HOME > Chowhound > General Topics >
What's your latest food project? Tell us about it

New & Exciting things to put on a hot dog

1 wiener hound Sep 28, 2004 08:05 PM

There is nothing better than a dog and I have eaten many. I have become a little tired of the standard toppings that go on hot dogs. I am not looking for toppings that are found in hot dog stands unless they can be produced at home. What are your hot dog topping fetishs? Or is that Fetishi.

  1. d
    dude Sep 28, 2004 08:34 PM

    I spoon baked beans onto mine, usually with Gulden's and grill-sauteed onions.

    You could maybe try a pizza dog- tomato sauce, mozzerella and possibly pancetta? Would be same concept as chili-cheese dog w/bacon...
    I haven't tried it, but if you're game let us know how it comes out.

    1. a
      Amarone Jones Sep 28, 2004 09:55 PM

      Sirracha and tartar sauce washed down with Mt Dew

      1 Reply
      1. re: Amarone Jones
        wadegable Aug 17, 2010 03:06 PM

        Oh wow. That sounds GOOD. I'll have to try that. I just recently got hooked on that Sriracha sauce. That stuff is great on just about everything.

      2. j
        Jim H. Sep 28, 2004 10:22 PM

        When I was growing up, we had a cart in town manned by "Angelo the Hot Dog King". My favorite was a chili dog, and I have seen the chili stuff in cans...but not often. It is refried beans,cheese, chopped onions and ground beef. Thinned with broth, and seasoned with chili powder and cumin. Yummm.

        1. h
          hot dogger Sep 28, 2004 10:58 PM

          Make macaroni and cheese preferably with Velveeata and stir in bacon. Top dog with this concoction.

          1. s
            slowrider Sep 28, 2004 11:35 PM

            Feta cheese and Kalamata olives.

            1. d
              David in Olympia, WA Sep 29, 2004 12:42 AM

              This isn't really new or exciting, but it is good. I like to stick potato chips between the dog and the bun and then dress as you normally would. I love the different texture.

              1. k
                Key Lime Guy Sep 29, 2004 01:28 AM

                Undoubtedly, horseradish.

                And maybe coleslaw.

                1. p
                  PayOrPlay Sep 29, 2004 03:25 AM

                  Mango chutney, preferably a spicy one imported from India.

                  1. b
                    bibi rose Sep 29, 2004 04:56 AM

                    Various Baor's Head relishes, or Inglehoffer's mustard. Inglehoffer's comes in a lot of flavors-- the lemon/caper/dill is my current favorite-- and it is oil-based which makes it taste very rich.

                    1. j
                      John Fox Sep 29, 2004 06:14 AM

                      I, too, like nothing better than a hot dog. In fact, it's my favorite thing in the world to eat. I've sampled many quality dogs and been to numerous hot dog restaurants. A good hot dog should be enjoyed with just mustard. That way you can really taste and appreciate the quality of an exceptional frankfurter. If you load up the dog with too much stuff, you might as well buy cheap hot dogs because it's hard to tell the difference. I'm fortunate to live in North Jersey where we have access to quality hot dogs. Plus I send away for Usinger's beef franks, which is one of the finest, if not finest beef franks there is. Thumann's from Jersey is the best beef and pork dog hands down. There are many fine franks including Liehs and Steigerwald (Syracuse), Boars Head, Best's, Sabrett, Schickhaus, and others, that are best, in my opinion, with just mustard. They don't need anything else. That said, on the rare occasion that I feel like adding something, I get the unique relish from Rutts Hut or the beanless chili (or "all the way sauce") from The Hot Grill. These toppings go well with the dogs used at these places which are intentionally milder than other dogs whose focus is on the frank itself.

                      4 Replies
                      1. re: John Fox
                        Tongo Rad Sep 29, 2004 10:30 AM

                        I really like the deep fried Thuman's pork/ beef dogs as well. I found that they have as much of a 'sausage' thing going on as they have a 'frankfurter' thing, so I started topping mine with mustard, peppers and onions (sauteed). It's a great combo.

                        For the all beefs I try to stick with a quality mustard, maybe a horseradish mustard, and hot sauce.

                        1. re: John Fox
                          Mr Grub Sep 29, 2004 12:23 PM

                          Damn! You had to mention R**ts H*t. Now I'm salivating all over my keyboard.

                          1. re: John Fox
                            Mr. Taster Sep 29, 2004 01:44 PM

                            I am from New Jersey as well, but having lived in the Midwest and now California, I can tell you that the "mustard only" way of eating food is definitely a "back east" phenomenon. Although my tastes have adjusted, I still very much enjoy my hot dogs with just mustard and pizza with just cheese for the same reasons as you. But in the midwest, if you order a cheese pizza, they look at you like you're crazy, as if you're ordering a hamburger, bun only.

