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10 Different Hot Dog Toppings Recipes

Gordon loves cooking and experimenting with food. He loves making new dishes, particularly with unusual or underused ingredients.

Sweet and sour peppers hot dog is one of the toppings ideas featured on this page

Sweet and sour peppers hot dog is one of the toppings ideas featured on this page

Hot dogs—as fast food items—are often automatically associated with sports stadiums, movie theatres, or even street vendors. Are they, however, so readily considered something to be prepared in the family home? Probably not to anything like the same extent. The fact is that the same hot dogs so widely bought ready to eat are available to buy in grocery stores and supermarkets in either glass jars or cans, and there are two definite advantages of buying them this way and heating them up in your own kitchen. The first is that they are a lot less expensive, and the second is that—however wide your normal choice of toppings, dressings or accompaniments—in your own home, there are literally no limits.

The aim of this page is to provide 10 suggested ways of serving hot dogs at home. The best news though is that these are but a tiny fraction of the possibilities. The individual accompaniments are interchangeable and it is hoped above all that these ideas serve to help inspire you to come up with your own original and tasty ideas to delight your family and friends.

Hot dog and onion slices are added to some salted cold water

Hot dog and onion slices are added to some salted cold water

How to Reheat Hot Dogs

Some hot dog serving suggestions (including some of the ones featured on this page) will show different ways of reheating the dogs but this is an incredibly easy way to do it, especially when you wish to reserve the brine from the can or jar for continued storage as you are not reheating all the dogs at the same time.

Pour plenty of cold water in to a big pot. Add half a small sliced onion and the dog(s) which is/are to be heated. Put the pot on a fairly high heat until the water just begins to simmer and no more. Be sure not to let the water boil. Turn off the heat and leave for three or four minutes, just to ensure the dog(s) are heated all the way through.

Lift the dog(s) one at a time with cooking tongs and serve as desired, with or without the onions as a serving companion.

Note: unless otherwise stated in the recipe, all the dogs featured below will have been reheated using this method.

Onion strands soften and separate as hot dog gently heats

Onion strands soften and separate as hot dog gently heats

A plain hot dog with onions, ketchup and mustard

A plain hot dog with onions, ketchup and mustard

A Hot Dog in its Basic Form - With One Noteable Difference

This method of serving a hot dog will look familiar to most people—with one possible exception. The dog is topped with onion, ketchup and mustard as they so often are but the difference is that a sub roll is used instead of a traditional hot dog bun/roll. Sub rolls will often not only be healthier than traditional hot dog rolls (which sometimes have very high salt and sugar content), they are usually more substantial, thus more satisfying. When they are as fresh as these ones, they are also likely to be tastier and texturally superior. Most of the serving ideas on this page use sub rolls. Why not give the idea a try?

If your sub rolls do happen to be a day old and not as fresh as they once were, simply cut them open and put them in to your oven on its lowest setting for two or three minutes. This will return them to their former glory.

The Big Breakfast Dog With Bacon and Egg

A bacon wrapped and deep fried hot dog with egg mayo for a mighty and hearty breakfast

A bacon wrapped and deep fried hot dog with egg mayo for a mighty and hearty breakfast

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 20 min

Ready in: 25 min

Yields: One serving

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 dog
  • 3 or 4 slices of bacon, as required (UK readers: use streaky bacon, smoked or unsmoked)
  • 1 sub roll
  • Little bit of mayo
  • White pepper
  • Chopped chives to garnish

Instructions

  1. Put the eggs in to a pot of cold water and bring the water to a gentle simmer for about seven or eight minutes.
  2. While the eggs are cooking, carefully wrap the hot dog evenly with the bacon and secure with cocktail sticks or toothpicks. Bring your deep frier or a deep pan of oil up to a medium to high heat.
  3. Take the pot with the eggs to the sink and run cold water in it while you carefully lower the dog in to the hot oil.
  4. Crack the shells on the eggs, peel and add to a bowl along with the mayo and some white pepper. Mash with the back of a fork.
  5. The dog should take about five minutes to deep fry, after which time it should be lifted to a plate covered with kitchen paper to drain.
  6. Very carefully, remove the cocktail sticks from the dog by twisting as you pull. Don't simply pull or you risk pulling the bacon off and/or damaging the dog.
  7. Lift the dog in to the cut open sub roll, spoon on the egg mayo and garnish with the chopped chives.

