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3 Grilled Hot Dog Recipes for National Hot Dog Day

by Waverly Wilde

National Hot Dog Day 2020 has arrived and that means taking the time to nibble on your favorite frankfurter-and-bun combo to celebrate the day. While this fan favorite is usually enjoyed out in the stands watching your home team crush it, this year may look a little different when it comes to viewing sports.

Don’t let the current pandemic come between you and a tasty hot dog, especially when you can prepare and devour one all in the comfort of your own home. So, instead of holding off on eating a juicy sausage on a bun, why not test out those cooking skills and try grilling up some of these homemade hot dog recipes we know you’re going to love?

1. RECIPE Chicago-Style Hot Dog

  • PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
  • COOK TIME: 5 MINUTES
  • TOTAL TIME: 15 MINUTES
  • SERVINGS: 1

If you’ve never had a hot dog from the Windy City, here’s a Chicago-style hot dog recipe for you to make at home. There are four important rules when it comes to a Chicago hot dog recipe: all-beef frankfurter, poppyseed bun, sport peppers, and no ketchup. Make sure to follow those and you can’t go wrong with this Chicagoan dish. Trust us, one of our stores is located in Chicago, so we know what a good Chicago-style hot dog recipe should consist of.

Ingredients:

  • 1 All-Beef Hot Dog
  • 1 Poppy Seed Hot Dog Bun
  • 1 Tablespoon Yellow Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Sweet Green Pickle Relish
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Onion
  • 1 Tomato (Cut Into 4 Wedges)
  • 1 Dill Pickle Spear
  • 2 Sport Peppers
  • A Dash of Celery Salt

Directions:

  1. Fire up the grill and let it warm up to a medium heat. Place your all-beef hot dogs on the grill and let sit for 5-7 minutes, being sure to turn over at the halfway mark.
  2. Steam your hot dog buns by placing them on a steamer basket inside a pot of hot water and let sit on the cooktop for about 2 minutes or until warm.
  3. Time to pile it all on and take a bite! Put your all-beef hot dog inside the warm bun and get creative with your toppings placements!

2. RECIPE Grilled Cheese Hot Dog

  • PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
  • COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES
  • TOTAL TIME: 20 MINUTES
  • SERVINGS: 4

When you’re a lover of all things cheese, you obviously need a savory, cheese-infused hot dog recipe that gives you the dairy fix you’ve been craving. Luckily, you don’t need to go searching because we’ve already found a grilled cheese hot dog recipe that will satisfy those taste buds!

Ingredients:

  • 4 Hot Dog Buns
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter, Softened
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 4 Hot Dogs, Split Lengthwise
  • 3 Cups Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
  • 4 Green Onions, Sliced

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix butter, onion powder and garlic powder.
  2. Flatten your hot dog buns with a rolling pin and spread the butter concoction all over the exterior of the buns.
  3. Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface and cut off one third of it. Shape both sections of dough into flat discs, wrap them in clingwrap, and leave them to chill for 30 minutes in the fridge.
  4. Place the bun – butter side down – on the grill and add ½ cup of cheddar cheese, a hot dog, a sprinkle more of cheese, and ¼ of your green onion.
  5. Wait until the cheese begins melting before putting the other flattened bun on top.
  6. Take off the grill with a spatula and let cool before sinking your teeth into it.

3. RECIPE Grilled Barbecue Hot Dogs

  • PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
  • COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES
  • TOTAL TIME: 25 MINUTES
  • SERVINGS: 4

We can all agree that while hot dogs may be the perfect comfort food, they aren’t always comforting to your diet. But if you cut out the bun and some toppings, you’ll get a more waist-friendly recipe. Try this bunless hot dog recipe for example: It has only six ingredients and one serving comes out to 170 calories – not so bad!

Ingredients:

  • 4 Hot Dogs
  • 1/2 Cup Barbecue Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar

Directions:

  1. Heat your grill to a medium-high heat.
  2. Combine the barbecue sauce, honey, and apple cider vinegar into a grill-safe pan, place on the grill in an area where it doesn’t receive direct heat, and let it slowly warm up the mixture.
  3. Cut hash marks into your hot dogs with a sharp knife and place on the grill. Let them sit on the grill until they have sear marks.
  4. Use a grill brush to baste your hot dogs with the warmed-up sauce you just made, being sure to turn them a couple times.
  5. Remove the dogs from the grill and serve with a side of salad or your favorite grilled veggie to keep this meal on the healthy side.

Whether you’re wanting to grill something for National Hot Dog Day, or you’re just interested in getting a new outdoor grill, we have just the experts to help you figure it out. Contact our closest location to you and we’d be happy to give you a few tips on making hot dogs – just kidding! We’ll leave the grilled hot dog recipes to you, but you can count on leaving the grills to us.