Hot dogs are pretty easy to cook but you need to know that they are quite perishable or you can mess it up easily as well.
So here is a guide in cooking hot dogs on a George Foreman grill.
See, boiled or steamed hot dogs are not that pleasing. I would rather have that char on the hot dogs than the soft and chewy result that you get from steamed hot dogs in convenience stores.
You can also get better flavors when you fry or grill your hot dogs.
I prefer grilling them as you can get more than the seasonings and flavors from the hot dogs themselves.
When you grill hot dogs, you get that slight char from the grill grates that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also give a little bit of that unique flavor you can only get from grills.
I would also recommend getting fresh hot dogs from butcher shops rather than the repacked hot dogs on supermarket shelves.
That way, you get a taste of the real meat used in hot dogs.
So here, we will guide you on how to cook your hot dogs properly with the help of your George Foreman grill.
We will follow the basic recipe so you can make your adjustments you want.
Cooking Hot Dogs On A George Foreman Grill
- 4 Hot Dogs, Fresh or Frozen
- 4 Hot Dog Buns
- 1/2 cup of Olive Oil Or Butter
- Salt and Pepper To Taste
- Ketchup And Mustard Or Condiments Of Your Choice
Step 1: Prepare The Hot Dogs
If you have opted for frozen hot dogs, as most of us would due to their accessibility, then you should thaw them properly.
You can do this by letting cold water drip over them in the sink.
You do not need to remove them from the package just yet to ensure they do not get contaminated.
Just let them thaw from the water dripping while they are still packed.
You can do that or leave the pack of hot dogs in the refrigerator overnight.
That way, you can be sure that there will be no contamination and the hot dogs will also defrost properly inside.
Get them out of the package once the hot dogs are ready and then score each hot dog.
Create diagonal cuts with a knife and make sure that you just cut them lightly and not too deep.
Place them on a plate lined with paper towels to let them dry.
Season them with salt and pepper but do not put too much as the hot dogs would have their seasonings inside.
Step 2: Preheat The Grill
Get a paper towel and then dip it in a bowl of olive oil.
Use your grill tongs to hold the paper towel and then coat the grill with a thin layer of olive oil before you fire up the burners.
Remember that a George Foreman grill has two heated surfaces to cook the hot dogs on both sides.
That is why you do not need too much heat when you cook hot dogs on this grill.
Preheat the grill to medium-low or around 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
You can also go for higher temperatures if you have defrosted the hot dogs properly to get a crispier finish on the hot dogs.
Close the George Foreman grill lid and then allow it to preheat until it reaches the desired temperature.
While waiting, you can prepare the condiments and the buns for cooking.
Step 3: Cook The Hot Dogs
Place the hot dogs in the grill and then close the lid of the grill.
Hot dogs are pre-cooked so you heat them before serving and you do not need to cook them all the way through.
However, you need to get them up to a certain temperature to ensure that they are safe to eat.
You need to make sure that the hot dogs reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you use a George Foreman grill, there is no need to flip the hot dogs over.
Allow them to cook for about 5 minutes to get that amazing grill marks on the hot dogs when cooked.
You can even go for 2 minutes more in cooking the hot dogs if you want those deeper colors on the sear marks.
I prefer cooking the hot dogs for just 5 minutes to get just the right sear marks.
Step 4: Plating And Serving
Once the hot dogs are cooked, get your hot dog buns and then coat the inside with butter or olive oil.
Place them on the griddle face down and toast them a little to create more textures.
This will take about 1 minute so do not let them stay on the grill for too long.
Once they start to brown, remove them from the grill and then cook your toppings if you have them.
Once everything cooks, put the hot dogs in the bun and then put your favorite toppings and condiments on top.
Serve the hot dogs while they are still hot to get the best flavors.
How Long Does It Take To Cook Hot Dogs On A George Foreman Grill?
Cooking hot dogs on the grill or any cooking appliance does not take too long.
They are perfect for a quick snack or a walk-around meal while at a party or an event.
It would take around 7 minutes to cook hot dogs on a regular grill since you would want to flip them over midway into cooking.
That is a bit different when you use a George Foreman grill.
A George Foreman grill has two heating elements, one on the cooking surface and one on the lid. That means that you do not have to flip the hot dogs over when you are cooking.
If you use a George Foreman grill, you will finish the cooking process in just 5 minutes.
Just make sure that the hot dogs reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Can You Cook Hot Dogs On A George Foreman Grill?
If I am asked this question, I would say a definite yes and would even argue that cooking hot dogs on a George Foreman grill is the best way to cook the best hot dogs you have.
George Foreman grills cook your hot dogs with two heating elements, so you do not have to flip them.
It is easy to do and all you need is to make sure that you time it perfectly.
George Foreman grills can put nice grill marks on the hot dogs in just 5 minutes.
That means that you also do not have to wait for too long to finish your hot dogs when you use a George Foreman Grill!