43 Best Sides for Hot Dogs

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Published Updated June 13, 2023

~ Looking for the very best sides for hot dogs? Whether you need ideas for your next cookout party, or simply want a great addition to spiff up family hot dog night … we’ve got lots of terrific suggestions! ~

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Americans sure do love a great hot dog! And I’m not just talking about baseball games or a 4th of July backyard bbq. Nope, hot dogs hit the grills alllllll summer long. And they’re a fast family dinner so many parents count on to get the kiddos fed in a hurry.

Bottom line: hot dogs are an easy meal that’s always a hit.

And, luckily, they’ve come a long way in terms of more nutritious options, too – with lots of nitrate-free, lower fat, turkey, and even vegan hot dog options showing up in grocery store deli cases. (I’m personally hooked on Lightlife Smart Dogs.)

Hot dogs have come a long way in how they’re served up these days, too.

Trendy food trucks have latched onto this American classic and taken them to all sorts of fusion-y, piled-high, who-knew-you-could-put-that-on-a-hot-dog places!

Suddenly, hot dogs are fun … and full of possibilities!

They certainly deserve a side dish or two that are worthy of being nestled alongside ’em! So, before you reach for a ho-hum bag of potato chips, try one of the easy sides below, instead.

All the traditional summer cookout classic sides are here … macaroni salad, coleslaw, fruit salad … you know the drill. Plus, there are fun, updated twists (hello, Avocado Fries and Cilantro Lime Slaw). Even a couple of special ones hand-picked for the kiddos, too!

Whichever you try first, they’re sure to make your hot dogs a little more exciting – the ideal sides to make an easy meal feel special!

Best Sides for Hot Dogs

Looking for Even More Hot Dog Sides?

• Check out our collection of summer-y Cookout Side Dishes. Lots of ideas that match well with hot dogs, as well as with burgers, steaks and chicken.

• If you’re serving up your hot dogs at a star-spangled American holiday – maybe a July 4th potluck or a Memorial Day cookout – then you’ll want to check out all the great side dish ideas in our Memorial Day Food Recipes collection (lots of red, white, and blue ideas)!

• Or take a peek at ALL our side dish recipe ideas!

Your hot dogs will thank you!

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