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Three-day weekends plus spring / summer weather mean lots of time spent outdoors for cookouts, pool parties, and barbecues! My brother-in-law wanted to have a fun cookout for his birthday, and as I’m always looking for ways to bring a bit more fabulousness to the everyday, I tried to think of ways to spice up traditional cookout fare. We decided to have a hot dog bar, where we could grill up a bunch of dogs and provide creative ingredient options for hot dog bar toppings so guests could build their dogs their way. If you’re looking for ideas for a hot dog bar for the 3-day weekend or your next cookout, you’ll want to pin this post!
As a starting point, I found a lot of inspiration for our hot dog bar toppings in this 13 Creative Hot Dog Recipes slideshow from Real Simple, and came up with a few more hot dog bar ideas. I’ve got all the ideas for a hot dog bar rounded up for you today.
Hot Dog Bar Setup
To set the hot dog bar, we first grilled up a bunch of hot dogs (I am personally a huge fan of Ball Park’s bun-length franks) and set them out with a bunch of hot dog buns and baskets. I then grouped the hot dog bar toppings by each of the hot dog recipe combinations below in individual plastic bowls from the dollar store. Grouping them together with a sign helps guests create one of the recipe ideas, or mix-and-match from the different toppings to create a unique recipe of their own. I also included some additional, more traditional hot dog toppings, which I have listed below. Guests grabbed a basket, a bun (or not – you can go low-carb and just top your dogs without the bun), and a hot dog and went to work on their creations.
Hot Dog Bar Supplies
Here are the supplies and accessories needed to set up your hot dog bar.
- Plastic deli baskets (available in different colors)
- Checkered basket liner sheets
- Checkered tablecloth
- Hot dog bar signs. You can get the blank printable sign templates I used for our different hot dog bar toppings from Pocket Change Gourmet here.
Hot Dog Bar Toppings
OK, I know you came here for the hot dog bar toppings, so here they are!
Banh Mi Dog (get the recipe from Real Simple here)
This adds a Vietnamese twist to your dog!
Peach Salsa Dog (get the recipe from Real Simple here)
A dog with a summery, spicy kick.
Cubano Dog (get the recipe from Real Simple here)
Almost like a Cuban sandwich on a dog.
Reuben Dog (get the recipe from Real Simple here)
Reubens are my favorite sandwich, so naturally I had to have a Reuben version of a hot dog.
Swanky Dog (get the recipe on Munchies here)
Three words: bacon, truffle mayo. Plus a few other swanky additions.
Greek Dog (get the recipe on Lucky Peach here)
Tzatziki sauce and your usual Greek salad ingredients top this dog.
Mac n’ Cheese Dog
So simple, but so genius. All you need is prepared mac n’ cheese for this family-friendly dog.
Sprouts, mayo, and avocado top this fresh dog.
Other Hot Dog Bar Toppings
In addition to the hot dog bar ideas and ingredients for each of the specialty hot dog recipes above, here are the staples and classic hot dog condiments you need to have for your hot dog bar.
- Shredded cheddar
- Condiments (mayo, mustard, ketchup, relish)
What are your plans for the three-day weekend? Are you firing up the grill too?
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