Maybe I shouldn’t admit this, but I love hot dogs. I mean, I really love hot dogs. I think that’s probably because of oven hot dogs.

I know, they sound crazy. And you have to eat them with a fork and knife. But I promise oven hot dogs are absolutely delicious. My dad made these for us, and I think his mom started the trend when he was a kid. And they aren’t only delicious out of nostalgia–my husband loves them, and my brother told me his wife requests oven hot dogs every time they’re lost for what to eat.

oven hot dogs

Because this is a family recipe, I took step-by-step photos. Hopefully my dad will comment telling me what I did wrong because mine still never taste as good as his! It’s funny how that always happens, right?

oven hot dogs Here’s what you need: hot dogs, hot dog buns, mayonnaise, mustard, sweet relish, chili, cheese, and diced onions.

oven hot dogs Cover the inside of the buns with mayonnaise. Lots of mayonnaise!

oven hot dogs Add the hot dogs and squish them together in a baking dish. Normally there would be one more, but, um… I ate it before it made it to the pan…
A 9×13″ pan is perfect for eight hot dogs! We like ’em really packed in there.

oven hot dogs Add a bit of mustard if that’s your thing.

oven hot dogs Now add sweet relish! But I think I messed up–I think the sweet relish is better when put at the bottom of the bun with the mayonnaise.
Edit: My sister, who claims to have “perfected the OHDs,” says I didn’t use enough relish! And, actually, I didn’t–but that was all I had left in the jar.
Edit 2: A few comments have complained that the relish was overwhelming, so proceed with caution! I love sweet relish, but if you don’t you might want to use less or switch to dill.

oven hot dogs Top with chili! Just cold chili straight from the can.
I really dislike beans and have tried chili without beans, but that just doesnt’ taste right for oven hot dogs.
Second edit: Victoria again said that I need more chili and need to be messier. The hot dogs should barely be able to handle all the stuff you put on top and should be falling apart when they come out of the oven! My perfectionist tendencies get in the way of that, so please get a bit crazier.

oven hot dogs Top with grated cheddar.

oven hot dogs Dice your onions. My dad always made a few without onions for kids, but when he finally convinced me to try them with onions I realized that’s the way to go.

oven hot dogs Throw on the onions

oven hot dogs Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350F for 45 minutes.

oven hot dogs
And now you’re done! The top with be crispy, which is why you need a fork and knife. Delicious.

Oven Hot Dogs
8 hot dogs
8 hot dog buns
1 can of chili
1/2 an onion, diced
cheddar cheese
mayonnaise
mustard
sweet relish

Line inside of hot dog buns with mayonnaise and sweet relish. Evenly add mustard. Fill with hot dogs and squish into a 13×9″ baking pan.

Top hot dogs with chili, cheese, and diced onion. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350F for 45 minutes.

Carefully remove from the pan with a spatula–I dropped one on the floor the other day :(

311 Comments

  1. These are in the oven right now! 34 mins to go! Good thing I read the comments after I threw them in because I completely forgot to cover it with foil…. Hahha I bolted to the kitchen and fixed that real quick :]

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  3. OMG!!!! Those look amazing…I will be trying these this week…Thanks :O)

  4. I just made these for dinner, and they were awesome!! Thank you so much for this recipe.

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  6. I am excited to try these, I am not a big fan of hot dogs but these look amazing. My son loves chili hot dogs he has a soccer game tonight and you guessed it, this is what we are having for dinner. Thank you for the idea and recipe

  7. Tried these a few weeks ago. The family is begging for them again this week! They are officially on the menu for tonight. GREAT go to when we need a quick meal. So delicious! They are the perfect balance of everything that makes a chili dog a chili dog! Thanks for a recipe that really delivers!

    • These are great! We always called them Coney Islands when I was growing up. Never used relish, I’ll have to try that. Made them a little more gooey with extra chili and cheese. YUMMO!

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  9. When you bake the buns and mayo alone for 45 minutes….at what temp do you do that?????????

    • Alyssa Reply

      No, you don’t bake the buns and mayo alone! You bake everything at once at the very end for 45 minutes.

  10. Dean Briley Reply

    I have been making Hot Dogs like this for years but I wrap each one in foil…some time I stick them wrapped in the crock pot…everyone who has tried them “LOVE THEM” some time even if they are not fond of hot dogs…

    • Michele ºÜº Reply

      I was wondering if the hot dogs are individually wrapped and cooked in the crockpot, if they turn out the same as all together in a pan or soggy.

      I made these the other night, in my gas oven, at 350º for 45 minutes covered in foil and they were difficult to get out of the pan, not very crispy anywhere. I had half of one left over and heated it in cast iron skillet, so it got a bit crispy and was very good!

