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 :(


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  5. I don’t like beans either! Why wouldn’t it taste good using chili without beans?

  6. For you hot dog fanatics, we recently discovered hot dogs with cheese in them, which we like so much better than plain hot dogs. I bet this would be great with those. My mom used to fix tuna salad sandwiches in the oven using hamburger buns. Wrapped each sandwich in foil. Toasty on the outside. Boy were those good.

  7. Jackie Sarrasin Dubill Myth 7: Hot dogs are pre-cooked, so it's okay to eat them raw. Fact: Actually, it's important to always reheat hot dogs until they're steaming hot. Some ready-to-eat foods, such as hot dogs, can become contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes after they have been processed and packaged at the plant.

  8. Janet Amelia , no, you wouldn't want to eat them cold, but I would think that after baking for 45 minutes that would bring them to the "steaming hot" point, so they would be okay without being "precooked".

  9. any chance leftovers can be frozen and reheated?! It’s just me and the hubs…

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  11. i have made these a coupe of times and now i can only eat my hot dogs with mayo they are the best hot dogs i have ever eaten

  12. I just made these and they turned out terrible! I followed the directions perfectly and the buns came out hard and the bottom soggy. Never making these ever again.

  13. I am making these tonight because Ineed an easy meal, made them a few weeks ago and they were really good, I noticed someone saying theirs came out soggy,, that had to be dissappointing…possibly too much relish??? Mine were lightly toasted but no sog to them. They are not for eating without a fork though…fully loaded,,, nice break for a day I dont want to put much effort into cooking.

  14. i think my son will love these. Thanks for the receipe!

    This is cooked for 45 minutes, so I have no question that the hotdogs end up fully cooked. However, a few people have commented that hot dogs are safe to eat raw. They are not. They need to be fully cooked. I work for public health, and we dealt with an outbreak of food poisoning as a result of a family eating raw hot dogs. Be careful folks!

  15. I think you should try them one more time and not so much relish on them, which I think if you put to much on cause them to be soggy.

  16. I made them last night, and they were awesome! I used Italian bread hot dog buns (a little stronger), so I was able to pick them up and eat them. I did skip the relish, so maybe that made them less soggy. Is it possible you forgot to cover them with foil? That would definitely cause hard tops. These were REALLY good. I think my husband is driving down to Virginia today to slap his mother, they were so good. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  18. I am making these for the residents I care for for lunch. They look delicious and so easy to make. I will get back later with the results.

  19. I've made these about 17 times true to the recipe and also with different toppings, such a yum easy dinner! A little messy yes, never soggy though.

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