Bloody Finger Hot Dogs: the easy, scary recipe to enjoy at Halloween

Total time: 15 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
By Cookist
Hot dogs
hot dog buns
sharp cheese
1 slice
ketchup for serving

If you want a gross-looking, delicious meal to serve for Halloween, look no further than these Bloody Finger Hot Dogs. They give a whole new meaning to the term finger food! Unlike many other scary Halloween foods, these are easy to make and they’re also inexpensive. You only need a few ingredients: buns, hot dogs, cheese, and ketchup.

This is the perfect recipe to make if you’re hosting a kid’s party. Put all the hot dogs in a basket, so that each person can grab and go their own. They look pretty realistic, so you will have the scariest meal on the block! They taste just like your typical hot dog, with just enough sauce from the blood…or rather…tomato sauce! Want to make something crazy? Then make these Halloween Finger Hot Dogs at your next Halloween party!


Halloween Finger Hot Dog Ingredients

Hot Dogs – use any of your favorite hot dogs—you can even use frankfurters if you’re making these for adults!

Hot Dog Buns – use fresh hot dog buns.

Ketchup – you can use mustard, but we recommend ketchup or BBQ sauce for creating the blood effect.

Cheese – use lightly colored cheese like Swiss cheese or mozzarella.

How To Make Bloody Finger Hot Dogs

To make the hot dog look like a finger, there are two components: the fingernail and the knuckles. To create the knuckles, you will need to make sets of three slits with a knife on the Vienna—a few inches apart. The middle slit should be straight, with the slits on the side being slightly bent.

To make the fingernail, first cut out a “finger bed”. Slice on the sides, then carefully slice a piece of the top, to make place for the cheese fingernail.



Variations: Use dark red BBQ sauce instead of ketchup. You can also use square onion pieces instead of cheese for the fingernail.

You can also make these using puff pastry or crescent dough. Leave out the hot dog buns, and wrap the hot dogs with thin strips of pastry or dough. Bake until the dough is golden and cooked through. Dab with ketchup before serving.

How To Store Bloody Finger Hot Dogs

Storing the assembled Halloween hot dogs will make them soggy, but if you have leftovers, you can store them in the fridge (in an airtight container) for up to 4 days. If you want to make them ahead of time, you can prep the hot dogs, and store them in the fridge. Slice and butter the hot dog rolls and store them in a plastic bag at room temperature.

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Fry hot dogs until golden (about 2 minutes).


To make a hot dog finger cut off one side of the hot dog, make 3 slits in the middle and towards the end of the hot dog, rotate it, and cut off the tip to make a nail bed.


Cut the cheese slice into a rounded square to fit each nail bed. Spread a little bit of ketchup for attaching it.


Attach the cheese slice.


Slice through the hot dog buns.


Spread ketchup over hot dog buns, place sausage in. Optionally you can add more ketchup to your hot dog to imitate blood. Serve with additional ketchup and mustard.


Make sure to add extra ketchup on top of the “finger” for maximum effect!

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