In honor of yesterday’s National Hot Dog Day, today’s recipe is all about how to cook a healthy hot dog and a number of delectable condiments you can put on top! Hot dogs are often on the list of worst junk foods for the summer, but there are a few tricks you can use to make them more nutritious. And delicious! Use these ideas for your next barbecue or cookout.

The hotdog:

  1. Choose an uncured all beef hotdog, check out this list for a variety of brands. (link to:
  2. Switch out the hot dog for a sausage. A chicken sausage is a great bet!

The bun:

  1. Whole wheat buns are a good alternative to the starchy white bread.
  2. A whole wheat tortilla or pita bread is great if you want to add some cheese to the mix later.
  3. Lettuce is a nice and crunchy hot dog wrap if you plan to have carbohydrates in other parts of your meal, like corn on the cob or a side of beans.

The toppings:

  1. Sugarfree ketchup and mustard. Traditional toppings like ketchup and mustard are all well and good, but make sure you choose sugar free options.
  2. Spicy or Dijon mustard. These are both great yellow mustard alternatives, with a whole lot more flavor!
  3. Fresh cucumber slaw. Skip the relish and try mixing shredded cucumbers with a teaspoon of olive oil mayo.
  4. Guacamole and cilantro. For a Mexican-inspired dog, toss some guacamole and cilantro on top of a hot dog wrapped in a tortilla. Add a bit of cheddar cheese and salsa to round out the dish.
  5. Iberico cheese. The tang of sheep’s cheese pairs well with a savory all beef hot dog. Shred some on top for a bit of a punch!


Do you like an unorthodox hot dog topping? Share yours in the comments!