How to Boil Hot Dogs

The fastest and easiest way to cook hot dogs for a crowd or for your family dinner. You will love this boiling method for hot dogs!

This is by far the quickest way to whip up some hot dogs, but if you need to make several hot dogs for a crowd, I highly recommend trying to cook Hot Dogs in the Crock Pot!

Two boiled hot dogs inside buns on a white plate

So Many Ways to Cook Them!

Have you ever boiled hot dogs before?

It’s such a cinch to do and takes almost no time at all. Perfect for when you need a handful of cooked hot dogs in just a short amount of time. You can even boil frozen hot dogs- just double the cooking time.

I LOVE hot dogs. There are so many different and easy ways to cook them. This quick method is one of my favorite and they taste so yummy. My kids love boiled hot dogs for a fast lunch or dinner. Pair them with a fruit salad or some roasted vegetables and you’ve got a well-rounded meal!

Boiling Hot dogs in a saucepan on the stove

How Long to Boil Hot Dogs

Using a large saucepan add 1 qt of water and bring it to a boil. Add 8 hot dogs to the water. Bring to a full boil and heat for 4-5 minutes. If you are using frozen hot dogs boil for about 8 minutes. 

**Note: hot dogs are typically already fully cooked. All you need to do is reheat them. This will help kill any bacteria that may have begun to form. 

How to keep the skins from splitting: I don’t usually have trouble with hot dog skins splitting unless I’m using the grill or microwave, but if you are worried this will happen simply use a fork to poke holes all over the hot dog before putting it in the pot of water. 

Party Tips

Planning for a party? The worst is running out of food right in the middle of a party. Plan on 1-2 dogs per child and 2-3 per adult. I typically err on the higher end since hot dogs store wonderfully. Any extras whether cooked or uncooked can be stored in the fridge or freezer for later. 

Keeping your hot dogs warm: Like most foods, you do not want your hot dogs to sit out for more than two hours. Not just because they’ll grow cold, but they may also grow harmful bacteria. To keep your hot dogs warm during the party and for longer than two hours there are a few things you can do:

  • Use a crock pot set to warm
  • Wrap them tightly in aluminum foil
  • Use a chafing dish
  •  Keep them in a large thermos or insulated plastic cooler with hot water. 

How to boil hot dogs

Buns,Toppings, and Storing

Don’t forget the Buns: The bun can be just as important as the hot dog itself. Choose a bun that is similar to a hamburger bun in taste and texture. If you can, buy ones labeled “bun length” so that the hot dog will fit perfectly without excess bun. 

Toasting your bun is a wonderful way to elevate your dog. Simply spread a layer of butter on the inside of the bun and broil them for 1-2 minutes or until butter is melted and the bun has begun to brown. Watch carefully so you don’t char broil the bun. You can also heat up a frying pan and lay the bun butter side down to heat and toast. For extra flavor sprinkle garlic salt on the butter before toasting. 

Toppings: Aside from the traditional ketchup and mustard there are so many toppings that you can dress your dog up with. 

  • Chili
  • Sweet relish
  • Minced/Fried onions 
  • Sauerkraut 
  • Jalapenos or hot peppers
  • Thinly sliced tomatoes
  • Shredded cheese 
  • Coleslaw
  • Mayo

Storage: Unopened hot dog packages can last in the fridge (see expiration date on package) or for up to 6 months in the freezer. Once the package has been opened keep the remaining hot dogs in a ziploc bag in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Leftover Hot Dogs can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months. Just reheat in a pot of water or in the microwave.

Boiled hot dog in a bun on a plate with corn and fruit on the side

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How to Boil Hot Dogs

5 from 6 votes
The fastest and easiest way to cook hot dogs for a crowd or for your family dinner. You will love this boiling method for hot dogs!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 111 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1 qt water
  • 8 hot dogs


  • Using a large saucepan add 1 qt of water and bring it to a boil. Add 8 hot dogs to the water. Bring to a full boil and heat for 4-5 minutes.
  • If you are using frozen hot dogs, boil for about 8 minutes. 

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  1. 5 stars
    Love this quick way! SOmetimes, I need to get dinner on the table in a hurry & this is exactly what I need!

  2. 5 stars
    Bbq hot dogs are my first choice, but i do like the convenience of having a bunch cooked and kept warm All at once.