10 Ways To Serve Hamburgers And Hot Dogs – Easy Recipes

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Here are 10 ways to serve hamburgers and hot dogs including easy recipes for different and yummy variations that will spruce up those burgers and dogs!

10 Ways To Serve Hamburgers And Hot Dogs - Easy Recipes

10 Ways To Serve Hamburgers And Hot Dogs


  • Since we are talking about “dogs” today, here is something special you can make for that very special dog in your life. Take 3 old socks, tie or sew the ends together and then braid them for a dog chew toy. It’s especially good to have a lot of these on hand for those new puppies who are always chewing on everything.
  • You don’t have to make something different for that toddler or baby just starting to eat solid food. They can have hot dogs too. Just slice the hot dogs lengthwise in fourths for them to eat. This way you don’t have to worry about them choking.


Whether you’re a hot dog lover or not, here are some ideas to spruce up those hot “dogs” and hamburgers that you will be grilling this summer.

Have a hot dog and hamburger buffet. Instead of just having the usual ketchup, mustard and onions, teach your “dogs” some new tricks with these different toppings:

Mexican dogs: guacamole and tomatoes or jalapeño peppers, salsa, and cheese

Italian dogs: fresh basil, garlic, tomato and mozzarella cheese

Greek dogs: sun dried tomatoes (check our recipe in Dining on a Dime to make your own sun dried tomatoes), crumbled feta cheese and chopped black olives.

American dogs: Barbecue sauce, fried onion rings or corn relish with crumbled bacon.

You can use all these same ideas for hamburgers. Just place bowls of everything out so that people can help themselves and make their own special “dogs”. Don’t forget to include the usual toppings like lettuce, tomato, pickle, cheese and onion, too.


Use those leftover hot dogs and hamburgers by adding them to:

  • macaroni and cheese
  • scrambled eggs
  • baked beans
  • chili
  • spaghetti sauce
  • pasta salad

Cheesy Mac and Dogs

1 pkg (8 oz.) elbow macaroni, cooked
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground mustard
2 1/2 cups milk
3/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
12 oz. Velveeta cheese, cubed
7 hot dogs, cooked and diced
1/4 cup bread crumbs

Saute onion in butter till tender. Stir in flour, salt and mustard. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add Worcestershire sauce and cheese and stir until melted. Add macaroni and hot dogs. Place in a 2 1/2 quart baking dish and sprinkle with bread crumbs. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes.


Mexican Corn Dogs

8 corn tortillas, (6 inch)
8 hot dogs
Oil for frying

Slightly warm tortillas by placing between 2 damp paper towels and microwave them for 10-20 seconds. Wrap one tortilla around each hot dog and secure with a toothpick. Deep fry in one inch of oil or fry in an electric skillet until golden brown, turning once. Drain and remove toothpicks. Serve with ketchup and mustard.




  1. says

    Hi there! I’m a first time commenter and I love your newsletter! Almost all the tips are so helpful. I must implore you though to NOT recommend giving socks to dogs as toys! Socks can create some terrible bowel obstructions, at best leading to discomfort and surgery. Socks are really easy for a dog to chew up and ingest fibers from, making them a likely candidate for bowel obstruction. The stringy fabric used is really difficult for animals to pass when ingested. Please retract this! I love your newsletter and I would hate for anyone to loose a beloved pet due to something they read here. Thank you for all you do!

  2. Nancy says

    Don’t forget Southern Dogs! Down here we use mustard, ketchup, (sweet) pickle relish and coleslaw!! Can add chopped onions if you want, too.

  3. Bea says

    I was just thinking of hot dogs yesterday with Memorial Day coming up, so these ideas will come in handy. Thanks. Many yummy ideas.

  4. Carol says

    I got this recipe from friends while we were in the Navy. They were from New Jersey. This is really different and delicious.
    Fry small diced potatoes (about 1/2 – 3/4 inch wide and thicker than normal about 1/4 inch thick)with diced green peppers and onions. Serve over your hot dog with catsup and mustard. Be sure to use plenty of the pepper and onions, that’s what make this so yummy.

  5. Kris says

    My grandma used to split the hot dog down the middle and fry them on both sides, and serve with scrambled eggs and potatoes.

