I don’t know about you guys, but in summer, we enjoy quite a few hot dog. Especially when we’re camping. The kids love them too. But sometimes I get a bit tired of the normal condiments so wanted to test out a bunch of different topping options! The girls definitely had their favorite (pizza dog), but the others were fantastic, and one that I wasn’t sure I would like as hot dog topping turned out to be my favorite (the greek dog!)
The great thing about these hot dogs is you can switch everything up depending on what you like! Turkey weiners, veggie, beef, pork, use whatever you like. Same goes for the bun. Could easily swap out buns for gluten-free, use Portuguese buns, brioche, whole wheat etc.
5 Not Your Ordinary Hot Dogs
1. Reuben Hot Dog
The reuben hot dog toppings are: sauerkraut (I used store-bought), swiss cheese and a drizzle of thousand island dressing. I liked this combo a lot, but I do think it would be better with homemade sauerkraut. I’d like to try with homemade next time!
2. Pizza Hot Dog
Naturally, this was the kids favorite. These hot dogs brought me back to my childhood as we used to have these all the time. To make these, you can do 1 of 2 things: use store-bought marinara, or make your own sauce using plain tomato sauce, dried oregano, dried basil and garlic powder. Then you grate mozza cheese and top the dogs with them, I also add a sprinkle of oregano. Then you have to melt the cheese, so you can either put them back on the BBQ and close the lid, or put them under the broiler for a few minutes.
3. Greek Hot Dog
The greek dog is one that I wasn’t sure I was going to like, but ended up being my favorite! There are more toppings on this one than the others, but it was delish. For toppings it was tzatziki (store-bought or homemade. For homemade tzatziki, I use this recipe here, as I use it on my Greek Turkey Burgers), cherry tomato, cucumber, kalamata olive, feta. All just need to be chopped into small pieces.
4. Banh Mi Hot Dog
I love anything thai/vietnamese and asian related, so I was excited to give these a try! A little more prep with this hot dog as you definitely want to do the pickled onions. To do a quick pickled onion you just need finely sliced red or white onions, use enough white vinegar to cover them, then add enough sugar (1-2 Tbsp to sweeten it a little, but mostly to just lessen the pungent vinegar taste.) In a more traditional bahn mi, you can do a onion/carrot combo to pickle with grated carrot as well. Other toppings included chopped cucumber, cilantro, drizzle of hoisin sauce and sriracha mayo which is just a bit of mayo with a quirt of sriracha sauce in it.
5. Cuban Hot Dog
I’ve haven’t been to Cuba yet to know if this is a traditional combination. But this combo turned out surprisingly good! I did forgot an ingredient in the photo of this one though – DILL PICKLE! And trust me, you don’t want to miss it as it really makes it that much more delicious. So the cuban hot dog includes swiss cheese, ham, mustard, mayo and dill pickle.
I’d love to know if you end up trying some of these hot dog combo’s.
If you do, please let me know in the comments, and which one is your favorite!