10 Simple Steps To Make the Perfect Hot Dog

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4. Move Your Hot Dogs Around


It is common knowledge to flip your burger patties. But, did you also know that you need to move your hot dogs around as well? Yep, it’s true. There are a couple of reasons why.

  1. Moving them around can prevent the casings from bursting (this will happen if they’re left in one spot for too long).
  2. You need to flip them to make sure you get even charring, a.k.a. grill marks, on both sides.

“It will take about 2 to 3 minutes to develop grill marks on one side of a hot dog. Once that’s achieved, turn it over and repeat. Then it’s fully cooked,” Men’s Health wrote on its website.

3. Add Butter


According to Men’s Health magazine, Joseph Rizza, executive chef of Prime & Provisions, recommends brushing a dab of melted butter (garlic butter, preferably) onto your hot dogs right before removing them from the grill.

Why? Well, according to Nathan’s Famous, a dab of butter (or a little bit of oil) gives the hot dogs a more decadent flavor.

ALL TIME TIP: This also works when pan-frying hot dogs on the stovetop. Instead of adding water to the skillet or frying pan, simply swap out the water for oil or butter.