Hot Dogs on a Grill

Hot Dogs on a Grill and More Ways to Cook

Based from 3 hot dog restaurants experiences, this Hot Dogs on a Grill and More Ways is easy for grill or stove and more. It has many ways of cooking hot dogs.

Introduction of Hot Dogs on a Grill and More

While there are those that might be surprised to see actual recipes for how to grill or cook a hot dog, there are a lot of people that are either just beginning to grill and cook hot dogs or others who are wanting to learn more about grilling, cooking, and preparing hot dogs in different ways.

Also, there are a lot of big and little tips that are here to save you time, steps, and improve your hot dogs quality. And, I’ll also include some tips of cooking hot dogs in your kitchen (off the grill) if you keep reading. You’ll be quite surprised by some of them!

We’ll start with Hot Dogs on the BBQ Grill Recipe.

For any kind of grill, this is a hot dogs on a Grill Recipe. Combined with the blog article, there are many tips for both beginners and experienced grillers for saving time and steps and on improving the quality of the grilled hot dog. This recipe also serves a reminder for different kinds of toppings and condiments that serve well for a grilled hot dog.
Also, read the blog article for learning more ways on how to cook hot dogs.
Hot Dogs on grill RECIPE Main

Grilled hot dog with mustard -1
Grilled hot dog with mustard

Hot Dogs on grill RECIPE Main

Hot Dogs on the BBQ Grill Recipe

Jeff Baygents
For any kind of grill, this is a hot dogs on a Grill Recipe. Combined with the blog article, there are many tips for both beginners and experienced grillers for saving time and steps and on improving the quality of the grilled hot dog. This recipe also serves a reminder for different kinds of toppings and condiments that serve well for a grilled hot dog.
Also, read the blog article for learning more ways on how to cook hot dogs.
5 from 1 vote
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Servings 4 servings
Calories 244kcal


Sandwich Key Items

  • 4 servings hot dogs or franks or weiners
  • 4 servings hot dog buns
  • 4 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 4 tsp ketchup

Hot Dogs Toppings (in order of popularity)

  • 4 tsp sweet pickle relish
  • 4 tsp sweet onions diced fine
  • 2 slices American cheese or shredded Cheddar
  • 8 tbsp Chili

Less Common Optional Condiments and Hot Dogs Toppings

  • 4 tbsp barbecue sauce
  • 4 tsp mayo
  • 12 slices dill pickle slices
  • 16 slices jalapeno
  • 8 drops hot sauce


  • Start to preheat the grill. Prepare any toppings and condiments and place covered in fridge.
  • When grill is preheated to medium high heat (375-500°F), add the hot dogs to the grill on direct heat. Using tongs (or other long handled utensil), turn each dog (by rolling) about once every minute. Change the frequency of turning to prevent extreme burning. If grill is too hot for cooking dogs for 5 to 10 minutes, move them to side (not over direct heat but still on grill) and cover lid to grill to finish cooking them. Check them for desired doneness in about 5 minutes. If still not ready, turn them over and cook an additional 3-5 minutes with lid closed.
  • Remove dogs from grill when ready for serving. Pull out condiments and toppings from fridge. Optionally, warm the hot dog buns.


The nutritional values are based on the “Sandwich Key Items” per hot dog sandwich.


Hot Dogs How to Cook on a Grill

Here are some expanded details regarding the Hot Dogs on a BBQ Grill Recipe.

  • Start to preheat the grill.
  • While grill is preheating, prepare all the desired toppings and condiments you’re wanting to have available and place them covered in the fridge.
  • When grill is preheated to medium high heat (375-500°F), bring the hot dogs, the long-handled turning utensil, and what you’re going to use for putting them on when they’re done grilling.
  • Add the hot dogs to the grill on direct heat. Use tongs (or other long handled utensil) to turn each dog about once every minute. I usually will roll each hot dog over 2 rods for representing a turn. Because of heat and grill differences, increase or decrease the frequency of turning to prevent extreme burning. It is desired to have a small amount of black areas or stripes. Too much blackened areas can impact the flavor to go from charbroiled to charred to burnt. People have a varied level of acceptance on this for their individual grilled hot dogs. It’s just something to be aware of.
  • Grilling hot dogs require mostly routine to nearly constant attention. To get thoroughly hot in the center, it takes about 5 to 10 minutes on a reasonably medium-hot grill. If the grill is too hot for this amount of time and would burn the dogs, just move them to the side. Or, if you’re using a gas or electric grill, just cut down on the temperature. You can finish the desired cook time on indirect heat (not over direct heat but still on grill) and close the grill lid (like your baking). Then, just check them for doneness in about 5 minutes. If still not looking done enough for you, turn them once and cook an additional 3-5 minutes with lid closed. You can always opt to put them back on direct heat to finish them out if you want.
  • Remove dogs from grill when ready and put them on something for serving. This can be a regular dinner plate, a platter, or even a bowl or baking sheet with sides.
  • Pull out condiments and toppings for serving, as needed.
  • Optionally, warm the hot dog buns (removed from plastic bag) in microwave by wrapping them (as a bundle of 4) in 2 connected, full sheets of paper towels for about 20-30 seconds.

