18 BEST Hot Dog Recipes to Celebrate Summer (Fun & Easy)

There are so many different ways to enjoy hot dogs in the summer! We’ve rounded up 18 of our favorites to help you celebrate holidays like 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day or to enjoy on Game Day!

Hot Dogs are the ultimate comfort food on a hot, sunny day. Serve them up with a side salad, tortilla chips, potato chips or french fries and enjoy!


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Which is the best hot dog bun?

When it comes to determining the “best” hot dog bun, it ultimately depends on personal preference. A few popular options include:

  1. Classic White Bun: The traditional white bun is a common choice for hot dogs. Its soft texture and mild flavor provide a neutral base that allows the flavors of the hot dog and condiments to shine.
  2. New England-style Bun: Popular in the northeastern United States, the New England-style bun is characterized by its split-top design. This bun is typically buttered and griddled, offering a slightly crispy exterior and a soft, fluffy interior.
  3. Pretzel Bun: Pretzel buns are gaining popularity due to their unique flavor and texture. They have a slightly chewy exterior and a rich, pretzel-like taste that adds a savory element to your hot dog.
  4. Whole Wheat or Multigrain Bun: For those seeking a healthier option, whole wheat or multigrain buns are available. These buns provide a heartier texture and often offer additional nutritional benefits.
  5. Gluten-Free Bun: There are also gluten-free options available for individuals with specific dietary needs.

Whether you steam buns, enjoy toasted buns, split-top buns or in a pinch a piece of bread, toasted and folded in half….the choice is ultimately yours!

Best Toppings for Hot Dogs

It’s a hot debate on our home as to which is the best topping(s) for hot dogs. In no particular order, here’s a few condiment ideas to take your hot dogs to the next level!

  • the classic – yellow mustard, grainy mustard, dijon mustard
  • coleslaw
  • chopped white onions or red onions- my favorite is sweet Vidalia onion!
  • chopped green onion
  • crispy bacon
  • shredded cheddar cheese or Swiss cheese
  • homemade chili for chili dogs!
  • relish
  • sour cream

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