Pretzel Dogs are the most fun way to enjoy a hot dog! Ditch the bun and enjoy a hot dog wrapped in a buttery soft pretzel for a combination that is out of this world!
Serve these Pretzel Dogs with a side of Baked French Fries for a meal your kids will beg you for again and again!
When I was pregnant with my son, I craved Pretzel Dogs. The ones you get at the mall food court? Yep, you could find me there more times than I care to admit.
But can you blame me? A buttery, soft pretzel wrapped around a beef hot dog–it is pretty out of this world!
Truth be told, I rarely get the craving for a hot dog these days, but when the craving strikes, I want to go all in!
Why settle for bun when you can have a tender soft pretzel instead?
Exactly my thoughts too! And while we are at it, why not add in some cheese. I like the way you think!
How to Make Homemade Pretzel Dogs
You make think making Pretzel Dogs at home are complicated, but really the process is quite easy.
And this is a great recipe to recruit your children to help with. They can make the pretzel dough and roll the pretzels around the hot dogs. And the kids LOVE to eat these Pretzel Dogs too!
Step One: Make the Pretzel Dough
Pretzel dough is just whole wheat flour, salt, yeast, and water–easy peasy!
Step Two: Roll Out Pretzel Dough
After the dough rose, divide into 8 equal balls and roll the dough out to about an 8 inch oval to fit the hot dog (and cheese if using).
Step Three: Stuff the Pretzel with Hot dogs
I also add cheese to my pretzel dogs, because if we are going to go all out, we might as well go all out! Feel free to omit of course.
Once you wrap the dough around the hot dog, cut small diagonal slits across the dough to allow steam to escape during the cooking process. Pro-Tip: If using cheese, wrap the dough so that you seal pretzel dog with the cheese on the bottom. Cut slits on the top surface, opposite side of the cheese, only exposing the hot dog through the slits–this way the cheese will not ooze out the slits when par-boiling.
Step Five: Parboil the Pretzels
Regular Dough turns into pretzels by being parboiled in boiling water with baking soda. SO THIS STEP IS CRUCIAL! It is as simple as dipping pretzels into the boiling water for just a minute and then removing with a slotted spoon to a baking sheet.
Step Six: Bake the Pretzel Dogs
Sprinkle the pretzel wrapped hot dogs with kosher salt and then bake to golden perfection.
Once baked, we were left with soft pretzels filled with salty, savory beef and ooey, gooey, cheese. I personally love to dip in mustard, but ketchup works as well.
Tips for Making Homemade Pretzel Dogs:
- Making homemade pretzel dough may sound intimidating–but it is really easier than you think. It is just bread dough that is pre-boiled in a baking soda water and then baked.
- I used whole wheat flour, but all-purpose works too. I have not tried this with gluten-free flour so I am not sure how that will react to the baking soda water.
- Use any variety of cheese or hot dogs you like. I prefer organic, nitrate-free beef hot dogs for flavor and quality and sharp cheddar cheese.
- When rolling the dough around the cheese and pretzels, be sure to do so securely.
- Be sure to gently put the pretzel dog into the water and only leave in the mixture until just coated with water–just 30-45 seconds is all it needs.
- I use kosher salt to top the pretzel dogs, but sea salt works as well. Table salt is not a wise choice as it won’t adhere well.
- My family only ate 4 pretzel dogs. We prepared the full 8, but once the 4 we didn’t eat had cooled, we sealed them in a freezer ziploc bag for storage in the freezer. When I served them again, I popped them out of freezer and baked for about 10 minutes at 375 to warm through.
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Cheesy Pretzel Dogs
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 1/2 teaspoons yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- Water for boiling 4 cups
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- kosher salt
- 8 organic nitrate-free hot dogs
- 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese cut into 8 5 inch sticks
- Start with the pretzel dough. Combine the flour, salt and yeast with a dough hook on a kitchen stand mixer. Add the water in and allow the dough to come together, scraping the sides if necessary. Let the dough knead in the mixer on low for about 8 minutes, until smooth and shiny.
- Place dough in greased large mixing bowl and cover with a damp kitchen towel. Allow to rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
- Once the dough had rose, preheat the oven to 450. Also bring 4 cups of water to a boil on the stove.
- Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and roll each piece into about an 8 inch oval--to fit the hot dog. Place the hot dog and the cheese slice in the middle of each oval and bring the dough over the sides, securing the dough over the hot dog and cheese. Flip the dog, seam side down and cut about 4-5 small slits evenly spaced across the hot dog to allow steam to escape.
- Once the water has come to a boil, turn the stove off and stir in 1/4 cup baking soda into the water. Gently place each pretzel dog into the water bath, one at a time, just until coated with the mixture.
- Place the pretzel dogs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or well greased. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until dough is nicely golden brown.
- Dip into mustard if desired!!