Hot Dog Topping Ideas

Wherever you’re traveling this 4th of July, we have you covered with our regional hot dog and topping suggestions. 

  • Chicago: All-beef dog topped with yellow mustard, chopped white onion, bright green sweet pickle relish, dill pickle spear, tomato slices or wedges, pickled sport peppers and a dash of celery salt. If you can find poppy-seed buns, this is the time to use them.
  • New York: Beef franks with an all-natural casing, topped with mustard and sauerkraut. You can also go the extra mile with an optional topping of sweet onions sautéed in a tomato-based sauce.
  • Texas: Bring on the heat! Top with spicy chili (Texas-style means beef, no beans) and shredded cheese.
  • New Jersey: Also known as a potato dog, this spicy frank is topped with diced stewed potatoes tossed with brown mustard.
  • New Mexico: Toppings include chili-spiked mayonnaise, diced green chilis, shredded Monterey Jack cheese and pico de gallo.
  • Midwest: Just the basics here: ketchup, mustard, sauerkraut and/or pickle relish.
  • California: Slip on those Hollywood-style sunglasses as you top your dogs with guacamole, chopped cooked bacon, diced ripe tomatoes and shredded American or Cheddar cheese.
  • Georgia: Southern-style means a scrambled dog. Chop cooked hot dogs and spoon into buns, then top with chili, minced onions and pickles. On the side: oyster crackers, of course!
  • Kansas City: Pork sausage served up in a sesame seed bun, topped with brown mustard, sauerkraut and melted Swiss cheese.
  • Cincinnati: Top your hot dogs with yellow mustard, chili, diced onion and shredded Cheddar.
  • Carolina: Classic toppings such as chili and diced onion are joined by traditional coleslaw in this regional favorite.