Ketchup and mustard are fine, but why not take your hot dog game up a notch? We ate a whole lot of hot dogs — more than 20 different kinds, you guys — to find the best, most unconventional hot dog toppers guaranteed to jumpstart your summer grilling with a bang. Here’s our top six picks for summer barbeque bliss. Eat your hearts out.

Guacamole Dog

Mix avocado with lime juice, cumin, salt and pepper. Add guacamole, romaine lettuce and red onion to your wiener and top with hot sauce like Tabasco or Holy Habanero.

Pizza Dog

The best of two culinary worlds come together for this delicious American-Italian mash-up, boasting savory marinara sauce, melted mozzarella and whole fresh basil leaves.

Garden Dog

A fresh, summertime favorite with thinly-sliced radish, cucumber, quartered cherry tomatoes, red onion, fresh arugula, dill, olive oil, apple cider vinegar and black pepper.

Bahn Mi Doggie

Give your all-American go-to a flavorful Vietnamese twist with spicy mayo (equal parts mayonnaise and siracha), cucumber, shredded carrot, chopped peanuts and fresh mint.

Hot & Peachy

Combine diced peaches, jalapeño, red onion, cilantro, lemon juice, salt and pepper for a fresh and spicy kick that’s perfect (and easy) to pack and bring to any summer BBQ!

Country Crunch

This tasty beauty comes to life when coleslaw, BBQ baked beans and green onion are topped with crushed kettle-style potato chips and placed atop your frank.

By: Stephanie L. Scarcliff
Photo: Adam D. Ritterbush

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