Gallery: 18 Sausage and Hot Dog Recipes for Memorial Day

Grilled Hot Dogs with Sauerkraut
Grilled Hot Dogs with Sauerkraut

For regular hot dogs (natural casing, please!), we prefer the straight-up clean flavor of plain sauerkraut with a squirt of good spicy brown mustard.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Buffalo Chicken Sausage
Buffalo Chicken Sausage

Mixing ground chicken and buffalo sauce can lead to unevenly seasoned meat, but marinating cubes of chicken in Frank's RedHot before grinding ensures that these sausages are packing with buffalo flavor in every bite.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Grilled Italian Sausage with Sweet and Sour Peppers and Onions
Grilled Italian Sausage with Sweet and Sour Peppers and Onions

Onions and peppers cooked down in a sweet, vinegary glaze goes perfectly with sweet or hot fennel-scented Italian sausage.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Grilled Bratwurst with Beer, Mustard, and Sauerkraut
Grilled Bratwurst with Beer, Mustard, and Sauerkraut

Bratwurst simmered in sauerkraut and lager is a natural pairing (make sure to save some beer to simmer yourself in while you wait for those sausages). A few thyme sprigs and a scoop of good whole grain mustard didn't RSVP to the party, but they're welcome to crash.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Hot Slaw Dogs
Hot Slaw Dogs

Sauerkraut is the classic hot dog topping, but a good cole slaw can be totally satisfying, too.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Chicken Sausage with Basil and Tomatoes
Chicken Sausage with Basil and Tomatoes

Chicken thighs and a combination of fresh and dried tomatoes make up these fresh-tasting sausages, brightly seasoned with garlic and basil.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Spicy Mango Chicken Sausage
Spicy Mango Chicken Sausage

Against the light taste of chicken, the sweetness of mango really stands out, with a hit of jalapeño lending a pleasing, mild heat. Altogether, it's a bright, fresh, and fruity link.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Smoked Cheddar and Jalapeño Sausage
Smoked Cheddar and Jalapeño Sausage

Sharp cheddar oozes out of these smoked pork sausages, balanced with the spiciness of peppers, for a richly flavorful dish.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Green Chorizo
Green Chorizo

Green chorizo comes from the town of Toluca, Mexico, where dried red chilies are swapped out for their green-hued brethren like poblanos and serranos along with cilantro and other seasonings. Fans of regular chorizo will love this fresh take on the classic.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Mexican Chorizo
Mexican Chorizo

Unlike the dried, spiced pork characteristic of Spanish chorizo, this Mexican version is a fresh pork sausage seasoned with ground chilies and complemented with ancho chili powder, oregano, cinnamon, cumin, black pepper, cloves, and cider vinegar.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Grilled Mexican Chorizo with Spicy Tomato Caper Sauce
Grilled Mexican Chorizo with Spicy Tomato Caper Sauce

In this slightly-more-work-but-worth-every-extra-minute recipe, spicy and tart Mexican chorizo (not to be confused with dry-cured raw Spanish chorizo) gets simmered in a tangy tomato sauce punched up with capers, olives, and a handful of cilantro.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Breakfast Sausage
Breakfast Sausage

Breakfast patties aren't just for the morning—this delectable pork-and-herb mixture is sweet, spicy, fresh, and meaty all at once, and your Memorial Day guests will love it.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs with Avocado, Tomato, Onion, Mayonnaise, and Potato Chips
Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs with Avocado, Tomato, Onion, Mayonnaise, and Potato Chips

These dogs aren't cooked on the grill, but it's worth the effort to set up a deep frying rig on Memorial Day. After trying these bacon-wrapped, deep-fried dogs topped with avocado, mayonnaise, potato chips, and more, nothing else will do.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Slaw Dogs with Mustard
Slaw Dogs with Mustard

This coleslaw is assertive—crunchy, acidic—but not aggressive, able to stand on its own without detracting from the dog. The final flourish is some mustard to help balance the creamy mayonnaise of the slaw.

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Homemade Merguez Sausage
Homemade Merguez Sausage

This North African sausage is rich with lamb flavor and has a nice kick thanks to cayenne and harissa.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Armadillo Eggs (Cheese-Stuffed, Sausage-Wrapped, Grilled Jalapeños)
Armadillo Eggs (Cheese-Stuffed, Sausage-Wrapped, Grilled Jalapeños)

Sure, sausage is great in the casing, but it's even better wrapped around cheese-stuffed jalapeño peppers. A regular jalapeño popper just isn't meaty enough for Memorial Day.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Grilled Chorizo Stuffed Poblano Peppers
Grilled Chorizo Stuffed Poblano Peppers

These stuffed poblanos build upon the meaty heat of fresh Mexican chorizo. The filling is a complex mixture that spreads across a gamut of flavors and textures: fresh, tangy, creamy, spicy, cheesy, and more.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Grilled Sausage and Ricotta Pizza Sandwich
Grilled Sausage and Ricotta Pizza Sandwich

Pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)—brushed with butter and sprinkled with a mixture of Parmesan cheese, dried oregano, and garlic powder—forms the base of these sandwiches. Off the grill, the bread is loaded with a grilled Italian sausage, ricotta, and tomato sauce.

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[Photograph: María del Mar Sacasa]