Mar 18, 2021

How To Cook Hot Dogs

Ask 3 different people and you'll most likely get 3 different answers about How To Cook Hot Dogs, but no matter how you cook 'em, that first bite of summer always tastes the best.

In this article you will learn how to cook hot dogs five different ways. You will learn how to pan fry hot dogs, grill hot dogs, oven roast hot dogs, air fry hot dogs, and microwave hot dogs.

Hot Dogs

We don't typically indulge in hot dogs, but I have to admit it is hard to pass up a deliciously grilled hot dog in the summer or a crispy pan fried hot dog on a lightly toasted bun.
How To Cook Hot Dogs | by Life Tastes Good Hot Dogs are a summer tradition whether you grill them, boil them like the ballparks, or cook them in a skillet, hot dogs are an American classic food we love to eat. #LTG recipes #SundaySupper I know there is a lot of debate over hot dogs and what goes into them, but if you buy all natural, uncured hot dogs you won't get all of those unwanted nitrites. That's a good thing and makes me feel better about indulging every so often.

I'm sure many would be willing to debate the BEST way to cook hot dogs, but I say the BEST way is the way YOU like them, so I'm going to show you how to cook hot dogs in a pan on the stove (my personal favorite), on a grill, in the oven, in the air fryer, and in the microwave.

I like hot dogs cooked in a variety of ways, but I think the BEST way to cook hot dogs is in a pan on the stove. Cooking hot dogs in a pan on the stove is quick and easy and makes a crisp hot dog with lots of flavor. Bonus - it doesn't involve standing over hot coals in the FL heat or heating up a big pot of water.

How To Buy the Best Hot Dogs

When buying hot dogs you want to get the best quality hot dogs you can afford with the following qualities:
  • Uncured hot dogs are best as they don't have added nitrates or nitrites, so they are a healthier choice
  • Natural casing hot dogs give you that satisfying 'snap'
  • 100% all beef hot dogs
Brands I like are Thumann's, Boars Head, Applegate Farms, Nathan's, and Sabrett. Some of these brands can be difficult to find in your local grocery store, but I usually have no problem finding Boars Head uncured, natural casing, all beef hot dogs.

How To Cook Hot Dogs | by Life Tastes Good Hot Dogs are a summer tradition whether you grill them, boil them like the ballparks, or cook them in a skillet, hot dogs are an American classic food we love to eat. #LTG recipes #SundaySupper

How To Cook Hot Dogs in a Pan - Pan Fry Hot Dogs

Pan frying hot dogs is my favorite way to cook hot dogs. If you want to cook hot dogs on the stove, this is the preferred method. I don't recommend boiling hot dogs ever. Boiling takes the flavor out of the hot dog and waters them down.
  1. Heat a skillet over mid-high heat, and add just enough water to cover the bottom of the skillet.
  2. Carefully place hot dogs in the skillet and allow them to cook until the water is evaporated. Roll them around a little during this time.
  3. Once all the water evaporates, add a pat of butter and cook the hot dogs a little longer to brown the hot dogs.

How to Cook Hot Dogs on the Grill

It is hard to pass up a deliciously grilled hot dog in the summer. Grilling gives your hot dog a smoky flavor with a great snap you just can’t get any other way.
  1. Heat up the grill with two zones - a hot zone and a cool zone. For a charcoal grill be sure to stack all the coals on one side to create a hot zone and a cool zone. For a gas grill you'll adjust the knobs to control the temperature on each side of the grill with one side hotter than the other.
  2. Place the hot dogs on the hot side of the grill perpendicular to the grate to get those wonderful grill marks. This also allows them to roll easier to keep them moving. Watch them closely as they will burn quickly.
  3. When the hot dogs are nicely browned with beautiful grill marks, move them over to the cool side of the grill to finish heating. Hot dogs are fully cooked straight out of the package, so the objective is to ensure the hot dogs are heated through. This will take about five to seven minutes depending on the size of the hot dogs.

How to Cook Hot Dogs in the Oven

It doesn't get much easier than cooking hot dogs in the oven. If it's too cold outside to grill, oven roasting hot dogs is the way to go!
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place your hot dogs on a rack that is placed inside a baking sheet. Line the baking sheet with foil for extra easy cleanup.
  3. Cook the hot dogs in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until heated thoroughly. Be sure to keep an eye on them to avoid burning. They're done when browned to your liking. You can turn on the broiler at the end if you like them extra crispy. Remember when broiling to keep the oven door ajar and watch them closely to avoid burning.

