These delicious Hawaiian hot dogs with grilled pineapple and teriyaki mayo are the perfect summer meal. They're sweet, smoky, and as spicy as you want them to be. They're also easy to make and ready in just 20 minutes!

If you love pineapple, also try our grilled Hawaiian chicken skewers, pineapple fried rice, or pineapple meatballs.

two Hawaiian Hot Dogs on a plate

Well, friends, these are not your average hot dogs. If you're wondering what Hawaiian hot dogs are, you're in for a flavorful treat!

These Hawaiian hot dogs are topped with sweet and smoky grilled pineapple and drizzled with teriyaki mayo. We sprinkle cayenne pepper onto the pineapple, so they're sweet, smoky, and spicy. It's all tucked into a lightly toasted bun for a delicious handheld Hawaiian-inspired meal.

These hot dogs get bonus points because they can easily be made vegan and gluten-free, which makes them perfect for picnics and gatherings. With so many alternatives nowadays, simply swap with vegan mayo, a meatless hot dog, and a gluten-free bun. You could even use a romaine lettuce leaf for a grain-free/low-carb meal! These hot dogs don't discriminate.

a Hawaiian Hot Dogs on a white plate

Here's what you'll need to make Hawaiian hot dogs

We keep these hot dogs pretty simple with just a few delicious toppings. This is everything you'll need to make them:

  • Pineapple – we like to use fresh, whole pineapple and slice it in big rounds for grilling.
  • Cooking oil – any neutral cooking oil will do; we like avocado for its high smoke point.
  • Cayenne pepper – optional, for that extra spicy punch.
  • Hot dogs – your favorite all-beef or meatless hot dog.
  • Hot dog buns – we use brioche hot dog buns but use your favorite or gluten-free if needed.
  • Red onions, jalapeño peppers, cilantro – thinly sliced for serving.

How to make Hawaiian hot dogs

Hawaiian hot dogs might look fancy but trust us, they only take a bit more work than a regular weiner on a bun. They're perfect for a summer BBQ party and while having fun in the sun.

  1. While your grill preheats, combine the teriyaki mayo ingredients together in a small bowl and mix well.
  2. Next, toss the pineapple slices with the oil and grill them until grill marks appear. Flip the slices, sprinkle with cayenne pepper (if you're using it), then remove the grilled pineapple from the grill.
  3. Now cook the hot dogs. Turn the heat down and grill the hot dogs until they're cooked through, turning a few times. This is a good time to lightly toast the buns on the grill.
  4. Assemble your Hawaiian hot dogs by layering the buns with the grilled dogs, slices of grilled pineapple, teriyaki mayo, and the other toppings.

Full recipe instructions are on the recipe card below.

a Hawaiian Hot Dog on a plate with pineapple

FAQS

Can I make the mayo ahead of time?

Yes, you can save time by making the teriyaki mayonnaise up to three days ahead. Store it in an air-tight container in the fridge.

Where do I buy teriyaki sauce?

You can find teriyaki sauce in the Asian aisle of most grocery stores. If you're avoiding gluten, make sure to choose a gluten-free teriyaki sauce.

Can I use canned pineapple?

While we love using fresh pineapple in this recipe, canned pineapple rings can be used in a pinch.

Love pineapple recipes? Try these

two Hawaiian Hot Dogs on a plate with hot dog toppings surrounding.

How to serve Hawaiian hot dogs

Hot dogs are the perfect summer food, and adding juicy pineapple makes them sweet and fun. Spend as much time as possible enjoying the sun, and serve these while lounging by the pool or on a patio. And why not pair them with fresh pineapple margaritas!

We love to serve them with a crunchy salad like our bacon kale caesar salad, Asian salad with sesame ginger dressing, or honey garlic corn on the cob.

Since half the fun of hot dogs is what you put on them, feel free to experiment with toppings and make them your own. Kids will love them, too. For gourmet hot dogs like these, we sometimes like to do a toppings bar so everyone gets to make their own!

And for a summery dessert, try this amaretto peach cobbler or this chocolate blackberry crumble.

Hawaiian Hot Dogs on a plate with a side of grilled pineapple
Hawaiian Hot Dogs on a plate with a side of grilled pineapple

Hawaiian Hot Dogs with Grilled Pineapple and Teriyaki Mayo

These delicious Hawaiian hot dogs with grilled pineapple and teriyaki mayo are the perfect summer meal. They're sweet, smoky, and as spicy as you want them to be. They're also easy to make and ready in just 20 minutes!

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Ingredients

  • ½ pineapple, peeled, cut in half, and then sliced
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • Optional: ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8 hot dogs, meat or veggie – your choice!
  • 8 brioche hot dog buns, gluten-free, if needed
  • Thinly sliced red onions, jalapeño peppers, cilantro, to serve

The teriyaki mayo

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise, can be light
  • 3 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
  • ½ tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 pinch sea salt

Instructions 

  • Preheat your grill to high and oil the grate. Combine all the teriyaki mayo ingredients together in a small bowl and mix well.
    ¼ cup mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons teriyaki sauce, ½ tablespoon lime juice, 1 pinch sea salt
  • Toss the pineapple slices with the oil then grill until grill marks appear, about 2 minutes. Flip the pineapple slices over, sprinkle with cayenne pepper (if you like it spicy), then remove the pineapple from the grill.
    ½ pineapple, 1 teaspoon cooking oil, Optional: ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Turn the grill down to medium-high and grill the hot dogs until they are cooked through, 7-10 minutes, turning a few times. Lightly toast the buns on the grill for about 1 minute.
    8 hot dogs, 8 brioche hot dog buns
  • Serve the hot dogs with slices of grilled pineapple, teriyaki mayo, and some or all of the toppings.
    Thinly sliced red onions, jalapeño peppers, cilantro
Serving: 1 hot dog, Calories: 285kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 837mg, Potassium: 200mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 39IU, Vitamin C: 28mg, Calcium: 94mg, Iron: 3mg
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