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
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 :(


  1. I made these last night for neighbors after finding the recipe yesterday. It was a huge hit!

  2. Dionne Beil Reply

    Just put on a pot of homemade chili. Making them for my for my grandchildren tonight. They look great.

  3. I will be making these for my family this week! I have not been able to stop thinking about them since I saw them on Pinterest . . . Thanks!

  4. Nancy Coppaway Reply

    Started making oven hot dogs back in 1973 while in college. Have never tried using mayo. Will have to give it a go next time I fix them. Yours look absolutely delicious!

  5. Saw these hot dogs on buns in my ovens page. lord,they looked so good i had to try them. Made them tonight for dinner,,,WOW,,,they are so wonderful…Thank you….

  6. I will have to try these.I cant tonight,because I ran out of heartburn meds,and I am definitely gonna have to have my meds for these

  7. Do you put the relish on the bottom of the bun with mayo? Or on top of the hotdog?

  8. Jodi Husted Reply

    this looks good enough to eat but there's just me sooo I think I'll try a smaller pan and do two or three

  9. Dawn Guzzo Brothers Reply

    I have these in the oven right this minute! Can't wait to try em!!

  10. I grew up in a state where hot dogs were topped with chili and coleslaw as well as mustard, ketchup, etc. I think I will try these and add the coleslaw when they are served.

  11. I made these for my kids, the oldest of which has a 23 yr old son. I mix one tablespoon of each of mustard, mayo, and both sweet and dill relish. It gives you 1/2 tablespoon per dog and just seems to go quicker. Proceed with the chili, cheese and onions. Delish! Enjoy!

    • I haven’t even made these…yet. I’m for sure doing it. Faye? Mixing these ingredients is the worst idea I’ve ever seen and you put the same comment in multiple times. 1/2 tablespoon for the mayo, mustard AND relish???? That isn’t nearly enough by a long long way. You are missing the boat and floundering in the water DROWNING!

  12. Cindy S Tissue Reply

    Ohhhh !!!!!!!!!!!! These Oven Hotdogs r soo good i will start making these more often OMG :-) :-) :-) :-)

  13. Amy DeRoss Russo Reply

    SOOOO good! Thank you for sharing. Will definitely be making these on a regular basis.

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  15. Gloria Tanner Reply

    I just had to make these hotdogs, they are in the oven now and smelling delicious! The test will be when my husbands tries one, he is the taster in our family. I am also frying some potatoes to go along side of these, can't wait,shall let you know how it turns out!

  16. Of all the recipes I have printed off from gawker and made, this is the ONLY ONE I continue to make on a regular basis. Rarely do I ever make the same thing twice. It is my comfort food, the one food item I crave and go back to since I first started making them two plus years ago. Thank you!!

  17. Gloria Tanner Reply

    Well, tried these hotdogs, I liked them but, of course,husband did not. He liked the way I usually prepared them, so it did not go over very well.

  18. Jenny Young Reply

    This is the ONLY way I will eat hot dogs anymore!! I have made them three times so far since discovering the recipe a month ago :-). Last night I didn’t have any chili so I used leftover sloppy Joe meat from the night before, and added sauerkraut in the bottom, along with the sweet relish. Sooo yummy!!!

  19. Susan Wendland Reply

    My family loved these! I also made some with cheese and sauerkraut and jack cheese and green chilis!! yummy

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  21. Robin Travis Reply

    Going to try this but will not use the wolf chili, have my homemade chili instead. Going to see how they turn out. May fix these later today…

  22. Annette Arocho Reply

    Try them with Potato Hot dog buns they hold up better..

  23. Andrea Simas Alora Reply

    Just had to put on here that we make these on a regular basis (in the oven as we speak). My husband CRAVES them like mad. It's not that much extra work and the reward is so much greater than regular chili dogs. They taste awesome the next day too (If there's leftovers, that is lol), I wrap them in foil and toss them in the oven until they're nice and hot again.

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  25. We always use to have hot dogs with our chili. I’m talking a bowl of chili and a hot dog tho…this seems perfectly OK to me.

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