Hot Dog Bar ~ Hot Dogs Five Ways


A “hot dog bar” is the perfect solution to not feeling guilty about serving “hot dogs” at your next gathering.  Let’s face it, we all love outdoor grilling (especially for a crowd), however, if Ribeye Steaks for 20 are not in your budget, this is a great, creative alternative. Have your guests contribute the side dishes and you will have a great interactive, food-friendly party. Of course, you can also scale it up or down by the quality and types of hot dogs and buns you serve.

There will obviously be some pre-prep work, but that’s better than slaving over a stove during the party. I would set a large table with cute bowls for the ingredients of each hot dog combination. Then I would print instructions on how to assemble each one.  Your job will be to have lots of buns and hot dogs coming off the grill.

There is something here for everyone’s taste and the kids can still have their plain ketchup and mustard dog…no need to make something different.

What a great way to celebrate Father’s Day or the 4th of July….


Mexican Charred-Corn Dog.  Corn and onions make up the base while a lime mayonnaise and Cotija cheese top it off.  Lots of flavor in this one.


Banh Mi Dog. Fresh flavors of cilantro, cucumber and jalapeno give this combo it’s big flavor.  A little bit of mayo and carrots soaked in vinegar and sugar make this a winner.


Frank & Beans.  This is the only one my oldest son liked best. Baked beans and a slice of crispy bacon are the stars of this show.


Hawaiian Dog. Pineapple and red onion tossed in a spice mixture. This was yummy.


Reuben Dog. Just like the favorite sandwich; sauerkraut, sweet dressing and swiss cheese. Awesome.

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Hot Dog Bar ~ Hot Dog 5 Ways

Recipe from: Everyday Food | Serves: Each recipe makes approx four hot dogs


Mexican Charred-Corn Dog

  • 2 cups corn
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 sliced scallion whites
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • Cotija or Feta cheese
  • Sliced scallion greens
  • Chile Powder

Banh Mi Dog

  • 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 shredded carrots
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • mayonnaise
  • cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 2 jalapenos, sliced
  • cilantro leaves

Frank & Beans

  • 4 slices cooked bacon
  • 1 cup baked beans, warm
  • white onion, diced
  • yellow mustard

Hawaiian Dog

  • vegetable
  • pineapple wedges, fresh
  • red onion, cut in rounds
  • sugar
  • salt
  • cayenne pepper

Reuben Dog

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup sauerkraut, drained


Mexican Charred-Corn Dog ~ Assembly

  • In a skillet, cook 2 cups corn until browned. Add 2 teaspoons vegetable oil and sliced scallion whites, cooking until scallions are tender. Season with salt and pepper. Combine mayonnaise and lime juice. Top hot dogs with corn mixture, lime mayonnaise, crumbled Cotija or feta and sliced scallion greens. Sprinkle with chili powder.

Banh Mi Dog ~ Assembly

  • Stir together vinegar and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Stir in carrots and coarse salt; let sit 10 minutes. Top hot dogs with mayonnaise, cucumber, carrots, jalapeno and cilantro leaves.

Frank & Beans ~ Assembly

  • Place cooked hot dogs in buns with a slice of bacon. Top with baked beans, white onion and yellow mustard.

Hawaiian Dog ~ Assembly

  • Lightly oil pineapple and red onion; grill until tender. Chop and season with sugar, salt and cayenne pepper. Top hot dogs with pineapple mixture.

Reuben Dog ~ Assembly

  • Combine mayonnaise, ketchup, relish and Worcestershire; season with salt and pepper. Top hot dogs with Swiss cheese and sauerkraut and sauce.

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7 Comments and 1 Reply

  1. Carole Resnick 1

    You just planned the menu for my July 4 cookout.

  2. I absolutely love this idea! It makes me want to plan a party just so I can set up a hot dog bar. I love that Mexican charred corn mixture. Thanks for posting this Cathy!

  3. What a fun idea. I love it!

  4. DAWN 4

    I love this idea about a hot dog bar. Its very creative and fun and I agree… who wants to be over a hot stove and not be able to be enjoying themselves at a party??? Thanks for the great idea

  5. Great fun idea! I love me a hot dog…easy food for a crowd! Thanks Cathy, and have a happy 4th!

  6. Marie 7

    These all look AHHHMMAAZZIINNGG! Must try soon. Thanks!

  7. MaryW 8

    We did these today for a party. Everyone loved it! Thanks much :)


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