                            Mr. Taster

                            1. re: John Fox
                              Mrs. Smith Sep 29, 2004 04:02 PM

                              I am of the mustard-only set, and agree with Jon Fox on the virtues of enjoying the frankfurter with minimal accompaniment. Just enough mustard -- I actually like all different types (Dijon, brown, country-style, etc) of mustards on 'dogs, but for me the ultimate will always be French's plain old regular yellow mustard. Also, spread on the bun rather than squirted along the hotdog itself.

                              My variation is actually only to enhance the flavor of the overall dog. On a steamed bun (I prefer steamed to toasted, but toasted is good too, and definitely preferable to a cold bun), I first spread a thin, even layer of butter (any good salted butter, but unsalted works fine too) over all the interior surface of the bun. I follow with a similar thin layer of the yellow mustard. I add the grilled (preferred) or steamed (which is also good) dog and then eat.

                              My preference is Hebrew National beef franks.

                              What a fantastic food. Other toppings are nice, too, but to me they obscure the full flavor of a fine 'dog. Also, they don't exactly go with the premier accompaniment to a hotdog, a cold beer. I've never found peppers and tomatoes and celery salt to go really well with beer.

                              (Note -- I did live in Chicago for five years and have tasted the real-thing Vienna beef Chicago hotdogs, both from vendors at the ballpark and it fine Chicago homes. I realize this as a unique local delicacy -- it's just not my taste. But Chicago pizza -- well... that's another thread).

                              Love hearing about other's dog toppings -- keep them coming!

                            2. s
                              samgee Sep 29, 2004 07:20 AM

                              Chopped pineapple might work well. Make sure it is dry so it won't soak the bread.

                              1. m
                                MidtownCoog Sep 29, 2004 09:09 AM

                                Make chili dogs, and finish them off in the oven until the cheese melts and buns are toasty.

                                Top with Onions, Relish, Mustard.

                                Rings on the side.

                                1. m
                                  macca Sep 29, 2004 09:20 AM

                                  my favorite is a pearl hot dog, with howards piccalilli and mustard. of course, the dog must be grilled, and served on a toasted roll. and the roll must open on the top!!( not sure if that is called a frankfurt roll, or a hot dog roll)

                                  1. f
                                    formerly grueldelux Sep 29, 2004 09:38 AM


                                    4 Replies
                                    1. re: formerly grueldelux
                                      shrimpbird Sep 29, 2004 10:12 AM


                                      1. re: formerly grueldelux
                                        WLA Sep 29, 2004 10:38 AM

                                        My wife's father makes his own kimchi style cucumber/pickle spears, which I often put on my dog, (when he has enough on hand for his own use and gives us a jar or two...oh happy day)

                                        1. re: formerly grueldelux
                                          Steve from Rhinebeck Sep 29, 2004 11:44 AM

                                          now THAT'S a good idea! Thanks Grueldelux, I'm trying it tonight.

                                          1. re: formerly grueldelux
                                            KaimukiMan Apr 27, 2009 08:18 AM

                                            another vote for kimchee

                                          2. f
                                            foo d Sep 29, 2004 10:04 AM

                                            as a chicagoan, i feel the need to say that hot dogs, unlike probably any other food, should be topped only one way -- with mustard, pickle relish, chopped onion, fresh tomato, a pickle spear, sport peppers, and a dash of celery salt.

                                            the celery salt is key.

                                            5 Replies
                                            1. re: foo d
                                              MidtownCoog Sep 29, 2004 11:26 AM

                                              You had me until the fresh tomato, a pickle spear, sport peppers.

                                              1. re: MidtownCoog
                                                peg Sep 29, 2004 04:07 PM

                                                ...junk on a good dawg - kills the flavor completely. I prefer either just brown mustard and perhaps grilled onions, or a beanless chili and some shredded cheese. All that extraneous garden produce is just swell on a burger, but a dawg? Yick!

                                                1. re: peg
                                                  kc girl Sep 29, 2004 07:47 PM

                                                  a really good beanless chili is made from the soft chirizo taken out of the casing and mixed with equal parts cream cheese. Good on London Broil, too.

                                              2. re: foo d
                                                MidtownCoog Sep 29, 2004 11:26 AM

                                                You had me until the fresh tomato, a pickle spear, sport peppers.

                                                1. re: foo d
                                                  Mr. Taster Sep 29, 2004 01:46 PM

                                                  As an east coaster, you had me until "chicagoan" ;-)

                                                  Mr. Taster

                                                2. y
                                                  Yummi Sep 29, 2004 10:23 AM

                                                  Mustard, relish and potato salad...topped with a dash of celery salt.

