The best hotdog toppings go far beyond ordinary ketchup and mustard. Gourmet, well dressed hot dogs make a world of difference to your own taste buds and to your guest’s. Whether you go with traditional meat or a plant-based vegetarian hotdogs or sausage, each deserves great toppings drizzled with Organic Citrus Infused Sauce (shown above) or Original Dipping Sauce – Medium or Hot. Chances are pretty high that you’ve eaten or thought about eating a hot dog or sausage in the past month. I know some people who make hotdogs a weekly affair. If you use the same boring toppings when you make hotdogs then it’s time to level up. This post can help you up your hotdog game.
- 1 pack hotdog (hot dogs or sausages or vegan equivalents)
- Hotdog buns
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup sauerkraut
- 1 tomato (sliced)
- 1 pickle (sliced)
- 4 leaves of sweet basil (wash chopped)
- 2 tablespoons chopped sweet onion or Red Onion
- One jar Organic Citrus Infused Sauce or Organic Original Dipping Sauce – Hot or Medium
- Alternatively, you can make spicy mayo from mayo and either sauce
The hotdog pair shown at the top of the page has sliced tomato, pickle, sauerkraut, fresh chopped basil, chopped onions, mayo on the buns, and topped with a generous drizzle of Organic Citrus Infused Sauce.
Hotdog Preparation Notes:
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Recipe Yield: Serves 3+
This recipe yield is so variable depending on the hotdogs, hot dogs, sausage, frankfurters, franks or whatever you choose to purchase or call them. Buy them loose and you will control the exact yield. But, if you’re like most people you’ll buy some form of packaged hotdogs and those packages could contain 4, 6, or 8 wieners. Making matters even more confusing, the bun package count will most likely be different than the hot dog count. No wonder some people opt for corn dogs with their built-in “buns.”
I’m going to safely say that even if you have a smaller package of hotdogs and buns you’ll easily feed three people. If you are cooking for one or two then you’ll likely freeze the remaining buns and hot dogs.
Pro Tip: If you enjoy flavorful toppings at least as much as the meaty franks then consider splitting your hotdog lengthwise, pan-frying the hotdog halves and then placing each on a bun surrounded by delicious toppings. Your hotdogs will go twice as far.
Prepare the Hotdog and Hot Dog Buns
- Grill hotdogs outdoors or pan fry over medium heat until cooked and heated throughout, 6 to 8 minutes.
- Pan fry the buns by first spreading coconut oil on each bun. Then place buns face down and fry until desired level of brown and crispiness, about 1-2 minutes.
Laying the Proper Hotdog Foundation
- Over your pan-fried crispy buns spread a layer of mayonnaise or Spicy Mayo. If you are using mayonnaise here then you can top your hotdog later with Original Dipping Sauce or Citrus Infused Sauce.
- Place a hotdog (or half) on each bun.
Best Hotdog Toppings Budget and Taste Pro Tip:
If you really like your choice of delicious toppings then slice each hotdog in half, lengthwise. This is also a way to get the nice grill marks or pan-fried crispiness on more of the hot dog surface. And voila, you’ve instantly doubled the amount of hot dogs. This is especially needed for larger hot dogs that dominate the bun and crowd out those delicious toppings.
Best Hotdog Toppings – Bulky Ingredients First
- Other favorite toppings of ours include: caramelized, grilled, or fresh onions, crispy sliced pickles, orange slices (yes, it’s true), and other grilled vegetables such as red peppers. Add your desired toppings starting with the big bulky ones first. Pickles and sliced tomatoes go first. If you use chopped tomatoes add them later.
Best Hot Dog Toppings – Lighter Toppings Last
- Fresh basil is an herb that tastes absolutely delicious with hotdogs especially when you use Citrus Infused Sauce or Original Dipping Sauce. Place lighter ingredients like the basil over the heavier ingredients and then drizzle sauce over the top for flavor and stability. Who knew there was such science to crafting delicious hotdogs.
Best Hotdog Toppings Serving Suggestions
Host your own happy hour or hotdog bar with grilled or pan-fried hotdogs and your favorite toppings. Include Citrus Infused Sauce or Original Dipping Sauce to drizzle over the top or premix Spicy Mayo. If you’re serving others consider offering a choice, Spicy Mayo made with Original Dipping Sauce and Spicy Mayo made with Citrus Sauce. Or course you can choose medium or hot and adjust the ratio of mayo-to-sauce to control the heat. As a meal, serve hotdogs with Steak Fries, Potato heels with Garlic Aioli Mayo, or Herbed Crispy Roast Potatoes.
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