Hot Dog Toppings

Endless amounts of possible hot dog toppings exist. They are as plentiful and various as pizza toppings. While some are quite traditional such as mustard, ketchup, relish, or onions, others can get quite unique and creative. Things you would normally never picture on a frank are common in different places in the United States.

Many of the toppings are conventional and can be found all over the country. These include those listed above as well as chili, cheese, and coleslaw. Other toppings are quite regional, only being found in abundance in a certain neighborhood, city, state, or other area. For instance, the Chicago Dog, while being available in some isolated restaurants around the country can be found on nearly every street corner in the “Windy City.” Also, the New Jersey Dog, sometimes sporting beans and potatoes are almost exclusively found in the Garden State.

The fun and exciting things about toppings for your hot dogs are that you are only limited by your creative imagination and your taste buds. The wiener is a blank canvas, and you are the artist ready to create. has taken special care to demonstrate and provide recipes for some of the regional favorites around the country. Try them, change them, and add to them to see which flavor combinations are your favorites.

*Bright Idea* A really fun idea for a road trip would be to travel to some of the regions that these hot dog toppings originated from. Taste them for yourself and choose your favorites.