How long to cook hot dogs on a grill

They usually take about 5 to 10 minutes, depending on their size. If it’s the larger, thicker hot dogs like quarter pounders, it takes about 1/3 longer time. It also depends on how hot the grill is. You can optionally cook them on the grill on only indirect heat on a charcoal grill, for example. Just put them on the preheated grill on the side, so they’re not directly over any coals. Or, you can put them on the warming shelf, if your grill has that. Then you put the lid on and check them every 5 minutes until done. On my grill, they take about 10-15 minutes using this method but I have to shut some of the vents a little bit partially closed to keep the coals from building up the interior temp too high.

FAQ on Grilled Hot Dogs

Can you grill hot dogs?

Yes. And here are some of the most popular ways. You can grill them in a skillet or fry pan on a stovetop burner on medium to medium-high heat while frequently turning them for about 5 minutes. You can grill them on an electric grill in a similar fashion. Probably the most popular method is on an outdoors grill with a heat source such as charcoal, gas, pellets, wood, and electric. The recipe in this blog article addresses how to cook hot dogs using an outdoor grill.

How long do you grill hot dogs on charcoal?

Usually similar times for any kind of grill but, because charcoal has less heat control, hot dogs will often cook faster with a lot more attention required.

Grilling Hot Dogs on Charcoal
Grilling Hot Dogs on Charcoal

The time for how long to grill hot dogs on charcoal grills is about 8 minutes.

How long to grill hot dogs on gas grill

The time for how long to grill hot dogs on gas grills is much easier to rapidly lower or raise the temperature so it can easily vary anywhere between 5 to 10 minutes.

How long to grill hot dogs on electric grill

The temperature control for electric grills is still manageable but it’s much slower to respond than gas grills. People tend to cook hot dogs more “mildly” with a less hot temperature, so the time tends to be closer to 10 minutes.

How to tell when hot dogs are done on the grill

Technically, hot dogs are already cooked and you’re just heating them up on the grill. So, their doneness is a combination of these things:

  • Getting hot enough in the center
  • Grilling long enough to acquire the smoky, grilled flavor you like
  • Obtaining the desired grilled appearance on the hot dogs
  • The level of “stripes” and its associated charring appeal and texture it provides
Hot dogs ready for removal for being done
Hot dogs ready for removal for being done

Most generally, they’re ready when they just start to split or tear, usually on the ends first. However, there are times when a dog will split wide open in the center, almost as if it exploded. You may have a small number of them that will be splitting wide open and that’s okay. If you have all of them doing that, they’re cooking a bit too long. If they only just start to expand on the ends or just begin to split down the middle, that’s how to tell when hotdogs are done on the grill.

How can you grill the perfect hot dog?

There are those who desire very little charring or striping, if any, on the grilled hot dog. To get closer to achieving this, you’ll need to keep the grilling temperature down between 250-300°F. This will take longer to grill as it needs 10-15 minutes usually. However, some say that the all beef hot dogs do better at this temperature.

hot dogs with relish onions mustard
Hot Dogs with relish onions mustard

Recipes for Hot Dogs How to Cook

There are the classic ways of cooking hot dogs in a kitchen. They involve grilling, broiling, boiling, frying, open fire, etc. Here’s some of them.

How to Grill Hot Dogs on the Stove

You can get grilled dogs directly in the kitchen on the stovetop burner in a skillet or other frying pan. Just preheat the pan to a medium heat first. Then, add the dogs and roll to turn them to different sides about every 1-2 minutes. They take about 8 minutes to be ready.

How to Grill Hot Dogs in the Oven

You can have grilled dogs from the oven. Just preheat it to 400°F. Put the hot dogs in either an open casserole dish or a baking sheet that has sides on it. It usually takes about 10-15 minutes.

Broiling Hot Dogs Oven

Preheat your oven’s broiler to 450-500°F. Place your broiler pan on the middle shelf, or about 12-inches below the broiler elements, and let it preheat also for about 1-2 minutes. Place the hot dogs on the broiler pan and broil for about 1-2 minutes and turn as needed to broil to the desired appearance and “doneness”.

Broiled Bacon Cheese Hot Dogs Oven

An optional recipe of broiling is to cut a slit down the center of each hot dog, stuff with pieces of American cheese, and wrap a raw bacon slice around the body of the dog, and secure each end with a toothpick. Broil in the similar manner as described above but it will take a little longer to ensure the bacon gets cooked appropriately throughout the repeated turns of the dogs. The bacon tends to contain the cheese a bit; however, there is some seepage and burning of cheese spillage during this cooking process and is to be expected. You can also perform this same grilling recipe on an outdoor grill. When bacon is done, remove the dogs and toothpicks, and present for serving on a bun with the bacon remaining wrapped around it with the cheese in the center.

Hot Dogs Boiling Water

Fill a pan with enough water that it will be at least 4 times the thickness of the hot dogs. Bring the water to a boil, add the hot dogs. Get it to a boil again but lower the burner to low, with the lid off. They’re ready when they have expanded and begin to split open, which is usually 4 to 6 minutes.