  6. says

    And hot dogs are a loss leader item at just about every supermarket this week. And it’s not just the cheapo ones, but the better hot dogs go on sale as well.
    My absolute favorite way to eat hot dogs is chili cheese dogs–hot dogs with chili and cheese on top, w/some chopped onions, and tomatoes on top of that.
    My kids always liked “monster dogs”. If you have the uncooked dog on the cutting board, on each end, cut it into a 4-way split–like 4 legs on each end, leaving about 2-inches in the center of the dog uncut. Put on a paper plate and microwave a minute or two. The “legs” will curl up as it cooks in the microwave — a monster

    • says

      One thing too is get hot dogs when you can and on sell even if you don’t have a freezer. They have a really long shelf life.

    • getforfree says

      Sometimes I make “octopus” hot dog. Cut the hot dog in half to make in shorter, then take about 4 long vermicelli and poke into the hot dog to come out from the other side. Boil until the vermicelli is done. It might still be hard inside of the hot dog, even if the rest is cooked. My kids love it.

  7. Donna B. says

    yes, this is a great time of year to stock up on hot dogs, and we found that if you call and talk to the stores(some not all) will let you buy a pretty big quantity. they last forever in the freezer.

    It’s also a good time to stock up on London Broil (sometimes down to 1.47/lb.) I use some to grill, some cut up as it’s cheaper than stew beef (5.59!). These are New Jersey prices currently.

  8. Debe M says

    My mom would split a hot dog down the middle and place a slice of american cheese and a dill pickle slice in the split. Then she would wrap a piece of bacon around it and secure with a toothpick and bake at 350 degrees until done!

  9. Melodie says

    My favorite is what we call a West Virginia Dog –

    Grilled hot dog and bun – 1/2 a slice of American Cheese,
    topped with chili or chili sauce – onions if desired topped off with coleslaw.

    Good and sometimes messy!!!

  10. Dorothy says

    There used to be a place called Hot Dog Castle and I loved their Tortilla Dogs. It was everything you would have on a chili-cheese dog wrapped in a flour tortilla instead of on a bun. Delicious and handy to make if you have run out of buns.

  11. Angelee says

    Hot Dog Boats. Slice hot dogs length wise. Top with mustard, mashed potatoes, and cheddar cheese. Broil until cheese is melted. Good way to use up leftover mashed potatoes too :)

    • says

      I am not a bean eater so I never make chili with beans. You can take any of your favorite chili recipes and just leave out the beans and replace it with hamburger, sausage or a combination of both. If you are using if for hot dog topping all you need to do is to simmer it a little longer with out a lid or add a little less liquid and this will thicken it for you making it easier to use on hot dogs.

      I will give you my basic chili recipe that I use but you can do so many things with it like add onions, green peppers, salsa, garlic, cooked bacon, bar b que sauce. Almost anything you like. Basic chili recipe

  12. Roxie says

    We grew up eating BBQ weiners. At least that is what mother called them. We did love them and it was easy, cheap, and fun meal. She took 2-3 packs of weiners. (we were a family of 7) Split the dogs down the middle. Put into a casseroll dish. Added a good amount of BBQ sauce and then some chopped onion to the top. Covered in foil (our dish had no lid) and baked for 40 minutes. This was almost always served with fried potatoes, corn on the cob, and fruit salad.

  13. Maggie says

    I used to work in an office where a hot dog vendor had her stand outside every lunch hour. She had caramelized onions with a tomato sauce base that she served with her hot dogs. I have not found this topping anywhere but at her stand. She also served them with saurkraut and the regular toppings of ketchup, mustard and relish. YUMMY. She called the onion topping a New York specialty and would never share her recipe. If anyone knows how to make this (I have tried a variety of ways but just can’t get the same flavor), I’d really like to know how to make it.
    The best hot dogs I have found are the Hebrew National ones. Much less salt and sugar than the name brands and they taste really good.

  14. Maggie says

    My favorite way to eat hot dogs (and I love them and would rather have them than hamburgers), is grilled and nearly black (even a little crunchy on the outside). Can’t wait for our picnic on Monday. Some people think I am saving the hamburgers for our guests – remember the days when moms always took what was left after everyone else ate – and hot dogs were the only thing left. Well, I love hot dogs and prefer them to hamburgers any day.

