The hot dog is a classic American standby, but even old favorites can stand a makeover every now and then. Whether you’re staying in or grilling out back, these recipes will take your hot dog to the next level.
By Jeanette Morelan featured on Relish
Hawaiian Hot Dog
For a taste of the islands all year round, top your dog with sweet grilled pineapple, teriyaki mayo and sliced jalapeños for an extra kick of heat. See the recipe.
Banh Mi Hot Dog
Recreate this Vietnamese favorite on the grill. Topped with fresh Asian vegetables and hints of spice courtesy of Sriracha mayo, it’s a perfect combination of two worlds. See the recipe.
The sparks flying from this aptly-named hot dog come from the out-of-this-world beer-battered deep fried jalapeños. It takes a little extra time, but they are SO worth it. See the recipe.
Crunchy Crescent Nacho Dogs
Ditch the bun and wrap your dog in layers of flaky crescent dough, then cover in a crunchy nacho chip coating. These are a home run with the kiddie crowd. See the recipe.
Perfect Preztel-Wrapped Dogs
Although you might have seen one of these before, making your own pretzel dough really makes these a special-occasion knockout. See the recipe.
Buffalo Chicken Dogs
We love this fusion of our two favorite tailgate foods: hot dogs and buffalo chicken. See the recipe.
Reuben Hot Dog
Sandwich or hot dog? You decide. Meanwhile, we’ll be reaching for seconds. See the recipe.
Mac and Cheese Dog
Layer that cheesy goodness right on top of your hot dog for an easy-peasy upgrade. See the recipe.
Spicy Taco Dogs
This mashup between two of America’s favorite foods is everything you want it to be. See the recipe.
Smoked Salmon Hot Dog
For an entirely new gastronomical experience, try smoked salmon on your dog. Cream cheese, cucumber and cilantro garnishes are a must. See the recipe.
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This article has been posted with permission and originally appeared as, “20 Outrageously Good Ways to Upgrade Your Hot Dog” on Relish.
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