Our Best Hot Dog Recipes

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Sonoran Hot Dog

The Spruce / Ali Redmond

Summer is hot dog season, and we've got so many delicious ways you can enjoy this great American food. Think beyond basic franks with our inspired ideas for cooking and topping hot dogs. You'll want to try them all this summer, from classic New York street cart-style dogs, to Hawaiian-style dogs, chili cheese dogs you can chow down on at game day events, the ultimate air fryer hot dogs, and homemade hot dog toppings that will impress even your foodie friends.

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    Sweet Hot Dog Relish

    Sweet Hot Dog Relish

    The Spruce / Sonia Bozzo

    Let's kick it off with all the toppings that make these dogs delicious. Our sweet hot dog relish is just what the grill cook ordered for your summer cookouts. Sure, you could buy a jar of relish at the store, but making your own relish is a great way to use up cucumbers, onions, and peppers from your summer garden. It also makes a great gift for your foodie friends, and makes a tasty addition to egg salad, potato salad, and deviled egg appetizers.

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    Sauerkraut Hot Dog Topping

    Sauerkraut Hot Dog Topping

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    For those who love fermented flavors, there is simply no better topping for hot dogs than sauerkraut. If you have yearned for a great homemade sauerkraut hot dog topping, look no further. Our winning recipe uses simple ingredients you probably stock already in the pantry, and delivers all the salty and sour flavor you crave in a great sauerkraut.

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    Chicago Hot Dogs

    Chicago hot dogs

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

    The original Chicago dogs are made with all-beef hot dogs, poppy seed buns, and a bold array of toppings. Along with mustard and a particular Chicago-style relish, toppings include a dill pickle spear, tomato wedges, sport peppers, and a sprinkle of celery salt.

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    Classic Coney Island Hot Dog Sauce

    Classic Coney Island Hot Dog Sauce

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    You may not know that the hot dog is a New York invention, first sold on the boardwalk at Coney Island. But a "coney" dog is a different thing entirely — and it's a thing of beauty. While the fixings may vary, it is always topped with the classic, soupy, highly-flavored beefy sauce with onion and dried spices.

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    New York Hot Dogs

    New York hot dogs

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

    You don't have to travel to the Big Apple to taste New York City's most famous street cart snack. It's easy as all get-out to fix classic all-beef New York hot dogs at home, for nestling into fluffy buns, and serving at your summer barbecues. Top them with the traditional onion relish, sauerkraut, and brown mustard, or swap in your favorite fixings.

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    Seattle Hot Dog

    Seattle Hot Dog

    The Spruce / Ali Redmond

    You can cook these Seattle hot dogs on the grill or stovetop. Either way, one taste will show you why they're famous. The toppings include jalapeños, sauerkraut, and cream cheese, so they're nice and spicy. Finish up with favorite add-ons like Sriracha sauce and brown mustard, and you're in for a flavorful meal.

  • 07 of 14

    Sonoran Hot Dog

    Sonoran Hot Dog

    The Spruce / Ali Redmond

    Sonoran hot dogs call Mexico home and are a staple in southern Arizona. The recipe begins with a grilled, bacon-wrapped hot dog, which is stuffed inside a toasted soft roll along with refried beans, avocado, jalapeño, onion, and tomato. The real treat comes when you add the fresh cilantro-lime crema.

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    Puka Dog

    Puka dogs

    The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

    Puka dogs are uniquely Hawaiian and fun to make. The recipe pokes grilled Polish sausages or veggie dogs into Hawaiian rolls, then adds a spicy mango mustard and sweet pineapple relish. They're surprisingly delicious and perfect for summer.

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    Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs With Jalapeño Cheese Sauce

    Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs With Jalapeño Cheese Sauce

    The Spruce / Eric Kleinberg

    Use an outdoor grill, or a grill pan on the stove, for these unbelievably tasty and decadent dogs. Wrapped in crunchy bacon strips, grilled to bring out their smoky flavor, and then smothered in a gooey and tangy homemade cheddar cheese sauce including pickles and jalapeno peppers, they are a palate-exploding treat that is sure to wow your friends and family at summer barbecues.

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    Slow Cooked Hot Dog Chili Sauce

    Slow Cooked Hot Dog Chili Sauce

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    Get your chili dog game on with our most incredible slow cooked hot dog chili sauce. Spicy and tangy all at once, it is the ideal topping for boiled or grilled hot dogs at game day parties and tailgating events. It makes a great summer lunch or dinner idea for kids, too, sprinkled over with some shredded cheese, and optional chopped onions.

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    Air Fryer Hot Dogs

    Air Fryer Hot Dogs

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Use your air fryer to cook up the ultimate hot dog platter without the need to oil a grill. Not only are air fryer hot dogs quick, easy, and mess-free, but the appliance cooks them up nice and moist, with the perfect snap on the outside. You can even use this recipe to prepare frozen hot dogs in the air fryer. It's genius!

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    Chili Cheese Dog

    Chili Cheese Dog

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    Chili cheese dogs topped with Texas-style chili are also called "Texas dogs". Whatever moniker you apply, they are a satisfying way to feed the family, and won't break the bank. The easy chili comes together with just a few, basic ingredients, including inexpensive lean ground beef, and canned tomato sauce. Feel free to amp up the spice level with extra chili powder, or make it milder for kids.

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    Italian Hot Dog

    Italian hot dogs

    The Spruce Eats / Cara Cormack

    Italian hot dogs are a New Jersey specialty made famous by Jimmy "Buff" Racioppi and his wife Mary. In the early 1930s, Mary Racioppi made the first Italian hot dogs and served them to Jimmy and his friends. The special hot dogs were so popular with their friends, that they opened a restaurant, "Jimmy Buffs," featuring the hot dogs.

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    Deep Fried Corn Dogs

    Deep Fried Corn Dogs

    The Spruce / Abbey Littlejohn

    Want to get guests' mouths watering at your next summer gathering? Wait until they get a load of these deep fried corn dogs. They start out as regular hot dogs that you skewer on sticks, dunk into an easy cornmeal batter, and deep-fry until crispy and golden. It's the ultimate hand-held snack for summer parties, and are always a popular snack at kids' birthday parties.