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Somehow grilling season just doesn't feel real until you've grilled up your first hot dog. That satisfying snap from the first bite into a perfectly grilled dog is the quickest way to hear angels singing on high (at least for us).
But why eat a frank plain? And why limit yourself to just ketchup and mustard? Getting creative with your toppings takes this summer classic from tasty to seriously amazing. To save you time, we partnered with to bring you 12 delicious topping combos you'll want to add to your grilling arsenal.
Don't knock it 'til you try it—apples and hot dogs are the combo you never knew you needed. This slaw gets extra zing from green apples and sour cream, some flavorful heat thanks to chili powder and chopped jalapeno. Make it at your next barbecue and watch guests oooh and aaah.
We’re all about this lighter version of the classic chili dog. Instead of topping with ground beef, simmer up some (pre-spiced to be delicious and packed with flavor) then add chopped white onion, cheddar, and a drizzle of mustard.
Is there anything a shot of bourbon can't do? Adding a drizzle to sautéed onions creates a caramel-y glaze that instantly transforms plain old hot dogs into a gourmet meal. Add bacon crumbles and jalapeño slices for an addictive dog you'll make again and again.
Don't be turned off by the homemade hoisin sauce; you can easily sub in the store-bought kind. But do make the quick-pickled veggies if you have time—they're super easy and add a nice vinegary crunch to these Vietnamese-inspired dogs.
about subbing carrots for hot dogs, but come on, guys, vegetarians need to eat too. And with these creative toppings (avocado, salsa, and cashew sour cream? Yum!), you won't even miss the meat.
If you've never chased a bite of with a scoop of chilled coleslaw, you haven't lived. Add it to a hot dog with pickled okra, and you've got a mouthwatering match made in heaven.
Imagine everything you love about spicy, cheesy, buttery corn on a stick but on a hot dog. Mind. blown.
If you're as obsessed with everything bagel seasoning as we are, then get ready for another creative way to add it to your meal plan. Top dogs with sauerkraut, curry mustard, and a healthy sprinkle of EBS for a flavor combo reminiscent of your local deli.
Pineapple and teriyaki come together for an epic combo that's sweet, savory, and oh so good.
A staple street food in Phoenix, AZ, this hot dog is as good as it gets. Top grilled franks with cheese sauce, , guac, pico, bacon and a drizzle of cilantro sauce. And maybe grab a few extra napkins...
Because guac makes everything better. Everything.
Top dogs with feta cheese, tomatoes, olives, and oil and vinegar, a handful of mixed greens, for a lighter bite worthy of an opa!