Grilling season is upon us! Sure, you can make almost anything on your grill, but nothing says summer, or is more child-friendly, than the classic hot dog. Let the kids smother theirs in ketchup while you take your toppings up a notch with one of these fun – and yummy – ways to style your dog.


Chicago-Style Dog

The complete assembly of a Chicago-style hot dog is said to be “dragged through the garden” because of the many toppings. To go all out, top hot dog with yellow or brown mustard, diced white onion, sweet pickle relish (bright green type, if you can find it!), cold dill pickle spear, sliced tomato, and a few pickled sport bell peppers or hot peppers. For the finishing touch, sprinkle with a dash of celery salt and poppy seeds.


Greek-Style Dog

For something refreshingly different try topping your dog with lettuce, cucumber, tomato, red onion, and this Greek dressing:

1 container plain Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 tablespoon grated cucumber

2 teaspoons chopped, fresh chives

1 teaspoon chopped, fresh dill

˝ teaspoon grated lemon zest

2 teaspoons lemon juice


BLT Ranch Dog

The classic sandwich, with a twist! Layer shredded iceberg lettuce, chopped tomatoes and sliced red onions on a toasted bun. Place your hot dog on top, then drizzle with a tablespoon of buttermilk ranch dressing. Top it all off with some crumbled bacon.