Biting a hot dog can transport you back to a rushed lunch at break time at school, staining your school uniform with tomato sauce, and only caring for 5 minutes at the most, before getting on with more important stuff like playing

Show your appreciation for the memories this Hot Dog Day (22 July) by honouring an old favourite with new toppings. We have some great ideas to turn this quick bite into a respectable sit-down lunch.

Gourmet slaw hot dog

If you’re a fan of coleslaw then this your kind of hot dog. Forget the traditional tomato sauce and mustard and enjoy the tang of gourmet coleslaw balanced perfectly with the saltiness from your favourite hot dog sausage. Delight your taste buds with the creamy tanginess of mayo and saltiness of smoked sausage, which is a definite crowd-pleaser.

Gourmet hot dog

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This might sound cheesy but…

Is it a pizza, is it a hot dog? It’s a little of both. They are both crammed with meat, cheese and your favourite toppings. What’s not to love? If you’re a fan of both the briny taste of pickles and the warmth of chilli sauce, throw some pickled Jalapenos on your hot dog. It’s a taste explosion you won’t soon forget.

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Upgrade the humble hot dog with some cheesy nostalgia

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Don’t break your diet

Hot dogs may not have made it onto your list of healthy foods, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have them. Alter your hot dog and make it out of the foods you are allowed to eat and enjoy a treat without the guilt.

Enjoy a healthy burger or hot dog 

Hot dog with cucumber, carrot, tomato and lettuce on wooden background. Fast food menu.
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