      Then I read in one comment that they should be cooked at 375º for 45 minutes and wonder if that will give me the desired results.

      Thanks for a great recipe; I’ve never been much of a hot dog fan but am now. :) {Oh, I did omit the relish, as we don’t care for relish. Daughter liked it with mayo and she doesn’t like mayo.}

  11. I’m making these right now for our 4th of July. I’m using turkey dogs and Hormel turkey chili. I didn’t have relish at home, so I sliced up some bread & butter pickles and put just a few on the bottom of the buns. I also added ketchup.

  12. I don’t eat chili dogs but thank you for this recipe. When my husband likes his food he closes his eyes and nods while eating it… he nodded all the way through two of these.

  13. I made these a week or so ago and they are very yummy! Would have cut back on the relish and mustard a little, but she’s right when she says you have HAVE HAVE to put a good amount of mayo on it. I tried wrapping them separately and found two issues: They don’t quite get as crispy as I imagined and trying to get them all “loaded” without tipping over is a bit more difficult. Next time I will definitely try them unwrapped.

  14. I am pregnant and nothing has sounded good for almost 5 months. Except these!! We will be eating tonight, I am so grateful to you for getting me out of my food funk :)

  15. I saw these the other day and they looked so YUMMY! I’m making 1 right now to see if I need to add more relish or mayo ( kinda like my trial run), and then Ill make the rest for dinner tonight! I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for this recipe!

  16. Thanks so much for this recipe! I’m making them for the second time in a week. My kids ages 13 to 7 loved them. Today I’m using Hot Jalapeno Chili at the kids request…guees we’ll see if they’re man enough for the heat!

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  18. We make something similar to this but with the dogs n cheese wrapped in tortillas with chili dog sauce above and below in the pan and then top with relish ketchup and mustard when served. My family loves it. I will definitely have to try yours and see how we like this one too. We need a little variety to our chili dogs. :-) We have chili dog pizza, chili dog casserole and now we will have baked hot dogs. YUMMM!!

  19. Made these tonight! They were wonderful, thank you for posting!

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  21. Can you assemble these one day and bake another day? I like to cook and assemble on the weekends and then throw in the oven during the week.

    • alyssabyoung Reply

      I’ve never tried that, so I can’t say for sure. I would have some worries about the bread becoming soggy, but I think everything would work out well if you assemble it as you like but omit the chili. Then you can put the chili on right before they go into the oven!

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  23. I’m making these tonight for my husband (who isn’t a fan of hotdogs) and my 7yr old son (who loves hotdogs). A friend made them after she saw your recipe and assured me they were amazing…. Can’t wait to hear what my boys think!

  24. I found you via Pinterest, and made these for our Friday night junk food dinner. These are ah-mazing! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful thing with the world.

  25. Annie in N.C. Reply

    I like hot dogs , this will be fun to try. It’s to cold for grilling

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  27. Anne in STL, MO Reply

    Going to try tonight. Still not trusting all of that mayo. Thought I would try making the whole recipe, but vary ingredients to pick our favorite.

  28. Are they soggy at all inside? I absolutely LOVE hot dogs…but I can’t do soggy!

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  30. So glad you shared this recipe! I have been making these for a couple of years now and we can’t get enough! Every time we have a family get together, I’m asked to bring these! They are amazing! I usually use a turkey chili.

  31. Seriously Alyssa! These were awesome. I made them for my boys and husband and even I loved them! I did not have 45 min so I crisped the dogs in my pan and then followed the recipe with 15 min in the oven. Thank you for an awesome weeknight meal we all LOVED!

    • Alyssa Reply

      Thanks for your comment! I’m sure it will be really helpful for people who don’t have as much time! I’m glad they were a hit :)

  32. These sound so good but we love sauerkraut, so you think we could use that….

    • Alyssa Reply

      Do it! I’d be really interested to hear how that turns out!

  33. Debra Basquez Reply

    My mom used to make something similar when I was a kid in the 70’s. She would place a slice of bread on a baking sheet, slice a hot dog in half put chili over it and a piece of american cheese and bake until toasty and hot. I like your flavors better.

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  35. I loved this recipe! I only cook for two, it’s just me and my boyfriend, so I used an 8×8 dish and cooked it for 30 minutes. I will definfitely be making this again.

  36. karen clift Reply

    These look fabulous, cant wait to try them, I love hot dogs but this is over the top. Thanks for sharing the receipe.

  37. I am not really a chili dog kinda girl, but my husband will love me for this, and so will the 3 other guys living in our house. I have a feeling this will be sports in front of the t.v. food this winter.

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