Think Outside The Bun

July 13, 2015

Americans love hot dogs.  So much so, July has been declared National Hot Dog Month.

We consume nearly 7 billion hot dogs, or 818 hot dogs every second, between Memorial Day and Labor Day alone. They’re topped with everything from ketchup and mustard to more exotic ingredients like Siracha and Sweet Onion Aioli. Hot dogs grace the tables of backyard barbecues and family gatherings across the country, regardless of the season.

But how often do people think outside the bun? Yes, everyone loves a classic hot dog, but there are so many more ways to enjoy this American favorite. We found these five creative yet simple hot dog recipes for the next time you bring out some juicy Fearless Franks.

Hot Dog Mac and Cheese

This from-scratch recipe from Cully’s Kitchen is a classic in itself. Hot dogs are the perfect addition to any mac and cheese.

Think outside the bun

Cheesy Hot Dog Wontons

We never tried egg roll-style hot dogs before Cheap Recipe Blog came out with this recipe. Now, we can’t get enough! It’s simple, inexpensive and easy to make.


Chili Dog Casserole

You could easily think of this recipe from Framed Cooks as the American version of enchiladas. Try corn tortillas for a gluten-free option – they’re the perfect addition to this cheesy chili dish.

Chili Dog Casserole

BBQ Bacon Cheese Hot Dogs

There are no words to describe this Barbara Bakes original. Bacon wrapped hot dogs? Yes, please. This recipe is great by itself, cut up as an appetizer on toothpicks or served in a classic bun.


Mini Corn Dog Muffins

We’re fond of The Pioneer Woman Cooks, especially because of her knack for creating classic recipes with a twist. If you don’t have the time to make these from scratch, try using your favorite cornbread mix instead. Try this cornbread muffin recipe from if you want to go gluten-free.

Mini corn dog muffins

Not one for a bun-less dog? Try our homemade pickle relish next time you break out the Fearless Franks.

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