13 Incredible Hot Dog Toppings that Put Ketchup to Shame

These lip-smacking dogs will inspire your greatest summer hot-dog creations ever

A squirt of ketchup on your hot dog is such a summertime snoozefest! Instead serve these traditional-with-a-twist and out-of-the-bun topping ideas at your next backyard BBQ:

Bacon

Bacon Wrapped Sonoran Hot Dog

Courtesy of Damn Delicious

Sonoran-style hot dogs, like these bacon-wrapped babies, are legal fare in Tucson, Arizona and neighboring Sonora, Mexico. But does pork on pork violate some Instagram food porn law?

Steak

Philly Cheese Steak Hot Dog

Courtesy of BlogChef

We can’t decide if this is a Philly cheesesteak with a side of hot dog or vice versa. Either way, Cheez Whiz is like the cherry atop this meaty sundae.

Mac 'n' Cheese

Mac and Chese Hot Dog

Courtesy of Taste and Tell

Remember when your mom used to add cut-up hot dogs to your SpaghettiO’s? This is way better.

Mango

Hawaiian Hot Dogs with Mango Salsa

Courtesy of Damn Delicious

We never thought we would describe a hot dog as pretty, but this colorful fruit salsa really dresses up a humble tube steak.

Everything but the Kitchen Sink

Columbian-style Hot Dogs

Courtesy of My Colombian Recipes

You might need a knife and fork to tackle one of these wideload Colombian-style dogs, which are smothered in coleslaw, pineapple sauce, ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard and crushed potato chips, of course.

Chili

Chili Dog

Courtesy of Lemons for Lulu

This classic topping is the reason why hot dogs are served in buns; something’s got to soak up all that messy, finger-licking goodness.

Sauerkraut

Beer Braised Hot Dogs

Courtesy of Runs With Spatulas

Hot dogs definitely have magical powers. I mean, what else could inspire the purchase of stinky cabbage?

Pineapple

Hawaiian Hot Dogs

Courtesy of Taste and Tell

A grass skirt isn’t required to eat this dog, but it is strongly encouraged.

Onions

French Onion Hot Dogs

Courtesy of The Curvy Carrot

You might need to raise your pinkie to eat these fancy franks topped with caramelized onions and shredded Gruyere cheese.

Mustard

Chicago Style Hot Dog

Courtesy of Sarcastic Cooking

In Chicago, they like their weiners with sport peppers, tomatoes, dill pickles, and a swipe of yellow mustard only. Ketchup is a big no-no in the Windy City.

Relish

Homemade Hot Dog Relish

Courtesy of Sea Salt with Food

Trade that neon green stuff in a jar for your own homemade version. It’ll earn you major grilling cred in the hood.

Avocado

Bacon Wrapped Tex Mex Ho Dogs

Courtesy of Diethood

This makes us want to start dipping dogs in our guac instead tortilla chips. Is that wrong?

Corn

Mexican Hot Dogs with Chipotle Cream

Courtesy of Damn Delicious

It’s not the battered, deep-fried kind, but this “corn dog” is still covered in yumminess.

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