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When you think of summer dining, you think of backyard cookouts. And when you think of backyard cookouts, you think of hamburgers and hot dogs. There’s no easier way to make a meal than to throw a few franks and burgers on the grill, sit back with a cold one, and work on your tan while you’re waiting for dinner to cook.
While toppings for hamburgers have gotten more creative, hot dogs are still mostly restricted to the basics. Let’s be frank: mustard, relish, sauerkraut, and maybe chili and cheese have been the standard toppings for hot dogs and sausages for far too long. It’s time to switch up your go-to garnishes and get a little creative at the grill.
This summer, it’s all about taking inspiration from your favorite dishes and turning them into toppings for your hot dogs. Surprisingly, hot dogs are a versatile vessel for all sorts of flavors, with the ability to accompany sweet and savory additions, as well as a little heat. You’ve already tried avocado or blue cheese on your burger — why not get a little creative with your franks this grilling season and pop those on a hot dog?
If you’re ready to take your hot dogs from basic to bomb, read ahead for topping tips inspired by recipes you don’t normally pair with hot dogs that will blow your dinner guests away.
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Maybe you’ve topped your hot dog with coleslaw when you were feeling a little adventurous, but this spin on slaw will take your dog to the next level. This Asian-inspired slaw is little sweet from the addition of soy and a little punchy from the rice vinegar and ginger — think less creamy, more crunchy.
Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog
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While bacon may have had its 15 minutes of fame, it’s still a staple topping that can amp up any dish, and the hot dog is no different. Just wrap your dog in a strip of bacon and secure each end with a toothpick that has been soaked in water to prevent it from burning on the grill. Grill as you normally would and enjoy the pork-on-pork glory of your hot dog.