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4 DIY Condiments That Will Make Hot Dogs More Delicious

Doctoring store-bought condiments with fresh herbs and spices is an easy way to jazz up your franks.

hot dog varieties on platter
Photography by: Pernille Loof

In a world of practically limitless hot-dog toppings, classic condiments are hard to beat. But mix in fresh herbs and spices, and they take on unique superpowers. Our favorite formulas are a surefire way to turn up the volume on your cookout this summer. As for the base ingredients, our food editors swear by Hebrew National Beef Franks, Martin’s Sandwich Potato Rolls, and Gold's Sweet Horseradish and Beets.


1. Basil-Jalapeño Mayonnaise

Combine 1/2 cup mayonnaise + 1 jalapeño (seeded, if desired) + 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves + 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice + kosher salt + freshly grated pepper, and pulse in a food processor.


2. Curried Ketchup

Combine 1/2 cup ketchup + 1 tablespoon curry powder + 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, and let stand 30 minutes before using.


3. Dill-Pickle Mustard

Combine 1/2 cup yellow mustard + 1 small garlic clove, finely grated + 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill + kosher salt + freshly grated pepper.


4. Beet-Horseradish Sauerkraut

Combine 1/4 cup beet horseradish + 3/4 cup drained sauerkraut + kosher salt.