Hawaiian Hot Dogs with Mango Salsa

Today is all about the dogs. Hawaiian Hot Dogs with Mango Salsa, that is, with zippy Pineapple Mustard. It’s fun on a bun!

Hawaiian Hot Dogs with Mango Salsa

Summertime is a great time to “Go Hawaiian.” Even if you can’t jump on a plane and head to the islands, you can still have Hawaiian-style fun in your own backyard.

When you think of Hawaii, maybe hot dogs aren’t the first thing that come to mind. But I assure you, they are quite popular in the Land of Aloha. …With added Hawaiian flair.

Hawaiian Hot Dogs with Mango Salsa


Every time we’ve made the long haul to paradise, we hop off the plane and head straight to Puka Dog. Loaded with spicy condiments and fruity concoctions, Puka Dog’s hot dog recipes are a stroke of genius.

Hawaiian Hot Dogs with Mango Salsa and Pineapple Mustard

It’s been months since our last trip to Kauai, and I’ve been hurtin‘ for a Puka Dog, so today I decided to make my own.

You won’t see this Hawaiian Hot Dogs with Mango Salsa on any menu, but  it is inspired by the Hawaiian method of piling tropical flavors on the dog.

Hawaiian Style Hot Dogs with Mango Salsa and Pineapple Mustard

I grilled my buns and polish sausage links, then made a fresh spicy mango salsa and Hawaiian-style sweet pineapple mustard for the top.

Layer fresh sliced avocado over these puppies and you have a meal fit for King Kamehameha!

Awesome Hawaiian Hot Dogs with Mango Salsa and Pineapple Mustard

This Hawaiian Hot Dogs with Mango Salsa would make a great addition to your 4th of July table, along with:

Hawaiian Ahi Poke

Date with Fate Smoothies

Pineapple Sugarcane Spa Water

Pina Colada Cupcakes with Fresh Kiwi Frosting


Pasta with Peas, Smoked Almonds and Dill

Summer Squash and Blistered Tomatoes

White Bean and Edamame Salad with Smoky Vinaigrette

Homemade Chocolate Dipped Cones

Have a happy and SAFE Independence Day!


Yield: 8

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Hawaiian Hot Dogs with Mango Salsa


For the Hot Dogs:

  • 8 polish sausage links
  • 8 hotdog buns
  • 2 ripe avocados, sliced

For the Mango Salsa:

  • 1 large ripe mango, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 a small red onion, diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 serrano chile, seeded and minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

For the Pineapple Mustard:

  • 2/3 cup chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 cup dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 small garlic clove


  1. Preheat the grill to high heat. Diced and combine all the ingredients for the Mango salsa, Toss and set aside.
  2. In the food processor, puree the pineapple chunks, garlic, dijon mustard, and honey until smooth.
  3. Open the buns and grill face-down for 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  4. Grill the sausages for 5-8 minutes, rotating for even char marks.
  5. Place the sausages on the buns and top with mango salsa, pineapple mustard and fresh sliced avocado.

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38 Responses to “Hawaiian Hot Dogs with Mango Salsa”

  1. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — June 27, 2012 @ 7:31 am

    I’m completely jealous of your Hawaiian vacations. I dream of going there someday, it’s just SO far away for us being on the east coast. These hot dogs are something else! Really fun. I bet my husband would love this.


  2. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — June 27, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    Gorgeous photos, Sommer!


  3. #
    Maria — June 27, 2012 @ 7:56 am

    What a fun twist on the old hot dog!


  4. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — June 27, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    Must make that salsa, stat!


  5. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — June 27, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    I could eat that salsa all by itself… but this hot dog looks pretty amazing.


  6. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — June 27, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    puka dog is like the one place we didn’t go to when we were in kauai and now i’m totally kicking myself! i looooooooove hot dogs, especially the fancy ones :)


  7. #
    Cookin' Canuck — June 27, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    Okay, now that’s how I want to eat hot dogs. Love your styling in these photos, Sommer!


  8. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — June 27, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

    How creative! I love the Hawaiian Hot Dog! Beats traditional ketchup and mustard. I have to try your recipe this coming weekend.


  9. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — June 27, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

    This really is fun on a bun! I LOVE hot dogs and sausages (even if I wish I didn’t sometimes) and never thought to put salsa on my dog – this is brilliant! Mango salsa is definitely my go-to for homemade salsas, so this is just perfect. And the avocado..mmmm…dreamy! I also love that you present this yummy dog with a newspaper, that way I can catch up on news while I’m cramming the delicious dog in my mouth ;)


  10. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — June 27, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    I love the idea of pineapple mustard!


  11. #
    Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet — June 27, 2012 @ 8:51 pm

    Beautiful and delicious as always! Gorgeous combination :)

    Hugs <3


  12. #
    Christina Tong — June 27, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

    Yummy! Love your Fresh Mango Salsa and Pineapple Mustard.


  13. #
    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — June 27, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

    I never in a million years would have thought to put Hawaiian flavors on a bun, but it sounds unbelievably good! SO clever!


  14. #
    Belinda @zomppa — June 27, 2012 @ 10:29 pm

    Love this! Almost don’t need the actual hot dog, the rest is so good.


  15. #
    Joy — June 27, 2012 @ 11:03 pm

    Ohhh I never would think of topping it with the mango salsa.


  16. #
    Aggie — June 28, 2012 @ 7:25 am

    Ok seriously out of this world!!!!! I want this for breakfast.


  17. #
    Heather @girlichef — June 28, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    I love all styles of dressed-up dogs…and this one doesn’t look like it would disappoint. So vibrant!


  18. #
    shannon — June 28, 2012 @ 8:27 am


    this is one of the most amazing things i’ve seen. i want it.


  19. #
    Russell at Chasing Delicious — June 29, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

    And suddenly I’m craving a hot dog. And by hot dog I mean this delicious monster!


  20. #
    Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry — June 30, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    I am really wanting a hot dog right now. That looks so good!


  21. #
    Stephanie — July 20, 2012 @ 10:57 pm

    Okay, I am skeptical of this – I love mustard and polish sausage and pineapple, but I don’t usually like sweet stuff with my savory stuff and I’ve never cared for mango. HOWEVER, I am going to challenge myself and make this…and when I do, I will come back and tell you what I thought. :) Looks like a great recipe whether it’s my taste or not, regardless. Nice blog.


  22. #
    Elizabeth — September 9, 2013 @ 6:55 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I have been craving Puka Dog as well!!!


  23. #
    Karen K — September 20, 2014 @ 6:23 pm

    You left out the honey in your directions. One whole tablespoon, correct? Must be a pretty sweet mustard. Whole thing sounds awesome! LOVE avocados on a hot dog. Summer in So Calif lasts until end of Oct, so I’ve got plenty more days to make this :). Thank you.


    • Sommer — September 21st, 2014 @ 7:44 am

      Thank you, fixed! Yes it is a sweet mustard, but really good!


  24. #
    Sarah Kalani — February 16, 2015 @ 3:36 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious, can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.



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