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Oven-Baked Hot Dogs

Oven-baked hot dogs may seem unconventional, but they’re a game-changer! The combination of creamy mayo and sweet relish inside the bun creates a delightful contrast to the savory hot dog, while baking them in the oven with chili and cheese takes the flavor to the next level. Plus, it’s a convenient way to make a large batch for gatherings or a family dinner. Trust me, once you try these, you’ll never want to cook hot dogs any other way!


  • Hot dogs
  • 8 hot dog buns
  • 1 can of chili
  • 1/2 an onion, diced
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard
  • Sweet relish


  1. Line the inside of the hot dog buns with mayonnaise and sweet relish. Don’t skip this step—it’s the secret to keeping the bread soft and delicious!
  2. Evenly add mustard (and ketchup if desired) to the inside of each bun.
  3. Fill each bun with a hot dog and arrange them snugly in a 13×9″ baking pan.
  4. Top the hot dogs with chili, shredded cheddar cheese, and diced onion.
  5. Cover the baking pan with aluminum foil.
  6. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 45 minutes.
  7. Carefully remove the hot dogs from the pan using a spatula.


  1. Can I use turkey or veggie dogs instead of traditional hot dogs? Absolutely! Feel free to substitute with your preferred type of hot dog for a healthier or vegetarian option.
  2. Can I use homemade chili instead of canned? Yes, homemade chili can be used for a fresher flavor. Just make sure it’s thick enough to hold its shape when baked.
  3. Can I assemble these ahead of time and bake later? Yes, you can assemble the hot dogs in the baking pan, cover with foil, and refrigerate until ready to bake.
  4. Can I customize the toppings? Definitely! Get creative with toppings like diced tomatoes, jalapeños, or even coleslaw for added flavor and texture.
  5. Can I use different types of cheese? Of course! Experiment with different cheeses like pepper jack, mozzarella, or even blue cheese for a unique twist.
  6. How can I prevent the buns from getting soggy? Make sure to drain excess liquid from the chili before topping the hot dogs, and don’t overfill the buns.
  7. Can I bake these without covering with foil? While covering with foil helps to melt the cheese and prevent the hot dogs from drying out, you can bake them without foil for a slightly crispier texture.
  8. How should I store leftovers? Store any leftover hot dogs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.


  1. Use quality hot dog buns: Opt for sturdy buns that can hold up to the toppings and baking process without becoming too soggy.
  2. Customize your condiments: Feel free to adjust the amount of mayo, mustard, and relish to suit your taste preferences.
  3. Get creative with toppings: Experiment with different toppings like crispy bacon bits, diced avocado, or chopped green onions for added flavor and texture.
  4. Serve with a side: Pair these oven-baked hot dogs with a side of crispy fries, coleslaw, or a simple green salad for a complete meal.

These oven-baked hot dogs are a fun and flavorful twist on a classic favorite. With a few simple ingredients and easy preparation, they’re perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a crowd-pleasing party dish. Enjoy the deliciousness straight from your oven!

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