If you are an avid barbecuer like myself, I am sure you will agree that a barbecue is not complete without a steaming, gently stacked pyramid of hot dog sausages alongside a toasty platter of hot dog buns.
Hot dogs are just so versatile, and if you have a bit of a fussy family like I do, it is the one meat that is guaranteed to go down well with every member. What I really love about them is that they can be enjoyed plain, or with your classic, ketchup, mayo, mustard or fried onion toppings; or you can really make a meal out of them using some rather quirky toppings. Here are some of the hot dog combinations that I have tried out recently that are fantastic at enticing the whole family to the table for dinner:
- Caramelized onions, pulled pork, barbecue sauce and fried bacon, perfect for a real meat lover to sink their teeth into.
- Chili cream cheese, guacamole, black beans and sweetcorn, for a fabulous American-recipe with a Mexican crossover.
- Mango chutney, fried onions, chopped tomato and basil, for a sweet but tangy mix.
- Diced grilled pineapple, caramelized red onion, shredded pastrami with grated cheese on top to create a Hawaiian classic.
- Strips of fried bacon, monterey Jack cheese, avocado and a shake of salt and pepper for a more classic taste.
What is really fantastic about hot dogs is that they can be prepared in next to no time, they are so simple to make, but the ingredients that you put alongside them can really bring them to life. Now that I have shared with you a few of my favorite new hot dog discoveries, I would love for you to see just how creative you can also be with the sides. Hot dogs go well with a variety of sides, and if you feel like you have been a little stuck for inspiration recently, have a look at the following list to get a few ideas for this weekend:
- Classic crunchy and creamy coleslaw.
- Grilled corn on the cob with lashings of melted butter on top.
- Pasta salad with black beans, blue or feta cheese.
- Rich garlic and herb potato salad with sweetcorn and chopped basil.
- Smoky glazed asparagus.
But, as I am sure you will agree, hot dogs can only reach their maximum potential should the chef have the right equipment behind them, that’s right, the very best hot dog cooker is necessary to create that winning barbecue experience. That is why I have created this article, that will mention some of the very best hot dog toasters out there. So if you want your hot dogs to have that authentic hot dog cart taste this weekend, have a look at some of the best hot dog makers on the market.
Now I know what you are thinking, when it comes to purchasing specific appliances such as a hot dog maker, they will probably cost you an arm and a leg, and in all honesty, there are some makes and models that charge a lot of money for doing a pretty standard job, or for getting things done just as quickly as a cheaper model. That is why this article is looking at the most efficient but affordable hot dog toasters that cook the very best hot dogs that your family will love.
Top 7 Reviewed Toasters for Hot Dogs
Searching high and low for the very best hot dog toaster? Then the search is over, as here is a list of the most superb makes and models in the market right now, all at very affordable prices. Have a look at the specifications on each of the toasters, to see what features you think will be essential for your family.
I love a hot dog toaster that comes with all of the necessary accessories, and this Nostaligia Retro pop-up hot dog toaster does just that. It comes with mini tongs to help you remove hot buns and hot dogs and a removable hot dog cage, making it easier for you to get the hot dogs in and out of the toaster.
Not a fan of cleaning up? Me neither. That is why this toaster comes with a removable drip tray that you can easily shake into the trash, wipe over and then re-insert, as clean as a whistle.
Looking for a hot dog toaster that will cook some delicious hot dogs for the whole family? Maybe you have friends and family coming over this weekend and just simply do not have the time to sit around waiting for individual hot dogs to cook. That is why this toaster is fantastic.
It has a 4 hot dog and 4 bun capacity, meaning you can make twice as many hot dogs, twice as fast. The family will be tucking in before they even have the chance to feel hungry.
It also comes with a handy drip tray that makes cleaning up a walk in the park.
Americana By Elite
Let’s face it, some kitchen appliances are real eye-sores, but that is definitely not the case with this Americana By Elite retro pop-up hot dog toaster. It comes in both a cool blue and a racing red, so that you can choose the design that best fits your kitchen.
It is small and compact, perfect for smaller kitchens and would make a great gift for those who are just starting out.