Spicy Bean Chilli Dog

Spicy red kidney bean chilli hot dog

Spicy red kidney bean chilli hot dog

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 15 min

Ready in: 20 min

Yields: One serving

Ingredients

  • 1 hot dog
  • 1 sub roll
  • 1 red cherry pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped corander/cilantro, plus a little extra to garnish
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil for frying
  • 1 tablespoon canned chopped tomatoes in tomato juice
  • 1 tablespoon canned red kidney beans, rinsed

Instructions

  1. Pour about a tablespoon of olive oil in to a saucepan and gently heat. Add the chillies and garlic and fry off for a minute or so, stirring with a wooden spoon. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Pour in the tomatoes and add the kidney beans. Stir well and bring to a simmer for about five minutes—stirring frequently—until a thick sauce is formed.
  3. Stir in most of the coriander at the very last minute, remembering to reserve some to garnish.
  4. Lay the hot dog in the cut open sub roll, carefully spoon on the sauce and garnish with the last of the coriander/cilantro.
A glass jar of hot dogs can be stored as is in the fridge

A glass jar of hot dogs can be stored as is in the fridge

How to Store Unused Hot Dogs

If you buy your hot dogs in a glass jar like the one above, you can continue to store them in the jar and in the fridge for two or three days. If, however, you buy them in a can, you will have to find an alternative storage method. One great item for storing hot dogs is a plastic dish designed for storing bacon like the one below. Again, two or three days maximum in the fridge.

Hot Dog With Sauteed Cabbage, Onion and Garlic

Sauteed cabbage, onion and garlic replace the more traditional topping that is sauerkraut on this hot dog

Sauteed cabbage, onion and garlic replace the more traditional topping that is sauerkraut on this hot dog

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 10 min

Ready in: 15 min

Yields: One serving

Ingredients

  • 1 hot dog
  • 1 sub roll
  • 2 crisp cabbage leaves, tough central veins removed, shredded
  • ½ small white onion, sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Pour about a tablespoon of oil in to a non-stick frying pan and bring to a moderate heat.
  2. Add the cabbage, onion and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Stir fry for a few minutes on a medium heat until the cabbage and onion have softened.
  4. Lay the hot dog in the sub roll and spoon on the cabbage and onion mix to serve.

Crispy Mac and Cheese Dog With Ketchup

Mac and cheese topped dog with crispy cheese and breadcrumb coating and ketchup

Mac and cheese topped dog with crispy cheese and breadcrumb coating and ketchup

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 20 min

Ready in: 30 min

Yields: Two servings

Ingredients

  • 2 hot dogs
  • 2 sub rolls
  • 2 tablespoons dried elbow macaroni
  • Salt
  • 1 ounce/¼ stick butter
  • 1 teaspoon plain/all purpose flour
  • 4 fluid ounces/½ cup milk
  • ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh breadcrumbs
  • Tomato ketchup

Instructions

  1. The macaroni firstly has to be cooked. Bring a deep pot of heavily salted water to a rolling boil, add the macaroni, wait a minute and stir. Simmer for a total of eight minutes before draining well through a colander at your sink.
  2. In a small saucepan, gently heat the milk until it just begins to simmer and no more before pouring it temporarily in to a heatproof jug.
  3. In the same saucepan, gently melt the butter and add the flour. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon and cook on a low heat for a couple of minutes.
  4. Pour the milk slowly in to the roux - stirring all the time - and keep stirring for about a minute until a thick, smooth sauce is formed.
  5. Add one tablespoon of the cheese only and the nutmeg to the sauce and stir until the cheese is completely melted.
  6. Stir through the macaroni and allow thirty seconds or so for it to reheat.
  7. Sit the hot dogs in the cut open subs and divide the macaroni evenly between the two servings.
  8. Mix the remaining cheese and the breadcrumbs before scattering over the mac and cheese.
  9. Carefully lift your filled rolls on to a grilling tray and place under a hot grill/broiler until the cheesy topping is melted and the breadcrumbs crispy.
  10. Lift to serving plates with a large spatula and finish off with tomato ketchup.
Hot dog wrapped and cooked in puff pastry on a bed of baked beans in tomato sauce

