20 Top-Notch Ideas for Hot Dogs
Try a new twist on an old favorite with recipes for Chicago-style dogs, chili cheese dogs — and everything in between.
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Bring on the Toppings
We can all agree that hot dogs are an essential part of any backyard barbecue — so why is it that burgers get all the glory? We’re sure that it’s due, in part, to the topping situation. Burgers get a layer of melty cheese, crisp lettuce, tomato and onion. Hot dogs, on the other hand, are often piled up on a plate (sans accompaniment) and left as a self-serve choice for kids. We’re here to change all that. Whether you pile them high with unexpected toppings or stick to classic combinations like chili and cheese, these recipes will take your dogs to the next level — and earn them their rightful place alongside all the other mouthwatering mains at your cookout. Wondering where to start? Keep it simple and whip up a batch of Bobby’s homemade pickle relish. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a salty, grilled frankfurter.
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Ultimate Chili Dogs
Tyler makes an easy, beefy chili spiked with ketchup and mustard, then spoons it over grilled dogs. A topping of grated cheese makes the perfect finish.
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Pretzel Buns With Grilled Dogs
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Bobby's Beer Brats
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Wisconsin Beef-and-Cheddar Brats
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Now you don't have to make a trip to the Windy City to enjoy a version of the signature hot dogs smothered in classic condiments. A Chicago-Style Dog or Chicago Dog is usually boiled, but we chose to steam ours—it gives the hot dog a good snap, and the steamed buns are warm and squishy in the best way possible.
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Chipotle Chili Cheese Dogs
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Scott's Beef Hotdog with Gorgonzola, Marinated Tomatoes, Grilled Onion and Frisee
Malai Chicken Hot Dog
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Chicago-Style Hot Dog with Homemade Relish
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Brooklyn's Corniest Hot Dogs
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Maxwell Street Polish Sausage Sandwiches
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Barbecue Bean Chili Dogs
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Spicy Lamb and Mint Sausage
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Pork Green Chili Topped Hot Dogs
What’s better than a hot dog? One that’s topped with green chiles, tomatoes and pork. We recommend adding about 2 tablespoons of flour to help thicken your chili mixture.
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Lefse Hot Dogs with Fennel Slaw
Molly says, "These are inspired by the street hot dogs they serve in Norway, that come wrapped in a flatbread that is similar to lefse. Lefse is a Norwegian flatbread made with riced potatoes. They sell it here in the supermarket, but if you can't find it you can substitute your favorite flour tortillas".
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Hot Dogs with Summertime Slaw
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