Summertime is pretty much synonymous with grilling season. It’s got a lot to do with the heat: You don’t want to get stuck inside with the oven, and if you’re going to sweat over a hot stove, it might as well be outside.
It’s easy to get stuck in the same rut of traditional grill items like hot dogs and burgers, but barbecues don’t have to be the same mess of ketchup, mustard and relish every year. Turns out, you can get pretty darn fancy with hot dogs. Top them with mango salsas, cucumber relishes, even Asian flair. They’ll take a little more prep time, sure, but your guests will be impressed, and you can pat yourself on the back for actually making a dinner you can proudly post to Instagram.
Whether you’re looking for a new spin on ballpark classics or wanting to take hot dogs in a whole new direction, these gourmet recipes have something for everybody.
A version of this article was originally published May 2018.