15 crazy hot dog toppings to try this July

Pile feta, fruit and other wild finishing touches on your franks as you celebrate summer with these crazy dogs.

The hot dog is an all-American classic. In fact, frankfurters are served in 95% of US homes, where Americans consume some 20 billion hot dogs a year, according to a 2016 survey conducted by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

As the Fourth of July and National Hot Dog Day fast approach, finder.com sought out the craziest ways Americans dress up their dogs. We ranked top unique toppings, pricing out their overall cost to see what these fancy dogs will run you, should you dare to try them.

And we didn’t stop at the rankings: We asked competitive eater and former Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest contestant Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti to reveal his expert opinion on festooning your footlong.

“Hot dogs show the melting pot of immigrants that came into the country, taking the german sausage and adding condiments to their cultures tastes,” says Bertoletti. “My crazy ideal hot dog is an all-natural beef kosher dog, boiled, topped with chicken and andouille gumbo, pepper jack cheese, roasted garlic sour cream and green onions.”

Hotdog with feta cheeseYou may have heard of a traditional “cheese dog.” Go gourmet Greek by swapping your taco cheese for feta. Feta isn’t too pricey, helping you to spruce up your meal so that guests feel like they’re enjoying a five-star dog.
Package of Feta Cheese: $3.80
8 hotdogs and buns: $6.06
Total:$9.86
Bleu CheeseHere’s another rendition of the classic cheese dog made a little classier. Let crumbled bleu cheese melt before digging in! Bleu is more expensive than feta, but it blasts your dog to gourmet levels.
Package of Bleu Cheese: $5.22
8 hotdogs and buns: $6.06
Total:$11.28
Guacamole HotdogYou put it on your quesadilla — why not try it on your hot dog! Throw on some guacamole to add fresh taste and color. Plus, now you can tell everyone at the barbeque that your dog is “healthy” for less than five extra dollars.
Tub of Guacamole:$4.94
8 hotdogs and buns: $6.06
Total:$11.00
Mango Salsa HotdogYou’d be surprised how well a savory dog mixes with fresh mango salsa. Make your taste buds dance with this sweet, unexpected topping your guests will love!
Jar of Mango Salsa: $3.60
8 hotdogs and buns: $6.06
Total:$9.66
Tzatziki & Hummus HotdogSwap the ketchup and mustard for tzatziki and hummus for a Greek twist on this American classic. At more than $10 on toppings, this one’s a splurge with a worthy reward.
Premade containers of Tzatziki Sauce & Hummus $10.01
8 hotdogs and buns: $6.06
Total:$16.07
fried egg topping on hot dog If you’re down for all-day breakfast, this fried egg–hot dog combo may be your holy grail. And you’re free to enjoy it right out of bed! Eggs aren’t the cheapest topping, but you probably have at least a few in your fridge, saving you from shelling out the $5.24 this July.
Dozen Fried Eggs: $5.24
8 hotdogs and buns: $6.06
Total:$11.30
Stuffing and Gravy Hot DopWhat better way to show your patriotism this Fourth than by embracing two US traditions: Independence Day and Thanksgiving. These toppings are rich, but you don’t have to be to afford them: stuffing and gravy ring in at less than $3.
Box of Stuffing and Package of Gravy: $3.73
8 hotdogs and buns: $6.06
Total:$9.79
Spicy Dried Peas on HotdogAdd a little crunch and heat by topping your dog off with dried wasabi peas. This simple addition adds a flavorful kick and fun texture. And at $5.37, you get a crispy topping and a snack.
Package of dried wasabi peas: $5.37
8 hotdogs and buns: $6.06
Total:$11.43
Crawfish Etouffee hotdog Louisiana, this one’s for you: Introducing the crawfish étouffée dog. Top your hot dog with creole and cajun flavor for this New Orleans classic that’s dressed to impress. It may sound expensive, but toppings top out at just over $5.
Premade crawfish etouffee: $5.18
8 hotdogs and buns: $6.06
Total:$11.24
Beets hotdog toppingBeet chips are like their potato cousins — but elevated. Top your ballpark treat with this crunchy, colorful addition that’s our most expensive pick, but a choice you can’t “beet.”
Packaged beet chips: $10.12
8 hotdogs and buns: $6.06
Total:$16.18
Pineapple on hotdogSweeten up your July Fourth by adding pineapple to your footlong. Bonus points for grilling it ahead of time. At $5.18, this fruity dog costs just as much as a crawfish étouffée — which will you choose?
1 pineapple: $5.18
8 hotdogs and buns: $6.06
Total:$11.24
spicy cherry relish on hotdogFor under $6, swap your traditional relish for a zesty cherry variety. This unexpected twist is sweet, spicy and sure to please.
Jar of spicy cherry relish: $5.79
8 hotdogs and buns: $6.06
Total:$11.85
Caramel Popcorn on hotdogYou’ll want to take someone out to the ballgame and buy them some Cracker Jacks with this ballpark frankfurter! Add caramel popcorn on a hot dog for a sweet twist that sets you back about three bucks! Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.
Bag of caramel popcorn: $2.98
8 Hotdogs and Buns: $6.06
Total:$9.04
Marshmallow Fluff on HotdogWe know what you’re thinking: “What the fluff is this?!” It sounds crazy, but turning your hot dog into a traditional fluffernutter knocks out your taste buds for just $4. For extra flavor, add peanut butter and chocolate sauce for the dessert dog of your dreams.
16 oz. jar of Marshmallow Fluff: $3.94
8 hotdogs and buns: $6.06
Total:$10.00
fruit loops on hotdogThe creators of its slogan — “The flavor of fruit!” — couldn’t have imagined topping your hot dog with Fruit Loops. For the cost of a morning coffee, add this sweet, multicolored breakfast classic to get tongues wagging with leftovers for breakfast the next day.
12.6 oz. box of Fruit Loops: $2.98
8 hotdogs and buns: $6.06
Total:$9.04

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