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24 Sides For Hot Dogs You Won’t Be Able To Resist

While you may have heard it all, seen it all, about the Americana tribute to hot dogs and the debate about the length of a hot dog bun, I decided it was time to find a list of our favorite side items to serve with hot dogs. 

While my favorites change depending on the season and how I’m cooking my good hot dogs, I really like baked beans and mac and cheese, especially if I want to add to my main course.

Or the pasta salad and air fryer potato chips. 

Or I might lighten it up with a crunchy slaw and a roasted veg medley. 

But if I’m trying to REALLY impress, I’ll bake up some of our Cheesy Baked Zucchini Fritters. 

They are easy, so good, and are like little quiches.

They go with everything, but they especially make a nice finger food side for hot dogs.

We like to curate some of the best side dishes from around the web as well as share our own.

Grab your apron and get ready for your next cookout, and check out these 24 best sides for hot dogs below!

Nothing goes better with taco dogs than street corn. 

Mexican street corn turns it up a notch with tangy lime juice, and a creamy, slightly spicy, and smoky flavor.

Good with utensils or fresh, crunchy tortilla chips dipped in, give the eloté salad variation a try!

Let’s continue with the corn theme because corn is king in the summer weather, right? 

Here’s an easy creamed corn recipe for you to serve with hot dogs at your next get-together.

Cream cheese combined with cheddar cheese creates an unbelievable creaminess and richness to this easy dish.

Not quite a corn salad, but a robust, hearty side dish.

Your friends will be demanding the recipe each time you make it!

If you haven’t tried this yet, the Jiffy Corn Pudding recipe we tweaked on our site makes a great side to nearly anything!

When you usually think about barbeque food side dishes, what’s the first thing that pops into your head?

Most people would say potato salad.

Potato salad is one of those classic, ideal sides that pairs well with many grilled and BBQ foods, especially hot dogs. 

A touch of plain Greek yogurt gives this herby salad the perfect tang, and mild shallots add just a hint of onion flavor.

Grab a serving of this dish and enjoy your hot dog side on a summer day!

Did you know you can even freeze potato salad?

Looking for a filling side dish for hot dogs?

How about a simple, good pasta salad recipe that puts ranch flavor upfront and will delight your taste buds?

This easy dish uses ranch dressing and a little dijon mustard to create that pasta salad flavor we all love. 

The addition of multi-color bell peppers adds both crunch and color to this side dish.

Or, take it tropical with our Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe here.

For those who want a combination between pasta salad (like the above recipe) and potato salad, this is an excellent choice for you. 

You still get the cool, creamy flavor, but with a fun pasta shape and lots of veg.

This one looks super creamy and good.

Serve this side with hot dogs for a complete meal.

Potatoes are a great side dish, even in the summer when you can pop these in the air fryer.

They’re delicious, and a potato bar is really fun to put together.

It’s also the perfect side for a hot dog.

Enjoy regular sour cream or light or even nondairy sour cream and some bacon bits and chives for a loaded baked potato option!

For a fun variation, try our Twice-Baked Potatoes Recipe here!

French fries are hands down one of the best sides for hot dogs.

An instant image of consuming a meal at a small diner pops into your head at the mention of fries and hot dogs.

These French fries are restaurant-quality due to the cold soak, pre-frying, and baking. This three-step process creates a crisp bite as you eat each fry.

Check out our post for how to reheat french fries and keep them yummy!

Making potato chips at home might seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually a super simple hot dog side without the messy frying.

In the air fryer, they are easy to check and turn.

And talk about one of the best easy sides, this one has potatoes, salt, and a little oil!

Remember to pre-soak the potato slices to remove some of the starch.

It makes for a crisper chip, I promise! 

These are so much better than a bag of chips.

Fruit salad is so incredibly refreshing in the summer – there’s nothing quite like it.

Plus, the sweetness aligns with the saltiness and smokiness of your chargrilled hot dog.

This salad includes every fruit you can think of – grapes, oranges, blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, and kiwi to form the “rainbow.” 

This dish is sure to delight your friends and family with its sweet and zesty honey-lime dressing.

Sometimes you want a lighter hot dog side – we got you!

This is an easy green salad recipe that you can create in 15 minutes.

You’ll find sunflower seeds and bacon bits on top for that extra crunch. 

This salad is tossed with honey mustard-like dressing for a tangy-sweet flavor.

Bean salad has always been a personal favorite during the summertime.

It was constantly requested at every barbeque and get-together as long as it was hot out.

This chilled salad packs a punch of protein and some heat as well, thanks to the jalapenos. 

Do yourself a favor and make this delightful dish to go with hot dogs or kielbasa.

This herbed grain salad from NYT Cooking is another good idea for a Labor Day picnic or casual cookout or even a fast weeknight meal. 

This might not be the first dish you think of when you ponder what goes with hot dogs.

However, it’s certainly a tasty and refreshing dish idea.

Mushrooms bring a nice earthiness to the dish while the fresh herbs keep it bright and light.

Give it a try!

Here’s an easy grilled summer fruit recipe that you can get your kids in on.

Plus, they’ll love eating these fruit skewers alongside their hot dogs.

Nectarines and plums – the ultimate warm-weather stone fruit – are combined in this delectable dish. 

Sprinkling them with sugar before adding the skewers to the grill helps caramelize the outside for some extra sweetness.

Be sure to try the Famous Grilled Pineapple recipe here.

The trick is to not turn the rings too soon and let them char.


Thinking about making fries – but want something a little sweeter? 

Give these baked sweet potato fries a go.

They’re an excellent choice to the side of a hot dog.

You only need five ingredients for this recipe (including seasoning!), and it uses less oil than frying would. 

