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Gourmet Hot Dog Toppings and the California Hot Dog

Whether you are planning your next big barbecue or are simply grilling up dawgs while camping, these gourmet hot dog toppings will make any ordinary hot dog into a very delicious meal, like this California Hot Dog. Sponsored by Brownwood Farms.

Gourmet hot dog toppings like avocado, tomato, sprouts, cilantro and red onions for the California Hot Dog by FamilySpice.com

Hot dogs are such an easy and simple meal to grill outdoors. They are kid-friendly, can be prepared anywhere and don’t require fancy tools or utensils. It’s so popular here in the US we even have a National Hot Dog Day. Yea, that’s today July 17th.

So to celebrate National Hot Dog Day, it’s time to make the hot dog friendly for the entire family, and not just the kiddos. So I’m going to share with you my favorite gourmet hot dog toppings and how to make my California Hot Dog.

Hot dog toppings for your hot dog bar

When it comes to hot dog toppings, honestly, anything goes. There are countless flavor options and the ingredients you can include on your hot dog is endless. One great way for you and your guests to customize their very own hot dog is to serve a hot dog bar.

Once the dogs are grilled, set them up with buns along with an assortment of toppings. Let’s start with the veggies first. Some of my favorites include:

You can also add fruit too, like apples, pineapple, mango, grapes and oranges. And don’t forget the herbs! My favorite herbs to top hot dogs are:

Love relish? I’ve got more options for you here, too:

And don’t forget the condiments. The more variety, the better! But for me, nothing dresses a hot dog better than mustard. They were made for each other.

A platter of hot dogs and gourmet hot dog toppings by FamilySpice.com

Hot dog toppings for the California hot dog

Which brings us to the gourmet hot dog recipe I am sharing today, The California Hot Dog. Say what you will about California, but we do love our fresh produce. And why not? California produces almost half of all the fruits, nuts and vegetables grown in the United States.

And what is one vegetable that is quintessential California? The avocado, of course. But I didn’t stop there. I stuffed my hot bun with all of my favorite California vegetables: avocados, sprouts, tomatoes, red onions and cilantro. And I finished it off with something non-Californian: Brownwood Farms Mustard.

Closeup of the California Hot Dog by FamilySpice.com

About Brownwood Farms

Milo’s Whole World Gourmet is committed to creating delicious specialty foods with clean and minimal ingredients. Brownwood Farms Famous Kream Mustard is made without “Top 8” allergens, and are made using gluten-free, vegan and non-GMO ingredients whenever possible.

Their mustards also contain no high-fructose corn syrup or artificial ingredients, are small-batch and hand-crafted, and the ingredients are sourced in the Great Lakes Region and the U.S. What does this all mean to you? This is some seriously amazing mustard.

I personally like my mustard to have a bit of kick to it and Brownwood’s mustard has the kind of kick that I really like. A little spice paired with a little sweetness makes this one fabulous mustard for my California Hot Dog. And lucky for you, you can win some Brownwood Farms Mustard and try it for yourself.

Brownwood Farms Mustard by FamilySpice.com

Yield: serves 6

The California Hot Dog

The California Hot Dog

Whether you are planning your next big barbecue or are simply grilling up dawgs while camping, these gourmet hot dog toppings will make any ordinary hot dog into a very delicious meal, like this California Hot Dog. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 6 hot dogs
  • 6 hot dog buns
  • 3 oz alfalfa or any other sprouts
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onions
  • 1/4 cup diced cilantro
  • Brownwood Farms Famous Kream Mustard


  1. Grill hot dogs until lightly charred on the outside. Toast buns until lightly golden.
  2. Stuff buns with sprouts then add hot dogs.
  3. Nestle in slices of tomatoes and avocados.
  4. Drizzle mustard over hot dogs.
  5. Top with chopped onions and cilantro.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 hot dog

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 370 Total Fat: 21g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 28mg Sodium: 680mg Carbohydrates: 33g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 6g Protein: 13g


I’m sharing with you a fun giveaway that is perfect for celebrating summer! I’ve partnered with Brownwood Farms to give one lucky winner these three fabulous mustards to enjoy on your favorite hot dog or anything else you decide to grill. And I am also throwing in a copy of my cookbook, The Camp & Cabin Cookbook.  

Both of these items will be perfect for the next barbecue at home, campout with friends, or even a picnic in the park. So let’s get started! 

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Disclosure: I received some products to sample from Brownwood Farms and to share a hot dog recipe. The story I have written is all true, and the opinions are truly mine. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t blog about it.