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How To Cook a Hot Dog in the Oven

Fast, Easy and a GREAT way to get hot dogs on the table in a hurry! How to Cook a Hot Dog in the Oven will cover the Best Oven Cooked Hot Dog Recipes out there! 

How to Cook a Hot Dogs in the Oven

How to Cook a Hot Dog in the Oven

Hot dogs are the best, right? A sure sign of summer? What’s more American than hot dogs, baseball and apple pie?

But what if your cookout is rained out or the grill is out of gas? How can you quickly cook hot dogs for a crowd?

This is probably the best way to cook hot dogs without a grill!

Simple! Cook your Hot Dogs in the Oven!

It’s easy, it’s fast and everyone will be chowing down in a matter of moments!

If you’ve seen our article on how to microwave hot dogs, you’ll know we are the hot dog pros!

Why This Recipe Works

  • Cook as many or as few as you prefer!
  • Easy
  • Fast
  • Delicious! 
  • Works with ANY Hot Dog!
  • This is how to cook beef hot dogs in the oven too!
How to Cook a hot dog in the oven on a board

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • Hot Dogs
  • Buns
  • Toppings

Here’s How It’s Done

  1. Preheat the oven to 400.
  2. Line the baking dish with aluminum foil or parchment paper(easy clean up).
  3. Spread the hot dogs out on the baking dish.
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Is It OK to Bake a Hot Dog?

Yes, it’s fine.  You’ll want to know exactly how to do so or you’ll end up with a hotdog that is cold in the center!

How Long to Cook a Hot Dog in the Oven? 

10 Minutes at 400 Degrees (plus or minus, depending on your oven) until heated through. 

Oven Vs. Boil

  • We prefer boiled or grilled hot dogs, but really, it’s up to you and sometimes getting something to eat RIGHT NOW is more important than flavor. 
  • If you are concerned about boiling water, I can show you how to do that too!
  • If you follow the directions below though, you’ll get a lot of flavor from your oven baked hot dog! 

Are Hot Dogs PreCooked? 

Yes, hot dogs are precooked and completely safe to eat right out of the package.

They will taste better if you cook them first. 

Can You Eat a Hot Dog Cold?

Yes, ABSOLUTELY!  They taste better cooked first though.

Can you Get Sick From Undercooked Hot Dogs?

Not unless your hot dog is out of date, moldy or spoiled in some other way because hot dogs are already cooked when you buy them. 

Can I Put a Frozen Hot Dog Right in the Oven? 

You will need to thaw the hot dog first

  1. Place your hot dog on a microwave safe plate
  2. Cover with a wet paper towel
  3. Set the microwave to “thaw”
  4. Thaw for 30 secs and then check the hot dog. If it is thawed, proceed to the cooking instructions. If it is still frozen in parts, continue to “thaw” in 30 second intervals until completely thawed.

PRO TIP:  You can put your hot dog in a ziplock bag and run it under hot water from the kitchen sink (or put the water in a bowl with the hot dog in the bag) and it will thaw very quickly. 

How to Microwave a Hot Dog Bun

To microwave a hot dog bun,

  1. Poke a small hole in a quart size zip lock bag.
  2. Sprinkle a few drops of water into the bag and 
  3. Then put the bun in a plastic bag and 
  4. Seal the bag.
  5. Microwave on high for 5 secs.  Check the bun, if not warm enough, repeat until warmed.

How Long Does a Cooked Hot Dog Keep? 

  • A cooked hot dog, if kept covered and refrigerated should be good for 5 days. 
  • Do not allow cooked hot dogs to sit out at room temperature for more than 2 hours. 
  • And HERE is everything you ever wanted to know about hot dog food safety!

And Finally, How Long to Cook a Hot Dog When Pregnant?

The same amount of time you cook any hot dog. Hot dogs are precooked so no worries, my dear.

How to cook a hot dog in the oven on a cutting board

What To Serve With Microwaved Hot Dogs? 

TIPS & TRICKS for the perfect Oven Cooked Hot Dogs

  • Start with a great hot dog!  All beef hot dogs are what I usually recommend.
  • It’s important to remember that your oven will be a little different than mine.
  • It’s important to use an oven safe dish that is large enough so that you can spread the hot dogs out some to allow the heat to circulate.
  • You can cook all of your hot dogs at once if you spread them out on the baking sheet a little bit. 
  • Be sure to steam your buns by removing the twist tie, flicking some water into the hot dog bun bag and then microwaving the entire bag of buns for 25 seconds
  • One of our favorite hot dogs in a BACON WRAPPED HOT DOG!

PRO TIP:  To revive a stale bun, place it into a plastic bag, flick a few drops of water into the bag and then microwave for 10 seconds. 

how to cook a hot dog in the oven in a bun with chili

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

How Long Do These Last?

If you keep them covered in the fridge, these will last about 5 days.

Can I Freeze These?

Yes, as long as they haven’t been frozen before.

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How to Cook Hot Dogs in the Oven

Easy fast and a simple way to cook a bunch of hot dogs at once. Learn how to cook hot dogs in the oven for an easy way to put dinner on the table.
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Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to Cook Hot Dogs in the Oven
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 222kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 hot dogs

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper (for easy clean up). Place the rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350.
  • Line the hot dogs up on the baking sheet allowing plenty of room for air to circulate between the hot dogs. Don't put more than 12 hot dogs on one baking sheet.
  • When the oven is preheated, place the baking sheet in the center of the oven and bake the hot dogs for 5-7 minutes.
  • If you enjoy a char on your hot dogs, you can put on "Hi Broil" for the last minute.
  • Remove from the oven and serve hot.

Notes

  • Start with a great hot dog!  All beef hot dogs are what I usually recommend.
  • It’s important to remember that your oven will be a little different than mine and may cook faster or slower.
  • It’s important to use an oven safe dish if you are not using the rimmed baking sheet. Use a dish that is large enough so that you can spread the hot dogs out some to allow the heat to circulate.
  • You can cook all of your hot dogs at once if you spread them out on the baking sheet a little bit.
  • PRO TIP: Be sure to steam your buns by removing the twist tie, flicking some water into the hot dog bun bag and then microwaving the entire bag of buns for 25 seconds

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Hot Dogs in the Oven
Amount Per Serving (2 hot dogs)
Calories 222 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 616mg26%
Potassium 131mg4%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Wendi is the writer, CEO and dishwasher at Loaves and Dishes! When not in the kitchen or behind the computer, you can find Wendi serving on International Food Conference Boards, Speaking at various conferences, Leading and Cooking for the local Arts Council's "Taste of Stokes" events or donating home cooked goodies to various local non profits such as the Danbury Songwriters and Stokes Partnership for Children. Wendi is also a Registered Nurse with a Master's Degree and serves on her town's board of councilmen.

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