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15 Best Side Dishes to Serve With Hot Dogs

Satisfying sides for when hot dogs are on the menu.

Hot dogs are a classic American dish, often served at backyard cookouts or baseball games — but these dogs can’t can’t stand alone. Whether you’re entertaining a group, or making a fast weeknight meal, the perfect side dish will complete your hot dog dinner. From corn on the cob to deep fried pickles, we’ve got you covered on all the best sides for hot dogs.

Related: Top 10 Ways to Shake Up Hot Dog Night

1. Hawaiian Cole Slaw

"Having been raised in Hawaii it was always a given that pineapple went into coleslaw, either crushed or tidbits — I use tidbits. Slaw without pineapple always seems like it’s missing something," says reviewer slo_cook. This is an easy way to change up your usual coleslaw recipe. Take it on the side or slopped onto your hot dog.

Hawaiian Cole Slaw
Photo by Baking Nana

2. Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries

These sweet potato fries are baked in the oven with a touch of paprika and garlic powder for a flavorful yet healthy alternative to all your deep-fried side dishes. Try it with some Seattle Cream Cheese Dogs.

Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Photo by Chef Mo

3. Shoepeg Corn Salad

Recipe creator HappyGrandma says, "A simple but delicious no-cook side dish for summer that is equally good and easy to do any time of the year!" Serve it on the side with these Coney Island Hot Dogs

Shoepeg Corn Salad
Photo by lutzflcat

4. Deep Fried Dill Pickles

Forget french fries — these crispy, juicy pickles are serious side dish game changers. "Delicious dill pickles that are battered then fried. This recipe also works well with other pickled vegetables, like pickled peppers," says recipe creator MARBALET. Give them a try with some of Dad’s Homemade Corn Dogs.

5. Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Home cook Cindy Carson McCloe says, "This was so easy and really good! I doubled the recipe for a party, so I had LOTS of salad! I took the leftovers to work and it was gone in minutes!" Try it with Jan’s Pretzel Dogs for an All-American meal.

6. Chuck's Favorite Mac and Cheese

"Easily doubled for a potluck, cottage cheese and sour cream are the unique elements to this macaroni and cheese recipe," says recipe creator MRSO. This is the ultimate comfort-food side dish that’s ready in under an hour!

Chuck's Favorite Mac and Cheese
Photo by Chefbound

7. Spicy Chili French Fries

French fries are an obvious choice when it comes to side dishes for hot dogs. But this variation provides some serious heat from the cayenne pepper and chili powder. These spicy fries can also be made with sweet potatoes. Give these a try along with these Air-Fried Taco Dogs for a hot dog dinner that brings that heat.

Spicy Chili French Fries
Photo by Angela F. 

8. Three Bean Salad

"We like a buffet with all the family here. We serve a variety of salads. This is also great for summer picnics and cookouts. Keeps well, and serves a lot of people," says JJOHN32. This simple salad is an easy way to incorporate some veggies into your dinner. Serve it with Chipotle Chili Dogs.

9. Sweet Barbeque Beans

Baked beans are the perfect side for hot dogs, and this recipe loads them up with ground beef and bacon for a true meat-lovers meal. "This is a good dish for summer BBQs. We served it with grilled hamburgers and hot dogs and there wasn't a bit left over," says reviewer Kelley James Magestro.

Sweet Barbeque Beans
Photo by Laguna Lala

10. Spicy Sweet Potato Chips

Boring potato chips have nothing on these baked sweet potato chips! "Yummy and easy — even the kids liked it, and they usually won't touch sweet potatoes. I stuck to the recipe, and everything went well,” says reviewer chrislala.

11. Tasty BBQ Corn on the Cob

"This is corn on the cob cooked on the grill with spices and butter. It makes for a yummy side dish to any meal! Try it with fresh garlic and onion," says recipe creator Deann. Paired with some grilled hot dogs, you’ve got a meal that can be made entirely on the grill in under an hour (it’s perfect for outdoor entertaining)!

Tasty BBQ Corn on the Cob
Photo by Melissa Goff

12. Refreshing Cucumber Watermelon Salad

Reviewer Tracey Ferrari Posner says, "After tasting this salad, I was immediately taken back to a wonderful little restaurant in Athens, Greece! I am thrilled to know that this recipe is here for us to enjoy any time we want to! With the summer upon us right now, I can see myself making this as a side with all kinds of dishes!" Add a little Greek flair to your dinner with this fresh, watermelon salad. Serve it with these BLT Dogs to take hot dog night to a new level.

Refreshing Cucumber Watermelon Salad
Photo by Miriam A Taglinao

13. Honey-Mustard Roasted Potatoes

"Oven-roasted baby red potatoes in a zesty honey mustard sauce that is sweet and tangy with a slight kick to it." This recipe goes beyond your classic roasted potatoes, with honey mustard and cayenne pepper for both a sweet and spicy side.

Honey-Mustard Roasted Potatoes
Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

14. Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

"Who knew Brussels sprouts could ever taste this good! Caramelized and crispy, these sprouts gain a nutty flavor from the roasting process," says recipe creator stefychefy. Learn how to make this simple side dish that tastes so good you’ll forget you’re eating Brussels sprouts.

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Photo by Caroline Thomas Russo

15. Caesar Potato Salad

"Made this to take to a potluck with the main course serving ham. I left out the bacon and it was still good, so I can only image that bacon would improve it," says recipe reviewer handiwife. Bacon, green onion, red potatoes, and Caesar salad dressing make this an irresistible side dish for your meaty-main — try it with these Killer Bacon-Cheese Dogs.

Caesar Potato Salad
Photo by Christina

Related: Browse our entire collection of Hot Dog and Corn Dog Recipes.

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