I just want to first say that Memorial Day is a holiday to honor the men and women who died in active military service defending this country’s right to freedom. My father was a U.S. Air Force officer in World War II and the Korean war. I miss and love him dearly. I will think about my dad and the countless other heroes this Memorial Day.

Hot Dog Recipes With a HealthyTwist

Make sure you start with an all beef frank for the healthiest hot dog recipes. I always try to go organic if possible to avoid unhealthy fillers and preservatives.

Hot dogs on a platter picture.

Who doesn’t love a good hot dog? Healthy hot dogs are my menu of choice for a Memorial Day celebration. I like to invite friends and ask them to bring ingredients for preparing a healthy topping we could all share on our dogs. Cooking is fun and when done together it makes for a fun party celebration

Prepare Together

An island kitchen is perfect for this type of interactive party, you can spread out and all pitch in while preparing the hot dog recipes.

Preparing hot dog recipes together.

It works out well if you delegate tasks such as someone cutting up the vegetables and fruits, another manning the drink bar. My husband Lee loves to use his griddle so he is always the griddle master.

Preparing hot dog recipes at griddle.

Try a Little of Everything

I think the best way to serve your guest at a gourmet hot dog party is to set it up buffet style. This gives everyone the freedom to create their own dogs just the way they like them.

Hot dog recipes with toppings served buffet style.

We had three healthy toppings and that was the right amount to be able to try them all. You could also cut a dog in half if three dogs are too much food for you, that way they are kind of like mini dog sliders.

Hot dog recipes to try with gourmet topping.

Share Toppings – Hot Dog Recipes

The Chicago Dog

Chicago hot dog recipes.


1 all beef hot dog
1 hot dog bun
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 tablespoon sweet green pickle relish
1 tablespoon chopped onion
4 tomato wedges
1dill pickle spear
2 sport peppers
1 dash celery salt


Place hot dog in a steamed bun. Apply toppings in this order:
yellow mustard, sweet green pickle relish, onion, tomato wedges, pickle spear, sport peppers, and celery salt. Nestle the tomatoes between the hot dog and the top of the bun. Place the pickle between the hot dog and the bottom of the bun.

Fruit Salsa 

Hot dog recipe with fruit salsa topping.


2 mangos, peeled, seeded and chopped (fresh or frozen)
2 small peaches, halved, pitted, and cut into 1/2 inch dices
1 cup diced fresh pineapple
4 tomatoes, chopped
1 white onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup water


Place first 8 ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir in the garlic, lime juice, salt, and water. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour before serving.

Fajita Style

Healthy hog dog recipe toppings.


1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 sweet onion, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Directions for Seasoning

Stir cornstarch, chili powder, salt, paprika, sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and cumin together in a small bowl.

Directions for Pepers and Onions

Slice peppers.
Cut onion in half and then in half again.
Heat griddle to medium heat and add olive oil.
Once griddle is hot  add  peppers and onions to sauté.
Season with your fajita seasoning to your liking.

Dogs kind of party!

Dogs enjoying the healthy hot dog recipes.

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About the Author: Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design. Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, https://www.patriciadavisbrowndesigns.com/. She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and eHow.com talent offering design tips.