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9 hot dog topping ideas to embellish your summer staple

9 hot dog topping ideas to embellish your summer staple

I’m the type of host who puts all my effort just to satisfy the bellies of my guests. During barbecue parties, for instance, I always make sure to serve my signature cookout dishes such as corn on the cob, coleslaw, pasta salad, and my go-to summer staple, HOT DOGS!

I like having hot dogs at the summer table because they can feed a crowd fast, easy to put together, and the majority of people love it.

But the mustard and ketchup combo tends to put a boring impression on the guests (from my personal experience, btw!). So I ended up with a wonderful solution for this dilemma: that is spicing up the summer staple with creative hot dog toppings! 

From the classic fries and cheese combo right down to caramelized onions and sauteed mushrooms, these nine toppings for hot dogs will make a difference to your next BBQ party. 

If you love fries and cheese, this combination is for you! 

Infuse the flavors of the classic ultimate snack into your hot dogs by sprinkling them on top. You’re free to choose what type of cheese for the topping, but the combo of shredded cheddar and mozzarella is my ideal. You can add some parsley and homemade gravy too!

The star of this topping is the steak sauce. Combining this tangy sauce with tomatoes and white onions creates a nice burst of flavor!

And what would be the result if you add them on top of your hot dogs? It’s your job to find out!

Quick tip: Thinly sliced the white onions, so it’s easier for you to add them to the sandwich. 

OK, so enough with sauce and cheese! Let’s try peaches, chopped jalapeños, and cilantro. Shall we?

This trio offers your hot dogs a slight sweetness and some spicy kick. At the same time, lemon juice and cilantro add a pleasing combination of fresh and citrus notes with a mild spicy flavor.

This topping combination, also known as Cuban hot dogs, features melted Swiss cheese, ham, crispy dill pickle spear, red onions, and yellow mustard as finishing. 

They’re so flavorful, crunchy, and tasty! Trust me, and you’ll never think about putting ketchup on your hot dogs again.

If you’re looking for an easy way to add extra flavor to your hot dogs, then try topping them with sautéed mushrooms and onions!

Sauteing these vegetables (especially onions) is easy and only takes a few minutes to bring out their interesting flavors. 

Once onions and mushrooms get added, feel free to top your hot dog off with some yellow mustard for more color and taste.

Who said avocado wouldn’t work with hot dogs? Top your grilled summer staple with avocado, tomatoes, jalapeño chile peppers, cilantro, hot pepper sauce, and lime juice. 

The fresh and spicy flavor of avocado salsa intensifies with the rich, sweet, and tangy taste from sour cream and cheese.

There’s nothing more irresistible than hot dogs topped with barbecue sauce, bacon bits, and cheddar cheese. Uhm, yum?!The aroma of cheese will leave your mouth watering and convince you to keep going back for seconds. In contrast, the BBQ sauce and bacon bits give a combination of sweet, savory, and tangy flavor profiles to the overall dish.

The dominance of bacon in the world of hot dog toppings isn’t over yet! 

Take your favorite summer staple to new heights by topping them with bacon and baked beans. You heard it right! These two ingredients are already the perfect pairs, and incorporating both into your hot dogs is sure to be a big hit at your next BBQ party.

For extra color and flavor, finish it with yellow mustard. 

Bacon and mac & cheese are a staple for burgers–especially when stuffed with sautéed onions and some hot sauce. They’re so heavenly! So why wouldn’t the same work for a hot dog?

Expect to see the kids and comfort food lovers go crazy whenever you serve some mac-and-cheese-topped dogs at the table. So better make a large batch!

The bottom line

I made up my mind to make this compilation of the best hot dog toppings so you can make your barbecue party extra special and exciting.

Take this also as a reminder that you shouldn’t stick with your squeezable mustard and ketchup. You must start unleashing your creativity and effort, particularly if you want to make a difference to your hot dog meal.

hot dog topping ideas

hot dog topping ideas

Follow this guide and unlock these creative and hearty hot dog toppings to spice up your summer staple right now!


  • Fries and cheese
  • Tomatoes, onions, and steak sauce
  • Peaches, chopped jalapeños, and cilantro
  • Ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, onions, and mustard
  • Sautéed mushrooms and onions
  • Avocado salsa, cheese, and sour cream
  • Bacon, cheddar cheese, and BBQ sauce
  • Bacon and baked beans
  • Bacon and mac & cheese


  1. Pick one hot dog topping to try
  2. Gather the ingredients to make one
  3. Top them on your grilled hot dog
  4. Serve the hot dogs at the cookout table

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Daniel Perkins

Monday 18th of January 2021

Great Article. Loved the way you presented things here.