We can all agree that nothing fits in between a sliced bun better than a well-cooked, mouthwatering hot dog.
Whether you like to get one from your favorite fast food joint or like to make them at home, a hot dog is always an excellent snack to indulge in.
If you love hot dogs and have a toaster oven, you need to learn how to use it to make your favorite snack.
But isn’t that a lot of work? Shouldn’t you just buy them from the local fast-food vendor?
Well, that’s a viable option. But no, making hot dogs with a toaster oven isn’t rocket science.
You could even save a few bucks and have lots of fun while at it.
Once you buy your favorite hot dogs, nothing can hold you back from preparing and cooking a delicacy.
You can either bake, broil, or grill your hot dogs in your toaster oven in just a few minutes instead of the traditional way of boiling them.
If you boil your dogs, they’ll be soft and not as juicy as toasted ones. What’s more, you’ll only require minimal effort to use a toaster oven.
Make Small Cuts on Your Hot Dog
With a sharp kitchen knife, make small cuts on the sides of your dog.
The slits let steam escape from your hot dogs as they cook and prevent them from bursting.
They also help in circulating heat evenly in the hot dogs, allowing them to cook well.
The slits help catch juices to maintain the taste and texture when you start cooking your hot dog.
PS: If you’re stuffing your hot dog, make one long perpendicular cut on the side. Place the side with the cut directly on your baking surface to ensure the inside cooks well.
Prepare Your Tray or Rack
You’ll need a roasting pan, rack, or even a baking tray to cook a hot dog.
Most small countertop ovens have a rack or a tray, or both, so you choose which one you’d rather use.
If you’re using a baking tray, cover it with aluminum foil or a baking sheet.
A toaster oven’s heat melts the fats in your hot dogs, which can mess up your oven.
The aluminum foil or baking sheet saves you the pain of scrubbing off oil and grease from your tray and toaster oven when you’re done cooking.
Preheat the Toaster Oven
The trick to grilling hot dogs in your toaster oven is preheating it. If you’ll be using a tray, put it in the oven when preheating.
Set your oven to preheat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Check if all the heating elements in your toaster oven are functioning properly for best results.
Place Your Hot Dogs in the Toaster Oven
Check if your toaster oven is heated to your desired levels.
Once the temperature is right, place the hot dogs perpendicularly on the oven tray or rack.
If it needs to heat a little more, adjust the timer on the oven and wait a few more minutes. A well-heated toaster oven is more efficient and cooks faster.
If you’re using a rack, pick the dogs with tongs, so you don’t burn your hands.
Tip: Cooking your hot dogs on a toaster oven rack will give them lines like a grilled hot dog. Place them on the top rack so they cook faster.
Put your dogs into the toaster oven.
Set Your Baking Time
Set your cooking time and close your oven to start the cooking process.
You can set your cooking time to 10 mins. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s the recommended time to cook hot dogs.
They might take longer or shorter, depending on their size and the brand of your toaster oven. Different models have different cooking settings.
Keep checking so you don’t overcook or undercook them.
For best results, set your toaster oven on medium-high heat so the hot dogs cook slowly.
Flip Your Hot Dogs
Keep flipping your hot dogs to ensure they cook evenly on both sides.
When they start to cook, the hot dogs start browning.
Well-done hot dogs have a crispy texture on the outside and a soft one on the inside.
If they cook well before the set time lapses, remove them so they don’t overcook or burn.
If the dogs aren’t yet done after the set time lapses, add a few minutes on the toaster oven timer and keep checking them till they’re well done.
One advantage that toaster ovens have over a grill, an air fryer, or a boiler is that you can brown your hot dogs as much as you like without burning them.
If they do not cook well when the oven time lapses, add a few minutes and keep turning them to brown on all sides.
Stuff the Hot Dogs
If you like your hot dogs stuffed, put all the stuffings in the slit and return them into the oven for a few more minutes to cook the stuffing.
You can stuff with vegetables or anything you like as long as it tickles your taste buds.
Carefully Remove Them
Toaster ovens can get hot when you cook hot dogs in them.
As much as you’re in a hurry to serve your delicious hot dogs, wear safety equipment when removing them from the oven tray or rack.
Use protective kitchen gloves or a kitchen towel to remove your rack and place it on an insulated surface.
Remove the dogs, and place them on a paper towel to dry off the excess oil.
Serve Your Hot Dogs
Your hot dogs are now well cooked and ready to be devoured.
Do you like them plain? Help yourself.
If you like your dog with toppings, now’s the time to decorate your snack.
You can use options such as:
- Mango salsa
The good news is that there are so many toppings to choose from. You don’t have to stick to one.
Tease your taste buds with different ones every time you cook a dog.
Reheat Hot Dogs
If your guests arrived late, or you just got busy and couldn’t eat your dogs when they were still hot, you can reheat them in a microwave oven like you heat other foods.
Place them on a microwaveable casserole dish and set your time in your oven. Put the hot dogs inside and let them heat well.
You can also heat them on a frying pan if they aren’t too cold. The pan can also help to make them more crispy.
Place the pan on your lit stove and heat your snack before eating it. Flip the dog so you don’t burn it.
If you like the grilling lines on your hot dogs, you can heat them on a grilling pan. Preheat the pan, then place the hot dogs to reheat.
Don’t Have Buns to Go With the Hot Dogs? Bake Them
Your toaster oven comes in handy in cooking other foods such as buns and bread.
Prepare your dough and set the timer on your toaster oven to bake your favorite buns.
Once they’re done, slit the buns and place your cooked dogs inside.
Add your preferred toppings to make yourself a crispy and delicious snack.
Savor Your Delicacy, Bite by Bite
You’ve achieved greatness by cooking yummy hot dogs at home and had a ton of fun doing it.
You’ve also learned how instrumental a toaster oven is in making you these nice treats.
Now dig in and enjoy the burst of flavors in your mouths.
Freeze any leftovers and reheat them when you’re ready to eat them.
Try out a new recipe and treat yourself and your friends to magical delicacies every so often.