27 4th of July Recipes that ARE Hot Dogs

Hello and welcome to this thing we’re doing where we help you figure out what you’re gonna put in your mouth this week. Some of these are recipes we’ve tried, some of these are recipes we’re looking forward to trying, all of them are fucking delicious. Tell us what you want to put in your piehole or suggest your own recipes, and we’ll talk about which things we made, which things we loved, and which things have changed us irreversibly as people.

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There’s nothing like a classic Hot Dog on the 4th of July, right? I mean, to eat something else on the 4th would be practically the worst thing any human being could ever do. But that’s just hypothetical, of course! No one would eat something other than hot dogs on Independence Day! Everyone loves Hot Dogs, and I mean EVERYONE! I can’t think of a single person who would have any reason not to love them. I know for sure my best friend, Heather, loves them, and she’s an Angel of a human being. And even if you’re a vegetarian or vegan, you can just replace the regular hot dogs in these recipes with tofu dogs or veggie dogs or whatever it is y’all vegetarians and vegans eat! Perfect! Hot Dogs for everyone! So, if you’re one of the 6 billion plus people on earth who absolutely loves hot dogs, especially on the 4th of July, here are a bunch of hot dog based recipes for all of you!

1. Pigs in a Quilt


It’s like Pigs in a Blanket, but fancier.

2. Banh Mi Dog


3. Chicago-Style Hot Dog with Homemade Relish


4. BBQ Hot Dogs over Rice


5. Tahini Dog


6. Beans and Frank Bake


7. Pretzel Dog


8. Franks and Beans with Sweet Potatoes


9. Triple Bypass Dogs

This is like a hot dog wrapped in a hamburger, jeez, man.

This is like a hot dog wrapped in a hamburger wrapped in bacon. Jeez, man.

10. Barbecue Bean Chili Dogs


11. Nacho Dog


12. BBQ Bacon Cheese Hot Dog


13. Pizza Dog


14. Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs


15. Corn Dog Muffins


16. Mummies on a Stick


This way goths can enjoy hot dogs too.

17. Everything Bagel Hot Dog


18. Waffle Dog

Waffle dogs with tater tots

19. Mac and Cheese Filled Frankfurters


This is like Mac & Cheese & Hot Dogs, but the opposite.

20. Beer-Braised Hot Dogs With Braised Sauerkraut


21. Hot Dog Pie

Me oh my, Hot Dog Pie.

Me oh my, Hot Dog Pie.

22. Corn Dogs


23. Hot Dogs with Coney Sauce


24. Octodogs



25. Impossibly Easy Hot Dog and Cheese Pie


26. Cheesy Hot Dog Chowder


27. Hot Dog Cake

These don't really have any actual hot dogs in them, it's just cake.

These don’t really have any actual hot dogs in them, it’s just cake.

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  1. As a kid I would eat hotdogs and applesauce. Of course now I do the same thing just sliced granny apples and porkchops. But you could use regular hotdogs with bits of white cheddar and spinach.

  2. Wow, this site has really gone to the dog, I tell ya. =)

    All seriousness aside, that Octodog is adorable. And I really want to try that hot dog cake! So thank you!

  3. mey i really love you. all these hot dogs though…i just don’t know. i’d definitely make the cake one. but the others…i just don’t know.

  4. I love this battle going on!! Also in florence they had this pizza that was just cheese and octodogs baked on top and I am 100% convinced this is a joke they put on the menu just to see how many americans get it. My uncle got it.

  5. These look delicious. No veggies in sight; it’s like a silent agreement that if you’re eating hot dogs, you’re throwing in the towel on a balanced meal and going for maximum junk food. My family def practices this tradition.

  6. I love, like, all of these. The everything bagel. Chicago style. Pretzel. In a basket. Topped with mac & cheese. Cheese pie. I almost have a weeks worth of hot dog recipes. Or maybe I should make them all into one large plate of things so I can go back to pretending that I eat healthy foods.

  7. For me hot dogs exist solely as a mustard (preferably kosher) protein vehicle, but the mummy dogs and the octo dogs are as cute as that puppy from last week’s FOT.

    I don’t want kidlets, just want to borrow some to feed them ridiculous cute food.

      • Indeed
        I put mustard on fried chicken, you know the kind with decent breading with a bit of crunch that’s bit dry and doesn’t have much going for it.
        Yass mustard the condiment de mi corazon.

  8. My mom used to make bacon wrapped hot dogs. With melted cheese. Another childhood favorite I’m not sure would hold up if I remade it.

  9. I’m actually surprised there’s no hot dog flavored beer on here. Is that a thing? I’m afraid to look.

  10. I want to have a potluck where everyone has to make one item from this list. HOT DOG PARTY 2016.

  11. My first departure from over a decade of veganism was a shame (hot) dog with ketchup and I haven’t looked back since. I mean, what’s better than a hot, juicy dog with that charred, grill mark taste? Literally nothing. I like the ones that pop open all dramatically when you grill them.

    • Woah, woah, let’s not start making statements like that left and right. I’m very much in “hot dogs are NOT sandwiches” camp.

  12. i was on the fence about this, but then i saw the pigs in a quilt and so now i am #TeamHotDog

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