Is it really summer without hot dogs? We think not. The iconic sandwich is a staple at cookouts, BBQs, and picnics. And while you can't go wrong with classic toppings like ketchup and mustard, they can get a bit boring over time.
The solution: Try these fun hot dog recipes. These ideas feature deliciously unique toppings, from juicy pineapple chunks to chopped jalapeño poppers. It's the perfect way to elevate your BBQ menu while enjoying new flavor combos. Besides, why do ketchup and mustard get to have all the fun?
Ahead, discover nine non-boring hot dog ideas to make this summer.
1. Lemon and Mocha Elote Hot Dog
Featuring a combo of lime mayonnaise and charred corn, these elote hot dogs are too good to pass up. Top them off with cotija cheese or skip the cheese for a dairy-free version.
2. Brown Sugar Food Blogger Hawaiian Hot Dogs
Ready to sweeten up your hot dog game? Add chopped pineapple, bacon bits, and diced jalapeño peppers for a drool-worthy hot dog. Your taste buds will thank you.
3. Taming of the Spoon Banh Mi Hot Dog
If you love banh mi sandwiches, you'll want to make this hot dog, stat. It's topped with classic banh mi fillings, including pickled carrots, cucumbers, and cilantro. Yum.
4. Country Cleaver Prosciutto Pesto Hot Dog
For a somewhat fancy hot dog, try this deliciously creative version. It features a medley of prosciutto, pesto, mozzarella cheese, and marinated artichoke hearts. Hello, flavor.
5. Recipe Champions Everything Bagel Hot Dogs
The only thing better than bagels and hot dogs is a mash-up of both. These loaded hot dogs call for pickled onions, dill cream cheese, and smoked salmon — plus hot dog buns coated in everything bagel seasoning. Yes, please.
6. Que Rica Vida Mexican-Style Hot Dog
Craving a zesty twist? In addition to ketchup and mustard, top off your hot dogs with homemade pico de gallo and jalapeño peppers in vinegar.
7. Country Cleaver Jalapeño Popper Hot Dog
There's something so satisfying about combining finger foods. For example, these hot dogs are topped with chopped jalapeño poppers (and crushed kettle chips!) for a mouthwatering dish.
8. Recipe Champions Breakfast Dogs
Breakfast lovers, this one's for you. Serve hot dogs with potatoes, eggs, and bacon — in the same bun — for the ultimate sandwich. The original recipe uses sausage links, but you can certainly use hot dogs, too.
Kirsten Nunez is a journalist and author focusing on food, health, and DIY. In May 2014, she published a craft book, "Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion." Her work has appeared on eHow, PopSugar, Shape, VegNews, and more. She lives in Beacon, New York.