    • says

      Maggie you are a person after my own heart. I way prefer hot dogs over hamburgers too even when I was little I wouldn’t touch a hamburger. I do eat them now but if given a choose I pick a hot dog. Plus I can’t believe you like yours black too. My kids always think I am taking the burn so everyone can have the best like you said but it is not. I just love the black. I love burnt roasted marshmallows too. I let them and my hot dogs catch on fire. Everyone gives me their burnt marshmallows now.

  15. Bea says

    I’m glad Memorial Day is this coming Monday. I’m looking forward to having an extra day off from work. Yeh! I like hot dogs too. One of my favorite foods. I hope you are okay Jill. I know there has been some crazy weather lately in different parts of the Country. We had a bad storm last night where I live. Violent winds. I think it was a left over from the crazy weather that blew through other parts of the Country. It was very hot and humid here so that didn’t help.

    • says

      Glad you get Monday off. Hope this means you get two days in a row off. No wonder you are looking forward to it.

      Yes we are doing fine so far. We had a close one Sunday evening there was a tornado touch down close to my son’s house but it didn’t do much damage and slid pass them. It was what I call a basement tornado. We do watch things pretty close but we usually only have one storm a year where we have to head for the basement. My granddaughter was here at my place and we did go about 45 mins. not being able to get a hold of my son and daughter in law (her mom and dad) and my grandson who was at work at the time. They finally got over to a friends house to call and let us know they were ok. Power and cells were out for them.

      I don’t worry about them too much. They are pretty good about not taking chances when it gets bad and they have the best storm shelter. It is made of concrete and is dug under the concrete floor of the garage so they have really good protection.

      I was watching the weather the day the Okla. one hit to see if we were going to get anything and happened to catch live as the tornado was starting to build and as it was hitting. It was awful watching it live. I can’t even imagine what those poor people were going through.

  16. Susan says

    Hi Jill

    Hot dogs are my favorite! I split them down the middle and melt the cheese on them then add all the fixings. They sure are good! I also toast my hotdog buns sometimes untill it is brown and once you add the hotdog and fixings it sure is good! Have a blessed day!

    • says

      Love them that way too Susan and I sometimes slice them down the center and fry them in a frying pan. Oh yum. I usually keep a package of them on hand but don’t have any in there today and you guys are killing me here talking about them. : )

  17. says

    A child can still choke on a hot dog that is quartered, as you suggest. The quarters still need to be sliced into smaller pieces to minimize the risk. However, no matter the size of the pieces, there is *always* a risk of choking, for *everyone*, but especially babies and toddlers. Just because you slice something doesn’t mean you don’t need to keep an eye out for signs of choking, which are silent. If the victim is making noise, air is still getting through. A first aid course is much more effective for saving lives than cutting up food.

    • says

      Yes there is always a chance of choking on anything. I choke on water more then I do anything else. I assume most of our readers are careful when it comes to these things but thanks for reminding us.

  18. Magdalen says

    In “Death of a Salesman”, Loman says he wants “American cheese”.Surely there are lots of, hundreds ( thousands?) of, American cheeses. Does anyone know what he wanted?

    • says

      American cheese is a type of cheese like Swiss, cheddar or blue cheese. It has a certain flavor like those do. It is really good kind of a mild, creamy cheese flavor. There is only one kind although different brands or companies make American cheese. It really is good and we love it on hamburgers but especially with tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.

  19. Susan says

    Hi Jill
    Hope you all had a nice Memorial Day weekend.Since we were talking about hotdogs just wanted you to know that our local Home Depot store was fixing hotdogs on the grill for customers today or any one that wanted one. They were good. They had a hotdog bar set up and you could put what ever you wanted on it.They also had chips and drinks.I thought it was really nice. Have a blessed week.

  20. Mary Jane says

    I love hotdogs over a campfire, as well. In fact, I could eat way too many of them that way My husband isn’t a big hot dog fan, but he will eat it this way. I split a raw one, and put a piece of cheese in it, then roll it up in some homemade pretzel dough. Then brush the dough with beaten egg, and sprinkle over with parmesan cheese, bacon bits and any other favourite seasoning. Bake in a hot 400 degree oven for about 25 minutes or until nice and brown. We call these pigs-in-a-blanket. You could use refrigerator biscuit dough, homemade tea biscuit dough, or even raw bread dough on bread baking day. The grandkids love these, too

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