how to cook hot dogs is not limited to boiling them. These 10 ways to cook hotdogs will help you serve the perfect hotdog every time.
I would say that a good quality, well-cooked hot dog is just as appetizing as any other main dish.
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Hotdogs are no longer a one-note food. With all the different types available, it makes sense to have so many ways to cook the perfect hot dog!
These 10 ways to cook hot dogs will give you many options and tips.
- types of hotdogs
- frequently asked questions
- best ways to cook hotdogs
- how to grill hotdogs
- how to cook hotdogs in the microwave
- steaming hotdogs
- how to cook hotdogs in a slow cooker/slow cooker (method for a crowd or a party)
- how to fry hotdogs in a pan (steaming)
- how to cook hotdogs in the oven (oven roast)
- how to grill hotdogs hot over a campfire (fire roast)
- how to boil hot dogs
- instant hot dogs
- air fryer hot dogs
types of hotdogs
hot dogs are traditionally prepared with beef and pork, however, they can also be prepared with chicken or turkey. some hot dogs are a mixture of meats.
The hot dog package must state what type of meat is in the hot dog. however, reading the ingredient label tells the whole story!
My personal preference is beef hot dogs for the flavor.
read the ingredient label
I also prefer a hot dog with ingredients I can understand. Fewer and better ingredients generally lead to better taste and quality (in my opinion).
One might wonder if hot dogs really can differ so much in taste and quality. The answer is a resounding yes, they can.
Like any other cut of meat, you generally get what you pay for.
Reading the ingredients is always crucial to make sure you’re buying something that will shine with flavor. the label will also list any additional ingredients, whether they are gluten-free, etc.
frequently asked questions
the best ways to cook hot dogs
Mythbusters: Do not pierce sausages with a fork before cooking!
Especially for grilling and steaming, there is a school of thought that is to pierce the sausages with a fork before cooking. this allows the vapor of the juices to be vented as they are being heated.
The goal is to prevent the hot dog box from exploding when cooking on high heat. mainly grilled or microwaved.
do not pierce the sausages! this allows the juices to run out and the sausage to dry out and have less flavor.
The cooking methods I share here are successful without piercing the hot dog.
how to grill hotdogs
grilling hot dogs adds great flavor and those grill marks we love! exploding sausages can be avoided by grilling the indirect method.
only half of the grill has heat for the indirect method. the sausages are placed on the non-heating area of the grill directly below.
for a gas grill. Heats an outside burner but grills the sausages in the area right next to it without direct heat underneath.
for a charcoal grill. move hot charcoal to one side of grill. this can be done manually or by using an insert for your grill. grill sausages on opposite side without coals.
- place sausages on prepared grill not over heat source.
- want some grill marks? place at an angle to racks for beautiful grill marks.
- grill hot dogs about 1 minute per side to heat through. Flip them over with heat resistant tongs.
- want the outside of your sausages crispy? put them on the direct heat side of the grill for a few seconds. look carefully to make sure you don’t burn or burst the box.
how to heat hotdogs in the microwave
This is probably the fastest way to reheat a hot dog. this method allows the sausages to be steamed under a paper towel so they quickly heat through.
for a single hot dog. wrap hot dog in paper towel and cook on High (100%) for 45 seconds. check and if you want more heat, cook in 15 second increments until done.
for multiple hotdogs. Place desired number of hotdogs on microwave-safe plate and cover with paper towel. cook on 100% or high for:
- 40 seconds for the first hot dog and
- 20 seconds for each additional hot dog that is cooked.
example: for 4 hotdogs the time would be 40+20+20+20 seconds= 1 minute and 40 seconds. Since microwaves vary, always check to make sure the sausages are done.
steamed hot dogs
Steamed sausages are an alternative to boiling. reheats them completely but adds no more flavor than grilling or pan-frying.
- In a steamer pot, or using a steamer basket inserted into a pot, add a couple of inches of water. keep the steam insert/basket above the surface of the water. bring to a boil.