Hot dog wrapped and cooked in puff pastry on a bed of baked beans in tomato sauce

Sausage Roll Dog With Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce

This is unquestionably the most unusual dog idea featured thus far. It is not served in a roll but is instead encased in puff pastry and served on a bed of baked beans in tomato sauce, requiring it be eaten with a knife and fork. Alternatively, you could bake the dog on a skewer and dip it in the beans. (If cooking with a skewer, be sure to soak the skewer in cold water for ten minutes beforehand to prevent it burning and possibly catching fire in the oven)

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min

Cook time: 25 min

Ready in: 40 min

Yields: One serving

Ingredients

  • 1 dog
  • 2 ounces premade puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten in a bowl
  • Little bit of vegetable oil for greasing baking tray (do not use butter - it will burn in the oven and burn/blacken the underside of the pastry)
  • 8 ounce can baked beans in tomato sauce
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

Instructions

  1. Put your oven on to preheat to 450F/220C.
  2. Roll the puff pastry out on a floured surface to a thickness of about 1/8th of an inch in an approximate square, wide enough to contain the hot dog.
  3. Brush the pastry lightly with beaten egg and sit the cold dog on the pastry near one edge (refer to the pictures above for extra clarity) and trim that the pastry is the width of the dog.
  4. Carefully roll the dog in the pastry, ensuring you get no air bubbles. The egg will help the pastry stick to the dog.
  5. When the dog has rolled a full revolution, go a little bit further to have an overlap of around a ¼ inch. Trim off any excess pastry.
  6. Lightly oil a baking sheet and sit the pastry wrapped dog on it, overlapping pastry piece on the bottom. Press down very gently just to flatten the bottom of the pastry slightly and prevent the dog rolling around in the oven.
  7. Score two or three air vents lightly on top of the pastry and glaze with more beaten egg.
  8. Put the baking tray in to the oven for approximately twenty to twenty-five minutes until the pastry is beautifully risen and golden.
  9. Take the dog from the oven and rest for five minutes on a wire rack.
  10. While the dog is resting, pour the beans in to a saucepan and add the oregano. Heat gently, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.
  11. Arrange the beans as a bed on a serving plate and sit the sausage roll dog on top.

Spicy Bhuna Hot Dog in Naan Bread

Hot dog with rich and spicy bhuna sauce served in a naan bread

Hot dog with rich and spicy bhuna sauce served in a naan bread

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 15 min

Ready in: 20 min

Yiedls: One serving

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon medium curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ small white onion, peeled and sliced
  • 2 small to medium closed cup mushrooms, sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 ounce can chopped tomatoes in tomato juice
  • 1 dog
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped coriander/cilantro, plus extra to garnish
  • 10 inch naan bread

Instructions

  1. Pour the oil in to a large, non-stick frying pan and put on to a medium heat. Add the spices and gently fry the spices off for a couple of minutes to get rid of the harshness. Don't have the heat too high or you will burn the spices and they will become bitter.
  2. Add the onion and mushroom to the spice mix and fry for another minute or so, just until the onions are starting to soften.
  3. Pour in the tomatoes, season with salt and pepper, stir well and bring to a gentle simmer.
  4. Lay the cold dog in the pan and carefully cover with the warm sauce. Simmer as gently as possible for five more minutes.
  5. Heat the naan bread per the instructions on the pack. Don't overheat to make it crispy. It needs to remain pliable so that you can lift the sides up to eat the finished creation.
  6. Lay the naan bread on a serving plate and very carefully lift the hot dog on to the centre with your cooking tongs.
  7. Add the coriander/cilantro to the sauce and stir well, cooking for a further minute only.
  8. Spoon the sauce over the dog, garnish with the remaining herb and to eat, simply lift the sides of the naan just as you would the two halves of a roll.

Peanut Butter, Bacon and Banana Hot Dog - The PBB & B Dog!

