

I opted for the Crispy Barbecue Hopdog, along with one of our fellow taste-testers. Our sausages came with barbecue sauce and crispy fried onions. They tasted great and the crunchy onions gave the sausage a nice added texture.

The Crispy Barbecue Hopdog

The Crispy Barbecue Hopdog

Our final taste-tester chose the Spicy Hopdog, which was the same as Andrew’s but had spicy ketchup. She felt it had a nice little kick of heat.

The taste-testers approve!

The taste-testers approve!

We had a quick chat with one of the owners, in between customers, and learned that Hopdog is already thriving. It’s no wonder! With great flavour, fresh, healthy ingredients, portability and speed in their favour, we expect to see Hopdog outlets popping up all over Brussels.

Samuel talks about Hopdog while we eat

Samuel talks about Hopdog while we eat

Rue des Fripiers/ kleerkopersstraat 21
1000 Brussels
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10.00 am to 6.30 pm

Have you tried a Hopdog? Let us know what you thought in the comments. For more great restaurants in Belgium and beyond, check out our Restaurant Review page.

If you like this, you might like:

Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
- 1 day ago


  1. Comment by Amy

    Amy September 28, 2011 at 16:31

    That looks pretty good! We’ll have to check that out before we leave.

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison September 28, 2011 at 16:46

      I think you would love them. I highly recommend the Spicy Barbecue. The crispy onions are delish!

  2. Comment by Sylvain

    Sylvain September 28, 2011 at 16:32

    I was thinking of testing these hopdogs next time I would be in Brussels centre. Now that you recommend it, I’ll be sure to give it a try!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison September 28, 2011 at 16:48

      Definitely do so Sylvain! The flavours are great!

  3. Comment by Claire

    Claire October 7, 2011 at 17:13

    Mmm. Will definitely have to check that out.

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison October 8, 2011 at 12:52

      Let me know what you think of it Claire!

  4. Comment by Big-Al Connolly

    Big-Al Connolly January 12, 2012 at 02:20

    Hi Alison

    Thank you for this Story, it is great to be able to show our global fanbase all the Innovation surrounding the Hotdog Industry.


    Big Al Connolly aka
    The Fast Food Entrepreneur
    and Hotdog Master

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison January 12, 2012 at 09:52

      You’re welcome. Glad you enjoyed it!

Comments are closed.

Go top