                                                  1. e
                                                    Evan Sep 29, 2004 11:02 AM

                                                    After visiting Cincinnati with work, I gotta say the best way to have a hotdog is a "Cheese Coney with Mustard." A hotdog with cincinnati chili, mustard, chopped onions, and finely shredded cheese. Add some hot sauce on top, and I cant think of any other way to eat it.

                                                    1. j
                                                      jessicheese Sep 29, 2004 12:51 PM

                                                      My step father used to make homemade jarred bell peppers in oil. I loved these on my hot dogs!

                                                      Another favorite, which I'm shocked that it hasn't been mentioned, is to wrap the dogs in crescent rolls, smear with mustard and bake according to the crescent roll instructions. Cheese is good in this, too, but I find that it messes with the roll texture a bit.

                                                      1. 2
                                                        2chez mike Sep 29, 2004 02:27 PM

                                                        Wagyu/kobe beef chili, fois gras, truffles and buluga caviar.

                                                        1. t
                                                          Tugboat Sep 29, 2004 02:56 PM

                                                          Homemade pico de gallo and a swipe of a nice brown mustard.

                                                          1. s
                                                            Siobhan Sep 29, 2004 04:45 PM

                                                            I think this is pretty disgusting but...my husband loves to put the sauce from leftover chicken tikka masala on his dog.

                                                            1. d
                                                              Donna - MI Sep 29, 2004 05:12 PM

                                                              Not too new or exciting but I like brown mustard and sauerkraut. Also mustard, beanless chili and chopped sweet onions. D.

                                                              1. c
                                                                Candy Sep 29, 2004 07:00 PM

                                                                In northern New York state, Clinton County to be exact, there is a chili dog that is indiginious to that area and is unlike any others found elsewhere in the US. It is called a Michigan (I don't kbnow why) or a Michigan Red Hot or just a Red Hot. It is a very dense dryish meat sauce and the bun is a split top. New England style roll. Toppings are yellow mustard and chopped onions. If you want the onions on the bottor of the roll you ask for one buried. Those of us who have moved away from the area crave them and they are usually a first stop when returning "home".

                                                                My other favorite condiment on hot dogs is mayonnaise. My family is Southern and we put mayo on a lot of stuff. Not Miracle Whip!

                                                                1. c
                                                                  Cristina Sep 29, 2004 07:05 PM

                                                                  All beef hot dog on a sturdy bun, with chopped onion and pickled jalapeño peppers--the kind that go on nachos.

                                                                  Or...wrapped with bacon and grilled, cheese melted on top and scattered with chopped onion/pickled jalapeños/catsup.

                                                                  Hot dogs (*salchichas*) are incredibly popular here in Mexico, where vendors set up grill stands in town plazas late in the afternoon and the smell of cooking dogs tempts gently in the evening air.

                                                                  1. a
                                                                    Artie Sep 29, 2004 07:32 PM

                                                                    Make a Francheezie. A hot dog with a pocket split down
                                                                    the center,stuffed with cheese,wrapped in bacon and deep fried! Yum!

                                                                    1. f
                                                                      formerly grueldelux Sep 29, 2004 08:34 PM

                                                                      "Hot dogs in Brazil are always offered with a dazzling array of condiments including various dressings, boiled quail eggs, peas, corn, olives and crunchy potato straw."

                                                                      Isn't that interesting? Just found it googling around. Can anyone speak from experience about hot dogs in Brazil?

                                                                      Also I found (and subsequently lost) a reference to hot dogs in Chile, the "completa" being loaded with a bunch of the standard american toppings plus a final dollop of mashed avocado.

                                                                      2 Replies
                                                                      1. re: formerly grueldelux
                                                                        coll Sep 30, 2004 09:03 AM

                                                                        My friend from Chile made me a hot dog the way they sell them on the street there, and it had so many toppings I can't remember them all, but I do remember mayonaisse and guacamole.

                                                                        1. re: formerly grueldelux
                                                                          cornflower Oct 1, 2004 11:57 PM

                                                                          I know in some Latin American countries you can get hot dogs wrapped in bacon and deep fried. They're very tasty.

                                                                        2. m
                                                                          MidtownCoog Sep 29, 2004 10:35 PM

                                                                          Dixie Land Chow Chow is also good on top. But the mustard you use can make or break it.

                                                                          1. j
                                                                            JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester) Sep 30, 2004 05:07 AM

                                                                            You thought Chicago-style was a laundry list of toppings... Down in Tucson, there is a little place called BK that serves up some unusually topped (and unusually delicious) hot dogs. Start out by wrapping the dog with a strip or two of (cooked) bacon, put it in the bun, then top it with chopped tomatoes, chopped raw onion, grilled onion, cold pinto beans (not refried!), mayo, mustard, and jalapeno sauce (or whatever hot sauce you have handy).

