Twist on Tradition: Enjoy summer with Gourmet Dog Bar

Hot Dog Bar
Hot Dog Bar

No Independence Day celebration is complete without a hot dog. This year, we’ll help you wow your guests without having to miss out on the tradition … We even threw in some fun, kid-pleasing recipes, too, with a Gourmet Dog Bar.

For the basis of every dog, you’ll want to stick with your tried and true grilling method: medium heat, turning dogs consistently for 7-10 minutes. Choose a higher quality hot dog that will stand up to the flavors we’ll add … all beef franks are the best choice here. Choose a sturdy bun as you’ll want to load on the toppings.

Gourmet Dog Bar
Gourmet Dog Bar via Grillax

Ideally, you will have a large table where you can set out dishes in groups, with cards to label each topping station. For instance, group your BBQ sauce, diced onions, crumbled bacon and shredded cheese together with the label “BBQ Dog” in front.

Tailor your hotdog bar to your guests, too… if you have spice lovers, try the Thai Dog, but if calmer, more comforting flavors are preferred, stick to the Mac N Cheese Dog or the Pizza Dog.

Most importantly, have fun. This is a great way to get creative and show your silly side!

Happy grilling!

Gourmet Dog Bar recipes

Tasty Thai Dog

  • Spicy mayo
  • Shredded carrots
  • Cilantro leaves
  • Minced jalapeño
  • Peanut sauce

Tex-Mex Dog

  • Shredded cheddar
  • Pico de gallo
  • Limes
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream sauce

Longhorn Dog

  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Grilled onions
  • Steak sauce

Greek Goddess Dog

  • Sliced red cabbage
  • Hummus
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Sun dried tomatoes
  • Feta cheese
  • Yogurt Sauce


  • Crumbled Bacon
  • BBQ sauce
  • Shredded cheese
  • Diced red onion

Pizza Dog

  • Marinara
  • Fresh basil
  • Mozzarella
  • Crushed red pepper

Reuben Dog

  • Sauerkraut
  • Swiss cheese
  • Thousand Island

Hawaiian Dog

  • Diced pineapple
  • Bacon or ham pieces
  • Teriyaki sauce

The Bagel Dog

  • Toasted bun
  • Cream cheese
  • Poppy seeds
  • Scallions

Frank Above the Beans

  • slices cooked bacon
  • 1 cup baked beans, warm
  • white onion, diced
  • yellow mustard

Mac N Cheese Dog –Kid Favorite

  • Macaroni and Cheese, cooked, and a dog… DUH! 😉

Summer grilling safety tips

Lauren Cook

Eating together, and finding joy in cooking, is in our genes. It’s part of being human. I strive to keep the most basic, simple aspects of grilling and bring it to a modern setting.

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