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How Do You Top Your Dog? Contest

Congrats to Oscar whose comment (#414) was randomly selected to win the $25 gift card. Thanks to everyone who shared their ideas for the best dog toppings!

--------------------- Lawn chair dining and hot dogs were meant for each other. It’s about the easiest food you can eat with one hand and your feet propped up. Plus, it frees up the other hand for an ice-cold beverage, a beach ball or a high-five. Oh yeah, and most kids and kids-at-heart love them. (Read on for a chance to win a $25 gift card.) But things can get downright serious when it comes to topping a dog. My favorites are the classic trio: ketchup, yellow mustard and pickle relish, always in that order. But my classic is blasphemy to others. “Ketchup on a hot dog?” they gasp. “Oh, no!” Take the “Chicago Style” dog. It’s often referred to as being “dragged through the garden” because it’s loaded with toppings - mustard, onion, sweet pickle relish, tomatoes, pickled peppers, a dill pickle spear and celery salt - but never, never ketchup. Then there’s the “Coney Island” dog that actually originated in the Midwest.  It’s smothered in a beanless, all-meat chili, diced yellow onion and yellow mustard. But if you’re eating a hot dog on Coney Island then it’s probably topped with mustard, sauerkraut and maybe some sweet onion sauce. If you’ve avoided hot dogs since you were a kid because you’re not sure what’s in ‘em, here are our tips on picking the top dog.
  • Don’t overdo it with preservatives. We only sell “uncured” hot dogs, which means they don’t contain added synthetic sodium nitrite.
  • Our hot dogs are held to the same high standards as all our other products. They’re made with meat from animals raised without antibiotics or added growth hormones. And they’re not stuffed with additives and fillers. (FYI – Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in raising pork, bison and poultry.)
  • There really is a dog for everyone, regardless of dietary preference: beef (grass-fed and organic choices, too), pork, turkey, chicken, meatless, even a whole small zucchini!
What about the bun?
  • If you’re not willing to give up the classic soft white bun, you can still get the most out of your food dollar by choosing a white bun made from untreated flour and no artificial flavors or preservatives.
  • If you want to get even more nutrient value for your money, go for whole wheat or sprouted whole-grain buns. Keep in mind that “wheat” is not the same as “whole wheat.”
  • You can even choose a bun that’s not a bun. Try sliced bread (look for whole wheat or sprouted whole grain here, too), whole-grain pitas or corn tortillas.
So what hot dog toppings are tops in your book? By May 26th, enter a comment letting us know how you top your dog, and we’ll choose a random winner to receive a $25 gift card. A fun way to use some of that loot is to host a budget-friendly backyard cookout and set out an assortment of condiments for a dress-your-own hot dog bar. Use The Whole Deal value guide to plan your summer party. With over $40 in coupons, budget tips and simple warm-weather recipes you’ll be able to relax and enjoy, in your lawn chair with your feet propped up.

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Linda says …

I always have to have two hotdogs- One with everything- ketchup, yellow mustard, relish, onions and saurkraut and one with just plain ketchup

bettie brooks says …

my favorite begins with a toasted bun,mustard then hot dog topped with potato salad and shredded cheddar cheese.

Gabrielle says …

Okay, first, I only eat Smart Dogs, or other vegan dogs, and second, last summer I discovered the joy of topping my dogs with chopped cucumber, tomato and red onion. Crazy, I know, but it's really really good! Otherwise, I like the 365 brand organic ketchup with no HFCS, and yellow mustard, with sweet relish, of course, a real traditionalist.

Casey Barron says …

Pickle relish, swiss cheese, saurkraut, and a ketchup based "special sauce" my mom makes. Makes kind of a reuben hotdog.

Val Jaroszenko says …

Being a native Chicagoan, I love Chicago style hot dogs, but my favorite hot dog toppings are cheddar or american cheese with tomatoes.

Linda Birdsell says …

I love my dog grilled with ketchup, mustard, relish onions and some cheese, all of course on a white bun..YUMMY!!!

Sarah Boyle says …

Chimi-dog! Put a hot dog in a flour tortilla (slather some chopped green chili and sprinkle some grated cheese), roll it up good and fry it in oil until it's cripsy! Yum!

Lisa Rebeck says …

Tzatzinki Sauce, olives and diced tomato on my hot dog!!! yum

Cat says …

Love Applegate Farms HD with ketchup, onions, and mustard.

Cathy Billings says …

I like my BBQ dog with mango chutney, grated sharp cheddar cheese, and chopped green onions!

PAMELA PAGE says …

A "true" southern gal, I top my dog with a little yellow mustard and the show stopper-creamy coleslaw! You can't beat this!

Tracy W. says …

I top my dogs with freshly diced cucumbers!

Lee says …

We like our hot dogs w/onions, mustard, relish, chili and cole slaw.

Pamela Michno says …

sauerkraut and mustard :) or ketchup (all organic of course)

lila kahan says …

How much salt is there in one Whole Foods hot dog

paig292 says …

@Lila We provide many different varieties of hot dogs and the sodium level is going to be dependent on which one you choose. Your best bet is to check your packaging. I checked the package for the Nature's Rancher Uncured Beef Hot Dogs and the sodium for one hot dog is 430 mg. Hope this helps.

Marc says …

Spicy mustard, jalapeños, onions !!!

david wallen says …

Hot Dog with mustard.

Gina Puluse says …

Some of us are on special diets in my house so the usual toppings are not safe for us to eat on our Hot Dogs. Recently we started using mashed avacado with some diced onions (sometimes we add some lentils) to top our Dogs. It is really good and safe for most special diets :0). This mixture can be used as a dip too. Love my Dogs!

muffin says …

i am a purist...i love some good ole fashioned organic ketsup!!