- add the sausages to the steamer. cook until internal temperature reaches at least 140 degrees (approximately 5 minute cook time). can be easily measured with an instant read thermometer)..
how to cook hotdogs in a slow cooker or crock pot (method for a crowd or a party)
This method of how to cook hot dogs is practical for a crowd. it’s great for:
- a gathering where lots of hotdogs are needed
- for a self-service buffet that allows guests to serve themselves over a period of time (think watching a football game football)
- or tailgating if you have the energy to plug in the slow cooker
can heat a large number of hotdogs. up to 48 for a 4-quart slow cooker and 60 for a larger 6-quart slow cooker.
There is a key to the success of this method: do not add water.
The hotdogs will vaporize in the heat and release moisture as they heat up.
adding water can cause the casings to split and release tasty juices.
- add the desired number of hot dogs to your slow cooker. if possible, place them upright so they heat evenly. note: “extra long” sausages will not be able to stand upright. if placed horizontally, turn once or twice during cooking for even heating.
- heat on high for 2 hours or on low for 4 hours
how to fry hotdogs in a pan (steamed)
This method is a combination. the sausages are steamed and then browned in the pan when the water evaporates.
very similar to how dumplings are cooked. the advantage is that the hot dog is heated but it also has a good crisp on the outside.
- In a large skillet, add 1 inch of water and heat over medium-high heat.
- When the water boils, add a few sausages leaving plenty of room in the skillet.
- Using heat-resistant tongs, roll up sausages so they brown on all sides.
Alternatively, the butter can be melted in the pan and the sausages can be browned until very hot.
how to cook hotdogs in the oven (oven roast)
Roasting hotdogs in the oven is a wonderful way to develop a great flavor similar to grilling them.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet or baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Add sausages to prepared pan . bbake for 10-15 minutes until the sausages begin to sizzle.
- to crisp up the outside place sausages under the broiler for a few seconds after baking.
how to grill hotdogs over a campfire (fire roast)
Cooking outdoors when picnicking or camping is a big part of the fun. How to cook hot dogs over a campfire is one of the simplest methods out there.
I recommend using a telescoping roasting fork. They are designed to cook marshmallows or hot dogs over the fire and are resistant.
the telescopic function ensures that you can place the sausages on the fire but keep a safe distance. they can usually grill 2 hotdogs at a time.
The other option for a larger number of hotdogs is to use a roasting basket designed for hotdogs and sausages. several hotdogs can be grilled at the same time.
Note: Roasting baskets typically do not have telescoping handles. If used over an open fire, grilling gloves are recommended as the handle heats up.
- build a fire and let the embers turn orange
- insert the sausage lengthwise into the kitchen fork (or a sharp green stick 3-4 feet long if you’re backpacking)
- turn sausage constantly over heat until heated through; approximately 2-4 minutes.
how to boil hotdogs
boiling works well for heating sausage. however, it can drain some of the flavor and leave a doughy consistency.
That said, hot dogs can be boiled in liquids other than water for added flavor. boiling in beer, or with herbs in the water (such as garlic), can enhance the flavor by compensating for the flavor dilution of boiling.
- select a saucepan large enough to accommodate the number of hot dogs you wish to boil with room.
- fill saucepan with water and bring to a boil.
- add the sausages and boil for 6 minutes. drainage.
want to brown the outside of your boiled sausage? fry quickly in oil or butter to brown the outer surface and add more flavor.
instant hot dogs
The Instant Pot provides another way to quickly cook hot dogs in bulk. you can cook 20 to 30 hotdogs with a cooking time of 1 minute.
It takes about 15 minutes for the pressure to build, so less than 20 minutes for a large batch of hot dogs.
In a 6-quart Instant Pot, use 1 cup water or 1 cup beer or 1/2 cup each water and beer.
For more details, check out this post on how to cook instant pot hot dogs.
air fryer hot dogs
If you’ve jumped on the air fryer bandwagon, you’ll probably love this post on how to cook hotdogs in an air fryer!
Originally published: June 19, 2018