Gallery: Hot Dogs for All Occasions

Dogs suitable for a whole range of events, from birthdays to breakfast.

  • All wishes automatically come true when you’re blowing out the candles on a birthday hot dog, topped with pimento cheese, chili, slaw, and chow-chow. (Photo: honeydewyouloveme.blogspot.com)
  • Step your swag up and dress hot dogs with bowties and your best cuff links. The rest of the night is whatever, but bachelor party hot dogs will get things started on a high note. (Photo: Birdies, Spread Eagles, and Hot Dogs)
  • Sweet tooth? We welcome the Chocolate Éclair, a hot dog nestled inside an éclair with whipped cream and sprinkles. (Photo: ShortList.com)
  • The egg roll hot dog: Perfect for Chinese New Year, Sunday morning dim sum, or just any time you want something even more American than Americanized Chinese food. (Photo: CBS Local)
  • Cinco de mayo—or just about any weekend of the year—is a great occasion for consuming hot dogs with a little Tex-Mex influence. Taco dogs involve halved weenies wrapped in a grilled tortilla, topped with shredded cheddar,     lettuce, pico de gallo, and sour cream. (Photo: Food Network)
  • Breakfast is supposedly the most important meal of the day, so skip the Wheaties and opt for a breakfast hot dog—a breakfast sausage and American cheese nestled in Texas toast. (Photo: Hot Dog Heaven)
  • Every food gets better when you make a Thanksgiving version, and hot dogs are no exception. Stuffing and cranberry sauce are the only necessary ingredients, although extra additions are welcome. (Photo: Senate Pub)
  • We're busy people, so why not eat double the American classics in half the time? Ironically, the French fry/hot dog combo has yet to catch on in the U.S., although it's all the rage in South Korea. (Photo: Flickr)
  • Hot dogs are a given for any Memorial Day grilling session, but how about for dessert? It's the backyard barbecue version of "Put a Bird On It."
  • A vegan take on Crif Dog's classic "Chihuahua" (Photo: Eating Appalachia)

Hot dogs are staples of graduation parties, family cookouts, and summer ragers, but that doesn’t mean you should limit your tubesteak celebrations to the obvious. We believe a good frank is fit for any occasion in life, and we think you’ll agree after perusing this collection of highly specific wieners dressed up for everything from bachelor parties to Cinco de Mayo fetes. Ambitious readers can even try out the Dixie dog—a breakfast sausage with American cheese nestled inside Texas toast—tomorrow morning. Seriously, what a way to start your day.

Click through the gallery above for proof that hot dog time is all the time.

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