Cheesy Baked Hot Dogs

Cheesy Baked Hot Dogs! Take a perennial kid favorite—hot dogs—to the next level by adding cheese and baking them in the oven to crispy, gooey perfection. Some onions and relish help, too.

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 hot dogs; serves 2 adults and 2 kids


For the hot dogs:

  • 6 all-beef hot dogs
  • 6 hot dogs buns, top cut
  • 3/4 to 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • Sweet pickle relish
  • Ketchup

For the Dad Add - quick giardiniera:

  • 1/2 cup diced dill pickles
  • 1/2 cup diced spicy pickled cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup diced banana peppers


1 Preheat oven to 400°F.

2 Sear the hot dogs: In a medium skillet, add the hot dogs and cook over medium heat until they are starting to blister on all sides, 4 to 5 minutes. Don’t overcook them.

Hot Dogs in the Oven sear the dogs

3 Assemble the hot dogs: Place the seared hot dogs in the buns—top cut hot dog buns work best—in a large baking dish. Top with grated cheese and diced white onion.

Hot Dog Recipe with Cheese assemble the dogs

4 Bake the hot dogs: Bake the hot dogs for about six minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the hot dog buns are toasted. The onions will soften slightly, but might have a bit of crunch to them, which is good.

Baked Hot Dogs with Cheese bake the hot dogs

5 Serve the hot dogs: Remove the hot dogs from the oven and top with ketchup, relish, or the Dad Add giardiniera. Serve hot dogs with a veggie side such as steamed broccoli.

Hot Dog Recipe with Cheese serve the dogs

Leftovers don’t really keep, so make only as many as you want to eat!

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  • Mary

    Looks yummy! Going to make for the hubby and me. When the grandkids come and visit , I will be making a couple of your good eats !

  • Julie

    I love this column so much. I sometimes still eat like a kid and appreciate all your little insights! Will be trying this.