How To: Set Up a Hot Dog Bar

Hot Dog Bar

It’s Grilling Week at Spoonful! To get you geared up for a long, awesome summer of cookouts and BBQs, we’ve got a bunch of great grilling tips & techniques to share. This DIY hot dog bar from Summer contributor Joey Held is a super fun way to let guests customize their hot dogs any way they like! Plus, since so much of the prep happens ahead of time, you don’t need to be stuck playing grillmaster for the entirety of your gathering.

I’m a sucker for a well-dressed all-beef hot dog, and there’s no easier way to feed a crowd. Setting up a buffet of topping choices gives every guest the chance to get as creative — or as crazy — as they want!

Always plan to have enough hot dogs and buns for each adult to enjoy at least two, and don’t forget to supply a veggie dog option. I also put together a recipe list for the table to give guests ideas on how to top their creations.

When you set up the ingredients of your hot dog bar, don’t forget to label the options for guests. Then, prepare the grill for medium heat. Grill the hot dogs, and set aside under foil when they’re done. You can keep the cooked dogs in a buffet sterno, or slow-cooker on warm to accommodate a large number.

No matter how you set up your hot dog bar, you’ll need:

  • Enough hot dogs for your guest count
  • Enough hot dog buns for your guest count

Texas Dog

  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Diced onions
  • Chili with beans (You can make homemade or use canned. I like Amy’s Organic Medium Chili.)
  • Corn chips

Chihuahua Dog

  • Guacamole
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salsa
  • Pickled jalapenos

Ballpark Dog

  • Relish
  • Diced onions
  • Mustard
  • Ketchup

Big City Dog

  • Sauerkraut
  • Brown mustard


Hot dog! Read more about this summer cookout staple in our profile of The Brooklyn Hot Dog Company

Photo by Nicholas Gang

Joey Held is a writer, transcriber, and voiceover professional living and working in Austin, Texas.


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