Hot Dogs with Grilled Pickle Relish


In place of overly sweet store-bought relish, Justin Chapple grills dill pickles, then combines them with onion, vinegar, mustard seeds and parsley for a smoky, well-balanced relish with delightful pops of mustard seed. Slideshow: More Hot Dog Recipes 

Hot Dogs with Grilled Pickle Relish
In place of overly sweet store-bought relish, these grilled pickles make for a better relish for Dad. Photo: © Con Poulos
Total Time:
25 mins
2 cups


  • 4 dill pickles, sliced lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slabs

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion

  • Kosher salt

  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard seeds

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

  • 8 all-beef hot dogs

  • 8 hot dog buns, split and toasted


  1. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Grill the pickle slices over high heat, turning once, until lightly charred on both sides, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a work surface to cool, then finely chop.

  2. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil. Add the onion and a generous pinch of salt. Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 minutes. Add the vinegar, sugar and mustard seeds and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the pickles; let cool completely. Fold in the parsley and season with salt.

  3. Relight your grill or heat the grill pan. Grill the hot dogs over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Serve the hot dogs in the buns with the relish.

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