Want to know the best ways to reheat hot dogs? If you are looking to get your dogs heated up properly, then this short guide is perfect for you.
The information below is guaranteed to have your hot dogs perfectly warmed up in no time.
With that out of the way, let us get started.
Can You Reheat Hot Dogs? (Is It Safe?)
Yes, hot dogs can be reheated and it is safe to eat, once the hot dogs internal temperature is 165°F (74°C) or higher. If the hot dogs are reheated to when they’re steaming hot, then you typically, should not have any problems.
Where you might have issues with your hot dog, is if you are at a cookout or barbecue, where the hotdogs have been sitting outside for a couple of hours.
Cooked food like hot dogs, that sit at room temperature, enter what is called the ‘Danger Zone’. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the ‘Danger Zone’, is the range of temperatures 40 ° and 140 °F, where bacteria grows quickly. The bacteria numbers can double in just 20 minutes.
These bacteria can food-borne illnesses like staphylococcal food poisoning.
This is why it is important to never leave food out at room temperature for more than 2 hours. This number drops to 1 hour, if the temperature outside is more than 90 °.
So, as you can see, you can reheat your hot dogs, once they have not been sitting around all day, in that case, it is better to throw them out.
Best Ways to Reheat Hot Dogs: 4 Best Methods to Use
When it comes to reheating hot dogs, there are a couple of options that you can use to make sure that your food comes out hot and ready-to-eat.
Related: How to Reheat Hot Dog Buns
Reheating Hot Dogs in the Microwave
The microwave is by far the quickest method you can use when it comes to reheating your hot dogs. You can have your food reheated and steaming hot in less than 30 seconds.
- Wrap your hot dog in a paper towel and place inside the microwave.
- Microwave for 30 seconds on the highest setting.
- Take out and check to see if the hotdog is fully warmed up, if not place it back in the microwave for another 15 seconds.
- Once it is heated up to your liking, take out, allow to cool and then enjoy.
Reheating Hot Dogs on the Stovetop
if you do not want to use a microwave, you can always pan-fry your hot dogs.
It is a quick and easy method to go about warming up this food.
- Warm up your pan over a medium to low heat.
- You might want to add a bit of oil to the pan.
- At the hotdogs, allowing side and cook for a couple of seconds.
- You could also split the hotdog in two and pan fried each side.
- Once fully heated up, take out and allow to cool.
Reheating Hot Dogs in the Oven
If for whatever reason you do not have a microwave or you are not interested in using the stovetop, you could always opt for reheating with the oven.
The oven is the slowest method, but it will still get the hotdogs steaming hot, once you are willing to wait.
- preheat the oven to 325°F
- Wrap a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the hotdogs on the sheet, covering them with aluminum foil as well.
- Place the baking sheet in the oven and let them bake for around five minutes.
- Check to see if your hot dogs are steaming hot. If not, keep them in the oven for another 2 to 3 minutes (checking to ensure that they are reheated properly.)
- Once they have hit the desired reheating temperature, take out, allow to cool and enjoy.
Related: How to Reheat Sausages
Reheating Hot Dogs on the Grill
if you are planning on grilling again, then you could definitely use the barbecue grill as an option to reheat your hot dogs as the flavor and taste is just magnificent.
Keep in mind, it might be a lot of effort to reheat on the grill, if you were not planning to barbecue.
- Allow the grill to heat up
- Place the hotdogs on the grill, then let them heat up for a couple of minutes (you do not want to overcook them, as they were already cooked)
- Once the dogs have been reheated properly and to the desired temperature, take out and enjoy.
Wrapping It Up
As you can see, there are a ton of reheating options available when it comes to warming of a hotdog.
Once the hotdogs have not been sitting outside for hours and isn’t in the danger zone, then you should have no problem reheating the once you had from yesterday’s barbecue.