Best Hot Dog Toppings – The Ultimate Hot Dog Bar

For someone who loves to cook things from scratch, you might be surprised to learn that hot dogs are my favorite food. There, I said it. And I stand by it. What really makes hot dogs fun are the toppings you can add to them – endless combinations, and a great way to serve a whole crowd.


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That’s why I decided to throw down a hot dog bar this month for our whole CLJ team. The thing I love about doing a food bar of any kind is that you can offer options for food restrictions. This means everyone can enjoy the experience all together from the same spread of food. (Note: We did make veggie burgers as a meat alternative for some vegetarian guests!)


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When it comes to setting out a spread, I like having a variety of containers, heights, and flavors. I create a few toppings from scratch and then set out a curated assortment of my favorite sourced products. Just make sure you have mustard and pickled toppings — those two are non-negotiable for me. And don’t forget the sides! Watch the video to see how to make some great slaws and my favorite elote corn salad (based on the famous Mexican grilled street corn). Plus, we always have a basket of chip varieties on hand.

Here is my assortment of toppings fit for a hot dog bar. Some of these may be a little unexpected, but I encourage you to go for it. What is life for if not to try new things?


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Mustard toppings for hot dogs

  • Mr. Mustard Hot Mustard
  • Dijon mustard
  • Yellow mustard
  • Honey mustard (recipe below)

Pickled toppings for hot dogs

  • Green cabbage slaw
  • Red cabbage slaw
  • Grillow’s Pickle de Gallo
  • Mango pineapple pico de gallo
  • Sweet relish salad cubes
  • Dicked pickled jalapenos
  • Pickled red onion
  • Sauerkraut (I love the garlic pickle from Cultured Traditions if you can find it)
  • Banana peppers of your preferred spice level
  • Kimchi (unexpected? yes, but it’s a great spice level up if you like sauerkraut)

Fresh toppings for hot dogs

  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Chopped serranos
  • Chopped vidalia onion
  • Green lettuce leaves (these make a great wrap for those who are gluten-free)
  • Elote (recipe below)

Finishing condiments for hot dogs

  • Truff Green Hot Sauce
  • Sriracha mayo
  • Chili crisp (recipe here)
  • Yellow Bird Sriracha
  • CW Dressing Sweet Date Hot Sauce
  • Fly by Jing Zhong Sauce (pairs great with kimchi)
  • Bone-Sucking Wing Sauce in Honey Habanero
  • Celery salt (just a great flavor enhancer)

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