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6 Next Level Hot Dog Topping Ideas

April 21, 2021 by Chris Collins

Impress your guests with these awesome Hot Dog Toppings! They’re fun, easy to make and outright DELICIOUS!

overhead shot of 6 hot dogs in coloured baskets with range of sides

Look, I’m a sucker for a classic mustard & ketchup hot dog just as much as the next person. But sometimes you gotta take it up a notch. For no other reason than it’s horrendously fun to load up hot dogs in unique ways! The following 6 hot dog topping ideas are all incredibly versatile and SO easy to make. None of these gourmet hot dogs you’ve seen before. All you need for these hot dogs are simple store-cupboard ingredients. Okay, hot dog number 1 –

overhead shot of nacho hot dog with labelled ingredients

This one’s insanely easy to make. Feel free to load up with your favourite nacho toppings and use grated cheese instead of a cheese sauce (pop under the grill and broil to melt the cheese).

overhead shot of cheeseburger hot dog with labelled ingredients

You should never have to pick between and burger and a hot dog! I’m always an ambassador of ‘why choose when you can have both?’. Here I’ve gone with the classic burger toppings, but switch up as you feel necessary!

overhead shot of poutine hot dog with labelled ingredients

For my fellow UK readers, yes this is just a posh cheesy chips ‘n’ gravy 😛 If you can’t find cheese curds just grate over your fave cheese.

overhead shot of bbq hot dog with labelled ingredients

Super easy but so tasty. Requires little prep as well which is handy. No Monterey Jack? Sub for cheddar!

overhead shot of buffalo hot dog with labelled ingredients

I could eat buffalo anything and a hot dog is no exception. If you want a more subtle hit of blue cheese then blue cheese dressing/sauce also works nicely here!

overhead shot of breakfast hot dog with labelled ingredients

Breakfast for dinner? The McDonald’s breakfast style hot dog you never knew you needed!

overhead shot of 6 hot dogs in coloured baskets with range of sides

6 Next Level Hot Dog Topping Ideas

Impress your guests with these awesome Hot Dog Toppings! They're fun, easy to make and outright DELICIOUS!
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Servings (click & slide): 6
Course: BBQ / Lunch
Cuisine: Al Fresco Dining / American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Calories per serving: 242kcal

Ingredients (check list):

Nacho Hot Dog

Cheeseburger Hot Dog

  • square slices of American Style Cheese, or cheese of choice
  • Burger Sauce
  • Tomato, finely diced
  • Pickles, finely diced
  • Onion, finely diced
  • Fries, to serve

Poutine Hot Dog

  • Fries
  • Gravy
  • Cheese Curds (or cheese of choice)
  • Chicken Tenders, to serve

BBQ Hot Dog

  • Monterey Jack, shredded
  • Bacon, cooked & diced
  • Crispy Onions
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Onion Rings, to serve

Buffalo Hot Dog

  • Celery Leaves, or finely diced celery
  • Buffalo Sauce
  • Blue Cheese, crumbled
  • Spring Onion, finely diced
  • Coleslaw, to serve

Breakfast Hot Dog

  • square slices of American Style Cheese, or cheese of choice
  • Scrambled Egg
  • Bacon, cooked & diced
  • Chives, finely diced
  • Sriracha
  • Hash Browns, to serve


  • Choose your favourite topping combo(s) and stack up your hot dogs! Work to preferred measurements and see notes for subs.

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Hot Dogs - for the hot dogs themselves I recommend grilling both the sausage and the bun (even if the sausage is already cooked). The char adds extra flavour and firms up the bun. Here I've used brioche finger rolls, but any kind of hot dog bun works fine! If you don't have access to a BBQ just use a dry scorching hot griddle pan.
b) Nacho Dog - Any tortilla chip will do - even Doritos! If you don't want to make a cheese sauce you can sprinkle with cheese and broil under the grill. Feel free to add more of your favourite nacho toppings.
c) Cheeseburger Dog - If you're short on condiments you can make a 'cheats' burger sauce with equal parts ketchup, mayo and yellow mustard. Shredded lettuce also goes nicely in this hot dog!
d) Poutine Dog - Cheese curds are tricky to find in the UK, so feel free to just grated over some cheddar (or cheese of choice) instead. I recommend making a thick gravy here or the buns will go soggy.
e) BBQ Dog - If you want to make your own crispy onions I do this in my Thai Fried Chicken recipe. You could also sub the coleslaw with Apple Slaw.
f) Buffalo Dog - Instead of crumbled blue cheese you can take things up a notch with a Blue Cheese Sauce!
g) Breakfast Dog - Both omelette and fried egg works well here. You could also add/sub avocado & crispy potatoes.
h) Calories - average for one plain hot dog.

Your Private Notes:


Nutrition Facts
6 Next Level Hot Dog Topping Ideas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 242 Calories from Fat 131
% Daily Value*
Fat 14.54g22%
Saturated Fat 5.109g26%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.706g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.853g
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 670mg28%
Potassium 143mg4%
Carbohydrates 18.03g6%
Fiber 0.9g4%
Protein 10.39g21%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 2.31mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    December 28, 2022 at 5:37 am

    5 stars
    Tried both the buffalo dog and BBQ dog. Both great. Thanks.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      December 28, 2022 at 6:54 am

      Great to hear, Andrew! C.