How to boil hot dogs

Boiling hot dogs

Hot dogs or frankfurters are everyone’s favorite meal. They are not only tasty, but extremely easy to prepare. You can literally serve a delicious dinner in 10 minutes, or feed a large crowd at your party.

Boiling hot dogs is the easiest method of preparing these delicacies. It sounds easy, doesn’t it? Just boil your dogs. But how do you really boil hot dogs to get them cooked through completely and even avoid cracking? And how long does it take to boil them?

You won’t believe it: The secret to boil your dogs to get the perfect result – and prevent cracking – lies in that you don’t need to literally boil them. Frankfurters are actually a cooked meat product. So you don’t have to worry about cooking any raw meat. Your only task is to heat your dogs through for a better taste and texture.

How To Microwave Hot Dogs

Food safety is crucial when cooking hot dogs, no matter what cooking method you use. Even though hot dogs are precooked, they can still develop dangerous bacteria like Listeria.

To avoid the chance of serious illness like listeriosis or other food poisoning, you must heat hotdogs all the way through before eating.

We don’t recommend slitting the hot dog before preparing; piercing holes in the lining allows juices to leak out, resulting in a dry hot dog.

What You Need

  • Microwave
  • Hotdogs
  • Paper towels
  • Microwave-safe plate (or solid paper plate)
  • Buns and dressings


  1. Line your microwave-proof plate with a paper towel to absorb any oil or moisture that may seep out during cooking.
  2. Roll each hot dog tightly in another paper towel and tuck the ends of the towel under the hotdog. This holds the steam inside, helping your hotdog to retain those delicious juices.
  3. Place your hotdog/s on top of the paper towel-lined plate.
  4. Heat on high power according to recommend times below, pausing halfway through to check the progress.
  5. If the hot dog is hot to touch, it’s ready to enjoy. If it’s still cool or lukewarm, put it back in for another 20-30 seconds.

How To Thaw Hot Dogs In The Microwave

You can use the microwave to quickly thaw frozen hot dogs, but once thawed, they should be cooked straight away to avoid the chance of bacterial growth.

The method is similar to cooking but uses shorter cooking increments to ensure even thawing.

  1. Wrap the frozen hotdog/s in a paper towel to absorb any moisture released during thawing.
  2. Place on a microwave-safe plate.
  3. Microwave on low power for 30 seconds at a time, checking progress as you go.
  4. Once you feel the hot dog start to warm up, you can keep cooking in the microwave by switching to medium or high power and continue heating (checking the progress every 30 seconds) until cooked.

Serving Boiled Hot Dogs

Serve your hot dogs warm. You can leave them in the cooking water to keep them warm for hours, so you can prepare them even ahead.

You can serve your frankfurters in a hot dog bun, with some condiments such as ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise. To beef it up, you can add some horseradish, pickles or fried onions. But you can also serve your dogs on a plate, with some bread and condiments to your taste.

Plan on 2 to 6 hot dogs per person, depending on how hungry your guests are, and how your cooked hot dogs will be served; as an appetizer, or as a main dish.

Boiled hot dog with mustard


  • Hot dogs (frankfurters, franks, wieners)


  1. Bring enough water to boil in a pot to cover your hot dogs.
  2. Drop your hot dogs carefully into the boiling water and cover them with a lid.
  3. Turn off the heat immediately.
  4. Let your dogs being heated through for 5-10 minutes.

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How to Cook Hot Dogs: Grilling

Grilling: Grilling dogs is the most attractive and customer friendly way to serve dogs and involves cooking your dogs over an open flame.

how to cook hot dogs grill

Pros: They seem to taste better. They are more appealing with grill marks. Grilling creates smoke from the drippings hitting the hot interior of the grill body, this often has an attractive smell and can bring folks a running.Cons: Grilling frozen dogs is difficult, this means you have to have more open and thawed stock. Grilled dogs do not hold long. If you aren't serving them immediately, the skins get tough and start to shrivel. Grilling requires more space as you can not stack hot dogs on a grill like can be done when boiling or steaming.A grill either brought with you or attached to a cart makes for great eye candy to customers. I know I just explained that boiling and steaming would be better, but if you are boiling and steaming and then using the grill to create the aroma and ambiance that customers love. When customers start lining up, I often will throw my soaking wet dogs from the boiling pan onto that super hot grill, steam and smoke rise and it all smells so good. Bottom line, I would use a grill, but only to touch up the hot dogs, not to cook and serve. Sausages, Italians, brats or whatever, are great split lengthwise and then opened up and laid on top of the grill, this creates beautiful grill marks and adds to the delicious smells coming from your cart.Please share your experiences and opinions over at Hot Dogs on Facebook. Contradictory information does not offend me and I welcome any and all advice and experience as it helps us all.

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