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How to Cook Hot Dogs in an Oven

There’s a unique way everyone likes to cook their hot dogs, be it boiled, fried, grilled, or roasted. Whichever way it’s prepared, hot dogs come out delicious. And some also prefer to cook hot dogs in an oven. The hot dog is an American dish though virtually all countries of the world now eat it. Many include it in different recipes like sandwiches, noodles, and even salads. And to cook it, some find that baking it in an oven brings out a tastier effect.

A roasted or baked hot dog is the easiest to prepare, and it comes out very delicious with great flavor. Roasting your hot dog using the oven saves you time as you’re able to cook a whole package of hot dogs at once. There isn’t much mess to clean up and most especially you can entertain lots of visitors because you sure have lots of it to feed everyone. And if you haven’t eaten baked hot dogs yet, then you’re missing out.


Oven-roasted Hot Dogs with Sauce

Hot dogs can be prepared with Worcestershire sauce or barbecue sauce to enhance their flavor. Here are the ingredients to use if you’re cooking them in an oven:


  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • One tablespoon butter
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • One teaspoon prepared mustard
  • One teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Four teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 12 Hot dogs


  • Sauté the onion in butter until the onion is translucent.
  • Add black pepper, paprika, mustard, ketchup, vinegar, water, and Worcestershire sauce and bring to boil.
  • Cut 3-inch slits in each hot dog to increase the surface area. This process makes the hot dogs brown more.
  • Place the hot dogs in a flat baking pan, and slit side up. Pour the sauce over the hot dogs and bake in 350 degrees oven for 25 minutes.
  • About halfway through the cooking, shake the pan to rotate the hot dogs; you want your hot dogs to be brown on all sides. Baste hot dogs with sauce occasionally while they are baking to improve their flavor. You can bake lots of hot dogs using this method.

Oven-roasted Hot Dogs without Sauce

You can also omit the sauce from the recipe to make your oven-roasted hot dogs. Here’s how to do it;


  • Preheat your oven to 400F.
  • Make a lengthwise cut down each hot dog. Do this on a stable surface as hot dogs are slippery.
  • Place the hot dogs on a roasting pan and put your oven. Cook for 15minutes till hot dogs become brown and begin to curl.
  • As hot dogs roast, they drip to release juices, so you should place an aluminum foil on the roasting pan to avoid having a mess.
  • Remove hot dogs from the oven and place them on buns. Your roasted hot dog is ready to be served.


Serving Oven-roasted Hot Dogs

Hot dogs are served at baseball games, backyard cookouts, dinners, and other hangouts. However, it can’t stand alone as a main dish. Whether you are entertaining people with hot dogs or serving it as dinner, you need a perfect side dish to complement it.

You can serve your oven-roasted hot dogs with deep-fried pickles, corn on the cob, potato chips, or sweet barbecue beans. All these give your hot dogs an exceptional taste and leave everyone yearning for more.

Preserving Leftover Oven-roasted Hot Dogs

You can freeze your hot dogs and use for the space of three months, or refrigerate them and use them within four days. Each of these methods requires you to put your hot dogs in an airtight container before freezing or refrigerating.