Charlie's Legendary Onions
Long Island, NY
Long Island's Legendary Onion Sauce

Featured on the Food Network program "Home Food Advantage"

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In 1963, disabled WWII Veteran Charles Summa opened a hot dog stand with his wife Rosemary in Brentwood, Long Island with the goal of supporting his family. What started as a small pushcart quickly grew into Charlie’s Famous Hot Dogs and its very special secret weapon— Charlie’s Legendary Onions. Slathered atop Charlie’s dogs, the soft and flavorful onion sauce became so famous that Long Islanders came from miles around, just to taste them. After the famous hot dog stand closed in 2008 due to a permitting snafu, Charlie’s re-opened in the summer of 2017- to longer lines than ever! Today the legend lives on as a tasty tribute to the man who brought joy in the form of out-of-this-world hot dogs to Long Islanders for 50-plus years.

About The Food

Made with all-natural ingredients and no preservatives and gently sautéed with a magical combination of seasonings, Charlie’s Legendary Onions turn the average hot dog, chicken dish, or vegetable stir-fry into a gourmet experience you’ll never forget. Sold in jars at regional specialty markets in New York, they are now being shipped—by us at FoodyDirect—for the first time. Try them on your favorite sandwich, with pork chops, eggs, meat loaf...and of course on your favorite hot dogs and sausages!

Meet The Owner

Disabled WWII Veteran Charles Summa founded Charlie’s World Famous Hot Dog stand to provide for his family. He spent 50 years doing just that—and bringing a lot of flavor and joy to the lives of hot dog lovers in Long Island. After his passing in 1998, Charlie’s family decided to resurrect the cornerstone to his success by launching Charlie’s Legendary Onions to share the special jarred onions you can’t help but love. Today his daughter Jeanne carries on her dad’s tradition of making one of the most delicious hot dog toppings you’ll ever lay your taste buds on.


Featured on the Food Network program "Home Food Advantage"

Shipping Days

At FoodyDirect we are doing everything we can to drive down shipping costs for our customers, including offering Low Flat-Rate Shipping.

$ 9.95 GROUND SHIPPING - If your shipping address is reachable from Charlie's Onions via UPS Ground service within 2 days for the Hot Dog Kit (or Nationwide for just Charlie's Onions), you will be presented with a flat rate of only $9.95 at checkout.
$ 29.95 2-DAY AIR - If your shipping address is beyond 2-day ground reach for the Hot Dog Kit, you will be presented with a flat rate of $ 29.95 for 2nd-Day Air upon checkout.

*Please note that the flat rates above will be applied per shipping box. Each package from Charlie's requires its own shipping box. You will be presented with the actual shipping rate before finalizing your purchase.

Expedited service may be available for an additional charge. Saturday delivery is not available. Service to Alaska and Hawaii is available for an additional fee (sorry). Service outside the U.S. currently not available.

Orders are shipped Tuesdays and Wednesdays, except holidays. Orders placed by 5:00 PM (ET) Monday can be shipped on Tuesday; orders placed by 5:00 PM (ET) Tuesday can be shipped on Wednesday. Perishable items cannot be shipped over a weekend and cannot be delivered on Sunday or Monday.

Weather and unforeseen circumstances can delay your shipment. We strongly recommend that you schedule your order to arrive at least 1 business day before your desired usage date to allow for any delays.

Shipping Options

The following shipping options are available depending on the delivery date selected:

Ground Shipping ($9.95) - Orders of Charlies Onions only (without Hot Dogs) will have $9.95 Nationwide Shipping at checkout. Orders of the Hot Dog Kit will have $9.95 Shipping for customers within 2-day ground reach. Orders will be delivered via UPS Ground on the selected delivery date. Delivery time can vary based on area, between 9:00 AM and 8:00 PM to residences, and between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM to businesses.

UPS 2-Day ($29.95) - Your package will be delivered on or before the end of the second business day following shipment. Delivery time can vary based on area, but can be as late as 8:00 PM to residences and 5:00 PM to businesses.

UPS Next Day Air Saver - Your package will be delivered by the end of the next business day after it has been shipped. Delivery time can vary based on area, but can be as late as 8:00 p.m. to residences and 5:00 p.m. to businesses. The flat-rate for Next Day Air Saver is $39.95.

UPS Next Day Air - Your package will be delivered the next morning after it has shipped, by 12 noon to most addresses. The flat rate for Next Day Air is $44.95.

Once your order has shipped, you will receive a ship notification email with a tracking number for each package in your order. When your order has been delivered, you will also receive a delivery notification email.

For complete shipping details we encourage you to visit our General Shipping and Packaging Information page.

Packaging & Delivery

All food from Charlie's Legendary Onions are shipped in recyclable packages with plenty of packing material to ensure they arrive in perfect condition within the max allowable transit time of 2 days (Hot Dogs) or 8 days (Onions only).

All orders are shipped signature release. This means UPS will leave the package at the doorstep, front desk or gate associated with the shipping address without requiring a signature upon delivery. It is the customer's responsibility to ensure that the contents of the package are stored in a refrigerator promptly after delivery. FoodyDirect cannot be responsible for orders with incomplete or invalid addresses, or that are sent to recipients who are not available to store the contents of the order on the day of arrival. UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. box.

Storage & Care

Charlie's Legendary Onions are shelf stable and can be stored for up to 2 years. Once opened, refrigerate. Onions will stay fresh in your refrigerator for 30-45 days (there is also a use-by date on the jar).