10 Unique Hot Dog Toppings

blt hot dog
Leah Maroney

Ditch those tired hot dog toppings and try out these killer combinations at your next barbecue! From sandwich inspired toppings like the classic BLT to a Frito pie dog, these combos are sure to please every guest.

  • 01 of 10

    Mexican Street Corn Dog

    Street Corn Hot Dogs
    Leah Maroney

    Take all of your favorite Mexican Street Corn toppings and throw them on top of a mess of dogs.


    • 1 tablespoon of butter
    • 2 ears of fresh corn
    • 1/4 cup sour cream
    • juice of half a lime
    • 4 hot dogs (grilled)
    • 4 hot dog buns
    • 1/4 cup cotija cheese (crumbled)
    • cilantro leaves
    • seasoned salt


    1. Melt the butter and brush it over the fresh corn. Roast the whole corn ears over and open flame or under a broiler, turning frequently until slightly charred. Cut the corn kernels off of the cob and set them aside. 
    2. Whisk together the sour cream and lime juice to make the lime crema.
    3. Place the cooked hot dogs into their buns and drizzle the crema over the top of the hot dogs. Then top with the charred corn, cotija cheese, cilantro leaves, and seasoned salt, to taste. Serve immediately! 
  • 02 of 10

    Banh Mi Dog

    Leah Maroney

    If you've ever had a banh mi from a Vietnamese deli or restaurant, you were probably instantly hooked. There's something so perfect about the french baguette, pickled vegetables, fresh jalapeños, and mayo on top of some kind of salty meat. This hot dog version is no joke and is a great way to get your fix when the real thing isn't available.


    • 2 tablespoons salt
    • 3 tablespoons sugar 
    • 4 cups water (warm)
    • 1/2 lb. carrots (julienned into very thin strips)
    • 1/2 lb. daikon radish (julienned into very thin strips)
    • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar 
    • 4 hot dogs (grilled)
    • 4 hot dog buns
    • mayonnaise 
    • 1 jalapeño (thinly sliced)
    • 1 scallion (sliced into thin rounds)
    • 1 half of an English cucumber (thinly sliced)


    1. Add the salt and sugar to the warm water, stir until it has dissolved. Add the carrots and radish and stir well.  Stir in the vinegar, cover the container and place it in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, ideally 3 to 4 hours. 
    2. Add the grilled hot dogs to the buns. Add the mayo to the inside of the bun. Top with the pickled vegetables, jalapeños, scallions, and english cucumber. 
  • 03 of 10

    BLT Dog

    blt dog
    Leah Maroney

    BLT dogs are simple and easy to make and are a delectable topping combination for your dogs at a weekend barbecue.

    Simply add crumbled bacon, thinly sliced Romaine lettuce, and diced cherry tomatoes to the top of grilled hot dogs. Drizzle with a little mayo and you've got the perfect dog. Serve them up with this amazing BLT pasta salad for a BLT barbecue extravaganza. 

  • 04 of 10

    Seattle Hot Dog

    Seattle Hot Dogs

     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    Sautéed onions, cream cheese, jalapeño slices, and sauerkraut... It's easy to see why people love Seattle hot dogs. It's popular street food in the city, and this recipe shows you how to bring that signature taste home.

    Cook the hot dogs in a frying pan or toss them on the grill; you can even go with the customary Polish sausage. While they definitely are not lacking in the flavor department, adding Sriracha sauce or brown mustard gives them an extra boost.

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  • 05 of 10

    Sonoran Hot Dog

    Sonoran Hot Dog

    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    When you can't decide between hot dogs and Mexican food, this Sonoran hot dog recipe is the best of both worlds. The hot dog is wrapped with bacon, grilled, then stuffed into a toasted soft roll. The toppings include refried beans, avocado, jalapeño, onion, and tomato, as well as fresh cilantro-lime crema, which is a unique condiment you'll want to use more often.

  • 06 of 10

    Puka Dog

    Hawaiian Puka Dogs

     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    Puka dogs hail from Hawaii. The recipe grills Polish sausages or veggie dogs then pokes them into Hawaiian rolls. Inside, you'll add spicy mango mustard and sweet pineapple relish, both of which are homemade. Everyone will love the unique taste and they're fun to make.

  • 07 of 10

    Animal-Style Dog

    animal style hot dog
    Leah Maroney

    Any trip to the west coast must include a trip to In-N-Out burger.  Animal-style is their classic cult favorite - burgers or fries topped with American cheese, grilled onions, and Thousand Island Dressing. That being said, we decided to take this line-up and add it to our hot dogs to make our own Animal-style dogs.


    • 1 vidalia onion (diced)
    • 1 teaspoon olive oil 
    • 8 slices yellow american cheese
    • 4 hot dog buns
    • 4 hot dogs (grilled)
    • Thousand Island Dressing


    1. Add the olive oil to a sauté pan. Heat on medium heat and add the diced onion.  Sauté until the onions have softened and become lightly brown. Remove from the heat and set aside. 
    2. Add 2 slices of cheese to each bun. Place them on a sheet pan and bake at 450 F for just a few minutes, or until the cheese melts. 
    3. Add the grilled hot dogs to the cheesy buns, top with the thousand island dressing and grilled onions. Eat Immediately! 
  • 08 of 10

    Southwest Dog

    southwest Dog
    Leah Maroney

    The Southwest Dog is another super easy hot dog topping combination.

    All you need is sliced avocado, your favorite salsa, cilantro leaves, and a squirt of lime juice.  Pick your favorite kind of dog, from turkey to spicy chorizo, and be prepared to be stunned!

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  • 09 of 10

    Buffalo Wing Dog

    buffalo wing dog
    Leah Maroney

    A nice spicy hot dog is the best choice for this delicious dish. But of course a regular beef hot dog works great too! It's the perfect spicy and creamy topping mixture for your next barbecue.

    Add the grilled hot dogs to your bun of choice. Drizzle buffalo hot sauce, blue cheese dressing, and crumbled blue cheese over the top of the dogs. Thinly slice celery and then sprinkle it over the top. Enjoy!

  • 10 of 10

    Frito Pie Dog

    frito pie hot dog
    Leah Maroney

    It doesn't get more indulgent than classic Frito Pie. This topping is not only easy, but it's ideal for those who like a little crunch on their dogs. For this recipe, we recommend you make your own chili ahead of time. A no-bean chili works the best, as it will stay on the dogs better.

    Place the grilled dogs in their buns, top with warm chili, shredded cheddar cheese, crushed Fritos corn chips, and chopped scallions.