These herby, delicious fries are a win-win.

And if you have had your sweet potatoes around a long time, check and make sure they are still good.

Here are some tips.

Want something easy to make as a side dish for hot dogs?

While you’re grilling, throw these tasty, cheesy asparagus stalks on as well.

Here’s a great recipe from The Recipe Critic, with lots of tips for grilling asparagus, too. Here’s one: Take the asparagus off the grill a little early if you prefer it to have a slight crunch.

It only takes about 10 minutes for the asparagus to cook thoroughly. 

Asparagus has telltale signs that the delicate stalks have turned.

Roasted vegetables are always a great idea.

It’s super easy to chop up vegetables in different ways toss them with oil and spices, and add them right into the oven, the grill, or your air fryer.

Vegetables go well with everything – even our humble hot dogs.

Mm, and tomato salad with big ones off the vine? Oh, yes.

This particular medley includes squash, peppers, onions, and mushrooms.

The best part?

These veggies are super versatile so that you can have the leftovers next to pretty much any meal.

Family camping trips provide the best experiences and the best quick foods…

… like hot dogs and baked beans!

These beans are not the typical baked beans you might expect.

They have a good amount of heat and include bacon stirred in and as favorite toppings.

Can you say yum?

Make these ahead of time and pack them for an excellent campfire dish.

Whoever said cornbread doesn’t go with hot dogs hasn’t tried it yet!

This cornbread is one of those delicious sides if you plan to make chili dogs without the bun (hun).

Anything with bacon in it is an automatic yes.

This recipe calls for bacon drippings as a seasoning for the cast iron skillet it will be baked in. 

You’ll be left with subtle hints of bacon and warm, decadent cornbread.

Save those leftovers and learn how to reheat cornbread here.

Not a fan of sweet potato fries?

Give this parmesan cheese and panko crumb-covered zucchini fries recipe a go.

They’re so easy and tasty; you’ll forget they aren’t regular fries.

This is also a fantastic way to get your children to consume more veggies!

Serve with hot dogs, and you have a yummy meal.

Mac and cheese – the ultimate comfort food!

This is the perfect side dish for hot dogs – it’s creamy, cheesy, and oh so delicious.

There are over 2200 comments on this recipe over at The Chunky Chef, and they suggest using less salt than the recipe calls for and add garlic powder. 

This particular dish includes both gruyere and cheddar for a more elevated flavor.


Got leftovers?

Don’t toss them! Reheat and eat, baby.

Here’s the best way to reheat your mac n cheese!

Here’s a great alternative to fries – beer-battered mushrooms.

These yummy finger food morsels are beer-battered and fried for a delicious crusty outside and soft interior.

Grab a few of these tasty bites as an appetizer or side dish to your hot dogs. 

Just be careful and let them cool a bit before consuming – the mushrooms inside get pretty hot!

Taking it to the lighter side of your picnic, this Apple Carrot Slaw is a not-too-creamy, not-too-sweet slaw with a TON of crunch. 

Loaded with fresh granny smith apples, shredded carrot, and a handy coleslaw premix, you can put this crunchy veggies slaw together in minutes and have it ready to serve in half an hour.

And hear me out, if you forego sauerkraut but still like red cabbage, take a page from Chicago’s finest baseball games and layer this slaw right on top of your dog.

Looking for a lower carb hot dog side?

We found a really good recipe for a classic potato salad that’s been turned on its (cauliflower) head! 

Check this out from That Low Carb Life, with bacon and red onions (whoop!). 

As fans of finding great substitutes, we are all for delicious and better-for-you options!

These are outstanding.

They’re easy, they don’t taste like you’re eating a vegetable, and they have cheese in them. 

They’re like flavorful crustless quiches that make amazing finger food, which adds to the joy of having hot dogs in the first place.

I HIGHLY recommend you try these!

The bottom line

Have you ever made a Hot Dog Bar?

Try it at your next kids’ party or even the grownup kids’ party!

Mix and match the condiments and the sides, and you’ll keep everyone happy!

Give these recipes a try and see what you think! 

There are sure to be at least a few that will become at least seasonal favorites. 

Maybe you’ll even find new favorites for your hot dog sides!

24 Sides For Hot Dogs

24 Sides For Hot Dogs

Here's an epic list of amazing sides to elevate the humble hotdog at your next cookout!


  • Mexican Street Corn
  • Easy Creamed Corn
  • Simple Potato Salad
  • Pasta Salad
  • Creamy Summer Pasta Salad
  • Baked Potato
  • Homemade French Fries
  • Homemade Potato Chips
  • Honey Lime Rainbow Salad
  • Best Tossed Green Salad
  • Mama's Famous Bean Salad
  • Herbed Grain Salad
  • Grilled Summer Fruit
  • Baked Sweet Potato Fries
  • Grilled Parmesan Asparagus
  • Roasted Vegetable Medley
  • Baked Beans
  • Cornbread
  • Zucchini Fries
  • Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese
  • Fried Mushrooms
  • Apple Carrot Slaw
  • Cauliflower Potato Salad
  • Cheesy Zucchini Baked Fritters


  1. Pick two sides from our list and make them for your next hot dog cookout!
  2. Enjoy your feast with family and friends.

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Melinda Gaines

Friday 27th of August 2021

Can't go wrong with fried mushrooms!

Cheryl A Bomar

Sunday 22nd of August 2021

Thanks for sharing!i love anything made of corn!

Jennylyn Gross

Sunday 22nd of August 2021

thanks for the ideas

Darla Peduzzi

Sunday 22nd of August 2021

So many delicious recipes. I'm hungry now. Thanks for sharing.

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