Easy Hot Dog Toppings and Hacks to Try This Labor Day Weekend

Stuff your hot dogs with cheese and wrap them in bacon for a decadent twist on this cookout favorite.

Hot dogs with cheese and bacon.

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An easy way to elevate your hot dogs with pantry basics is to cut your hot dogs halfway down lengthwise, stuff the cut with string cheese, and wrap them in bacon before grilling.

Give your hot dogs a Vietnamese twist with banh mi toppings and served in a sliced baguette.

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Banh mi hot dog.

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Banh mi hot dogs bring an Asian-inspired twist to this cookout favorite. To make, simply top your hot dogs with toppings like cucumbers, cilantro, onion, and pickled carrots and serve in a nicely toasted baguette.

The crunch and hint of spice from the toppings will add a ton of dynamic flavor to this traditional cookout food.

Or, go for a German-style hot dog with mustard and sauerkraut.

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Hot dog with mustard and sauerkraut.


While in Germany this dish would traditionally be served with a bratwurst or sausage, standard American hot dogs also work and are more commonly found in your kitchen.

A quick pineapple or mango salsa can take your hot dogs to the next level.

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Hot dog with pineapple and chips.

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A quick pineapple or mango salsa with red onion and cilantro is easy to make and packs a lot of flavor.

Quick pickled onions add a slightly tangy taste to hot dogs, and they’re surprisingly easy to make.

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Pickled red onion.


Pickled onions are easier to make than many home cooks might think, but they add some serious flavor to any hot dog.

Bon Appetit’s recipe for quick pickled onions involves leaving thinly sliced red onion in a jar with apple cider vinegar, sugar, and kosher salt for at least one hour. Then, simply drain the onions and add them to your hot dog for a tangy flavor.

While relish is a common addition to hot dogs, you can also chop up your own pickles.

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Chopped pickles.


Chopping up your own pickles gives your hot dog more of a crunchy texture than relish. Plus, you can customize it to your own tastes by using dill pickles, sweet pickles, or bread and butter pickles.

You can also add an easy homemade pico de gallo to your hot dogs.

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Hot dog with pico de gallo, ketchup, and mustard.

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While tomato ketchup and onions are toppings commonly added to hot dogs, you might have never considered adding pico de gallo. This fresh ingredient adds a ton of flavor and a slight kick to any classic dog.

Sautéed mushrooms add a rich, earthy flavor to hot dogs.

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Hot dogs with mushrooms and lettuce.

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Mushrooms are a kitchen staple for many home cooks, and sautéeing them with a little butter makes a perfect addition to hot dogs.

Adding some baked beans as a topping makes hot dogs a lot more flavorful.

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Baked beans.

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Baked beans are often found on the table at summer cookouts. To add more flavor to your hot dogs without the hassle of making chili, baked beans will certainly do the trick.

Chili and cheese make for a classic hot dog combination.

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Chili cheese hot dogs.

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If your summer cookout does happen to already have chili on the menu, slathering it on top of your hot dog along with cheese and a little onion makes for a filling, protein-filled, and delicious meal.

Bacon bits add a salty taste and crispy texture to hot dogs.

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Hot dog with bacon bits and onions.

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Most would agree that bacon makes anything better, and hot dogs are no exception. Chopped-up bits of crispy fried or grilled bacon bring a whole new level of flavor to a regular hot dog.

A quick homemade guacamole also adds fresh flavor to store-bought dogs.

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Hot dog with guacamole.

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Whether you happen to have a store-bought guac on hand or want to make your own, this creamy, flavorful addition brings hot dogs to a whole other level.

A simple recipe for homemade guacamole includes two or three perfectly ripe avocados, diced red onion, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, and a generous amount of salt.

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