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Hot dogs go gourmet

Sure, sometimes all you crave is a classic beef hot dog on a soft bun. But there are times when those hot dogs just won’t cut it. See how we’re inspired to grill hot dogs in a different way.

This Memorial Day weekend, what are you planning on grilling? Although the usual hamburgers and hot dogs sound delicious, switch it up and serve a variety of sausages, buns and homemade condiments to your guests. To inspire you, we’ve served up not only a roundup of unique recipes but also a Q&A with Russell van Kraayenburg, author of Haute Dogs: Recipes for Delicious Hot Dogs, Buns and Condiments. Born and raised in Texas, he’s also the author of the award-winning site Chasing Delicious.

SheKnows: If you were to eat the last hot dog of your life, what would it be topped with? Describe sausage, bun and condiments.

Russell van Kraayenburg: I’d have to go with the Chicago Dog — an all-beef hot dog on a poppy seed bun, covered with yellow mustard, diced onions, tomato wedges, sport peppers, a pickle slice and celery salt. It’s a true dragged-through-the-garden dog, and I love everything about it.

SK: We love that your book features hot dogs from all over the world. Any country you’d like to tackle next and create a signature hot dog for?

RvK: It may not be a country, but I’d love to do a hot dog for Antarctica. What would I put on the dog? I have no idea. But I know those poor scientists down there deserve their own hot dog recipe too.

SK: What’s your favorite condiment for a simple sausage and bun dog?

RvK: I am a mustard guy, for sure. I almost never have a hot dog without mustard. I think the punch and spicy tang pair wonderfully with the beef or pork in the hot dog.

1. Chorizo hot dog with chimichurri sauce recipe

Chorizo hot dog with chimichurri sauce

For the chorizo lovers out there, this chorizo hot dog with chimichurri sauce takes your regular hot dog to the next level. Chorizo, originally from Spain, pairs perfectly with the fresh and herbaceous chimichurri sauce.

2. BBQ sausage dogs recipe

BBQ sausage dogs

Everyone loves a good sausage, so these BBQ sausage dogs are a hit at any cookout, since the variety of sausage in local grocery stores is huge. Everything from maple sausage to Italian sausage would work well in this recipe.

3. Pigs in a blanket (low carb and gluten free) recipe

Pigs in a blanket (low carb and gluten free)

Looking for a snack that involves hot dogs but have a gluten-free crowd that won’t eat the usual buns? Make these gluten-free pigs in a blanket. They’d make the ideal appetizer.

4. 30-second peach jalapeño dog recipe

30-second peach jalapeño dog

Nothing says summer more than peaches, and when you add hot dogs into the mix, you get this 30-second peach jalapeño dog recipe. Quick and flavorful, just what we crave during these hot months.

5. Hot dog burger recipe

Hot dog burger

A combination of two summer favorites, this hot dog burger takes whole hot dogs and grinds them up, incorporates them into ground beef and forms burger patties. Genius, right?

6. Italian sausage with peppers and onions recipe

Italian sausage with peppers and onions

The classic way to eat your sausages, this Italian sausage with peppers and onions recipe perfects the traditional recipe.

7. Grilled hot dog torta recipe

Grilled hot dog torta

Grab a classic beef dog, and turn it into this grilled hot dog torta, a twist on a classic Mexican torta.

8. Slaw dog with crispy corned beef recipe

Slaw dog with crispy corned beef

For the Reuben sandwich lovers out there, this slaw dog with crispy corned beef will become a favorite of yours this summer.

9. Bacon-wrapped Tex-Mex hot dogs recipe

Bacon-wrapped Tex-Mex hot dogs

Whoever thought of wrapping a hot dog in bacon was a genius. We’re loving these bacon-wrapped Tex-Mex hot dogs.

10. Italian sausage sub with toasted fennel aioli recipe

Italian sausage sub with toasted fennel aioli

Italian sausage sub with toasted fennel aioli — all of our favorite flavors in one. We’re loving the aioli, a fancier preparation than regular mayonnaise that takes this dog up a notch.

11. Mini chili cheese dog bites recipe

Mini chili cheese dog bites

Turn your favorite hot dog into a bite-size appetizer with these melty, cheesy bites.

12. Mini corn dog muffins recipe

Mini corn dog muffins

What could be better than a batter-dipped dog? These poppable mini corn dog muffins, that’s what.

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