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12 Ways to Serve Hot Dogs Without a Bun

These 12 genius recipes are going to make you think outside the bun about hot dogs.

Let us pause a moment to dwell on that singular and sometimes overlooked sausage: the hot dog. Good old-fashioned wieners are affordable, usually on hand, and have that comforting loved-it-since-I-was-a-kid flavor. Let’s do this: it’s time to teach the good old dog some new kitchen tricks.

1. Pretzel-Woven Hot Dogs

This ingenious recipe is what happens when the two greatest ballpark foods came together and create an epic meal that feeds a crowd. Sides of mustard and ketchup definitely encouraged.


2. Hot Dog Fried Rice
Better than Chinese takeout, this Hot Dog Fried Rice has all of the fixins’ for a weeknight dinner MVP. Easy on the wallet, (so) good to the taste buds, and simple for the chef, we won’t blame you if you start cooking this winner multiple times a week.


3. Mini Bacon Crescent Dogs
We’re all about the easy snacks (or just snacks in general, if we’re being honest...) and this Mini Bacon Crescent Dog is the real deal. Hot dogs get stuffed with American cheese, wrapped in bacon, and put inside a crescent roll for a seriously epic creation.


4. Chicago-Style Hot Dog Salad
Ditching the bun has never tasted so good. This salad is basically a Chicago dog in a bowl, and we’re here for it. Mixed greens, white onion, pickles, hot banana peppers, tomatoes and hot dogs get tossed in a honey-mustard dressing that will remind you why when it comes to Chicago-style, ketchup isn’t invited.


5. Chili-Cheese Dog Crescent Ring
Bless this mess, ya’ll! This crescent ring is stuffed with chili-cheese dog filling for an appetizer that only takes 30 minutes to make, and about 2 minutes to eat. It’s that good, trust us.


6. Mini Corn Dog Muffins with Sriracha Sauce
There’s no denying it any longer: we’ve gotta admit, we fancy ourselves a good corn dog. Hence why we love this corn dog-muffin hybrid that gets a little spice from diced green chiles, and tastes real good dunked in some sriracha.


7. Chili Dog Mac and Cheese
If you’ve never put hot dogs in your mac and cheese, you’re missing one of the greatest American delicacies of all time. We upped the ante in this Chili Dog Mac and Cheese by adding diced tomatoes and kidney beans for a grown-up version (yes, really) of a childhood favorite.


8. Cheesy Chili Dog Tacos
We stuffed a hot dog into a taco shell, slathered it with copious amounts of chili and cheese, and served it with a side of guac for a meal that’s so crazy, it works.


9. Crunchy Nacho Crescent Dogs
Crescent dogs get a serious upgrade with slices of American cheese and nacho cheese-flavored tortilla chips. This is the dinner that childhood dreams are made of, except now you’re an adult and you can make yourself whatever you want. We recommend starting with this.


10. Polynesian Hot Dogs Over Rice
Pineapple, veggies and hot dogs get smothered in a Polynesian-inspired sauce and served on a bed of rice for a seriously good meal that will make you rethink everything you thought about hot dogs.


11. Chili Dog Casserole
Who needs a bun when you’ve got a layer of cheesy baked crescent dough? No one, that’s who. Especially when it’s on top of this chili dog creation that’s unapologeitcaly messy and completly deliciousness.


12. Chicago-Style Hot Dog Cups
These might just take the cake as our new favorite party food—of all time. Super cute (we recommend Instagramming before consuming), and super tasty (hold the ketcup!), you could say we’re more than a little obsesessed with these hot dog cups.