Peanut butter spread sub roll with a bacon wrapped dog on a bed of mashed banana

Peanut butter spread sub roll with a bacon wrapped dog on a bed of mashed banana

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 5 min

Ready in: 15 min

Yields: One serving

Ingredients

  • 1 dog
  • 3 or 4 slices of bacon (streaky bacon, UK), as required
  • 1 sub roll
  • 1 tablespoon crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 small banana, medium ripeness, peeled and mashed

Instructions

  1. Wrap the dog in the bacon, secure with cocktail sticks/toothpicks and deep fry in hot oil for about five minutes (see first recipe above). Lift to kitchen paper covered plate to drain before carefully twisting and removing sticks.
  2. While the dog is deep frying, cut open the sub roll and spread both sides with peanut butter.
  3. Mash the banana in a small bowl with the back of a fork and spread in the centre of the roll.
  4. Lift the bacon wrapped dog on to the banana and enjoy.

Mixed Peppers and Mushroom Pizza Dog

Hot dog topped with tomato sauce, stir fried mushrooms and peppers and melted cheddar cheese

Hot dog topped with tomato sauce, stir fried mushrooms and peppers and melted cheddar cheese

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 10 min

Ready in: 15 min

Yields: Two servings

Ingredients

  • 2 hot dogs
  • 2 sub rolls
  • 2 tablespoons chopped tomatoes in tomato juice
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Small handful mixed sliced bell peppers
  • 2 medium closed cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons grated cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Put the tomatoes in to a small saucepan and on to a medium heat. Season with the basil, salt and pepper and stir. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat and continue to simmer for about five minutes until thick and smooth.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a small frying pan and stir fry the mushrooms and peppers for a couple of minutes.
  3. Put your overhead grill/broiler on to preheat to high.
  4. Lift the hot dogs in to the sub rolls.
  5. Divide the tomato sauce between the two subs, followed by the mushroom/pepper mix and the cheese.
  6. Carefully lift the dogs on to a grilling tray and grill/broil until the cheese is melted and bubbling.
  7. Return to plates to serve.

British Chippie Style Dog With Brown Sauce and Pickled Onions

Battered hot dog in a sub roll with brown sauce, chips and pickled onions

Battered hot dog in a sub roll with brown sauce, chips and pickled onions

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min*

Cook time: 5 min*

Ready in: 25 min*

Yields: One serving

*Does not include chip cooking/preparation times

Ingredients

  • 1 dog
  • 2 tablespoon self-raising/rising flour
  • Salt
  • 1 sub roll
  • Homemade chips to serve
  • Pickled onions to serve
  • Brown sauce

Instructions

  1. The bacon storing plastic dish featured further up this page as a means of storing hot dogs in the fridge is also a great dish for battering hot dogs. Add the flour, a good pinch of salt and very slowly begin adding cold water as you whisk with a fork.
  2. When you have a batter the consistency of thick cream, put the dish in to the fridge for the batter to rest for fifteen minutes. (Added too much water? Simply add a little bit more flour)
  3. Bring a deep frier or deep pan of oil up to a high heat.
  4. Dip the sausage in the batter ensuring it is evenly coated. Allow any excess to briefly drip off before carefully lowering in to the hot oil.
  5. Deep fry the hot dog for about five or six minutes until the batter is nicely crisp and golden. Lift to a plate covered with kitchen paper for a minute or so to drain.
  6. Sit the battered dog in the opened sub roll, drizzle with brown sauce and served with the chips and pickled onions.

Sweet and Sour Bell Peppers Dog

Bell peppers and onion in sweet and sour sauce topped dog

Bell peppers and onion in sweet and sour sauce topped dog

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 10 min

Ready in: 15 min

Yields: One serving

Ingredients

  • 1 dog
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil for frying
  • Handful of mixed sliced bell peppers
  • ½ small white onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sweet and sour sauce
  • 1 sub roll
  • Chopped parsley to garnish

Instructions

  1. If making a large quantity of the sweet and sour peppers, you should use a wok. When making a single portion as in this instance, a small frying pan is fine.
  2. Pour the oil in to the frying pan (or wok) and bring up to a high heat. Fry off the peppers and onion for a minute or two until softened.
  3. Add the sweet and sour sauce to the pan and stir fry for a further minute until piping hot.
  4. Put the heated dog in to the opened sub roll, spoon on the sweet and sour peppers and garnish with the chopped parsley.