Hot Dogs in Microwave

Cooking hot dogs in the microwave is a commonly popular way to prepare a fast food lunch or dinner. Probably the best, fast way is, for example, roll up 2 hot dogs into a full sheet of a paper towel and tuck under both ends of the paper towel. Place it into the microwave and cook for 45 seconds on the normal default power setting. Open it up and inspect to estimate about how much more time is needed. Because of very different microwaves, it may take anywhere from 15 to 60 seconds longer. You can repeat cooking the hot dogs in adding 15-second increments in order to determine how long it will take for future dogs in your microwave model.

Hot Dogs in Oil – 2 ways

Method 1: Deep Frying Hot Dogs

How to make a Fried Dog

Bring your frying oil container to the temperature between 350-375°F. Gently lower the hot dogs into the fryer. Because of their size, be cautious to prevent a splash of the hot oil. Because they tend to float, you’ll need to use a utensil like tongs or a fork to push them under a few times during the cooking process. They are done when they have a lightly browned coating developed. It usually only takes about 2-3 minutes.

How to make a Danger Dog

A second deep-fried recipe option is to wrap the hot dogs in bacon (secured with toothpicks on each end) and deep fry them until the bacon is cooked. This is called a Danger Dog recipe. Ensure the toothpicks are removed after the hot dogs are drained and cooled down a bit.

Method 2: Slowly Cooking in Low Temperature Peanut Oil

Yes. You can cook hot dogs in oil without frying them. However, it should be peanut oil. You basically keep the temperature of your pot or fryer at a reduced temperature of around 200°F. And, on this one, you can insert the dogs as the oil heats up. It takes a total time of about 15 minutes. When removing the hot dogs from the peanut oil, you’ll put them on a paper towel for draining. You’ll notice they don’t get plump like when in water or deep fried. They actually appear very much nearly the same size before cooking. Also, you’ll notice there’s very little oil that remains on the dogs when they’re cooked and removed to drain.

How to Cook Frozen Hot Dogs

Most will pop the frozen dogs into a microwave for about 30-60 seconds on the default cooking temp. When you can begin to bend the hot dogs, that’s thawed out enough and you can cook them following any of the recipe cooking methods.

But, if you don’t have one, an old-fashioned alternate method is to run them under some hot tap water. Turn them over at least once. They begin to thaw out pretty quick, maybe after a minute or two is all.

If you still need to cook them from the frozen state, some recipe cooking methods will just need some minor adjusting in the sense of extending the initial cooking times. For example, if putting frozen dogs onto a grill, you might want to roll them around about every 15 seconds to distribute the initial heat to rapidly thaw them out for beginning to do the normal cooking phase of the recipe. Regarding the boiling water or deep-fried methods, no changes are needed other than it may take an extra minute or two to cook. However, use caution when adding a frozen hot dog into hot oil; it will splatter a lot more initially.

You simply put them on a bun and serve in the usual manner. Peanut oil is the healthier oil to use for this and it does well on draining off the hot dog with no oily taste and no after taste either. This is a similar method that’s used by some of the hot dog fast food chains still today. There are many reasons for this but one of them is that the hot dogs can remain in the peanut oil for several hours (at the safe hot temperature) and they don’t overly swell open or get “over-cooked”. They couldn’t do this if they remained in a pot of water.

Cooking Hot Dogs over an Open Fire or Fire Pit

In the movies of the old days, cowboys or families would be shown having a hot dog supported on a stick that had a perfect set of 2 prongs on the end. From my early days of remembrance from camping, I rarely found a stick that had that perfect 2-prong approach. However, I did find some that you could break apart where the 2nd prong of this natural “fork” might be a tad thinner than the main prong. You use a knife to remove the bark and to form 2 points as prongs to stab into the hot dog.

You basically push the hot dog through each of the 2 prongs, like using it as a long-handled fork. Then, you hold it just above the flames of an open fire. You don’t hold either the stick nor the hot dog directly in the flames of the fire. As children, we kids would inevitably learn this cooking requirement. I remember watching my handcrafted long-handled stick fork burn away and drop off as the hot dog also fell into the fire and was consumed by it.

You just have to have some patience and after about 6-8 minutes, your dog is done. You then use the open bun like an oven mitt to pull the hot dog from the prongs of the stick. These days though, to prevent health risks from nature, they make the perfect long-handled forks for us.

What Hot Dogs Are Made Out Of

Hot Dogs are made out of a mixture of various sources of emulsified meat trimmings. That is combined in with spices, preservatives, colorings, and other ingredients. That meaty batter is then pushed into collagen-based casings and finalized into the hot dog shape we are familiar with. Here’s a more scientific explanation of what hot dogs made out of.

Hot Dog Grilling Experience and Conclusion

During the 1970s, I had begun my food service career and part of that was with fast food and specializing with hot dogs. I worked in management in 3 different hot dog fast food restaurants (Florida and Arkansas). So, using the transfer of learning, this blog article summarizes how you can save steps, save money, and expand learning new ways of preparing and serving hot dogs.

Here’s an article that covers grilling both hamburgers and hot dogs together.

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