7 Unusual Hot Dog Topping Ideas

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Not many foods feel more like summertime than a good hot dog, as they’re one of the most popular choices for barbecues and bonfires. Want to try something different than the traditional ketchup, mustard, and relish? Read on below for seven unusual hot dog topping ideas to spice up your next backyard cookout.

Buffalo sauce and bleu cheese

Buffalo sauce isn’t just for chicken – it can also make a great hot dog topping. For a classic taste, sprinkle your buffalo dogs with bleu cheese crumbles and, optionally, add some chopped celery. Not a fan of bleu cheese? You can substitute the crumbles for a little bit of ranch dressing if that’s more your style.

Goat cheese, avocado, and tomato

For another great combo, try topping your hot dogs with goat cheese, avocado, and sun-dried tomato. You can sub out the sun-dried tomato for fresh tomato or cherry tomato slices if you want. This classed-up version of a hot dog is sure to make your next backyard bash stand out above the rest and leave you and your guests feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Bacon, pineapple, and teriyaki sauce

If you’re looking for unusual toppings, this sweet and salty combination certainly fits the bill. The only real way to know what this one is like is to taste it, but imagine a tropical Hawaii vacation and you’ve pretty much got the picture. You can even try subbing out the teriyaki sauce for some homemade teriyaki mayo if you want a subtler flavor.

Mac ‘n cheese and bacon

Another great bacon combo to put on your hot dogs this summer is mac ‘n cheese with bacon bits. It’s a good idea to toast your hot dog buns before assembling to make sure they don’t get too soggy, and then this should be a perfect hot dog experience. You can use store-bought mac ‘n cheese or make your own at home, and you can chop fresh bacon instead of using store-bought bacon bits if you like that better.


For a taste of Mexico, try adding some of your favorite guacamole to your next hot dog. You can use store-bought guac or make your own by mixing together avocados, tomatoes, chopped onion, cilantro, and jalapenos. Season with some salt, pepper, and lemon juice and you’re good to go. Optionally, you can add black beans to your usual guacamole recipe for a heartier guac with more nutritional benefits.

Sweet pork and tomatillo

Another great Mexican flavor, this one a bit more Tex-Mex, is the combination of sweet pork and tomatillo. You can use fresh chopped tomatillos or some tomatillo salsa or tomatillo ranch to add extra interesting flavors. This is a perfect meal when you’re not sure whether you want a hot dog or a taco.

Papaya salad and Sriracha sauce

Not only can you turn hot dogs into Mexican food, but they can also work well with Thai! To really up your hot dog game, try these Thai-style hot dogs with papaya salad, Sriracha sauce, and chopped peanuts.

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