Hot Dog Hacks From the Target Test Kitchen, Just in Time for Summer

June 22, 2016 - Article reads in
Seven photos of fully loaded hot dogs being held up in front of various backgrounds

Hot dog season is officially here—the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council says that between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans will consume around 7 billion hot dogs! Rather than stick to old standbys like ketchup and mustard, we’re spicing things up a bit—just in time for summer family festivities!

We asked the Target Test Kitchen to reimagine the classic dog to create a bunch of themed recipes you can try on your grill at home. From blue cheese crumbles to fresh pineapple to baked beans, they’ve cooked up some genius condiment combos that’ll satisfy every hot dog aficionado in the family:

California Dog

Picture of a hot dog topped with avocado, tomatoes, onions, jalapeno slices and more in front of a California background

Chopped avocados, diced tomatoes, diced onions, jalapeno slices, cilantro leaves, cotija or feta cheese crumbles and a squeeze of lime.

Cowboy Dog

Picture of a hot dog topped with baked beans, barbecue sauce and pickle spears in front of a western ranch background

Coleslaw, a pickle spear, baked beans and a drizzle of barbecue sauce.

Pepper and Onion Dog

Picture of a hot dog topped with peppers and onions in front of a carnival ride background

Sliced bell peppers and onions, sautéed on low until very soft.

Buffalo Blue Dog

Picture of a hand holding up a buffalo sauce blue cheese hot dog in front of an empty baseball field

Chopped celery, blue cheese crumbles and buffalo sauce mayo (mix mayo and buffalo sauce together to taste).


Hand holding up a hot dog topped with BLT toppings in front of a Central Park background

Sliced cooked bacon, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes and mayo.

Hawaiian Dog

Hot dog topped with pineapple, snap peas, red onion and teriyaki sauce in front of a Hawaiian ocean background

Fresh chopped pineapple, chopped snap peas, minced red onion and teriyaki mayo (equal parts teriyaki sauce and mayo).

All American Dog

Hot dog topped with onions, pickle relish and ketchup and mustard in front of a photo of Mount Rushmore

Diced onions, pickle relish and—of course—ketchup and mustard.

Want more inspiring recipes from Target? Check out the Target recipe portal for lots of delicious ideas!

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