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Banh Mi Hot Dog

May 15, 2024

Hot dogs and summertime go together like fireworks and the 4th of July. Would you believe us if we told you that hot dogs and classic banh mi toppings are also a perfect pair?


Banh Mi Hot Dogs drizzled with sriracha mayo topped with pickled veggies, cilantro, basil, cucumbers and jalapeños
Photography by Gayle McLeod

Hot Dogs: Upgraded

One thing we love about hot dogs is that they’re pretty much universally adored. And if someone doesn’t adore them—your vegan friend, perhaps—that’s OK! If you serve hot dogs with a generous toppings bar—loaded with these banh mi-inspired toppings, in particular—literally everyone will be happy because they can load up a bun and skip the dog! No seriously, they will happily do that if the toppings are this good. We know, we’ve seen it. We’ve even done it! Plus, offering banh mi ingredients as a hot dog topping doesn’t preclude the usual, classic hot dog toppers. You can put out mayo and mustard and ketchup right alongside sriracha mayo and pickled veggies—you’ll please kiddos and foodies alike!

hot dogs, buns,  pickled veggies, cilantro, basil, cucumbers, jalapeños and ingredients for sriracha mayo in bowls
sriracha mayo in a glass bowl with a spoon made with Mayonnaise,
Garlic, Fish sauce, Scallions, Sriracha and Sugar

Banh Mi Must #1: Sriracha Mayo!

What is it that’s so good about sriracha? Is it the slow-burn chili heat? The unique tang? That hint of sweetness? The unique just-enough funk? It’s so hard to say! But we know that it’s become as ubiquitous in our homes as ketchup and that’s a good thing! While you can take the shortcut and just make that sriracha creamy by mixing it with mayo, if you go a little further and make this yummy sriracha mayo sauce, you’ll be glad you did. Plus, this hot dog sauce keeps in the fridge for up to a week, so you can make it days before you plan to grill your hot dogs. To make it, you’ll simply mix together:

  • Mayonnaise

  • Garlic (hot tip: use a microplane grater to get the garlic superfine!)

  • Fish sauce

  • Scallions

  • Sriracha

  • Sugar

Banh Mi Hot Dogs ingredients in bowls. Sriracha mayo, pickled veggies, cilantro, basil, cucumbers, jalapeños and buns
Banh Mi Hot Dogs surrounded by fixings, Sriracha mayo, pickled veggies, cilantro, basil, cucumbers and jalapeños

The Best Ever Banh Mi Hot Dog Toppings

The best hot dog toppings in the world can only go so far on a sub-par hot dog, so the best thing you can do to ensure that everyone loves your grilled hot dogs is to buy good quality hot dogs! It’s not rocket science, but perhaps it’s worth repeating? Buy good hot dogs! We love all-beef hot dogs, and the ones in the butcher case are always better than the pre-packed ones. These ones really rock, if you are planning ahead and have time to order online. Banh mi hot dogs are so very delicious because the grilled hot dogs are all meaty and hearty and hefty, and then the banh mi toppings come into the mix with their pickle-y, fresh, herbal brightness and liven the whole party up! They’re almost—dare we say?—refreshing? Or as crisp and bright and fresh as a hot dog has any right to be! Here’s what you’ll need to make our yummy grilled banh mi hot dogs:

  • Hot dog buns (brioche buns are the best!)

  • A batch of our quick-pickled veggies.

  • Cilantro. Remember—this grilled hot dog recipe is easily adaptable. If you’ve got the cilantro-tastes-like-soap gene, skip it!

  • Fresh basil leaves

  • Persian cucumbers

  • Jalapeños. Optional, but also really not (as far as we’re concerned!)

Banh Mi Hot Dogs drizzled with sriracha mayo topped with pickled veggies, cilantro, basil, cucumbers and jalapeños

Tools You’ll Need

More Awesome Hot Dog Topping Ideas

So we’ve got a whole round up of other hot dog topping ideas, but the sky is really the limit with what you can put on a grilled hot dog, right?

Banh Mi Hot Dogs surrounded by fixings, Sriracha mayo, pickled veggies, cilantro, basil, cucumbers and jalapeños
Banh Mi Hot Dogs drizzled with sriracha mayo topped with pickled veggies, cilantro, basil, cucumbers and jalapeños

Happy Hot Dog Season!

Cook outs to camp outs and everything in between, when it’s warm out, we’re grilling hot dogs! We hope you love this fresh and fun riff on the classic grilled hot dog as much as we do! When you try it, let us know how you like it, OK? Share a photo and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper so that we can see your stuff! Happy eating!

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Banh Mi Hot Dog

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time:  15 min
  • Cook Time:  10 min
  • Calories: 522


Sriracha Mayo

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 small garlic clove, grated
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha
  • Pinch of granulated sugar

Banh Mi Hot Dog

  • 1 pound all-beef hot dogs, 4 total
  • 4 brioche hot dog buns
  • One batch quick-pickled veggies
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped basil leaves
  • 1 Persian cucumber, julienned
  • Sliced, seeded jalapeños (optional)


  1. In a small bowl combine all of the ingredients for the sriracha mayo and whisk until smooth. Can be made ahead and stored in the fridge, in an airtight container for up to one week.

  2. Preheat the grill to medium/medium-high heat. Place the hot dogs on the grill, and cook, turning every so often, until they’re lightly charred on all sides, about 5 minutes.

  3. Place the hot dog buns on the upper rack of the grill until lightly toasted.

  4. Place the hot dog in the bun and drizzle with sriracha mayo. Layer on the pickled veggies, cilantro, basil, cucumbers and jalapeños. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories522
  • Protein13 g
  • Carbohydrates30 g
  • Total Fat39 g
  • Dietary Fiber2 g
  • Cholesterol59 mg
  • sodium1176 mg
  • Total Sugars9 g

Banh Mi Hot Dog

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  • Christyn

    We have made these on repeat - the only additional tip I can offer that takes these over the top: SLOTDOG these. Cut a very shallow close cross hatch on the top and bottom of the dog. These cuts allow fat to render and become crispy and delicious - adding even MORE texture to this amazing AND QUICK dinner! This is a top notch recipe and I thank you!!!!

    Thanks Christyn, we are so glad you loved it!

  • Rebecca

    Delicious! Great flavor. Fresh twist on a summer favorite.

    Thanks Rebecca, we are so glad you loved it!

  • Audrey

    Obsessed with these. Everything is perfection! Hosted some friends and made these. They were gone in seconds! Making them again tonight. Thank you!!!!

    Thanks Audrey, so happy you to hear you loved them!

  • Maggie

    This recipe was delicious!

    Hooray! Thanks Maggie, glad you loved these!

  • Kay

    Will I ever eat a hot dog the normal way again? Probably not! Delicious!

    haha! Thanks Kay, we love them that much too!