15 Hot Dog Toppings That Will Take Your Barbecue To the Next Level

With summer grilling season well underway, it won't be long until we're tired of hot dogs dressed only in ketchup and mustard. To avoid BBQ fatigue, we hunted down the top toppings for the summer favorite — and man did these bloggers deliver. With everything from bacon to kimchi, these creatively loaded up dogs give a whole new meaning to grilling out. Move over hot dogs, these haute dogs have us going back for seconds.

by Allyson Dickman

Loaded Cheddar Hot Dogs

Loaded with melted cheddar cheese, fried bacon, onions, and sauteed mushrooms, consider this guy from How Sweet Eats the hot dog version of seven-layer dip.

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Bacon Wrapped

Win your dinner guests over with bacon-wrapped dogs from A Cozy Kitchen. And for extra crunch, top ‘em with roasted peppers and onions.

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Pineapple-Mango Salsa

We love BruCrew Life’s tropical take on a hot dog. Load yours up with this salsa mixed with pineapple, mango, cilantro, and spicy jalapeños.

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Nacho Dog

The best foods come together as one in this version from A Spicy Perspective. Load your bun with nacho fixings, like crushed tortilla chips, salsa, guac, and sour cream.

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Detroit-Style Coney Dog

Simply Scratch is bringing us a classic with this Detroit-style dog topped with beef chuck chili and sharp white onions.

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Jalapeno Popper Style

Deconstruct your favorite finger food into a hot dog topping with this recipe from Cooking for Keeps. Blend cream cheese, garlic, and jalapeño for a spreadable condiment, then load your dog with bacon and leftover peppers.

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Kimchi Dog

For this hot dog from A Steamy Kitchen, you’ll make a fresh kimchi relish (that’s a Korean fermented cabbage dish) to load on top of your dog.

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Loaded Cheddar Blue Cheese Chicken Buffalo Dogs

Skip the beef and pork next time and try making your very own buffalo chicken dogs a la Halfbaked Harvest’s recipe. Top with crunchy carrots and lettuce, a smoky avocado ranch dressing, and blue cheese crumbles.

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Southern Comfort

Follow A Spicy Perspective’s lead and load your dog with the South’s best, from baked beans and coleslaw to crunchy pickled okra.

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Banh Mi Dogs

This recipe from Big Girls, Small Kitchen is the ultimate Vietnamese-American crossover. Load your pork dog up with banh mi “slaw”: carrots, scallions, and red chile pepper tossed in red wine vinegar, sugar, Sriracha, and a bit of mayo.

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Pizza Dog

Find the ultimate comfort food in Taste and Tell’s pizza dog, topped with marinara, gooey mozzarella, and pepperoni. Make it supreme by adding on peppers, broccoli, and olives.

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Mexican-Style Hot Dogs

We’re screaming “Ole!” for this hot dog from Branny Boils Over. It’s loaded with an creamy, spicy avocado relish and some queso fresco.

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Bacon Teriyaki

Damn Delicious just caused double trouble: Not only is this hot dog wrapped in applewood smoked bacon, it’s then topped with a pineapple salsa for the ultimate sweet-meets-smoky bite.

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Thai-Style Dog

All the delicious Thai flavors you love, from fresh veggies to spicy peanut sauce, pair perfectly on a fresh-grilled hot dog. Get the recipe from Taste and Tell.

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Andoulle Brats and Avocado Crema

Climbing Grier Mountain skips the regular dog in favor of a chicken andouille brat, then adds crunch from napa cabbage, spice from hatch chilies, and creaminess from a homemade avocado crema. Yum!

Image: Climbing Grier Mountain