The Best Simple Sides for Hot Dogs (Besides Potato Chips)
From savory baked beans to tofu pasta salad, the sides on this list are nothing short of extraordinary to serve with hot dogs.
Hot dogs are some of the easiest things to throw on the grill. The best thing to do with all the time you just freed up? Make a slew of simple sides for hot dogs. There are plenty of classic BBQ sides to choose from, and summery seasonal options like salads, too. But when it comes to the ideal sides for hot dogs, we recommend sticking with iconic favorites that feel just right alongside your dogs and buns.
Pro tip: For the best hot dog experience, follow F&W grill master Justin Chapple's advice and cut hot dogs into spirals to ensure that condiments like relish and mustard stay in perfect, meaty grooves.
From classic coleslaw to terrific grilled corn on the cob, here are our favorite simple sides to serve with hot dogs.
The classic grilled corn on the cob dusted with a trio of seasoned salts is sure to pair well with your franks.
Coleslaw gets a smoky twist with chipotle and smoked paprika, plus a hint of spice from brown mustard.
Grilled asparagus, zucchini and eggplant star in this easy, vegetarian dish.
Paprika adds smoky flavor to this super-creamy dish that includes Fontina, cheddar and mascarpone. Cheese crisps replace the usual bread crumbs on top.
Baby potatoes, which have a naturally sweet flavor and creamy texture, are excellent in this quick salad.
An updated pasta salad—whole-wheat spaghetti served at room temperature with sautéed tofu, cucumbers, scallions, and a lemony ginger dressing—makes a delicious warm-weather meal.
Scholar Regina Bradley added a few special touches to her husband's baked beans recipe to make it her own. "A cookout's DNA is found in the sides and who made them. This task is not for the faint of heart or the thin-skinned," wrote Bradley, in an essay for Food & Wine.
Follow these chip recipes for crispy and flavorful homemade snacks, including potato chips with nori salt and baked sweet potato chips.
A simple, herb-packed tomato salad is the perfect partner for smoky, savory hot dogs.
These baked zucchini fries satisfy your craving for golden, crispy french fries and help you use up extra summer zucchini all at once. A quick dusting with flour followed by a dunk in beaten egg helps lock the panko-and-Parmesan coating in place during broiling, making these perfect for dipping.
Kwame Onwuachi, executive chef of Kith/Kin in Washington, D.C., coats these waffle fries with berbere salt. The Ethiopian spice blend brings a citrusy sweet heat to the fried spuds.