© 2014 Gordon Hamilton

Comments

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on March 12, 2015:

Thanks, Kristen. Yes, I'm aware some of these ideas will appeal to some people more than others. I hope you very much enjoy anything you try.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on March 09, 2015:

Interesting hub on different hot dog ideas. Some I might try to the others not so much. Voted up!

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on May 30, 2014:

Glad you at least liked some of it, trusouldj - the PBB&B was Elvis-inspired! :) Thanks for visiting and commenting.

LaZeric Freeman from Hammond on May 30, 2014:

Ok Buddy, I was with you until the PBB& B dog. But still a very interesting hub.

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on February 12, 2014:

Thanks, Jenny30. I hope you try the new idea nad enjoy it - I must admit, I enjoyed eating this page as well as writing it :)

Jennifer from Canada on February 11, 2014:

Wow great recipes here! Love to try the "Mixed Peppers and Mushroom Pizza Dog"! Sounds delish!

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on January 30, 2014:

Thanks very much, randomcreative. I'm glad you found a couple of favourites in these options.

I wouldn't actually class myself as a particularly huge fan of hot dogs CWanamaker I just wanted I supposed to see what I could come up with that was a little bit different. Thanks for visiting and I'm glad the Hub offered you some new ideas.

Thanks, MG Singh.

I hope you enjoy any of these ideas you decide to try, oldiesmusic. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Thanks, Jaya Sanghita. Enjoy your hot dogs, whichever options you try.

Sanghita Chatterjee from Kolkata on January 29, 2014:

Oh excellent! I am definitely going to try these out! Thanks!!! Pinned it too!

oldiesmusic from United States on January 29, 2014:

Thoroughly enjoyed your well-written hub. The only other way I could serve hotdogs is to wrap them with a bacon. Thanks to you I find so many exciting ways to give them with more interesting tastes, and make hotdogs a more filling, delicious and substantial meal. Voted up, useful. :)

MG Singh from UAE on January 29, 2014:

Nice post. I like hotdogs

Christopher Wanamaker from Arizona on January 29, 2014:

Man you must really love Hot Dogs! I haven't ever heard of many of these recipes. I mean mushrooms and peppers on a hot dog? That's crazy! I'm ok with the traditional ketchup and mustard, but it looks like I'm missing out on some dressed up dogs.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 29, 2014:

I second Joan's comments. I always enjoy your recipe articles. The breakfast and pizza dog options appeal to me the most, but I love the range of ingredients and combinations here.

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on January 29, 2014:

Hi, Sunshine625. I had the choice of different brands, either in jars or cans. The reason I chose the jar was for ease of storage and nothing else. I know you're in good compnay enjoying slaw on your hot dogs and all I was trying to do here was come up with at least some options that were that little bit different. Thanks for reading and commenting :)

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on January 29, 2014:

I never saw hot dogs in a jar, until now. Slaw Dogs are my favorite. Mustard and cole slaw. Delish! Your ideas are interesting and I'm sure they are yummy.

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on January 29, 2014:

Hi, Efficient Admin and thank you very much. I'm glad you enjoyed reading through this Hub, its layout and ideas. I hope also that you enjoy the recipes should you try them for real :)

Michelle Dee from Charlotte, NC on January 29, 2014:

I never knew there were so many ways to make a hot dog. I truly enjoyed reading this hub and love your photos and the layout of each recipe. My favorites would be the Crispy Mac and Cheese dog and the Mixed Peppers and Mushroom Pizza dog - they sure do look really good! They all look really good! Voted up and across.

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on January 29, 2014:

Thank you, Suzanne - I hope I've done such a popular foodstuff justice...

suziecat7 from Asheville, NC on January 29, 2014:

Oh my - you certainly have taken the ordinary hot dog and made it grand. Great Hub.

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on January 29, 2014:

Thank you, joanveronica - glad you enjoyed the ideas.

Joan Veronica Robertson from Concepcion, Chile on January 29, 2014:

Fabulous read as usual! Congrats, friend Gordon!