Ashley says …

I'm a sucker mustard and giardiniera on a well charred dog.

helen j hoang says …

w/ a warm bun top grilled dog w/ sweet radis, mustard & ketchup , make thing every simple w / this

Brenda says …

My favorite is ketchup and raw purple onion... but the dog has to be grilled!

Rachael says …

I love my dogs Chicago-style with mustard, onion, neon relish, sport peppers of course a pickle spear and sliced tomato. YUM!

Holly says …

At the Hebrew National stand at At&t Park, they have a "San Francisco dog" that I've learned to fix correctly at home. It has thousand island dressing and,all mixed up together,GOOD sauerkraut, chopped yellow onions and shredded Swiss cheese. They use a sesame seed roll. Regular hot dog bun is not substantial enough for this dog.

Melissa says …

Cheddar cheese and Bull's Eye BBQ sauce!

Naomi Green says …

After hearing on an ABC local radio station in Australia. I tried as an alternative to a meat based sausage the use of a peeled barbecued carrot drizzled with maple syrup, topped with the usual barbecued onions, and barbecue sauce. It was positively divine. I even stumped my sister as to what the sausage was made out of. The whole family thought it was delicous including my dad who claims he is a meatatarian. We now instead of calling them Hot Dog ... Wot Dogs cause you can't figure out what it is made of.

Claire says …

I top mine with seeded mustard, sauerkraut, and a generous amount of grated sharp cheddar cheese (have cheese at room temp). The cheddar and sauerkraut go great together!

Donna Mary Hill says …

I grill jalapeno peppers and onions on the grill next to my dog. Then I do a rustic dice. Top my dog with the grilled veggies and grated cheddar cheese. It doesn't get any better than this!

Lyrical Soul says …

My hot dog is topped with mustard, Chicago bright green relish, bacon, pickled red onions, and sharp cheddar cheese. If there's chili around, and dollop in the middle is just perfect.

Claude says …

I top my veggie dog with mustard, ketchup, veggie chili, onions, and pickle relish

Allison Marr says …

A recent favorite for topping dogs: Grilled sausages or hot dogs topped with sauerkraut (cooked in dark beer and brown sugar) with caramelized onions and a great mustard.

Jen says …

Hot dogs are best with ketchup, a little yellow mustard and a thin slice of dill pickle.

Sandy Lollo says …

I top my hot dog with baked beans, ketchup and mustard! Yum.

Joanna Tousley says …

I actually don't like hotdogs. BUT there is one exception - a hotdog at a baseball game! And for that it must be drowned with lots of yellow mustard, pickle relish, kraut, onions, but NO ketchup! And somehow that dish is just perfect while sitting in the stadium's bleachers. Of course the best ball game is little league with my grandson playing!

Jensens says …

I love the way you put it, "dragged through the garden"! I like mine somewhat like that. I prefer my "dog" with ketchup, mustard, pickle relish, onions, and hot sauce! yum!

Kim Cage says …

How I top my turkey dog is by using only the best mustard,Grey PouPon(in my opinion), the sweetest onion, and the freshest relish(homemade recipe). This is the best way to top any dog!

Monica Stafford says …

I like to top my hot dog with my homemade baked beans and finely chopped sweet onion.

Helen Sekits says …

A store in town serves the best hotdogs on pretzel rolls. I like mine topped with a little mustard,coleslaw, sweet relish and a small bit of onions. Just grand!!

The Healthy Apple says …

Topping include lots of organic, homemade relish, spicy mustard and sauerkraut!

Jeff Olichwier says …

First of all it is a veggie dog on a sprouted bun... I put dijon mustard and barbecue sauce on the bottom or sides of the bun, I then put sport peppers in the bottom of the bun, if I have some homemade horseradish I also spread some of that on the bun, I then place the hot dog in the bun, after that, I place some sliced tomatoes between the bun and the dog on one side and on the other I place some sliced onions (sometimes they are sliced, sometimes they are diced), on the top of the dog, I sprinkle poppy seeds (since I am using a whole wheat sprouted bun and not the standard poppy seed bun) celery seeds (not celery salt--too much sodium), some garlic powder, saurkraut if I have it and slice of pickle (or sliced fresh cucumber)and green pepper. The order is important to me after years of experimenting it maximizes the stuff staying in the bun, but this is NOT the one-handed dog that they speak of in the article!

LaDonna Randle says …

My favorite hot dog has to be an all-beef dog that is hot off the grill, with mustard, beanless chili, and grilled onions on top. YUMMMMM!

Mark DuVall says …

I top my dawg with sour kraut,onions, cheddar cheese, ketchup, mustard, on top of chili and a weiner...Delicious!

Corina C. says …

Mustard and sauerkraut! Mmmm!

Diane Matta says …

I have tried many toppings over the years and have finally settled on any type of yellow mustard and organic 365 relish. I use organic grass fed hot dogs and rolls that are store baked. Nothing better than a hot dog in the summer, either at home or at a picnic or any kind of cookout.

Alice Kral says …

I top my hot dogs with a homemade chilli recipe and blue cheese coleslaw!

Christian Imani says …

I"m from North Jersey, near New York and I love my Hot Dog the "right" way. The sauerkraut should be generously placed on the dog then topped with yellow mustard.

Lisa Ross says …

I am a purest! I love my dog with spicy mustard only!

Lisa Denninger says …

I love my hot dog with chili, cheese, mustard and just a touch of onion! Yumm-O!

Asia Kaila says …

my favorite hot dog topped with my ginger and red chile sauteed shrimp, scallions, and strange flavor fish sauce. delish.

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