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Hot Dog Camping Recipes

Hot Dog Camping Recipes

When it comes to camping meals, nothing is easier than a hot dog. Cooked over a campfire or on a grille, they are quick and easy to prepare, and take up little space, and will please kids and adults alike. But, there’s no reason your hot dogs need to be boring.

While there’s nothing wrong with the classic sausage-and-bun combination, why not take your hot dogs to the next level with these creative recipes? With just a few more ingredients and simple preparation, you can make a much more exciting meal than your typical hot dog. 

Check out these ideas for some inspiration!

1. Campfire Hot Dogs

Martha Stewart’s campfire hot dog recipe is a kicked up version of the classic we all know. With melty cheddar cheese and crispy bacon, these hot dogs will satisfy after an active day of hiking or kayaking. 


  • 6 hot dogs
  • 100 grms cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
  • 6 strips good-quality bacon
  • 6 hot dog rolls
  • Condiments, such as mustard, relish, ketchup


Heat a BBQ grill. Slice hot dogs lengthwise without completely cutting through. Fill with cheese. Beginning at one end, wind the bacon around each hot dog to cover completely.

Place hot dogs on the grill, cheese side down, and cook, covered, for 2 minutes. Uncover, and turn, cooking until the bacon is cooked through and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Place a hot dog in each roll, and top with desired condiments.

Recipe source: Martha Stewart

2. Mexican Gourmet Hot Dogs

Put a Mexican-inspired spin on your hot dog recipe with toppings like corn salsa, grilled peppers, pico de gallo, or lime mayo. If you really want to spice things up, opt for a chorizo sausage instead of the typical hot dog. This recipe also explains how to make your own cheese sauce – but that is optional!


Cheese Sauce:

  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup milk, more or less, depending on desired consistency

Dogs and toppings:

  • 8 hot dogs
  • 8 hot dog buns
  • 4 peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 medium red onion, minced
  • diced fresh tomatoes
  • chopped coriander
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • crumbled bacon


Place grated cheese in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in milk. Continue stirring, adding more milk as necessary, until cheese sauce is melted completely and you’ve reached desired consistency. (NOTE: sauce will thicken and harden as it cools).

Grill hot dogs and buns until dogs are nicely charred on the outside and buns are golden brown. Place on buns and top as desired.

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3. Merguez Hot Dogs with Caramelized Onions

This recipe is a great example of how you can make a hot dog that feels totally new while still keeping it simple – all by using a different sausage. Merguez is a spiced sausage made with lamb or beef. The caramelized onions are the most time-consuming part of this recipe, but even that is very simple and takes about 15 minutes. 


  • 4 onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 6 merguez sausages
  • 1 cup (35 g) fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) whole-grain mustard
  • 6 hot dog buns


In a non-stick skillet over medium heat, brown the onions in the butter for about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Deglaze with 1 tbsp (15 ml) of the vinegar. Set aside.

Preheat the grill, setting the burners to high. Oil the grate.

Reduce the heat to medium. Grill the sausages for 8 to 10 minutes or until cooked through, turning them frequently. Toast the hot dog buns.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the parsley with the remaining vinegar and the oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Spread the hot dog buns with mustard. Fill each bun with a sausage and top with caramelized onions and the parsley mixture. Serve with a green salad, if desired.

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4. The Original Sauerkraut and Sausage Dog – Veganized

If you want the simplicity of a hot dog but crave something a little lighter, a little healthier – or, if you or someone in your group is vegetarian or vegan – these vegan sauerkraut dogs can be a great option. Sauerkraut is easy to pack and adds a ton of flavor to your hot dog. This recipe calls for vegan hot dog substitute, but you could also use roasted carrots or sliced portobello mushrooms instead. 


  • 4 fantastic hot dog rolls
  • 1 package vegan sausages
  • dijon mustard
  • 1 cup sauerkraut
  • 1 small cucumber, diced
  • ½ cup fried onions
  • the best vegan cheese sauce (optional)


Start lightly toasting your hot dog rolls.

While those are toasting, heat your vegan sausages according to the package directions. I like to use a cast iron skillet.

Then assemble: start with a thin layer of mustard, a sprinkle of fried onions, then your dog, more mustard, sauerkraut, more fried onions and cucumbers.

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5. Hot Dogs with Cheddar and Sautéed Apples

Apples and hot dogs might seem like an unlikely combination of flavors, but the sharp cheddar ties it all together in this spin on a hot dog recipe! If you really want to lean into this flavor profile, opt for a chicken-apple sausage instead of a traditional hot dog. This recipe suggests melting the cheese in an oven, but you can simply cover your dogs with tin foil or a pot lid to achieve the same effect!


  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 large peeled Granny Smith apples
  • 3 tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 6 hot dogs
  • 6 long pretzel rolls or hot dog buns
  • 100 grms sharp Cheddar cheese


Preheat the grill. In a large skillet, melt the butter. Add the apples and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until barely softened and just beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the brown sugar and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender and lightly caramelized, about 10 minutes longer. Stir in the cinnamon and keep warm.

Heat a grill pan. Grill the hot dogs over high heat until lightly charred all over, about 5 minutes. On a baking sheet, set the dogs in the rolls and top with the cheddar cheese. Bake for about 3 minutes, just until the cheese is melted. Top with the apples and serve at once.

Recipe source: Delish

6. Chilli Cheese Frito Dogs

Canned chilli and a bag of corn chips make for a fun, filling take on a classic dog. Add shredded cheese, diced onion, or sliced jalapenos if you like!


  • 8 all beef hot dogs
  • 8 hot dog buns
  • 1 (15 oz.) can of chilli with beans
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheese
  • 1 ½ cups Dorito chips, crushed
  • Jalapeno slices


In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat cook the chilli until heated through, keeping it warm.

Lightly grease the grill and heat to medium-high. Place hot dogs onto the grill and grill until they are slightly charred on the outside. Hot dogs can also be cooked over the campfire.

Place hot dog buns onto the grill cut side down and grill until lightly toasted. Place hot dogs onto the buns. Top with chilli, shredded cheese, jalapeno slices, and crushed Dorito chips.

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Try out your hot dog camping recipes at Broken Head Holiday Park

Putting a twist on the classic hot dog doesn’t need to be complicated. It’s all about experimenting with different toppings, or switching up the type of sausage you use. With this simple food, it’s all about choosing what sounds good to you. Book your spot today at Broken Head Holiday Park and try them out!

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