Creative Hot Dog Toppings

Branch out with your hot dog toppings this season and offer  homemade mustard, flavored mayonnaise, gourmet ketchups, slaws, sauerkraut, and an assortment of relishes.

  • Tangy-sweet barbecue sauce:

    Tangy-Sweet Barbecue Sauce

    For any easy way to entertain, grill hot dogs and offer an assortment of toppings including this sweet homemade barbecue sauce.
  • Ballpark Beer Mustard
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Ballpark Beer Mustard

    How cool is this—to make your own mustard? It’s really easy to make, and it's spicy hot with a pleasantly beery afterglow and a lemony tang.
  • Minted Onion Relish

    Minted Onion Relish

    Not only is this easy mint and onion relish great on a hot dog, you can also use it as a topping for hamburgers, grilled chicken or pork.
  • Piquillo Ketchup
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey

    Piquillo Ketchup

    Make a gourmet-style ketchup by adding a jar of roasted piquillo peppers, almond oil and kosher salt to bottled ketchup. Piquillos are small, mildly spicy red Spanish peppers that you can find in the condiment section of the supermarket.
  • Slow Sauerkraut
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    Slow Sauerkraut

    Yes, you can make your own sauerkraut with fresh cabbage. It’s super-easy in a slow cooker.
  • Quick Sauerkraut
    Photo: Andrea Gómez Romero

    Quick Sauekraut

    If you don’t have time to make kraut in the slow cooker as the previous recipe directed, you can make it quickly in the microwave. It’s a great topping for both hot dogs and Reuben sandwiches.
  • Curried Apricot-and-Tomato Ketchup
    Photo: © Tina Rupp

    Curried Apricot-and-Tomato Ketchup

    Go golden with ketchup and make your own by cooking fresh chopped tomato and adding dried apricots, curry powder, ginger and garlic. The balance of spicy sweetness is perfect for hot dogs and burgers.
  • Tomato-Corn Relish
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Annette Joseph

    Tomato-Corn Relish

    Top a hot dog with this zesty fresh corn relish, or use it as a topping for Southern-style hush puppies or black-eyed peas.
  • Watermelon Rind Relish
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    Watermelon Rind Relish

    Use the white inner rind of a watermelon to make this tangy relish that’s spiced up with turmeric, ginger, and dry mustard.
  • Spiced Pepper Relish
    Photo: Jan Smith

    Spiced Pepper Relish

    This colorful condiment tastes like traditional sweet pickle relish, but with a peppery spike.
  • Sweet Onion Relish
    Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Stephana Bottom

    Sweet Onion Relish

    Instead of topping your dog with plain chopped onion, make a sweet and tangy relish with Vidalia onion, celery, and chopped pimento.
  • Classic Salsa Verde
    Photo: Iain Bagwell

    Classic Salsa Verde

    Tomatillos and fresh chiles give this salsa a bright, "green" flavor, and toasting the ingredients contributes a smoky element.
  • Fresh Herb Mayonnaise

    Fresh Herb Mayonnaise

    Dress up your favorite store-bought mayonnaise with fresh parsley, chives, basil, dill, and oregano for a delicious herb mayonnaise spread for hot dogs, burgers, and other summer sandwiches.
  • Red Pepper Mayonnaise
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Kathleen Royal Phillips

    Red Pepper Mayonnaise

    Add flavor to plain mayo by stirring in jarred roasted red peppers. Three ingredients are all you need for a gourmet topping for your hot dogs.
  • Sweet and Sour Slaw
    Photo: Karry Hosford

    Sweet and Sour Slaw

    Make yourself a slaw dog by topping your hot dog with this easy slaw that starts with a package of cabbage-and-carrot coleslaw.
  • Game-Day Chili

    Game-Day Chili

    Calling all chili dog lovers. Make a batch of this spicy beef-and-beans chili to keep on hand as a hearty hot dog topping. It makes 13 cups of chili, so if you don't need that much, it's easy to half the recipe.
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