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10 delicious ways to top your hot dog (that aren’t ketchup)

We love you, ketchup and mustard, but sometimes a hot dog needs to grow up. For those times, these topping ideas will transform your wiener into a top dog.

By Amy Valm

10 delicious ways to top your hot dog (that aren’t ketchup)

Photo: Erik Putz

Delicious ways to top your dog (that aren’t ketchup)

Canadian Cheese Curds and Maple Mayo Hot Dog

A little taste of Canadiana on your grilled wiener, perhaps? Here’s what’s going on: a slaw of thinly sliced apples and radishes, DIY maple-mayo and squeaky, salty cheese curds. Get the recipe from Chatelaine: Canadian Cheese Curds and Maple Mayo Hot Dog

hot dog on a sesame seed bun with apple slides, radish slices, cheese curds and mayoPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Ranch Dressing

Your kids want to dip their veggies and fingers in ranch dressing anyway, so why not load it onto their hot dog, too? Our homemade dressing uses just five ingredients and takes five minutes. Five for five, yo. Get the recipe: Ranch Dressing

bottle of homemade dressings on cut up raw veggiesPhoto: Roberto Caruso

British Onions and Gravy Hot Dog

This sweet doggy stopped by the corner pub on its way to your plate. Rich gravy and sweet onions bring all the savoury flavour. Get the recipe from Chatelaine: British Onions and Gravy Hot Dog

hot dog in a sesame seed bun with gravy and caramelized onionsPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Corn and Bacon Hash

Can you get down with hash? The answer is yes, because it’s a sweet pop of corn and a smoky bite of bacon. Your dog is begging for this explosive topping. #hashisthenewrelish Get the recipe: Corn and Bacon Hash

bowl of bacon and corn hash with wooden spoonPhoto: Andrew Grinton

Quick-Pickled Cukes

Sweet, salty, crunchy pickles make any dog pop. These ones are so easy to make, you’ll be cool as a cuke. Get the recipe: Quick-Pickled Cukes

jar of homemade pickles with toy dinosaurs hanging out beside itPhoto: Erik Putz

Korean Kimchi, Ginger and Sesame Hot Dog

Take your hot dog for a walk on the wild side with a mix of spicy kimchi, sweet-salty bulgogi sauce and a shower of sesame seeds and green onion. Get the recipe: Korean Kimchi, Ginger and Sesame Hot Dog

hot dog in a sesame seed bun with kimchi and green onionPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Six Bean Beef Chili

Our classic chili is a star in its own right, but it also takes your BBQ’d dog to straight to flavour town. Don’t forget the cheddar and green onion. Get the recipe: Six Bean Beef Chili

bowl of beefy chili topped with sour cream and grated cheddar cheesePhoto: Maya Visnyei

Thai Spicy Peanut Hot Dog

Sure, it’s not a usual thing to top your dog with peanut sauce, cucumbers and cilantro. But it’s a delicious thing—we promise. Get the recipe: Thai Spicy Peanut Hot Dog

hot dog on a sesame seed bun with cilantro, peanuts and hot saucePhoto: Roberto Caruso

“Fried” Chicken and Coleslaw

A dog with fresh coleslaw is a complete meal. What? Cabbage is a vegetable. Pile this classic slaw on your bun and enjoy the crunch. Get the recipe: “Fried” Chicken and Coleslaw

crispy breaded drumsticks with coleslawPhoto: Erik Putz

Homemade Ketchup

So we lied. Even with all these elaborate and yummy toppings, of course your kid wants ketchup. This simple recipe is fun to make together, and you know exactly what's in it. Get the recipe: Homemade Ketchup

tray of freshly baked wedge fries with a container of ketchupPhoto: Maya Visnyei

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