What To Serve With Hot Dogs

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There’s nothing quite like a delicious hot dog, especially when it’s smothered in your favorite toppings. But what do you serve with it? From sides and sauces to salads and more, we’ve got you covered. I’ll share some of our favorite recipes to serve with hot dogs.

Is there a food out there that just screams summertime more than the ubiquitous hot dog?


To me, hot dogs taste like tan lines and a breeze off the lake on a warm June day. Like late nights around the campfire and fireworks on the Fourth of July. Like dirt rings in the bathtub and harvesting the garden in August.

Honestly, hot dogs are just as versatile as they are popular. You can find them at ball games, backyard barbecues, and picnics. They’re the quintessential camping food and a quick as well as a dirty weeknight meal.

You just can’t beat a hot dog. Sorry, that’s just a fact.

But what do you serve with hot dogs? From sides and sauces to salad recipes and more, there’s something in the list below that will tickle your tastebuds!

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Smoked hot dogs in buns.
Chopped Rainbow Veggie Salad
Add a ton of color to your plate with this yummy rainbow salad. It's filled with yellow peppers, orange carrots, red tomatoes, purple cabbage and greens, tossed in a sesame vinaigrette.
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Broccoli Salad with Bacon & Dried Cherries
Broccoli salad is such a delicious classic, and for good reason, this recipe can be thrown together super quickly and it's a great hot dog side dish because it's full of all the nutrition hot dogs are missing! HAHA!
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Creamy cucumber dill salad in a white bowl.
Creamy Cucumber Dill Salad
Speaking of easy-to-make salads, this recipe is BEYOND easy! A zingy, creamy sauce made with sour cream, vinegar, and fresh dill coats cucumbers and sliced red onions. This creamy cucumber salad is so light and refreshing it's perfect for any summer day.
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Overhead view of pasta salad with steak in a bowl.
Steak + Pasta Salad
No BBQ is complete without pasta salad, and this one is my favorite! It's got a tangy cream sauce, fresh asparagus, bacon, parmesan, and perfectly cooked steak! Feel free to omit the steak if you don't have any.
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Best Classic Macaroni Salad Recipe
Looking for a more conventional pasta salad? This macaroni salad has you covered! It's got a tangy cream sauce, tons of chopped veggies and tender salty ham.
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Four Bean Salad
Have you had four bean salad? If not, you're in for a treat, this salad is so easy to make and it's got a zingy vinaigrette that's pairs well with grilled hot dogs! As an added bonus, it's make-ahead friendly.
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Watermelon Salad with Cucumber, Feta and Mint
This is another unbelievably easy-to-make summer salad. It's got refreshing cucumbers, crisp and juicy watermelon, mint, crumbled feta and a vinaigrette you could make with your eyes closed!
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Chipotle Coleslaw
I know coleslaw is kind of a salad, but this recipe really pulls double duty when serving it with pulled pork sandwiches or hot dogs, because it also makes a mighty fine topper! You'll love this recipe in particular because it's got the smoky flavor of chipotle!
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Potato Salad with Bacon Egg and Cheese
It would be irresponsible to talk make a list of hot dog side dishes and NOT include potato salad! This version has bacon, eggs, and cheese, and while that's not traditional, those things are all delicious and make an extra tasty potato salad!
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The Best Grilled Crack Corn Salad Recipe
Step aside Mexican street corn, this salad has all the right things in all the right places! The corn is smoky from being grilled, but still sweet, the bacon – salty, the red onion – zippy, and the ranch dressing – ranchy! You'll love it!
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Air Fryer Frozen French Fries
Hot dogs and french fries just go together like peanut butter and jelly. This recipe uses the air fryer to make ultra-crispy fries without heating up your house in the summer, and that's something I can get behind!
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Deep-Fried Sweet Potato Fries
Homemade sweet potato fries absolutely, hands down, unequivocably, beat frozen sweet potato fries. These delicious deep-fried sweet potato fries are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Serve them with a chipotle ranch for an extra treat.
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Air fryer baked potato topped with sour cream and green onions.
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
Use your air fryer to make perfect baked potatoes! This easy air fryer baked potato recipe has only 3 ingredients and less than 5 minutes of hands-on time. And while baked potatoes are not exactly the standard side dish for a hot dog, they are a pretty important part of the grilled food scene and I think they're a great dish to serve with hot dogs. This method also works to make a baked sweet potato!
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Homemade Potato Chips
How about some homemade potato chips! There's nothing like having a handful of potato chips in one hand and a hot dog in the other!
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Open husks of smoked corn on the cob.
Smoked Corn On The Cob
Smoked corn on the cob is the best, easy summer side dish, and the perfect companion for my smoked hot dogs. The corn is brushed with delicious BBQ butter before being smoked right in the husk until perfectly tender-crisp. Once you have grilled corn, you won't go back!
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The Best Chili Recipe
It would be almost sacrilege to mention hot dog side dishes without including chili, and this chili is the one to include. It's full of bacon and beef, and delicious! Any day you eat a hot dog piled high with chili and shredded cheddar cheese is a good day!
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Best Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe
K, chili and baked beans are similar, but they aren't the same, so they both get a mention in our hot dog side dish inspiration list! If you're cooking up your dogs on the grill or smoker, you almost need to serve baked beans! This sweet and smoky baked beans recipe is quick and easy to make thanks to the Instant Pot.
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Pepper jack mac in a cast iron skillet
Pepper Jack Mac
If a hot dog with chili topping is good, a hot dog served with pepper jack mac must be the ultimate! Pepper jack mac is the mac and cheese of your dreams, it's creamy and loaded with monterey jack, mozzarella, pasta, and yummy jalapenos.
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Avocado Corn Salsa
Since we're talking about things that taste like summer, this avocado corn salsa needs to be mentioned! This vibrant salsa is so yummy and refreshing. Serve it on the side of your hot dogs with fresh tortilla chips.
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Instant Pot Chili Dog Sauce
Don't wanna go through the trouble of making chili just for a darn good chili dog, check out this amazing Instant Pot chili dog sauce! It's quick, it's easy, and it's just what the hot dog doctor ordered.
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