Build your own hot dog bar

Grilling season is here, and I couldn’t be more excited.

Last weekend, I set up a DIY hot dog bar for my family. I set out a plate of hot dogs and buns, and small bowls of several unique hot dog toppings. It ended up being a fun, interactive and delicious meal that didn’t cost a lot of money.

If you’ve never experimented beyond the typical hot dog with ketchup, mustard, and relish, you’re missing out. Hot dog toppings can be as versatile as hamburger toppings.

The country of Chile has its own take on the hot dog – the “completo” – with mayonnaise, avocado, and chopped tomato.

Chicago dogs contain raw onions, pickle spears, relish, and serrano peppers.

Other cities and regions have their unique take on the classic dog.

Hot Dog Bar Topping Ideas

Toppings for my hot dog bar included:

  • Chopped jalapeño peppers
  • Grated cheese
  • Chopped black olives
  • Avocado
  • Shoe string potatoes
  • Pickles
  • Chopped tomato

Make your own gourmet hot dog bar

Other Hot Dog Bar Toppings

Grocery stores stock healthier versions of the hot dog, so there’s no need to feel guilty after indulging. Most grocery stores have options such as nitrate-free hot dogs, chicken or turkey sausages, etc.