How To Create A Gourmet Hot Dog Bar

Posted on: 7 August 2018


Nothing says "summer barbecue" quite like having people over for some grilled hot dogs. And although you can use the traditional toppings of ketchup and mustard for your hot dogs, why not take things to the next level and turn your barbecue into a gourmet hot dog bar? Read on to learn more helpful tips. 

Poppy Seed Hot Dog Buns

If you really want to turn your hot dog bar into something that's next level, then make sure that you ditch the regular store-bought hot dog buns and replace them with some poppy seed hot dog buns. The yummy thing about poppy seed hot dog buns is that they usually have a little crunch and sweetness to them, which complements the savory flavor of the hot dog itself. Before you lay out the poppy seed hot dog buns, make sure that you cut them in half so that they are easy for everyone to grab and use. 


Nothing will make your hot dog bar stand out from your next door neighbor's quite like the toppings that you have to put on top. Even though ketchup and mustard are yummy to go on top, try creating a toppings bar that has a variety of things, like diced onions, sliced tomatoes, fresh pickles, sliced bell peppers, and a bunch of different types of sauces, like fry sauce, spicy mustard, dijon mustard, ketchup, and even an aioli sauce. 

Different Types of Dogs

Rather than just having traditional hot dogs at your hot dog bar, make your hot dog bar stand out from the crowd and have different types of hot dogs, like bratwursts. Bratwursts come in traditional German-style sausages, or they come in spicy chicken sausage, turkey sausage, and a bunch of different types of flavors. If you have some vegetarians coming to your house for the barbecue, consider getting some tofu dogs as well.

If you want to throw a summer barbecue with all of your family and friends, but you want to make it a little different, then take a spin-off of traditional hot dogs and consider creating a gourmet hot dog bar. By using different toppings, gourmet poppy seed hot dog buns, and different types of hot dogs and sausages, you can help create a hot dog bar that everyone will always remember. Plus, if it turns out to be really successful, you can use this idea again in the future.