How To Bake Hot Dogs


Hot dogs are a fun and easy meal that is easy to customize. Whether you are craving the feeling of hot summer nights, baseball games, or just want to be able to throw together an easy meal for your family on the weekends, hot dogs have something to offer everyone.

Many people grill or boil their hot dogs, but it is quite easy to just bake them as well. With fall and winter months coming up, it may soon become too chilly out to fire up the grill to make hot dogs. You can achieve the same delicious taste without having to step outside by just using your oven.

Whether you like your hot dogs plain and simple or you want to start making chili cheese dogs at home and need a good way to cook hot dogs that is fast and easy, this recipe has you covered. Read on to learn how to bake hot dogs, what you will need to make this recipe, and more.

how to bake hot dogs

How To Bake Hot Dogs

Although baking is not the most traditionally thought of way of cooking hot dogs, the method is straightforward and a great way to cook batches of hot dogs quickly. Simply line your baking sheet with aluminum foil, put hot dogs on the baking sheet, and bake them for 15 minutes at 350 degrees fahrenheit.

Ingredients And Tools

The ingredients and tools list for this recipe is just as easy as the recipe itself. Here is the list of the ingredients you will need to bake hot dogs:

  • All beef hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
  • Condiments and toppings

Feel free to top these hot dogs with the traditional ketchup, mustard, and relish. You can also find other kinds of toppings at your grocery store, such as nacho cheese sauce, spicy  mustard, BBQ sauce, green onions, shredded cheese, and more.

As for the tools you will need to use, most of them you will likely already have in your home or will be easy to find at your local store. Here is the list of tools you will need to make this recipe:

  • Baking sheet
  • Aluminum
  • Tongs
  • Knife or fork: This can be used to cut or pierce the hot dogs before baking to ensure they bake fully, although this is not required for the recipe.

Serving and Storing Baked Hot Dogs

Once the hot dogs are cooked, serve them immediately on hot dog buns. Add any condiments you desire, or use them to make any variation of hot dogs that you like. You can serve them plain or with side dishes, such as potato chips, Caesar salad, potato salad, or pasta salad.

Any leftover can be stored in the fridge using an airtight container. They will keep for up to a week in the fridge, although they may keep longer if stored in the freezer. To reheat the hot dogs, simply microwave them and serve with hot dog buns and any desired toppings, sauces, or condiments.

See Also: 10 minute air fryer hot dogs

How To Bake Hot Dogs

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Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: MainCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 12 12 all beef hot dogs

  • 12 12 hot dog buns


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Cover the baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Put the hot dogs onto the baking sheet with enough space in between each hot dog to ensure they cook evenly.
  • Bake the hot dogs for 15 minutes.
  • Using tongs, place each baked hot dog into a hot dog bun. Add any desired condiments or toppings and serve immediately.

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Tips And Tricks

To help ensure that the hot dogs bake fully and quickly, you can pierce the hot dogs using a fork or cut them using a knife prior to baking. Be sure to also remove the natural casing from the hot dogs beforehand, if they have any. 

The use of aluminum foil on the baking sheet is optional, but it does make the process of cleaning up easier. With the aluminum foil, you can simply remove the grease in one go and toss it all in the trash instead of having to scrub the whole sheet by hand.

This recipe is a great starting off point for other hot dog recipes. Use it in combination with chili cheese hot dog recipes, crescent roll hot dogs, corn dogs, or any of your other favorites. You can prepare any of the other parts of your favorite hot dog recipes while the hot dogs are baking.

Lastly, this recipe is perfect for exploration. Experiment with condiment combinations, pork sausages, and more. Take it a step further by learning to make your own relish or toasting the hot dog buns before serving.


Is there a specific brand of hot dogs I need to use for this recipe?

You can use whatever brand of hot dogs you like best for this recipe. There is not a specific brand needed to make this recipe.

Can the serving size of this recipe be changed easily?

You can half or double the batch of hot dogs as needed. If you are hosting a large event, just double the size of hot dogs and hot dog buns. If you are cooking for just yourself and your roommates, then you can easily half the recipe as well. The bake time and temperature will stay the same.

How long do you cook hot dogs?

The time will depend on the cooking method. For this recipe, baking hot dogs takes 15 minutes at 350 degrees fahrenheit. However, if you were to boil them, it would take about 5 minutes, whereas a grill would take 7 to 10 minutes. Smoking hot dogs takes an hour, while slow cooking takes 2 hours.


Use this recipe to make yourself a quick and easy comfort meal for the weekends or to help you make batches of hot dogs for a football game viewing party. Whatever your cravings are, this recipe will serve as a great jumping off point for you to make something delicious.

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