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Ketchup. Mustard. Relish. Could these hot-dog toppings be any more boring? Next time you grill up a few franks, set the condiments aside and try one of our five combos. They’re a little unconventional as far as hot-dog toppings go, but all of them use ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. So grab some dogs and some buns (we love the potato variety) and let’s do this thing.

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PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

The Veggie-Melt Dog
Place a hot dog in a bun and top with ¼ cup grilled veggies (we like peppers and onions) and 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese. Place the whole thing (bun and all) on the grill or under the broiler until the cheese melts, 1 to 2 minutes.

The Crunch Dog 
Place a hot dog in a bun and spread 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard across the top. Top with ¼ cup crushed kettle-cooked potato chips.

The Spicy Dog
Place a hot dog in a bun and top with ¼ cup pickled vegetables, like a combination of carrots and red onions (find them in the deli section or canned-goods section of the grocery store). Top with 1 to 2 teaspoons Sriracha (or more, to taste).

The Brekkie Dog
Place a hot dog in a bun and top with 3 tablespoons cooked, crumbled bacon. Top with a fried egg and then season with salt and pepper.

The Mexi Dog
Spread 2 tablespoons guacamole on one side of the bun, and 1 tablespoon sour cream on the other side of the bun. Place a hot dog in the center and then top with a few shakes of hot sauce.

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