Simple to Stratospheric

Hot dogs that are gourmet, goofy, and downright diggity

Photos by Michael Kartes | Recipes by Danielle Kartes | (Right) Chicago Dog and (Right) Kraut Master

Hot dogs aren’t just for cookouts anymore. Foodies are starting to see the bun-sausage combo as a platform for meaty treats, cooking up some of the most original dogs around. We created some delicious DIY dogs, starting with some gourmet wieners from Bill the Butcher. The result? Out-of-this-world goodness.

DIY Dog Ideas

Chicago Dog
Traditional slaw + pickle spears + tomato slices on a ¾ pound brat mKraut Master
Quick homemade sauerkraut
(recipe follows) + German whole grain mustard on a ¾ pound brat

Quick Sauerkraut


  • 5 to 6 cups shredded green cabbage (one medium head of cabbage)
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • ½ cup water

Bring all ingredients to a simmer over medium-high heat for 15 minutes. Voila! Amazing, fresh kraut.

Drunk Dog

Drunk Dog

DIY Dog Idea

The Cuban Dog
Thinly sliced Black Forest ham + baby Swiss + whole grain mustard + kosher dill pickle spear on a Wagyu hot dog

Dynamite Duos

What is Batman without Robin? Or Wally without the Beav? Here are some of our favorite dog toppings that work best when paired:

  • Bacon bits + maple syrup
  • Shrimp + coconut flakes
  • Mozzarella + fresh basil
  • Onion rings + ranch dressing
  • Apple slices + peanut butter sauce
  • Thai peanut sauce + crispy Asian noodles
  • Fried egg + Sriracha
  • Fritos + chili
  • Cream cheese + anything spicy

DIY Dog Ideas


Picnic Dog
Bourbon baked beans + kettle cooked potato chips on a Wagyu hot dog

Little Italy Dog
Baby arugula + sundried tomato aioli (recipe follows) + whole sweet roasted garlic on a Wagyu hot dog

Sundried Tomato Aioli


  • 1 cup of your favorite mayonnaise
  • ½ cup chopped sundried tomatoes, oil-packed
  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

In a medium bowl whisk together all ingredients. It’s really that easy.

DIY Dog Idea

Picnic Dog

Picnic Dog

Drunk Dog
Jalapeños + peperoncini + sweet cherry peppers + cream cheese on a Wagyu hot dog.

All of the specialty dogs and brats featured are from Bill the Butcher, with locations in Woodinville and Wallingford. All of their sausages are fresh, house-smoked and made in their shops from natural ingredients. Many of Bill the Butcher’s offerings are special availability only. Call ahead.

Did You Know?

  • Between Memorial Day and Labor Day Americans will eat more than 7 billion hot dogs, or about 818 every second.
  • On July 4, Americans down more than 150 million dogs, enough to stretch from the Washington Monument in D.C. to the Bellevue Collection more than five times.
  • According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Miller Park in Milwaukee is the only stadium in Major League Baseball where sausages outsell hot dogs.
  • The “Coney,” named for Coney Island, is not actually from there. The classic dog with beanless chili, onions and two stripes of mustard was reportedly concocted in Michigan.
  • Every year since 1916, Nathan’s holds its annual hot dog eating competition. American eater Joey Chestnut is the reigning champion with 69 dogs in 10 minutes. (The world record, though, was set by famous Japanese competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi at the New York State Fair —110 dogs in 10 minutes.)
  • Hot dogs were one of the first foods eaten on the moon. Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin Jr. ate hot dogs on their 1969 journey.
  • The average hot dog is consumed in 6.1 bites, according to researchers.
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