                                                                            1 Reply
                                                                            1. re: JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)
                                                                              mamachef Aug 21, 2010 11:17 AM

                                                                              Don't they call it a Sonora Dog?

                                                                            2. b
                                                                              Bobfrmia Sep 30, 2004 09:30 AM

                                                                              With me it is just grilled dog, slice of grilled bacon, and mustard.
                                                                              The only dogs I will eat anymore are Best Kosher Dinner Franks. I can only get these at Sams. I don't have a membership, but I get a guest pass every now and then. I'm going this weekend. If I stock up, how long will they stay good in the freezer?

                                                                              1. n
                                                                                nonna Sep 30, 2004 07:39 PM

                                                                                vegetarian baked beans.

                                                                                pork and beans and cheddar cheese.

                                                                                1. q
                                                                                  Quazi Oct 7, 2004 12:20 AM

                                                                                  try this spicy slaw from Haiti. terrific


                                                                                  Or try some chow chow

                                                                                  1. l
                                                                                    laliz Apr 27, 2009 10:04 AM

                                                                                    mayo, grilled swiss cheese, and grilled mushrooms

                                                                                    1. jgg13 Apr 27, 2009 11:04 AM

                                                                                      I've taken to using kochujang on hot dogs lately

                                                                                      1. j
                                                                                        jjackiex33 Jan 19, 2010 09:48 AM

                                                                                        melted marshmellow, peanut butter and hot fuge... try it nothing like it, awesome!

                                                                                        1. Perilagu Khan Jan 20, 2010 07:14 AM

                                                                                          Had dawgs last night. Nathan's franks simmered in Fredericksburg Farms barbecue sauce and topped with thinly sliced Best Maid baby dill pickels. Very good, but the BBQ sauce was a bit sweet. I think a more hot and savory BBQ sauce works better on dawgs.

                                                                                          1. w
                                                                                            wadegable Aug 17, 2010 02:58 PM

                                                                                            I've never tried this myself, but I have a friend of mine from Chile, and he says down there they like to put guacamole and sour cream on their hot dogs.

                                                                                            1. m
                                                                                              mmalmad Aug 18, 2010 07:41 AM

                                                                                              I agree with Amarone, Sirracha is great on dogs, also try Kim chi

                                                                                              1 Reply
                                                                                              1. re: mmalmad
                                                                                                im hungry Aug 19, 2010 12:39 PM

                                                                                                i always loved a rueben dog,with kraut,swiss cheese and mustard.

                                                                                              2. mamachef Aug 21, 2010 11:16 AM

                                                                                                Chopped pineapple, drained sauerkraut, and melted swiss cheese. It sounds like something de debbil created, but it's just soooo gooood, and a spoonful of good chili doesn't hurt it one bit.

                                                                                                1. p
                                                                                                  powillie Aug 21, 2010 06:58 PM

                                                                                                  Peter's Drive-in in Kansas City, Kansas operated in the 50's and 60's. They served killer chili cheese dogs. The bun was a two inch slice of French/Italian bread with a pocket cut in the middle. The pocket was filled with a hot dog, beanless american chili, grated cheddar cheese and, if wanted, finely diced white onion. The outside edges of the bun was then buttered and grilled to a golden brown. Many other drive-ins of the time served footlong chilidogs topped with yellow mustard, ketchup, sweet pickle relish, and diced onion. Delicious memories.

                                                                                                  1 Reply
                                                                                                  1. re: powillie
                                                                                                    2roadsdiverge Mar 22, 2012 10:43 AM

                                                                                                    Kansas City now has two amazing and innovative hot dog places.

                                                                                                    Dog Nuvo

                                                                                                    New York Dawg Pound

                                                                                                    Dog Nuvo has the Le Poodle: Hot dog topped with boeuf bourguignon, Brie, radishes and and chives with Pinot Noir mustard.
                                                                                                    NYDP has the Yankee Poodle: Nathan's hot dog topped with chili, cheese, and a fried egg.
                                                                                                    (I just noticed that my two favorite dogs are both called a poodle!)

                                                                                                    NYDP also has a hot dog with baked beans -- I'd never heard of that before, but it is mentioned a few times in this thread.

                                                                                                  2. c
                                                                                                    cantbeatgoodfood Mar 22, 2012 07:34 AM

                                                                                                    I also enjoy baked beans and brown mustard on my dogs! either homemade w/brown sugar & bacon,or bushs baked beans [the best]

                                                                                                    1. s
                                                                                                      StringerBell Mar 22, 2012 09:26 AM

                                                                                                      My favorite hot dog toppings are guacamole and pico de gallo. Or an habanero, peach, and onion relish. I also have a few jars of picklese I made last fall, it goes really well on hot dogs, but it's even better on sausages.

                                                                                                      Show Hidden Posts