The Best Simple Sides for Hot Dogs (Besides Potato Chips)

From savory baked beans to grilled vegetable 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.

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Calamansi Mayo
Victor Protasio

From classic coleslaw to terrific grilled corn on the cob, here are our favorite simple sides to serve with hot dogs.

1. Grilled Corn on the Cob with Calamansi Mayo

The classic grilled corn on the cob slathered in a creamy, cheesy calamansi mayonnaise is sure to pair well with your franks.

2. Smoky Coleslaw

Coleslaw gets a smoky twist with chipotle and smoked paprika, plus a hint of spice from brown mustard.

3. Pasta Salad with Grilled Vegetables, Parsley and Feta

Grilled asparagus, zucchini and eggplant star in this easy, vegetarian dish.

4. Classic Potato Salad

Baby potatoes, which have a naturally sweet flavor and creamy texture, are excellent in this quick salad.

5. Gina Mae's Baked Beans

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.

6. Homemade Chips

Turn vegetable scraps into crunchy chips with olive oil and seasoning in 20 minutes.

7. Tomato Salad With Red Onion, Dill, and Feta

A simple, herb-packed tomato salad is the perfect partner for smoky, savory hot dogs.

8. Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries

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.

9. Kwame's Waffle Fries

2019 F&W Best New Chef Kwame Onwuachi coats these waffle fries with berbere salt. The Ethiopian spice blend brings a citrusy sweet heat to the fried spuds.

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