Loaded Hot Dogs with Buffalo Ketchup, Blue Cheese, and Bacon

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Fire up the grill to make these Buffalo, Blue Cheese, and Bacon Hot Dogs, and your barbecue will never be the same. You’ll be Top Dog when you load those franks with homemade spicy buffalo ketchup and plenty of smoky bacon and crumbled blue cheese.

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Originally published July 3, 2015.

Something I used to have a love/hate relationship with – hot dogs. As a kid I liked them provided they were smothered with ketchup and most definitely not on a bun. If mustard or bun came near my hot dog, forget it.

Then I went through a phase where I didn’t eat them at all.

But when I was pregnant with my youngest, and I NEEDED hot dogs and they HAD to have sauerkraut, another thing I never liked.

However, even though I could not get through a day without a hot dog, I did feel better about getting all-natural and organic and uncured hot dogs out there so I could satisfy my cravings and at least feel like I was eating some sort of real food.

Maybe this is why my boys love hot dogs. I’m still deep in a love phase too, especially when those dogs are loaded up with all of this goodness!

Seriously, there’s no love/hate relationship here. It’s pure LOVE…

Closeup of Buffalo, Bacon, and Blue Cheese Hot Dogs in a bun on a red and white striped plate

Hot Dogs with Buffalo Ketchup, Blue Cheese, and Bacon

 Holy hot dog, people! As if these dogs weren’t delicious enough on their own, I went there. Yes, bacon, blue cheese, and, wait for it… homemade Buffalo Ketchup!

I’ve long been obsessed with making homemade ketchup, and even making it all fancy shmancy with balsamic ketchup. But then I know it needed to be given a spicy kick.

I honestly don’t have much more I can say – I mean, you have smoky, salty, bacon goodness, and creamy, tangy blue cheese, and yes, that ketchup. On top of a hot dog. In a soft bun (though I’ll be honest, I went bunless because of my wheat allergy, and was still totally a happy camper!)

Ingredients

All you need are hot dogs, buns, blue cheese, bacon that you’ve cooked and crumbled (you can even use turkey bacon), and basic pantry ingredients for the Buffalo Ketchup, which calls for:

  • Tomato paste
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Hot sauce – I use the classic, Frank’s Red Hot
  • Water
  • Dry mustard
  • Salt
  • Cumin
  • Garlic powder
  • Pepper

Directions overview – scroll to the recipe card for the full set of instructions

  1. Stir together the ketchup ingredients and set it aside to let the flavors develop.
  2. Grill your hot dogs and place them in a bun if you like.
  3. Top with the Buffalo Ketchup, blue cheese, and bacon.

And if you really want these franks to be fully-loaded, why not add some Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing or Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing!

Buffalo Hot Dogs with Bacon and Blue Cheese in an Applegate paper holder

Side dishes

Here’s are some great ideas for things to serve at your next barbecue with your kicked up wieners!

And I think every summertime get-together calls for Strawberries and Cream Cake (or Gluten Free Cake with Strawberries and Whipped Cream) for dessert!

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Two hot dogs in buns topped with buffalo ketchup, bacon, and crumbled blue cheese
4.8 from 5 votes

Buffalo, Blue Cheese, and Bacon Hot Dogs

Add a little kick and a ton of flavor to the classic hot dog. Your barbecue will never be the same!
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 8 All-Beef Hot Dogs (I prefer a natural or organic hot dog)
  • 8 hot dog buns, gluten free if needed
  • Buffalo Ketchup see below
  • 8 Tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

For the Buffalo Ketchup:

Instructions

  • Prepare Buffalo Ketchup and set aside until you are ready to use it.
  • Preheat one side of your grill on high. Reduce heat to medium and place hot dogs over indirect heat on the side of the grill that isn't turned on. Grill hot dogs to desired doneness, turning every minute or two. Place each hot dog in a bun.
  • Top each hot dog with a drizzle of Buffalo Ketchup, about 1 Tablespoon blue cheese, and about half a slice of crumbled bacon.

For the Buffalo Ketchup:

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Use within a couple hours or store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Nutrition Facts
Buffalo, Blue Cheese, and Bacon Hot Dogs
Amount Per Serving (1 hot dog)
Calories 355 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 1356mg57%
Potassium 378mg11%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 390IU8%
Vitamin C 10.8mg13%
Calcium 123mg12%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
40 Comments
  1. 4 stars
    When it comes to hot dogs I’m a purist, only yellow mustard, but I do like Buffalo, blue cheese and bacon and am willing to try this. Applegate makes the finest food, available In my grocery store. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. candace

    I bet buffalo sauce and goat cheese (not such a fan of most blue cheese) would be delicious. Or pepperocinni, roasted red peppers and some goat cheese. I’ve never really thought to put cheese on a hot dog until now (unless it was a chili dog) but now I can’t stop thinking of combos! pepper jack & guac.

    But I still believe that nothing will ever be better than a simple and traditional hot dog smothered in ketchup

  3. Starla B

    5 stars
    Hot dogs are a favorite of mine. Those look and sound so good. I would definitely top mine with cheese sauce, sautéed onion, and mustard! Yum!

  4. David

    5 stars
    I don’t really like chili and cheese when it is hot outside, so I usually go with cooler toppings. I like mayo and relish, with onions if I have nowhere to be later.

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