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Easy Ways to Up Your Hot Dog Game

Updated May 12, 2017

They may be the longstanding choice of children, but hot dogs have learned some new tricks that can appeal to everyone. You can now choose between beef, pork, turkey, chicken, or veggie dogs. Look for organic and grass-fed options too!

No Mystery In This Meat

The better the meat, the better your meal. Whether you reach for delicious Nature’s Rancher Uncured Hot Dogs, Wellshire Premium Beef Franks or any other hot dog brand in our store, grill with ease knowing that the hot dogs we sell are held to the same high standards as all our other products. This means:

  • No added synthetic nitrates or nitrites
  • Made from animals raised on vegetarian feed without antibiotics or added hormones*
  • No artificial preservatives

*Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in raising pork and poultry.

Refrigerator Pickled Slaw

Double Dog Dare You

Move over mustard. Catch ya’ later ketchup. With respect to regional favorites like New York City’s signature brown mustard, sauerkraut or onions sautéed in tomato paste and Detroit’s classic “Coney” dog with chili, onion, mustard and cheddar cheese, it’s time to make some new discoveries.

Whatever the occasion, get adventurous with your toppings. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Softball Supper. Green chiles + fresh corn + red onion
  • Saturday in the Park. Tomatoes + onions + steak sauce
  • Date Night on the Patio. Caramelized onions + shredded Gruyère cheese
  • Pool Party. Pineapple + lime + red onion + cilantro + jalapeño pepper
  • Backyard Bash. Mayo with chili garlic paste + pickled veggies + cilantro
  • Grandma’s in Town. Refrigerator Pickled Slaw

Better Buns

Going the classic dog route with soft white buns? Ours are made with unbleached and unbromated flour and no artificial flavors or artificial preservatives. If you want to get even more nutrient value for your money, reach for whole wheat or sprouted whole grain buns.

Sweet Pickle Relish

Meat Alternatives

Are you a vegetarian or cooking for one? Look for 365 Everyday Value® Veggie Dogs. Made with tofu and pea (and no soy isolates), they are Non-GMO Project Verified. Hot dog alternatives like these grill up fairly quickly over indirect heat, so follow instructions on the packaging, as ingredients and cooking times may vary.

There are endless possibilities, so why not set up a hot dog bar for your next backyard barbecue? With a mix of non-traditional toppings (salsa, blue cheese, avocado) and proven favorites like Sweet Pickle Relish and ketchup, you and your guests can compete for the most delicious and innovative combination.

Doused in queso? Wrapped in bacon? Or will simple ketchup do? What’s your favorite way to dress a hot dog?