Your kiddos favorite go-to for a picnic or a meal, hot dogs don’t have to be just about the basic bun. From mac ‘n’ cheese dogs to hot dog curry to hot dog hash, we’ve rounded up creative hot dog recipes that will change the way you think about franks. Scroll down for our top dogs!
Mini Corn Dogs
Everyone's favorite fair food can be yours at home with this sweet recipe from The View from Great Island. Even better, there's a recipe for onion sauce, which fancies it up for the parents! Get the recipe here.
Seattle Hot Dog
Our tummies are growling over this Seattle hot dog spotted over at Show Me the Yummy. Loaded with sauteed onion, bacon cream cheese and spicy jalapeños, this is a grown-up edition of your kiddo's go-to dinner. Find out what you'll need over at Show Me the Yummy.
The Classic New York Hot Dog
If you haven't had a hot dog from a New York street cart, you haven't had a hot dog. Luckily, you can recreate the simple but classic flavors by following Pennywise Mama's recipe. One secret? Boil the dogs, don't grill 'em!
Veggie Hot Dog
Get that classic hot dog vibe with carrots! Yup, this vegan recipe from Delish is healthfully deceiving.
Pigs in a Blanket
This little piggy goes down great for playdates, lunches or even kid-friendly appetizers and it's easier to make than you think. Just click here for the full how-to.
Chili Cheese Dilly Dogs
You can’t let the summer slip by without having a chili dog—and if you’re going to do it, you might as well do it right, with this recipe from Garlic & Zest. The “dilly” part comes from a pickle, which makes for a crisp and tangy contrast to the hearty chili. Get all the details by clicking here.
We like to keep a stash of hot dogs in the freezer for those times when cooking up an elaborate meal isn’t in the cards. This twist on chili dogs from Mama Gourmand is the perfect way to make an old favorite new again—and it’s a guaranteed kid-pleaser too. Find her recipe here.
Fancy Hot Dogs
Hot Dog Hash
Think hot dogs are only for lunch (or dinner)? This creative recipe from macheesmo.com brings hot dogs to the breakfast table—and the results are delicious. Visit macheesmo.com for the full recipe and lots of other delish delights.
Ball Park Frank Grilled Cheese
They loved grilled cheese. They love hot dogs. Why not switch things up and combine the two for a lunch that invokes the ballpark and comfort food all in one. Get the full recipe right here.
One Pot Spaghetti Hot Dog
This recipe, courtesy of Ramona at Curry and Comfort, combines two of your kids’ favorite foods: spaghetti and hot dogs. Add in veggies like onions and bell peppers and the result is a delicious hearty meal that requires only one pot. Hooray for easy clean-ups! Get the full recipe by clicking here.
Baked Corn Dog Muffins
Corn dogs were one of our favorite summer foods when we were kids, so we’re obsessed with this bite-size version that works perfectly for picnics. The only problem? It’s impossible to eat just one. To snag the recipe, click here.
BBQ Hot Dogs Over Rice
If you’re out of hot dog buns, don’t worry — this recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron will wow the whole family. The key to this delicious dish is the homemade barbecue sauce, which will come together in five minutes with ingredients you already have in your fridge and pantry. Click here to grab the recipe.
Cheesy Hot Dog Wontons
Try out this clever twist on pigs in a blanket, swapping crescent rolls for wonton wrappers. Don’t forget the key ingredient: gooey cheddar cheese! Click here to get the details from Cheap Recipe Blog.
Here’s a perfect “the-fridge-is-nearly-empty” meal—just wrap hot dogs in a tortilla and fry them up, then you’ll have perfectly sized bites to dip in ketchup and mustard. To get the full recipe from Or Whatever you Do, click here.
Hot Dog Sliders
Whether served as a finger-food appetizer or as dinner alongside a green salad, this recipe from Cook the Story is bound to be a home run. The mini hot dogs are topped with honey mustard and a peach salsa. Click here for the full recipe.
Polynesian Hot Dogs
Hot dogs become something brand new with this recipe from The Midnight Baker. With a salty-sweet sauce made using pineapple juice, soy sauce and brown sugar, it’s going to be an instant hit with the kiddos. To get the full recipe, click here.
Threaded Spaghetti Hot Dog Bites
This fun idea from Damn Delicious gets the tots involved in the cooking. Have them thread uncooked spaghetti through hot dogs before you boil the pasta, and pair it with homemade or jarred marinara sauce for a delicious meal. To get the recipe, click here.
Hot Dog Cakes
So what’s for dessert after all those hot dogs? Hot dog cakes, of course! If you’re an ambitious baker, it’ll be the perfect weekend project. Click here to get the details on how it’s done from Sweet Twist of Blogging.
Tex-Mex Hot Dogs
To add a colorful Tex-Mex flair to your usual hot dog, top it with corn, beans, salsa and peppers — or let your little ones pick their own topping combinations. To get the recipe from Country Cleaver, click here.
Franks & Beans With Sweet Potatoes
Try this twist on the classic franks and beans that incorporates hearty sweet potatoes, crispy bacon and tangy barbecue sauce for a stick-to-your-ribs meal. Click here to get the recipe from The Weary Chef.
Got a tater tot lover in your family? Top some hot dogs with tater tots, cheese sauce, sour cream and crumbly bacon for a kid-approved meal. Click here to get more details from The Merry Thought.
Hot Dog Curry
Transform hot dogs into something totally unexpected with this great recipe from Curry and Comfort. It’s not spicy, just sweet and tangy, so even picky eaters will love this one. To snag the recipe, click here.
Chili Dog Casserole
This dish from Cully’s Kitchen will come together in no time at all — just layer chili, hot dogs, tortillas and cheddar cheese to make a warming meal that the whole crew will love. Grab the recipe by clicking here.
Mac and Cheese Dogs
Two kid-favorite foods combine in Taste and Tell’s awesome mac and cheese dogs recipe. Whip this one up as a decadent weekend treat. It’s sure to be a big hit with the whole fam. Grab the recipe by clicking here.
BBQ Bacon Cheese Hot Dogs
As if grilled hot dogs weren’t delicious enough already, this recipe from Barbara Bakes ups the ante by wrapping them in bacon and stuffing them with gouda cheese. Sign us up! Click here for the full recipe.
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