By Alessandra Bulow
July 06, 2009

Who doesn't love a good hot dog? No one, is the correct answer. That's why we know that Dad will be thrilled to hear his Father's Day dinner menu includes some perfectly grilled franks. Here, five extremely creative hot dogs you can whip up for Dad to show him you care.

In the most grotesque live competition I've ever seen, Joey Chestnut set a world record and earned his third-consecutive Mustard Belt by eating 68 franks and buns in 10 minutes at this year's Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, NY.

Chestnut steadily kept his lead over his archrival, Takeru Kobayashi, the 2001-2006 world champion, who finished with a 64 dog-count. The two men tied at 59 wieners last year until Chestnut won a dramatic five hot-dog eat-off.

If you're not eating dozens at a time, try these modern takes on the classic summer dog, from the F&W archive:

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs with Avocado (pictured)
Crosshatch Hot Dogs on Grilled Croissants
Sausages with Grilled Onion Chowchow
Classic Chowchow

OR these 7 amazing sausage recipes.