How To Make Hot Dogs At Home?

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Want to make hot dogs at home, but don’t know the process? If the answer to the question is yes, you are in the right place. As a professional chef, I know two easy ways to make hot dogs.  

Needless to say, I had my own hot dog vendor. But it’s now out of business due to covid-19. However, I’m going to write down about making hot dogs at home with some easier steps. 

So keep on reading the article if you’re really eager to know how to make hot dogs at home.

In How Many Ways Can Hot Dogs Be Made At Home?

There is no particular definite way of making hot dogs at home as everyone has a different taste bud. But you can make hot dogs in two ways.  

  1. Lazy way with store-bought things.
  2. Making everything from scratch.

Lazy way

Sometimes, when someone is busy due to work and doesn’t have the time to cook from scratch, they need to know the lazy way to make hot dogs. It’s quicker in time and tastes pretty good too. 

Though they are not as healthy and tasty as hot dogs made from scratch, they would definitely meet your cravings. 

You can basically use every needed item from a store and make it at home. Some common ingredients are: 

  • Hot dog bun,
  • Sausage,
  • Mustard sauce,
  • Ketchup,
  • Mayonnaise,
  • Pickles (if you have).


If you don’t have pickles, you can use grilled and also caramelized onions instead of pickles. 

4 Steps To Make Hot Dogs At Home With Store-bought Items : 

  1. Take a hot dog bread that is easily available at the market and then cut them long from the side.
  2.  After that, put onion or cucumber pickles on the bread.
  3.  Then simply take a frozen hot dog, boil it, or grilled hot dog as you like & put it on the bun.
  4.  At last, finish your hot dog with mayonnaise, mustard sauce, and ketchup to finish up.


If you want to make your hot dogs tastier, you can use caramelized onions that can take your simple hot dog to another level.

Hard Way To Make Hot Dogs At Home :

I know you might be thinking as stores bought hot dogs items are available everywhere. Why do we even need to learn the hard way? 

Well, the answer is really simple: the year 2020 has taught us all how badly we need to learn to cook from scratch. Because in lockdown, neither we could get everything at the grocery store nor we could go out to eat at any restaurant. 

So we all now know the importance of making food at home from scratch. Anyway, not only do you need to know, but you can also make your own gourmet style hot dog without spending any money. 

If you are on a diet and can’t have any carbohydrates, you can also make your own hot dog gluten-free by using gluten-free flour. We all know gluten-free kinds of stuff are expensive so making your own bun and sausages is the best to save money. 

To make hot dogs, you need a hot dog bun, sausage, and your own relish. Let’s start with making the bun.

Ingredients Need For Hot Dog Bun

  • Yeast
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Salt 
  • Milk 
  • Oil 
  • Lukewarm water or milk

9 Steps To Make Hot Dog Bun At Home From Scratch:

  1. In a bowl, take 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 cup of lukewarm milk by using the measuring cup.
  2. After the sugar is dissolved add 1 tablespoon of dry active yeast into it and cover it for 10 minutes.
  3. Then add 1 teaspoon salt and 3 tablespoons of butter into it. If you don’t have butter you can use any kind of vegetable oil. 
  4. Add 3 cups of flour and try to form a dough. Don’t worry at first the texture of the dough would be a bit sticky. After knitting for a while a simple technique. 
  5. Cover the dough and place near a hot place for 2 hours.
  6. After 2 hours your dough rises from a small ball to a big ball of fluffy dough. Take the dough and knit it again so that the air formed due to yeast would get out from the dough. 
  7. Make small portions of dough in a baking tray with parchment on it and shape it longitudinal like a hot dog bun and let it rise for about 1 hour.
  8. Brush beat eggs on bread dough to give it a slight brown color like a bakery.
  9. Bake the buns at 180 degrees for 8 to 12 minutes.


Sometimes people have complaints that their dough doesn’t rise when they use instant active dry yeast. Follow this tip for a solution. Before using yeast check if your yeast breaths in sugar dissolved lukewarm water then follow the rest of the process your dough will rise too.

