Beyond the Bun: 21 Creative Hot Dog Recipes

Pigs in Blanket Beyond the Bun: 21 Creative Hot Dog Recipes


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Pigs in Blanket Beyond the Bun: 21 Creative Hot Dog Recipes

Put Down the Ketchup

Summer means plenty of us are grilling out, so it's no surprise that July is National Hot Dog Month. And while little can compare with grabbing a tasty, traditional hot dog with mustard or relish from our favorite hot dog stand, this humble protein is capable of so much more. We've rounded up several no-bun-required recipes to get your creative juices flowing.   

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Campfire Corn Dog Dip

Venturing into the great outdoors this summer? Hot dogs are an easy favorite to roast over an open flame, but this sinful mixture of hot dogs, corn, cheese, and green onions is beckoning for your best cast-iron pan. Red pepper flakes and jalapeños give it a kick, too.

Recipe: Delish

hot dog pasta

One Pot Hot Dog Pasta

We're big fans of one-pot anything, so sign us up for this family-friendly recipe. It combines onion, tomatoes, parmesan cheese, green onions, heavy cream, and plenty of garlic for a comforting, easy weeknight meal.

Recipe: Tasty

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Hot Dog Fried Rice

Fried rice blends well with chicken, shrimp, eggs, and plenty of other proteins, so why not hot dogs? Even picky kids may be intrigued enough by this quick, filling dish to expand their mealtime horizons.


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corn dog muffins

Corn Dog Muffins

We love muffins as much as the next guy, but carbs won't fill you up at the beginning of a long day. In this recipe, it's hot dogs to the rescue with some much-needed protein. Brown sugar adds sweetness to this cornbread-based mix.

Recipe: Allrecipes

hot dog and cheese pie

Hot Dog and Cheese Pie

Banish thoughts of sweet dessert pies from your mind: This one is savory, cheesy, and easy as ... well, you know what. Made with eggs, pancake mix, and onions, it would be equally tasty for breakfast or dinner.

Recipe: Betty Crocker

Related: 19 Savory Pies From Around The World

hot dog tortilla

Pigs in Ponchos

We've all heard of pigs in a blanket. Think of pigs in ponchos as their slightly more cultured siblings. Grilled poblano peppers, cheese, beans, salsa, and tortillas give them a south-of-the-border flavor.

Recipe: Rachael Ray

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hot dog sushi roll

Hot Dog Maki Rolls

Know someone who wrinkles their nose at the mere thought of sushi? This might just be the recipe that gets them over the hump. A mix of soy sauce and brown sugar adds a tangy sweetness. Sesame seeds are also an easy substitute for Japanese rice seasoning.

Recipe: Kimchi Mom

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Chili Dog Nachos

Make nachos into a main attraction instead of a mere appetizer by adding chopped hot dogs to the mix. Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, and cumin bring the flavor, while onions, cheese, sour cream, and salsa add extra layers of indulgence.

Recipe: Food Network

breakfast casserole

Hot Dog Hash

Stand aside, corned beef: Hot dogs are substantial enough to carry their own hash. This version calls for onions, peppers, garlic, and hot sauce, and the hearty result will hit the spot any time of day.

Recipe: Delish

hot dog macaroni and cheese

Hot Dog Casserole

Whether you need a slam-dunk contribution for your next potluck or an easy dump-and-bake dinner, this super-simple hot dog casserole recipe will have you wondering why you didn't think of it sooner.


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hot dog salad

Chicago-Style Hot Dog Salad

Love a classic Chicago dog? Savor the same flavors with this bunless version, perfect for anyone who's watching their carbs. Diced pickles and peppers give it extra zing, while a honey mustard dressing provides a sweet finish.

Recipe: Tablespoon

grilled cheese hot dog sandwich
Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Maple and Brown Sugar Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs

This drool-worthy twist on the traditional cocktail weenie will have guests elbowing for a space by your slow cooker. There's no barbecue sauce to be found; instead, a sweet brown sugar glaze balances the salty bacon.

Recipe: The Spruce Eats 

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hot dog curry

Hot Dog Curry

Hot dogs and a sweet, tangy sauce with just a hint of spice make this a gentle, kid-friendly introduction to the wide world of curry. Soak up the sauce with some freshly baked naan.

Recipe: Coco for Curry

grilled pineapple, pork, tomato skewer

Fresh and Fruity Hot Dog Skewers

This three-ingredient wonder is a simple way to ditch the buns and add a little nutritional value to your favorite summer indulgence. It's also a cookout- or campfire-friendly way to feed kids and grownups alike.

Recipe: Food Network

quesadilla with mango salsa

Grilled Hot Dog Quesadilla With Mango Pico de Gallo

A juicy hot dog is an easy substitute for chicken when you want to give quesadillas an unexpected twist. Sweet mango pico de gallo with a little bit of habanero takes it from pedestrian to menu-worthy.

Recipe: Kraft

shell pasta

Seashell Hot Dog Bake

Fans of ziti, stuffed shells, and other indulgent baked pasta dishes will want to give this hot-dog version a whirl. It includes all the usual comfort-food suspects, including plenty of cheese, garlic, and tomato sauce.


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