Healthier Hot Dogs for 4th of July Summer - Kids Cook Monday Hot Dog Recipes

Hot dog loaded with veggies!

Loaded hot dog with pickles, tomatoes, more!
Loaded hot dog with pickles, tomatoes, more! | Source

How to Make Hot Dogs Healthier for Kids

Hot dogs don't have to be totally unhealthy. Turkey dogs have considerably less fat and sodium, and fewer calories. I know that turkey dogs may not appeal to everyone, but, to me, they taste really good, just different from the all beef or even mixed chicken and pork hot dogs. Try turkey hot dogs on your kids. The younger the child, the less likely they will be able to tell the difference. They may grow up liking turkey dogs just as well as the "real" thing.

With these recipes, I also used wheat hot dog buns rather than white buns for a little added nutrition. Then I piled the hot dog high with my favorite ingredients to make one really tasty hot dog! There are even vegetables in these hot dog options.

Get everyone in the house to help you get all the ingredients out, get them chopped and ready to serve, and have your own hot dog buffet!

I love ketchup!

I must be a kid myself, because I love adding ketchup to hot dogs and just about everything else!
I must be a kid myself, because I love adding ketchup to hot dogs and just about everything else! | Source

Kids Love Hot Dogs!

Kids seem to love hot dogs! A lot of adults do, too. My favorite way to cook hot dogs is outside on the grill until they are plumped and "striped" with the black lines from the grill. Yummy! I like mine dark and almost burnt. Some people like them barely done.

Besides grilling, hot dogs can be made quickly inside--on the stove in a pan of boiling water, in the oven on low heat until warmed through, or in the microwave for less than a minute per hot dog.


Not chili but especially for hot dogs!
Not chili but especially for hot dogs! | Source

The History of my Loaded Hot Dog

When I was a kid, my best friend took me to this small hole in the wall restaurant that sold hot dogs exclusively. She was a picky eater, but she loved hot dogs. But these weren't just ordinary hot dogs. These hot dogs were loaded with stuff, all kinds of stuff!

I was used to hot dogs with ketchup and mustard, or mustard, relish, and mayo. Chili-topped dogs with cheese were also well-liked in our house when I was growing up. But tomatoes? And onions? And chopped pickles? And all on the same hot dog? I don't remember exactly what was on those hot dogs, but my loaded hot dog re-creation brings back those memories of my friend, Jenifer, and me at Uncle Dood's Dawg House. I'll never forget that name. Uncle Dood's Dawg House. I wish it were still there.


How to fold this thing up now?

Loaded veggie hot dog. Maybe I overdid it. I may have to eat this one with a fork!
Loaded veggie hot dog. Maybe I overdid it. I may have to eat this one with a fork! | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 8 min
Ready in: 28 min
Yields: Serves 8 people one complete hot dog apiece

Instructions for your Hot Dog Bar

  1. Cook hot dogs on grill, or in oven, in a pan of boiling water on the stove, or in the microwave until warmed through, plumped or browned to desired consistency.
  2. Open up package of buns. Warm slightly if desired--on grill, in microwave, or oven.
  3. Place hot dog on bun and top with your choice of above toppings.
  4. Think about having a second hot dog, trying different toppings this time!

Rate the Loaded Hot Dog and More!

5 stars from 1 rating of Hot Dog Bar!

Ingredients & Optional Toppings

  • 1 package hot dogs, turkey or other, cooked
  • 1 package hot dog buns, preferably wheat
  • 1 can hot dog sauce, heated
  • 1/2 block (about 4 oz.) cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2-3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1-2 whole pickles, chopped
  • sweet pickle relish
  • dill pickle relish
  • jalapenos
  • mustard
  • ketchup
  • mayonnaise
  • sour cream
  • black olives, sliced or chopped

Victoria's Loaded Hot Dog: Turkey dog on wheat bread with chopped pickles, onions, tomatoes, mayo, mustard, and cheese

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 hot dog with bun
Calories 273
Calories from Fat117
% Daily Value *
Fat 13 g20%
Saturated fat 4 g20%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 33 g11%
Sugar 10 g
Protein 13 g26%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

More Nutritional Considerations

Note that all nutritional statistics are approximate. One serving also has up to 916 milligrams of sodium. Some positives of the loaded hot dog are 27% vitamin A and 61% vitamin C, with iron at 18% and calcium at 16% of the recommended daily allowance of a 2000 calorie per day die.

Other Hot Dog Varitations for the Entire Family

The great thing about this recipe is that it is very family and group friendly. Everyone, including children, can help in the preparation by getting all the ingredients out and putting into serving bowls, with older kids even helping with the chopping and minimal cooking that is involved.

A second cool thing about this hot dog bar is that everyone can choose what toppings they want. Here are some other favorite toppings for these hot dogs:

1) Ketchup and mustard--a favorite of many children!

2) Mayonnaise, mustard, and sweet pickle relish--This was actually always my favorite as a kid and now as an adult if I want just a basic hot dog.

3) Coney-type dog--Add hot dog sauce or even chili, along with shredded cheese and chopped onions. Add sour cream if you are a sour cream lover like me.

Check out all the ingredients listed in the ingredient list above and mix and match as you wish. Have a good time with it!

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Comments 16 comments

kelleyward 4 years ago

Hi Victoria, I love the idea of a hot dog bar. Thanks for sharing this hub. I always buy our hot dogs from whole foods without additives etc. they taste amazing and only have 80 calories per beef hot dog. Voted up and shared! Kelley


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks for reading, kelley. 80 calories for a beef hot dog is great! Gosh, I love hot dogs! Thanks for voting and sharing!


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

We are hot dog lovers too, we don't have them very often but love them with mustard, cheese and onion mmm...your turkey dogs sound great... and loaded with vegies... as does kelleys whole food idea(wish we had a wholefoods over here) any way great hub...lots of votes & shared...


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

We like loaded hot dogs for a quick dinner when it's hot out. Hubby might fuss about having veggies on his dog, but the kid sure does scarf 'em up. :) This is a great hub. Voting up and sharing. :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

carter--Yes, they were great! Hope your family likes them if you try them out. :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, TT! I love hot dogs any way ya fix them. Good to see you again!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I love your loaded pictures! That's what my tacos always look like. I have a hard time limited how many toppings I put on them. Great recipe as always!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, random. I was thinking how ridiculous my photos looked, but that's how it always seems to turn out. Loaded! I do the same thing with tortilla wraps. I get them so full! LOL. Thanks for reading!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Hehe adults like hot dogs too :) I had them the other day. I like that you add healthy alternatives so they can be enjoyed by the whole family. I vote up and will share too.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

After reading your hub last night, I had a really strong craving for loaded dogs...so guess what we ended up having. :) The power of the hub! :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Christy! I like hot dogs, too! Especially loaded ones. :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

TT--I do that, too, after I read a recipe I like. Power of the hub, so true!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Yum! I know they are not good for you but I still love a occasional hot dog with all the trimmings. Thank goodness for the treadmill!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

teaches, me, too. I've gotta have a hot dog now and then!


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peachpurple 19 months ago from Home Sweet Home

wow, you have a lot of ideas with hot dogs. I must try adding more vegetables like the last photo, overloaded


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Victoria Lynn 19 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

peachpurple--Hot dogs are great with lots of toppings!

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