The Technique Of Knitting The Bread Dough:

For making any kind of bread, it is very important that you knit the dough nicely. If your knitting isn’t perfect, your bread would not rise perfectly. Knitting the dough makes the bread soft. So you just need to know about the knitting techniques which are the most important.

At first, take the dough and hold it with two hands and stretch it forward, then take back the stretched dough to its previous position. Then rotate the dough then keep repeating the process again and again for at least 10 minutes. 

How To Make Hot Dog Sausage At Home?

Sausages are usually made with minced meat. For hot dog chicken and pork minced meat sausage is the most ideal, traditional, and basic ingredient. To make chicken sausage at home you would need

  • Minced chicken meat ½ pound,
  • Minced pork meat ½ pound,
  • Black pepper 1 tablespoon,
  • Salt according to taste,
  • Smoked paprika 1 tablespoon,
  • Sugar ½  tablespoon,
  • Coldwater.

5 Steps To Make Hot Dog Sausage At Home

Just follow these simple steps to get made your known hot dog sausage 

  1. Mix black pepper powder, salt, smoked paprika, sugar, cold water with minced chicken and pork meat. 
  2. Add spice according to your taste bud then with the help of sausage cast make your sausage.
  3. Then you need to shape them exactly like hot dogs sausage.
  4. Boil the sausages for about 15 minutes and then put them into ice water and store them in the fridge if you want.
  5. Before making a hot dog make sure to grill your sausage for a nice and smoky flavor.

What To Do To Protect Your Homemade Sausage From Shrinking?

To protect your homemade sausage from shrinking, put them immediately into ice water after boiling.

Homemade easy relish :

Homemade relish is tastier than the store bought hot dog relish. If you don’t have pickles and don’t know how to make relish for hot dogs. Then follow this easy 5-minute relish recipe. 


  • 1 small Onion chopped,
  • Three Cucumber chopped,
  • Half cup of Vinegar,
  • ½ teaspoon soaked Mustard seed, 
  • ¼ cup sugar,
  • 1 teaspoon salt,
  • 2 teaspoon flour dissolved into two teaspoons of water. 

4 Easy Steps To Make Hot Dog Relish At Home

  1.  Cut Cucumber into thin slices to dice it up. Salt cucumbers for half an hour so that they leave the water.
  2. Transfer cucumber into a pan then add onion, mustard seed, sugar, salt, vinegar, and stir for a bit. 
  3. Then add flour mixture for thickness, it will make everything in a pan a bit cloudy but it will become transparent eventually. 
  4. Then turn off the heat because your relish is ready. 

You can store it for 4 to 5 days in the fridge without fear of being spoiled. 

Steps To Make Hot Dogs At Home :

After making a hot dog bun, sausage, and relish all hard parts are finished. Now all you have to do is assemble everything according to steps such as 

  1. Take the bun and cut them from the side.
  2. If you have mayonnaise at home then put a bit of mayonnaise to add some moisture into the bread. 
  3. Add your homemade delicious relish to the bun.
  4. Then put the grilled sausage on the hot dog bun.
  5. Lastly, finish it with mustard sauce and ketchup.


Don’t cut your bun too deeply otherwise your hot dog might break down.

Final Verdict : 

After knowing how to make hot dogs at home everyone should definitely try at least one homemade version.

I know a lot of people might choose the lazy version to make a hot dog but as you know how to make hot dog at home we would recommend making the hard homemade version once. You won’t get such hot dogs in normal street vendors because that’s not only healthy but super delicious too.

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Raymond Brown

This is Raymond Brown. I have created this website to share kitchen hacks and to teach easy recipes. You can use these kitchen hacks to improve your cooking skill. By profession, I am a Michelin chef from California. From my teenage years, I had a keen interest in cooking. I took a diploma in Culinary Arts to start my career as a professional chef.

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