How to Grill the Best Hot Dog

Sausage and vegetables on grill

Summertime is synonymous with grilling burgers and hot dogs. As the temperatures heat up, so do the grills. But, it's not just as easy as lighting up the charcoal and throwing the dogs over it. There are a few tried and true tips for grilling the best hot dog on the block. We've captured some must-do's here.

  1. Choose the right hot dogs or sausages. Zephyr Meats will soon launch a new line of all-natural sausages that we know will be a new favorite to for your grill. These juicy, flavorful sausages are hand-crafted to be the perfect addition to your summertime menu.
  2. Give the hot dogs a little dip in water or beer. They don't need to spend too long in the liquid, just three to five minutes is enough to lock in the juice and set the all-natural casing on Zephyr's high-quality sausages. The moisture will help keep the hot dogs from splitting.
  3. Cook with care! While hot dogs are an easy thing to grill up, they do require a little bit of care while cooking. First and foremost, make sure you are cooking over good, hot coals - when grilling anything, never grill over coals that are still black. Coals should be white before anything goes on your grill. While we love a good campfire, it's best not to cook hot dogs over an open flame to avoid losing the delicious juiciness due to splitting or drying out. Move the hot dogs around while they grill for even cooking and to keep them from bursting.
  4. Rock the toppings! Sure, we love traditional mustard or ketchup, but get creative with your dogs! Try out different toppings like onions, cheese, chili, anything pickled, slaws, salsas...the sky is the limit when it comes to topping those hot dogs.

Tell us what will be on your grills this weekend! Comment below.

Sausages on grill

Written By

Jill Turley, MS, RD/LD

Jill Turley is the Chief Creative Officer at Real Noshes. She is a registered dietitian, joyous eater, lover of the kitchen and fan of keeping life simple. She resides in Northwest Arkansas and is mom to a four-year-old whackadoodle and equally whacky bernedoodle. Follow her food adventures on Instagram @realnoshes and check-out for more resources and kitchen fun.


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