Hot Dog Bar

under 60mins

Ingredients for servings

  • grilled hot dogs

  • grilled brioche buns

  • toppings

  • white cheddar cheese

  • caramelized onions

  • grilled corn or Mexican corn salad

  • pickled green beans

  • diced shallot

  • grilled pineapple

  • baked beans see note

  • crumbled Gorgonzola

  • scallions

  • chives

  • dill pickled cucumbers, quartered lengthwise

  • bacon

  • tomato

  • shredded lettuce

  • jalapeño-apple ‘slaw

  • condiments

  • letchup

  • yellow mustard

  • spicy brown mustard

  • ranch dressing

  • buffalo wing sauce

  • BBQ sauce


  • To make the hot dog bar an easy process, make a list of all the toppings you’d like to have out. You can chop, cut and grate all of them the night before, place them in separate bowls or jars, then cover and store them in the fridge until it’s go-time.

  • Grilled Corn Salad

  • Stir together about 1.5 cups corn kernels with 2 tbsp chopped cilantro, a pinch of salt and pepper, a 0.25 teaspoon chili powder, juice from 0.5 lime and 2 to 3 tbsp crumbled cotija A good substitute for fresh cotija cheese is Feta. A good substitute for aged cotija cheese is Parmigiano Reggiano or Pecorino Romano cheese. This can be made the night before, but is probably best 2 to 3 hours before.

  • Jalapeño-Apple 'Slaw

  • Toss together 2 cups shredded green cabbage with 1 grated apple, 1 thinly sliced jalapeño pepper, a pinch of salt and pepper, a drizzle of olive oil and juice from 0.5 lime. This can be made the night before as it can get even more flavor in the fridge.

  • The Jalapeño-Apple Slaw Dog

  • jalapeño-apple ‘slaw + spicy brown mustard

  • The Hawaiian Dog

  • grilled pineapple + BBQ sauce + diced shallot

  • THe Caramelized Onion & Cheddar Dog

  • white cheddar+ caramelized onions + ketchup

  • The Grilled Mexican Street Corn Dog

  • guacamole + mexican corn salad

  • The BLT Dog

  • shredded lettuce + chopped tomatoes + crispy bacon + ranch dressing

  • The Buffalo Dog

  • celery leaves + buffalo wing sauce + ranch dressing + crumbled blue cheese + chives + scallions

  • The Chicago Dog

  • dill pickle + sweet pickle relish + campari tomatoes + sport peppers + yellow mustard + poppy seed sprinkle


For cookouts, estimate about 1.5 hot dogs per person. For toppings, they will differ depending on what’s popular in your family. I’d say as long as you have 1 cup of most toppings (for instance, you don’t need an entire cup of bacon! But you do need a cup of cheese and tomatoes), you’re good. Use your judgement!

Don’t be afraid to get crazy - baked beans and mac and cheese actually taste amazing on hot dogs. Make it a carb party.

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