Simple Creative Twists to Summertime Staples

Hot dog with mustard onions and relish

If you’re tired of the same old boring burger or hot dog, try out some of these unique combinations of toppings to bring some life to your plate.

Bruschetta – Ditch the normal bun for the toasted Italian variety, or make your own from a loaf of Italian bread. Toss diced tomatoes, chopped garlic, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, basil and salt together for a savory topping to add to any burger or hot dog. To garnish, drizzle with some additional olive oil.

Tiki Style – If you’re preparing hot dogs, wrap them in bacon and brush teriyaki sauce over it as it cooks. For burgers, fry the bacon to a crisp, crumble and add to the meat mixture along with a splash of teriyaki sauce before making the patties. Serve on a toasted bun with grilled pineapple, chopped red onion and more teriyaki sauce.

French Onion – This works well for both a hot dog and burger. Simply add caramelized onions and Swiss cheese to your preferred cookout staple. Melt the cheese with indirect heat over the grill, then sprinkle with fresh thyme.