The 4th of July is quickly approaching, and nothing says Independence Day like the American classics: hamburgers and hot dogs. There is just something so perfect about these simple meals for a fun day like the 4th of July. You can grab them and go, they pair perfectly with chips and lemonade, and almost everyone likes them. What more could you ask for when you’re celebrating a holiday with family and friends? This year, when you’re heating up the grill, make things a little more exciting with these 6 hot dog recipes to try on the 4th of July.
Choosing a Grill for the Celebration
First things first — if you’re looking to make a perfect hot dog this July 4th, you need a perfect grill to cook it on. However, everyone has a different definition of the “perfect” grill. That’s why, at Energy Center-Manhattan Pool, we offer three types of grills: charcoal, pellet, and gas.
Our Big Green Egg® charcoal grills are perfect for anyone who likes their hot dogs cooked evenly. The egg shape and ceramic build work together to make a grill that cooks every meal perfectly. Also, if you don’t like burn marks on your hot dogs, this grill is the one for you.
If you’re looking for a delectable, smoky flavor on your hot dog, a Smokin’ Brothers® pellet grill is the right fit for you. Wood pellets power this type of grill, providing the smoky barbeque flavor we crave here in Kansas.
Lastly, the Napoleon® charcoal and gas grill is for anyone who needs a versatile grill. Gas grills are popular for good reason, but this one really takes the cake because you can use it as a charcoal OR gas grill!
Heating Up Some Hot Dogs
Now that you have your grill, it’s time to heat up some hot dogs! If you’re looking to get a little fancy with your new grill here are a few hot dog recipes for you to try.
Adding Some Flavor
Ketchup, mustard, and relish are classic favorites, but let’s change it up a bit! Add some flavor to your hot dogs with other toppings, like chili cheese. Or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, you could combine three classic meats into one meal and top your hot dogs with bacon, cheeseburger, and all the fixings. And if you’re bored with the store bought hot dogs, add more flavor to the meat by making your own sausages.
A Twist on the Classic
If a traditional hot dog isn’t up your alley for one reason or another, we have recipes for you, too.
Meat not your thing? Try some carrot dogs! Use a carrot instead of a hot dog inside your bun to get a similar experience.
Watching your carbs or need to eat gluten free? We have the perfect solution: bacon wrapped hot dogs. Honestly, maybe just save some money and don’t get buns this year; everyone is going to want these anyway.
Or, if you want to go really crazy, you could whip up some burgers or brats. Just don’t be surprised about the judgmental stares from hot dog lovers.
Ready to celebrate with these 6 hot dog recipes to try on the 4th of July? Come Find Your Gathering Place at Energy Center-Manhattan Pool.