How to Air Fry Hot Dogs

I love cooking hot dogs in the air fryer. They come out hot, crispy, and delicious in no time with almost no effort!
  1. Place hot dogs into the Air Fryer basket. Be sure you don't crowd them. They need space between each dog so the air can circulate and cook them evenly.
  2. Air fry for 5 minutes at 400 degrees F.
  3. Carefully remove the hot dogs from the air fryer and place each hot dog into a bun. If you want toasted buns, place the hot dog and bun back into the air fryer and cook until desired toastiness - about 1-2 minutes.

How to Microwave Hot Dogs

I don't normally microwave hot dogs anymore, but if you're in a time crunch, this is the fastest way to get the hot dogs in your belly!
  1. Place the hot dogs on a microwave safe plate and cover with a paper towel. The paper towel traps the moisture that escapes from the hot dog as it cooks, keeping your microwave clean and the hot dog hot and juicy.
  2. Microwave on high until heated through, about a minute for one hot dog. Add 20-30 seconds for each additional hot dog on the plate. If not heated through, microwave another 30 seconds at a time as needed to heat the hot dogs to your liking.
  3. Keep in mind, microwave oven power varies, so you'll likely have to play around with the microwave time to heat the hot dogs to your liking.
  4. Carefully remove the paper towel as it is likely to release hot steam.

Toppings for Hot Dogs

Toppings for hot dogs are a very personal choice. Even more so than how to cook hot dogs. We like our traditional backyard summertime hot dog loaded with Homemade Bread and Butter Pickles, diced onions, tomatoes, ketchup, & mustard.
How To Cook Hot Dogs | by Life Tastes Good Hot Dogs are a summer tradition whether you grill them, boil them like the ballparks, or cook them in a skillet, hot dogs are an American classic food we love to eat. #LTG recipes #SundaySupper
However, when we're feeling really special, we go all out and enjoy one of my fancy gourmet hot dogs. There's really no wrong way to enjoy hot dogs, so why not give them all a try and decide for yourself!

Our Best Hot Dogs

Don really loves the Banh Mi Hot Dogs. Inspired by the Banh Mi Vietnamese sandwich, this recipe takes the humble hot dog to a whole new level of gourmet deliciousness!
Banh Mi Hot Dogs | by Life Tastes Good
When we have a little extra time to caramelize some onions, my French Onion Hot Dogs are just like the ever popular French Onion Soup, but in a handy bun and extra delicious because it's a hot dog!!
French Onion Hot Dogs | by Life Tastes Good
It's very difficult to choose a favorite, but I think my Jalapeno Popper Hot Dogs are winning that race right now. I do, however, reserve the right to change my mind.
Jalapeno Popper Hot Dogs | by Life Tastes Good
Last, but certainly not least, is the classic Coney Island Hot Dog. Topped with a meat relish, onions, and plenty of yellow mustard. They remind me of a chili dog, but no beans! These hot dogs are loaded and tasty!
Coney Island Hot Dogs | by Life Tastes Good
How to cook hot dogs
Main dish
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Yield: 4
Author: Life Tastes Good
How To Cook Hot Dogs

How To Cook Hot Dogs

Learn how to how to cook hot dogs different ways - pan fry hot dogs, grilled hot dogs, oven roasted hot dogs, and microwave hot dogs
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 15 Min

Ingredients

How to Pan Fry Hot Dogs
  • 4 Natural, uncured hot dogs
  • water
  • 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
  • 4 hot dog buns

