While hot dogs are common street fare, the U.S. takes it up a notch with gourmet hot dog stands that offer creative toppings and combinations, like bacon-wrapped hot dogs with avocado and Sriracha sauce.

Creating gourmet hot dogs at home allows you to experiment with unique toppings and flavor combinations. Here’s a basic guide to making your own gourmet hot dogs:


  • Quality hot dog sausages (choose your favorite type, such as beef, pork, chicken, or vegetarian)
  • Hot dog buns (you can opt for traditional buns or artisanal options)
  • Various toppings (see suggestions below)
  • Condiments (mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, etc.)

Topping Ideas:

  1. Bacon-Wrapped Avocado Hot Dog:
    • Crispy bacon strips
    • Sliced avocado
    • Sliced red onion
    • Chopped fresh cilantro
  2. Chicago-Style Hot Dog:
    • Yellow mustard
    • Chopped white onions
    • Sweet pickle relish
    • Tomato slices
    • Pickled sport peppers
    • Celery salt
    • Poppy seed bun
  3. Spicy Jalapeno Hot Dog:
    • Sliced jalapenos (fresh or pickled)
    • Shredded cheddar cheese
    • Sriracha or hot sauce
    • Sliced red onion
  4. Greek-Inspired Hot Dog:
    • Tzatziki sauce
    • Chopped cucumber and tomato
    • Crumbled feta cheese
    • Chopped fresh dill
  5. BBQ Bacon Cheddar Hot Dog:
    • BBQ sauce
    • Crispy bacon bits
    • Shredded cheddar cheese
    • Sliced red onion


  1. Cook the Hot Dogs:
    • Grill, boil, or pan-fry the hot dog sausages until they are cooked through and have a nice sear.
  2. Prepare the Toppings:
    • While the hot dogs are cooking, prepare your chosen toppings. Chop vegetables, shred cheese, and have any sauces or condiments ready.
  3. Toast the Buns:
    • Lightly toast the hot dog buns on a grill, in a skillet, or in a toaster. This helps enhance the texture and flavor of the buns.
  4. Assemble the Gourmet Hot Dogs:
    • Place a cooked hot dog sausage in each bun.
  5. Add Toppings:
    • Get creative with your toppings! Layer them on top of the hot dogs, mixing and matching flavors and textures to your liking.
  6. Serve:
    • Serve your gourmet hot dogs with a side of your favorite condiments and additional toppings. Offer a variety of choices to let everyone customize their own hot dogs.

Remember, the key to gourmet hot dogs is using high-quality ingredients and combining flavors that you enjoy. Feel free to experiment with different ingredients and combinations to create your own signature gourmet hot dog creations.