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8 Hot Dogs for All Your Summer Occasions

July 15, 2019
5 min. read

Happy National Hot Dog Month! We’re bringing a new meaning to the “Dog Days of Summer” with a collection of hot dog recipes perfectly fitting for whatever exciting activities you have planned over the next several weeks. Preparing for a cross-country road trip? Or planning to hit the waves and sand every chance you have? We’ve got you covered.

Check out our 8 Exclusive Hot Dogs for All Your Summer Occasions to see which most matches your summer style!

1. The Backyard Cookout Dog: Bacon Cheeseburger Hot Dog

If your ideal summer looks like grilling out on the back patio every night, hosting friends at a weekly barbecue, or picnicking in the park with some burgers and dogs, you’ll love this recipe.

This one’s for the grilling maximizer. When you can’t decide between burgers and hot dogs, what else is there to do but combine the two? These split-grilled hot dogs are topped with cheesy ground beef, crumbled bacon, extra cheese, a drizzle of ketchup and mustard, and a garnish of parsley, tucked into soft and savory Martin’s Long Potato Rolls.

Bacon Cheeseburger Hot Dog

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2. The Lazy Days of Summer Dog: BBQ Crunch Dog

No plans this summer? Maybe summer to you means a wide-open schedule or last-minute spontaneity. You’d rather relax in a hammock with a nice book and refreshing iced tea than bustle about packing in endless activities.

This “no frills” hot dog sounds about your style. Made with only 5 ingredients, that you’re guaranteed to have laying around, it’s perfect for those lazy summer evenings! A plain grilled hot dog, your favorite BBQ sauce, some prepared cole slaw, crumbled potato chips, and a soft, pillowy potato roll. (If you want to get fancy, we also included a homemade option for the BBQ sauce and cole slaw.)

Lazy Days of Summer Dog

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3. The Tailgate Dog: Carolina Slaw Dogs

Summer’s a perfect time of year for outdoor festivals and sporting events! Maybe you’re anticipating a mini tour of music concerts to watch your favorite artists perform, or you have season tickets to your favorite baseball team?

These Carolina-Style Slaw Dogs topped with beef chili and creamy cole slaw are the ultimate tailgating food for all those outdoor festivities. Arrive early to get prime parking, then grill out on your tailgate for some pre-show food and fun before your evening extravaganza!

Carolina Slaw Dogs

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4. The Hot Dog in Paradise: Sweet Heat BBQ Dogs

Summer = sun, surf, and sand. Your vacation isn’t complete without basking in the sun, sand between your toes, with rejuvenating swims in the ocean (or lake, or pool—just about any body of water will do!)

Whether you’re travelling to a tropical island, your favorite beach spot, or a private oasis in your own backyard, these charred hot dogs with flame-grilled onions, sliced avocado, and sweet-and-smoky barbecue sauce are the ultimate way to soak in the sweet heat of summer!

Sweet Heat BBQ Dog

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For even more tropical-themed hot dogs, try our Hawaiian Hot Dog or Peach Salsa Dog!

5. The Campfire Dog: Frank & Beans Dog

You’d rather spend your summer roughing it. You love the thrill of the great outdoors—exploring nature, cooking over an open fire, and sleeping under the stars. Whether camping at a nearby campground or hiking through the woods, the soothing sounds of wildlife undisturbed by busyness and noise is just what you long for this time of year.

This recipe is just for you: hot dogs charred over the open flame of your campfire, topped with some griddled bacon, and a few simple condiments of diced onion, yellow mustard, and baked beans. This is the ultimate “no worries” dog, effortless to make while camping or picnicking in the middle of nowhere!


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6. The Fun in the Sun Dog: Martin’s Potato Bread Corn Dog

Summer to you involves frequent trips to the carnival, state fair, or local amusement park. Or maybe a surprise trip to a destination theme park with your family. There’s so much fun to be had at these outdoor attractions that there’s scarcely time to see it all!

Our Martin’s Potato Bread-wrapped “corn dog” on a stick is reminiscent of those nostalgic carnival or boardwalk foods—perfect for enjoying on the go as you make your way to your next ride or activity.

Potato Bread Corn Dog

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7. The World Traveler Dog: Asian Slaw Dogs with Sriracha Mayo

The summer months, with their longer days and time off school or work, are perfect for lengthy road trips and visits to far-off places. You’re a tourist at heart, interested in learning about other cultures and taking in the sights from around the world.

To suit your more refined tastes, you need an international-inspired recipe like our Asian Slaw Dogs, infused with bold flavors like ginger, sesame oil, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and sriracha!


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8. The Adventure Seeker Dog: Bacon Cheddarwurst with Jalapeño Mayo

There’s no time like the present! You’ve got a laundry list of activities and experiences you want to cross off before summer comes to a close. Your fearless inner spirit would love to try everything from parasailing to mountain climbing and skydiving.

Your adventurous attitude deserves a hot dog jam-packed with surprising flavors! Try these Cheddarwurst Smoked Sausages decorated with smoky crumbled bacon, sweet caramelized onions, and picante jalapeño mayonnaise.

Caramelized Onion Bacon Cheddarwurst

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