How to Cook Hot Dogs 8 Different Ways

My omnivorous family members were waiting patiently for my vegetarian brother to cook a package of beef hot dogs for us (he was currently chowing down on Beyond Brats). He asked, “What do I do with these?” and I chuckled at his ignorance.

But when my meat-eating, hot-dog-loving friend enquired about the same matter two days later, I came to the conclusion that: Doesn’t anyone actually know how to cook hot dogs?

First of all, because the majority of processed hot dogs are precooked, serving them cold, straight from the refrigerator in all their slick, rubbery glory is unlikely to cause food poisoning in your guests. (Reheating them, however, does guarantee that you’ll kill any possible lurking listeria. ) But you shouldn’t do that.

The perfect hot dog is heated until it is golden (or even charred) on the outside and nice and plump inside. However, you should be prepared for a fight if you inquire about how to properly prepare a hot dog. Few individuals concur on whether to grill, pan-fry, microwave, roast in the oven, or boil them. Additionally, you can prepare them into eerie little octopuses by spiralizing them. In the name of science, food writers have tried everything, but there is still no agreement.

Before cookout season arrives, you should become an expert at each straightforward technique for cooking dogs. See them below, ranked from our preferred to least preferred techniques.

Step Picking Makes Perfect

Of course, starting with the best—a Nathan’s—is the first step. Choose your favorite from our selection of succulent Nathan’s Famous hot dogs, including Original Skinless Beef Franks, Bun-Length Skinless Beef Franks, and more. They%E2%80%99re all 100% beef, with no artificial flavors and no by-products

Step Cook It!

There are countless ways to cook a dog, including pan frying, grilling, baking, and, dare we say it, even microwaving. But which method is the tastiest?

The good news is that you can enjoy a piping hot, mouthwatering Nathan’s hot dog regardless of how you prepare it. Choose your cooking technique, and we’ll provide our best advice from there.

Pan Frying on the Stove

The perfect amount of browning occurs when hot dogs are browned in a pan.

  • Add water to a skillet or frying pan. Cover the surface with half an inch of water.
  • Turn the heat on medium-high. Heat the pan until the water starts to boil off.
  • Gently add the hot dogs. With this technique, you’ll only want to cook a few at a time.
  • Steam them. Roll the hot dogs frequently to ensure even browning.

Famous Tip: Want a more decadent flavor? Swap out the water for a generous dab of butter or a few tablespoons of oil.

  • Serve. Use tongs or a fork to remove the hot dogs. Then enjoy!.

Famous Tip: For a rich and toasty bun to pair with your frank, try this trick.

Turn off the heat after removing the hot dogs from the pan, then dunk the buns in the accumulated juices. Let them simmer for about 45 seconds.

There is no other way to get the smoky, summery flavor that grilling gives your hot dog. Plus, no pots and pans to clean! Home run.

  • Turn on your grill. You want your grill’s one side to be hotter and the other side to be cooler. Put more coals on one side of your charcoal grill if you have one. If you own a gas grill, make the necessary knob adjustments.
  • To ensure that the hot dogs heat through without burning on the outside, cook them on the cooler side of the grill. You’re looking for that perfect brownish-red color.

Famous Tip: Lay the dogs at an angle for that beautiful, diagonal char mark that makes your mouth water.

  • Cook one minute on each side.
  • Place the hot dogs on the grill’s hot side. Move your hot dogs to the hot side of the grill if they haven’t already developed that mouthwatering, deep brown color, and keep rolling them until they do.
  • Serve. Take your hot dogs off the grill, customize them however you like, and then tuck in!

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy loved Nathan’s dogs, and served them at the White House. The only question is: did she grill, boil or roast?

Hot dogs can be browned just like they can on the grill by baking them instead of grilling them. In the dead of winter, the oven is the next best thing to a juicy, grilled hot dog!

  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Put your hot dogs in a pan or tray. If it has a rim for catching juices, you can use a baking tray, roasting pan, or casserole dish. Line the dish with foil for extra easy cleanup.
  • Cook for 15 minutes. Keep an eye on your dogs. When you notice them starting to brown and curl slightly, they are finished. Can’t you just hear the sizzle?.

If you like your dogs extra crispy, turn on the broiler.

  • Serve. Hot dogs should be topped after they are removed from the oven.

The ability to prepare a hot dog in the microwave in under a minute is its best feature.

  • Prep your frank. Alternatively, put the hot dog on a plate and wrap it in a paper towel before placing it in the microwave. As the hot dog cooks, moisture escapes from it, but the paper towel captures it, keeping it juicy.

If you’re cooking more than one, place them all on a plate side by side and cover them all with a paper towel. Just be certain to leave some space between them so they cook equally.

Famous Tip: It’s a myth that you need to fork your frank first. Actually, piercing it lets the delicious juices escape so your dog dries out.

  • Cook on high. Start at 40 or 50 seconds for one frank. For each additional, add about 20 seconds.
  • Check in. When the allotted time has passed, make sure they have fully warmed up. If not, give them another 30 seconds in the microwave and retest one. Repeat until your hot dog is cooked to perfection.
  • Carefully remove your frank. Just be cautious as you remove your hot dog because you’re so close. Trapped steam can burn.
  • Serve. Top it and take a bite!

Famous Tip: For a warm, fluffy bun, microwave it separately for 10 to 15 seconds.

We simply don’t advise boiling hot dogs if you’re looking for the best method. When Nathan Handwerker started it all in 1916, we didn’t, and we still don’t.

All of that distinctive flavor rushes out into the water when you boil a Nathan’s. And let’s face it, who wants to eat a hot dog that has been thinned out?

Step Top That

Go traditional with ketchup, mustard, and relish, or step it up with bold ingredients to make a BBQ Bacon Hot Dog or a Chili Cheese Hot Dog.

Get more ideas in our recipes section.

How Do You Cook It?

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How To Cook: Hot Dogs on the Stove | in a pan

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