Cooking Grill Hot Dogs – How To Cook Perfect Hot Dogs On Stove

Hot dogs are one of the universal comfort foods. Wherever you go, you will struggle to find a person who says no to a hot dog. Be it a New York style hot dog with sauerkraut and mustard, or a German-style hot dog with the addition of mustard or chili filled hot dog; you can’t just say NO. 

What if you are craving a hot dog but are nowhere near a restaurant or a cart?

Luckily, we have got you covered. You don’t have to go out to get that hot dog. All you need is the ingredients and a stove.

And below we are gonna show you how to grill hot dogs on stove!

What You Will Need

The first thing is first; you will need the ingredients and the equipment to get started on that delicious hot dog. By equipment, we simply mean an electric stove. And as for ingredients, needless to say, it refers to the buns and the hot dogs themselves (sausages can also suffice).

Buy the frozen hot dog of your chosen brand, look up consumer reviews if it helps. The last piece of ingredient is any topping you desire. As for utensils, we recommend using a frying pan or a skillet. You will also require tongs to take the hot dogs out once they are cooked and ready.

Hot Dogs Cooking Process Step by Step

Cooking a hot dog on a stove consists of four main and relatively easy steps. Additional steps can be added if you want extra flavoring or want to experiment with your hot dogs. The following explains the process:

Step 1: Heat the Pan

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Cover the frying with a thin layer of water, few drops should suffice, and turn the stove on to medium. Heat until the water boils. Once it does, your pan is hot enough to cook your hot dogs.

Step 2: Add the Hot Dogs

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Now you can simply put those frankfurters or sausages into your hot pan. Cook for about one minute, before turning your hot dogs 90 degrees. Repeat three more times, allowing each side to cook for one minute.

Then repeat the turning process. Make sure each side of your hot dog has twice been cooked for around one minute.

Step 3: Put Them in the Bun

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Your hot dogs are ready, don’t get concerned if all sides are not the same shade of brown. Now is the right time to put them in those buns. You may choose to do so as it is, or if you want, you may butter the bun.

Apply the butter to the inside part of the bun and put it on the pan. Buttered side down. Turn the stove to medium-low and leave the bun there for two minutes.

Step 4: Add the Toppings

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The final step is the simplest and also where you can get creative. Add in whatever toppings you want, to give your taste buds the best experience. These can range from mustard and pickles to jalapenos, hot sauce, and even avocados!

Some popular choices include grilled onions, kraut and mustard for deli-style hot dogs, chili, coleslaw and mustard for Carolina dogs, chopped up onions, and cream cheese for Seattle style hot dogs, and the list goes on.

Additional Things to Consider

There are a few additional things you can take into account when cooking those hot dogs. For some extra flavor, instead of covering your pan with water, you can put butter or some tablespoons of oil.
If you want an easier job, you can avoid the skillet and just cook your hot dogs on a saucepan. In this case, you will need to fill the pan up to a few inches with water and start the stove.
Once it starts to boil, put in the hot dogs and turn the heat off. Allow the hot dogs to cook in the water for 10 minutes or so. This will also give you a firmer texture.

A final pro tip is cutting your hot dogs right down the middle. While it may not seem like much, it creates the right kind of space so that your toppings don’t fall out. Something literally everyone can agree, it’s the most annoying to happen when eating a hot dog.


That is pretty much all you need to know when it comes to cooking a hot dog on a stove. Sure a grill or a flat top griddle is ideal but let’s be honest, few of us casual cooks actually have one.
With that being said, having no grill does not mean you can’t prepare those delicious hot dogs. And all you really need is a stove.

Happy cooking!

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