Instructions

How To Pan Fry Hot Dogs
  1. In a skillet over mid-high heat, add enough water to cover the bottom of the skillet. Carefully place hot dogs in the skillet and allow them to cook until the water is evaporated. Roll them around a little during this time.
  2. Once all the water evaporates, add a tablespoon of butter and cook the hot dogs a little longer to get a nice sear on them
  3. Lightly toast the buns while the hot dogs are cooking. Serve topped with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
How to Cook Hot Dogs on the Grill
  1. Heat up the grill with two zones - a hot zone and a cool zone. For a charcoal grill be sure to stack all the coals on one side to create a hot zone and a cool zone. For a gas grill you'll adjust the knobs to control the temperature on each side of the grill with one side hotter than the other.
  2. Place the hot dogs on the hot side of the grill perpendicular to the grate to get those wonderful grill marks. This also allows them to roll easier to keep them moving. Watch them closely as they will burn quickly.
  3. When the hot dogs are nicely browned with beautiful grill marks, move them over to the cool side of the grill to finish heating. Hot dogs are fully cooked straight out of the package, so the objective is to ensure the hot dogs are heated through. This will take about five to seven minutes depending on the size of the hot dogs.
How To Cook Hot Dogs in the Oven
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place your hot dogs on a rack that is placed inside a baking sheet. Line the baking sheet with foil for extra easy cleanup.
  3. Cook the hot dogs in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until heated thoroughly. Be sure to keep an eye on them to avoid burning. They're done when browned to your liking. You can turn on the broiler to if you like them extra crispy. Remember when broiling to keep the oven door ajar and watch them closely to avoid burning.
How to Air Fry Hot Dogs
  1. Place hot dogs into the Air Fryer basket. Be sure you don't crowd them. They need space between each dog so the air can circulate and cook them evenly.
  2. Air fry for 5 minutes at 400 degrees F.
  3. Carefully remove the hot dogs from the air fryer and place each hot dog into a bun. If you want toasted buns, place the hot dog and bun back into the air fryer and cook until desired toastiness - about 1-2 minutes.
How to Microwave Hot Dogs
  1. Place the hot dogs on a microwave safe plate and cover with a paper towel. The paper towel traps the moisture that escapes from the hot dog as it cooks, keeping your microwave clean and the hot dog hot and juicy.
  2. Microwave on high until heated through, about a minute for one hot dog. Add 20-30 seconds for each additional hot dog on the plate. If not heated through, microwave another 30 seconds at a time as needed to heat the hot dogs to your liking.
  3. Keep in mind, microwave oven power varies, so you'll likely have to play around with the microwave time to heat the hot dogs to your liking.
  4. Carefully remove the paper towel as it is likely to release hot steam.

Notes:

Uncured hot dogs are best as they don't have added nitrates or nitrites, so they are a healthier choice

Natural casing hot dogs give you that satisfying 'snap'

100% all beef hot dogs have the best flavor (imo)

Hot dog brands I like are Thumann's, Boars Head, Applegate Farms, Nathan's, and Sabrett. Some of these brands can be difficult to find in your local grocery store, but I usually have no problem finding Boars Head uncured, natural casing, all beef hot dogs in the deli section of my local grocery store

Calories

325.08

Fat (grams)

19.00

Sat. Fat (grams)

7.79

Carbs (grams)

27.34

Fiber (grams)

0.94

Net carbs

26.41

Sugar (grams)

4.40

Protein (grams)

10.72

Sodium (milligrams)

668.60

Cholesterol (grams)

35.47

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18 comments:

  1. Now I'm craving a dog!!! I love mine grilled---needs to have those dark spots from the fire :)

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    1. I love them grilled too and we usually do that in the cooler months down here ;)

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  2. omg! Your post should not be titled how to cook them, it should be titled how to dress them! Your hot dogs look amazing!

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    1. haha too funny, Nicole. Thanks! We do love our hot dogs ;)

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  3. Glad I'm not the only one that pan fries hot dogs or brats! :D

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    1. YAY!! I'm not alone!! I love how easy it is and, seriously, they taste awesome!

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  4. What a great post! It's so complete. All your pics with the variety of fixings really satisfy. And I couldn't agree more when you say there's something about the first bite.

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  5. I've never been a big hot dog fan (too many summers working the local pool snack bar, which was permeated with the smell of hot dogs), but my family loves them -- thanks for the tips! Thanks for participating today!

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    1. Thanks for being such an amazing host, Coleen! You rock :)

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  6. We have several hot dog chains in the valley and each claim to be king. I guess hot dogs are still big around here! Probably since you can get them anyway you want! lol

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    1. Getting them anyway you want is definitely a plus! We don't have too many hot dog places around here. There's one on the beach, but that's about it.

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  7. Love this! Great collection of recipes too!

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  8. Now here is a post with valuable info... thank you! :-)

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    1. Thank you, Ted. I agree! Knowing how to cook up a dog without a microwave is an essential life skill ;) Now go make a hot dog and top it like there's no tomorrow.

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  9. We eat a lot of hot dogs around here during the summer months. I like the natural casing franks that crunch when you bite into them.

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