Easy to grill and extremely versatile, it’s no wonder the hot dog is an all-American favorite. But even though summer is coming to a close (we’re sad too), don’t put that grill away just yet: These mouthwatering hot dog recipes will have you leaving the simple ketchup and mustard version in the dust.
Thai Style Hot Dogs
If you’re hosting the big game but don’t want to serve the same old boring hot dogs, why not surprise your guests with these babies by Hapa Nom Nom? The sriracha sauce and Thai chilis add plenty of spice, while the cilantro provides a pop of color. Who knew swapping out noodles for a piece of meat could work so well?
Sonoran Hot Dog
Talk about a loaded hot dog: Layered with Mexican flavors like pico de gallo and a homemade cilantro cream sauce, this recipe by Oh, Sweet Basil did all the creative thinking for you. All you need now is a grocery run and fired-up grill.
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Hot Dogs
Let’s be honest: Bacon-wrapped anything is great, but when paired with fresh guacamole and jalapeno? Now, that’s worthy of a dinner entree all on its own. This slightly spicy meal by Port And Fin can be made in the oven, and it’s topped off with caramelized onions and melted cheese. As the creator of this recipe says, “Sorry vegetarians, you’ll have to sit this one out.”
Banh Mi Hot Dogs
For a healthier take on the classic dog, try these veggie-filled ones by Molly Yeh. They have just the right balance of meat and greens, and the hoisin-sriracha sauce combo will have you wondering why you never went Vietnamese-style with hot dogs in the first place.
Seattle Smoked Salmon Hot Dog
There are no rules when it comes to topping hot dogs, and that’s just the way we like it. Smoked salmon, cubed cream cheese, cilantro, and red onion turns an ordinary dog into an epic treat—you won’t want to store your grill after seeing this recipe from Country Cleaver.
Greek Hot Dogs
Hummus and tzatziki on a frank? Genius. The Mediterranean flavors used in this recipe by Neighborfood Blog work unbelievably well with the good ol’ American dog. Top it off with diced peppers and onions for an added crunch, and you’ll never see hot dogs the same way again.
Hot Dogs With Chipotle Cheese And Bacon-Corn Relish
The ingredients in this recipe by Cooking And Beer are pure perfection: Melted cheddar cheese, green chiles, tomatoes, and chipotle peppers come together for a creamy sauce you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Top the sauce with the delicious relish, and pair it with your favorite beer—yum.
Buffalo Style Hot Dogs With Blue Cheese
These medium-hot buffalo dogs by Cooking On The Front Burners are super easy to recreate—they take less than 20 minutes, and use only four ingredients for the toppings. Who needs buffalo wings when you can make these in a pinch instead?