Build-Your-Own Hot Dog Platter Recipe

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Hot dog platter with different toppings and sauces.

Keeping up with the build-your-own platter idea, I’m sharing this all-time favorite food for the laid back, non-pretentious, moments. Hot dogs are something everyone absolutely loves. Young or old, boys or girls, no one can deny that a hotdog is fun and downright yummy. The great thing about a hot dog is you can completely customize it to your liking. That’s why I decided to share a recipe for a build-your-own hot dog platter.

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Ever since I was a child I always loved a good hotdog platter. After the DIY Burger Platter, I thought it would be more than fitting to make a build-your-own hot dog platter. Even if the summer is ending, the spirit of outdoor gatherings and entertaining at home shouldn’t come to an end. Switch the barbecue for a fire pit and gather around it. Perhaps you can just move the party indoors and hold tight to the idea that entertaining at home is not bound to a season but to the spirit. Bring the spirit of enjoying each other’s company, like we do in the Summer, and extend to the colder month.

Create a Gourmet Build-Your-Own Hot Dog Platter

A hot dog platter doesn’t have to be boring. It’s not just slapping some ketchup and mayo on to it and call it a day. You can make it so much more special based on people’s preferences, your budget, and cooking capabilities. I have come to appreciate a good gourmet hot dog and I tried to incorporate a bit of that into this platter, but still keeping it simple for the picky eaters.

My dad used to make these really elaborate hotdogs back in the days which I absolutely loved. It wasn’t called gourmet hotdogs back then but the principle was the same. Just get creative with what you have in your fridge and pantry.

To make your hotdog platter a bit more special you can use “craft sausages”. That’s just a fancy way of saying swap the mainstream sausages for freshly-made sausages from a local butcher. I still went for the normal freezer sausages, because in all honesty I LOVE those sausages and preferred them over the butcher meat sausages. I’m a cheap date, people!

A few topping ideas are:

  • Crispy bacon
  • Special sauces
  • Crispy or caramelized onions
  • Cheese sauce
  • Jalapeños
  • Crumbled/Shredded Cheeses
  • Eggs
  • Etc.

A hot dog with tomatoes slices and onions next to it.

How to Pair your Platter

The best way to pair this platter is either with a good glass of beer (the classic) or a good cocktail. Some of my favorite beers to pair with this platter are:

  • Corona
  • Stela Artois
  • Heineken
  • Guinness (if dark stout that’s your thing)

I think a refreshing cocktail works great as well. Here are some ideas:

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Build-Your-Own Hot Dog Platter Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins

A build-your-own hot dog platter recipe with different delicious toppings. A perfect platter for laid-back gatherings.

Course: Lunch, Main Course, Platter
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecue, grill, lunch, platter
Servings: 4 people
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 sausages
  • 2 tomatoes
  • ½ onion
  • chips
  • ¼ cup sliced pickles
  • cup mayonnaise
  • cup ketchup
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F/190C. Add the hamburger buns and bake for about 10 minutes until they are slightly crunchy.

  2. In the meantime heat a grill pan and add the olive oil. Grill the sausages on all sides for about 5 minutes total.

  3. Then slice the tomatoes and onions in rings.

  4. Take you serving platter, slice the hot dog buns open at the top and add the sausages. Place on the platter the onions, tomatoes, and chips. In serving bowls, add the sliced pickles, mayonnaise, ketchup, and shredded cheese. Place it on the platter. Serve it with love!


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