You deserve better than mere ketchup and mustard.

By Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm
Updated June 17, 2016
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These dogs are on fire! Sister brand Cooking Light created three dandy dogs for every #howisummer occasion: The Chicago Dog, the Banh Mi Dog, and the Mexican Hot Dog.

Ketchup and mustard, we had a great time. It's me, not you, but I think it's time for us to move on—to try different toppings. You understand, right? Good, because these 15 ways to top a hot dog are pretty cool, to say the least. One might even call them ingenious. Check them out:

1.) Banh Mi: Sriracha Mayonnaise, grated cucumber, thinly sliced peeled cucumber, cilantro, chopped roasted peanuts

2.) Spudnick: Potato salad and thinly sliced scallions

3.) The Cruncher: Coleslaw, crushed potato chips, baked beans, thinly sliced scallions

4.) Crabby Not-Patty: Crab salad and sliced avocado

5.) Si, Señor: Mexican-inspired, with red cabbage slaw and sliced avocado (cilantro would be good, too)

Si, Señor Hot Dog Topper

6.) Surf's Up (a.k.a. The Hawaiian): Chopped fresh pineapple, red onion, red bell pepper, macadamia nuts, and cilantro, lime juice

7.) So-Cal: Basil Mayo (mayonnaise mixed with chopped fresh basil), sliced avocado, alfalfa sprouts, thinly sliced radish, roasted sunflower seeds

8.) Farmer's Market: Grilled vegetables (like zucchini and onion), herb aioli, fresh parsley and oregano

9.) En-Thai-Cing: Quick-pickled cucumber and carrots, cilantro, thinly sliced radish, peanut sauce, chopped peanuts

So-Cal Hot Dog Topper

10.) It's Gouda: Shredded Gouda cheese and brown mustard (use a pretzel bun, if you can find it)

11.) Greek Out: Cucumber and herb yogurt, shredded romaine lettuce, thinly slice red onion, diced tomato and cucumber, crumbled feta

12.) In a Pickle: Thyme and basil mayonnaise, pickled red onion, crumbled goat cheese, baby arugula (tossed with a little balsamic vinegar)

13.) Curry On: Curried Apricot-and-Tomato Ketchup, chopped fresh mango, diced red onion, cilantro

In a Pickle Hot Dog Topper

14.) So Corny: Grilled corn kernels, salsa verde, queso fresco

15.) Nacho problem: Shredded cheddar, pickled jalapeños, guacamole, crumbled tortilla chips