25 Best Hot Dog Recipes


The 25 Best Hot Dog Recipes

Here are 25 of the best hot dog recipes – ever. Hot dogs are a quintessential American backyard grilling fav and, not going to lie, one of my all-time favorite go-to for an easy cookout for a crowd.

Everyone loves hot dogs or their meatless equivalent. Hot dogs are great with just a little (or a lot) spicy mustard, but try one of these unexpected best-ever hot dog recipes for an outstanding hot dog experience.


Something for Everyone – The Best 25 Hot Dog Recipes


There is a hot dog recipe for everyone to love – traditional hot dog recipes, gourmet hot dog recipes, fun hot dog recipes, festive hot dog recipes, and with some crazy hot dog recipes.

I’m obsessed with deep fried bacon wrapped hot dogs, the easy grilled cheese hot dog panini and an upgrade on a childhood favorite – BBQ hot dog with spicy blackberry barbecue sauce, bacon and a Dunbarton Blue cheddar cheese.

But my all-time favorite hot dog is the Hula Dog, steamed in Teriyaki sauce with spicy mango sriracha sauce and grilled pineapple slaw – so good.


Hot Dogs Have Come a Long Way

A Word About Quality Hot Dogs


A great hot dog starts with buying quality hot dogs.  Today there are lots of hot dog options and while they probably won’t ever meet health food standards, they are getting healthier.

Check packages for ingredient lists and buy hot dogs that have fewer ingredients and fewer chemicals.  For traditional hot dogs look for 100% beef, instead of pork and beef blends.  They will grill better.

Some of the organic brands like Applegate have very few ingredients and none of the bad stuff, you know the chemicals you can’t pronounce.  They cook great on the grill and are delicious.

Additionally, there are great options for turkey and chicken hot dogs and a variety of meatless hot dogs.


Get tips for cooking the perfect hot dog.


Happy Hot Dogging,








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Mexican Hot Dog

A perfectly grilled hot hog topped with chunky homemade guacamole, candied jalapeños and fresh pico de gallo.

Sure to be a hit at your next backyard bbq.

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Pizza Dog

Yum. Two of my favorite foods combined into one amazing hot dog.  Smothered in a spicy marinara sauce and wrapped in pepperoni and mozzarella cheese then blanketed with thin pizza dough.

So good.  Cut into smaller pieces these make great appetizer bites.


Grilled Farmer's Market Hot Dog

Perfectly grilled, topped with local greens, stone ground mustard, herbs, fresh heirloom tomatoes, and a mustard drizzle.  This is a healthy topping option, to make it even healthier use a chicken or turkey hot dog.

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Black Bean Chili Dog

Love a good chili dog?  This version of the chili dog is an amazing twist on the classic.  Black bean chili, topped with sour cream, crushed tortilla chips, and thinly sliced jalapeños.


Beer Steamed Hot Dogs with Fried Onions

Simple and perfect.  Hot dogs bathed in your favorite beer, dijon mustard, and fried onions.

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Classic Chili Hot Dog

Love a good chili dog?  Topped with spicy chili and chopped onions this just might be the perfect chili dog. Add a little cheddar cheese for a chili cheese dog.


All American Foot Hot Dog

This hot dog is all about the quality of the hot dog, paired with homemade relish and spicy mustard.

Learn the secrets to grilling the perfect hot dog.

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Buffalo Dog

If you love Buffalo chicken wings, you’ll love this hot dog. The hot dog is bathed in Anchor Bar Buffalo sauce, then grilled and topped with blue cheese crumbles, drizzled with ranch dressing, and topped with shaved celery and carrots.

This just might be your new favorite hot dog.


Hot Dog with Pickled Onions

Quick pickled onions give this hot dog a great tangy taste.  Top with homemade pickle relish.


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Nacho Taco Hot Dog

Everything you love about nachos topping a hot dog.  Cheddar cheese, a guacamole sauce, chopped tomatoes, pickled jalapeños, and crispy tortilla chips.  Yum.


Greek Hot Dog

This is a hot dog topped with Tzatziki sauce, cucumbers, and feta cheese.  The toppings in the Greek hot Dog pairs perfectly with a spicy hot dog or sausage.

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Pigs in Puff Pastry Hot Dogs

I love making these for appetizers before the big barbecue or a quick lunch by the pool. These are so easy to make and the customization options are endless.

Perfect with just cheese or add pesto sauce and asiago cheese for an unexpected hot dog treat.


Corn Dog

This will bring back memories of county fairs.  Simple cornbread batter coats your hot dog and a quick dip in the deep fryer you have the perfect summer hot dog on a stick.  Serve with mustard and ketchup for dipping. 

Add jalapeños to the batter for a spicy corn dog or add cheese for an ooey gooey cheesy corn dog or go crazy and add both!

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Grilled Cheese Hot Dogs

I love grilled cheese sandwiches.  Adding a hot dog and a blend of gooey cheese may make this one of the best comfort foods ever.  Add some french fries and it’s heaven.


Breakfast for Lunch Hot Dog with a Fried Egg

A hot dog topped with a fried egg and cheese top a hot dog on a bed of sauteed spinach.

This would be good with a spicy sausage.

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Panko Crusted Deep Fried Hot Dog

A twist on the traditional corn dog.  Dip hot dogs in a panko crust batter an then deep fry.  These are tasty served with just ketchup and mustard or my fav marinara sauce.

For a cheesy treat wrap the hot dog in mozzarella cheese before dipping in the batter.


Create a Hot Dog Topping Bar

I love throwing a “make-your-own” hot dog barbecue.  This is an easy way to feed a crowd – throw a bunch of hot dogs, maybe some sausage on the grill and then let your guests create their own hot dog creations.

Set out a variety of traditional toppings and fun toppings and let your gang go crazy.  That’s how we came up with some of these hot dog recipes.  🙂

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Hulu Teriyaki Hot Dog

I first had this hot dog at a drive-in in Hawaii.  Crazy flavor combinations but oh so good.

Don’t judge this hot dog until you try it.

The hot dog gets cooked in a teriyaki sauce and is topped with a crunchy sweet and spicy pineapple and carrot slaw.


Boston Baked Bean Hot Dog

Smokey and sweet Boston baked beans are the perfect topping for any hot dog or sausage, add a couple of slices of cucumber for a little crunch and you’ll have a new family fav.

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Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

Bacon wrapped hot dogs are so good and super easy to make.  Simply wrap bacon around the hot dog and either grill, bake in the oven or (my fav) deep fry.

You’ll never look at hot dogs the same way again.


Bruschetta Hot Dog

Bruschetta on a hot dog?  You bet!

Chopped tomatoes and roasted red peppers tossed with a little olive oil and basil ribbons top this Italian style hot dog.

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Cali Hot Dog

A hot dog topped with sprouts, avocados, ripe tomatoes, and micro greens served on a baguette.

Doesn’t get any better.


BBQ Hot Dog with Cheddar Blue Cheese and Red Wine Marinated Mushrooms

This upscale hot dog combines red wine marinated mushrooms and onions topped with Dunbarton Blue (a cheddar tinged with veins of blue cheese) or gorgonzola cheese.

Serve with a nice rich red wine.

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Mac and Cheese Hot Dog

Scoop creamy macaroni and cheese on to of a hot dog, top with crispy tabasco onions and a tabasco bbq sauce drizzle.

Hot dog heaven.


Artichoke and Spinach Hot Dog

I almost always make my Houston’s copycat artichoke and spinach dip for an appetizer when we have barbeques, so it was only a matter of time before someone tried it on a hot dog.

And it was awesome.  Give it a try.

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