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This Loaded Hot Dogs Recipe Takes the Cookout Classic to New Levels of Yum

Give 'em an easy upgrade with zesty coleslaw and tangy cucumber-dill toppings

Grilled hot dogs are the iconic barbecue food. But sometimes you want a dog that’s extra special, particularly when you’re entertaining. So, in the First for Women test kitchen we took the classic hotdog and gave it an upgrade by creating two delicious toppings. Each one balances perfectly with the meaty flavor of the franks. The tangy cucumber dill relish is light and refreshing, while the crunchy coleslaw tossed with vinaigrette has just the right amount of zest. And as a bonus, both toppings are healthy. Whip them up for your guests — and you! — to try. Then let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Tip: If you don’t have the packaged coleslaw mix this recipe calls for, or just prefer to make your own, it’s easy to do. Simply slice cabbage into quarters then cut out the core. Next, separate the leaves into flat stacks and cut them into ribbons. You’ll have a bowlful of slaw in no time!

Related: 3 Simple Tips For Nailing Perfectly Grilled Hot Dogs Every Time


8 serving

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  • 2 tsp. white vinegar
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • 1 cup thinly sliced peeled cucumber
  • 1 Tbs. chopped dill
  • 1 Tbs. chopped chives
  • 1 cup coleslaw mix, chopped
  • 1 Tbs. sweet relish
  • 1 Tbs. vinaigrette
  • 8 hot dogs
  • 8 whole-wheat hot dog buns
  • Mustard (optional)


For cucumber-dill relish, mix 1 tsp. vinegar and sugar. Stir in cucumber, dill and chives; season with ⅛ tsp. salt and ⅛ tsp. pepper. For coleslaw, combine slaw mix, relish, vinaigrette and remaining 1 tsp. vinegar. Season with ⅛ tsp. salt and ⅛ tsp. pepper.

Prepare grill for medium-high direct-heat cooking. Grill dogs, turning, 5–7 min. Grill buns cut sides down until toasted, 30 sec.; flip. Grill 30 sec. Serve hot dogs in buns with relish or coleslaw; if desired, top with mustard.


  • Calories: 340 kcal
  • Fat: 18 gram
  • Saturated Fat: 6 gram
  • Protein: 12 gram
  • Carbohydrate: 33 gram
  • Fiber: 3 gram
  • Cholesterol: 30 mg
  • Sugar: 5 gram
  • Sodium: 970 mg


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