Hot Dog Bar Idea

Hot Dog Bar: Easy Entertaining Idea!

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A summer cookout isn’t complete without a hot dog bar! 

Whether it’s a birthday party hot dog bar, graduation hot dog bar, or just a fun BBQ with friends, this entertaining idea is fun, customizable, and minimal work once everything is prepped. 

That means you can spend more time partying and less time cooking!

This fall we needed to cancel a baby shower for Karen’s nephew, Henry, due to covid.

Once it was safe to gather again, we hosted this Baby Q party as a sip-and-see for our friends and family to get together to celebrate the new addition, who is now six months old.

We planned a hot dog bar for the Baby Q which was the perfect way to feed a large group of people.

Hot Dog Bar Sausages

Hot Dog Party Sausages

Just because you’re having a hot dog bar, doesn’t mean that other sausage types can’t attend. We ordered up five varieties for our hot dog sausage party from our favorite premium meat provider, Omaha Steaks:

  • Gourmet Jumbo Franks: Pork and beef, plump like a brat!
  • Bratwurst: A taste of Germany! These fully cooked pork and beef brats will make you feel like you’re at a german beer hall (trust us, read about our German Oktoberfest adventures!) You could even try to make Smoked Brats!
  • Knockwurst: If you think the brats transported you to Germany, these short and chubby sausages will “knock” your socks off. They’re a blend of beef and pork with garlic and spices in a snappy natural pork casing.
  • Filet Mignon Polish Sausages: These aren’t just all-beef hot dogs, they’re all filet mignon! The leanest and most desired part of the steak, ground up with spices and turned into a portable sausage.  
  • Chicken Sausages with Apple and Gouda: No joke, these sausages are one of our favorites from everything that Omaha Steaks offers. They’re light and low calorie, a perfect addition to a hot dog bar to meet all diets, without losing any flavor.
Hot Dog Bar Buns

Hot dog party ideas

Don’t forget to have attention to detail for the buns!

All those delicious sausage options are deserving of a proper throne!

Look to curate a platter of split top hot dog buns, pretzel buns, and even sliced baguettes for your hot dog party.

Hot Dog Bar Toppings

Best hot dog bar toppings

When it came to hot dog topping ideas we included classic hot dog toppings, Chicago style hot dog toppings, as well as some more creative hot dog bar topping ideas like pickled veggies and herbs for a bahn mi dog.

Here is a list of all of our hot dog bar toppings:

  • Ketchup
  • Yellow Mustard
  • Spicy German Mustard
  • Sauerkraut
  • Relish
  • Diced Onions
  • Pickles
  • Sliced Tomatoes
  • Celery Salt
  • Mayonnaise
  • Pickled Onions
  • Pickled Carrots
  • Cilantro
  • Sriracha
  • Cheese
  • Fried Onions
  • Bacon Bits
  • Chili
Hot Dog Bar Toppings

Side dishes for a hot dog bar

Our loaded baked potato salad recipe was a perfect side dish for the party!

We also served potato chips with our homemade french onion dip.

Another easy side is to serve up sliced watermelon

Bahn Mi Hot Dog


Pump it up the picnic theme with red and white checkered tablecloths. 

We even found this inflatable picnic cooler that matched which kept all our condiments and salads cool in the summer heat.

This Baby Q decor pack came with place cards to help identify all the types of sausages and buns that were featured.

We also used bamboo skewers that we glued flags to in order to label all our hot dog bar toppings!

The party was a total hit! Grilling all the sausages was seriously stress free and everyone loved creating their own masterpiece. 

What kind of hot dog would you dream up at our hot dog bar?!

hot dog bar

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