Sauerkraut Hot Dog Topping ~ 5 Minute Recipe ~ This Wife Cooks™ (2024)

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Sauerkraut Hot Dog Topping is a perfect addition to grilled plant-based sausages, veggie hot dogs, even carrot dogs!

5 simple ingredients and 5 minutes of cooking time are all you need for this quick and easy recipe.

Perfect for your 4th of July cookout or Oktoberfest celebration!

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I have been making this sauerkraut topping every 4th of July holiday for years and recently added it to my Oktoberfest menu collection of recipes.

My favorite way to serve this is on top of grilled vegan sausages in pretzel buns. There is just something about that distinct combination of flavors – sausage, pretzels, and sauerkraut – that I love.

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I like this recipe because the sauerkraut actually doesn’t have a strong sour taste to it. The bitterness so frequently associated with sauerkraut is reduced significantly by rinsing it thoroughly with water then draining well prior to cooking.

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Ingredients for Sauerkraut Hot Dog Topping

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You will need:

  • 16 ounces sauerkraut, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed

How to Make Sauerkraut Hot Dog Topping

STEP ONE: In a medium-size saucepan over low heat, stir together the sauerkraut, relish, brown sugar, yellow mustard, and fennel seed.

STEP TWO: Cook, stirring frequently for 5 minutes, or until heated through then serve.

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Quick Tip For Success

Do not skip rinsing the sauerkraut! This step is critical to the success of the recipe! Failure to thoroughly rinse the sauerkraut will result in a strong sour and acidic taste that some might find overpowering.

Drain the sauerkraut! This step is just as important as rinsing. You want the sauerkraut drained well, to the point that it is no longer dripping when you pick it up. Failure to adequately drain the sauerkraut will result in a mixture that has too much liquid and no one wants to eat a grilled veggie hot dog or sausage on wet bread.

FAQ

Can this be made in advance?

Yes! This sauerkraut topping can be made a day in advance and kept covered in the refrigerator. Reheat in the microwave or over low heat on the stovetop.

Storage

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Sauerkraut Hot Dog Topping

5 simple ingredients and 5 minutes of cooking time are all you need for this quick and easy recipe! Perfect for grilled veggie sausages or hot dogs!

5 from 16 votes

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Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: American, German

Keyword: condiments, vegan

Prep Time: 5 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes minutes

Servings: 6

Calories: 45kcal

Author: Holly Gray

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces sauerkraut rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed

Instructions

  • In a medium-size saucepan over low heat, stir together the sauerkraut, relish, brown sugar, yellow mustard, and fennel seed.

  • Cook, stirring frequently for 5 minutes, or until heated through then serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 612mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Ashley

    Sauerkraut Hot Dog Topping ~ 5 Minute Recipe ~ This Wife Cooks™ (10)
    Yummy!! I don’t eat much sauerkraut but this sounds perfect for a hot dog topping! 🙂

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    • thiswifecooks

      Yes! This is my go-to topping when we do veggie dogs as part of a cookout.

  2. Katie

    Sauerkraut Hot Dog Topping ~ 5 Minute Recipe ~ This Wife Cooks™ (11)
    The perfect hot dog topping! This is absolutely delicious!

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  3. nancy

    Sauerkraut Hot Dog Topping ~ 5 Minute Recipe ~ This Wife Cooks™ (12)
    what a great recipe for bbq parties

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  4. Matej @ CookWeWill.Com

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    I love sauerkraut and it goes really well with a hot dog! The fennel seeds give it an extra layer of flavor, I love it!

    Reply

    • thiswifecooks

      I agree! Thank you so much!

  5. Natalie

    Sauerkraut Hot Dog Topping ~ 5 Minute Recipe ~ This Wife Cooks™ (14)
    These hot dogs are a hit lately in our home. Kids loved it and keep asking when will I make it again, thank you for a lovely recipe!

    Reply

    • thiswifecooks

      Lol, I love it! Keep those kids happy! 🙂

  6. Gina

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    YUM! Wonderful way to top at dog!

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  7. Katie

    Sauerkraut Hot Dog Topping ~ 5 Minute Recipe ~ This Wife Cooks™ (16)
    I love sauerkraut, and this was fantastic! It tastes great on hot dogs, sandwiches, and burgers!

    Reply

  8. Nancy

    Sauerkraut Hot Dog Topping ~ 5 Minute Recipe ~ This Wife Cooks™ (17)
    Perfect hot top or burger topping I can make ahead. Everyone kept asking for more at our annual bbq party. Thanks

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  9. Big John CHA

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    This looks Super Bowl-perfect. If I can’t get fennel seed in time, I hope celery seed will work.

    Reply

    • thiswifecooks

      Great idea! I haven’t tried this with celery seed but it sounds good. Which did you go with?

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