There is nothing worse than a red hot appliance in the kitchen and that is why this pop up hot dog toaster has a cool touch exterior, which is a great protection for families with small children.
Elite Cuisine EHD-051R
Are you the traditional hot dog roller style person, but don’t want a big hefty hot dog roller occupying space unnecessarily in the backyard? Then this hot dog toaster oven by Elite Cuisine is definitely the one for you.
It comes with hot dog heated rollers on the top which are perfect for making sausages as well as hot dogs and the inside oven has space for four buns to crisp to perfection but it will also toast other breads too. This is the perfect appliance for those who are looking for a multi-use hot dog toaster.
Here is another pop-up hot dog toaster that comes with all of the necessary accessories for you to make the best hot dogs this weekend. It comes with a pair of mini tongs, perfect for you to use to fish out piping hot, crispy buns and a removable hot dog cage that will allow you to insert and remove hot dogs with ease.
This pop up toaster cooks two hot dogs and two buns at a time and is perfect to display on your kitchen countertop as it comes with a classic retro coca cola drinks design on the front that will look really trendy in your kitchen.
Smart Planet HDT‐1S
If your family is anything like mine, they like their bread toasted in a particular way. Well, that is not a problem with this hot dog toaster by Smart Planet as it has 5 adjustable toasting settings so that you can get the perfect crunch and brown on the rolls that you have been craving.
It is super speedy, cooking the hot dogs in a matter of minutes, meaning that you will have lunch on the table in the blink of an eye.
Coney Island Hot Dog Roller
Cleaning up has just got easier with this Coney Island countertop hot dog roller. The removable tray can simply be emptied and then placed in the dishwasher, meaning that you can simply prepare the hot dogs, place the tray to be washed and then go about your afternoon. Nice.
The roller on top has the space to evenly cook 4 hot dogs or sausages and the mini oven below will toast 4 hot dog buns or other rolls and breads. The perfect solution to a high paced family life.
Candery Hot Dog Roller
Have you been searching the internet high and low for a really stylish looking hot dog toaster? Then you will love this hot dog toaster by The Candery. This hot dog toaster has 4 non stick rollers that are easy to wipe clean and will toast the hot dogs to perfection without burning them or allowing them to stick to the rollers. The hot dog toaster has a 6 hot dog capacity meaning that you can get your hot dog baps out by the baker’s dozen – you will have the family fed in next to no time.
The classic design makes this hot dog toaster the perfect appliance to use at a barbecue or at an outdoor party with family and friends.
The stainless steel red and silver cover on the hot dog toaster is easy to wipe down and clean and will look presentable sat on your kitchen countertop.
How to Use a Pop Up Hot Dog Toaster
A pop up hot dog toaster may be a new concept to you as it was to me not too long ago, but trust me, once you find out just how quick and easy they are to use, you will never go back to the traditional hot dog cooking methods. You have more than likely seen many a hot dog roller in life, but the hot dog toaster is rather new in comparison and more efficient. A hot dog roller is rather big and bulky, taking up a lot of space, not a problem if you have a large back yard and plenty of storage space, but they can be a nuisance when you are working in a more limited area. On the other hand a hot dog toaster is small and compact and can be operated anywhere, even from the comfort of your very own kitchen work surface.
Maybe you have just purchased a pop up hot dog toaster and are not too sure about how to use it, or perhaps you are looking to buy one but want to get savvy on the operational steps before committing. Either way, here are the steps on how to use a pop up hot dog toaster that are as easy as one, two, three:
Plug the pop up hot dog toaster and turn it on. Insert hot dogs into the round weiner sections. Insert the buns into the larger bun sections.
Push the handle down and wait until they pop up toasted and ready.
Unplug and then use the tongs provided to remove the hot dogs and buns from the toaster and pop them on a plate.
That’s right, life just got a whole lot simpler, as with a hot dog toaster, there’s no boiling big pots of water and chasing them around the pot with a fork or tongs. What I love about it is that you can get the whole meal done with one easy appliance, and there’s no need to keep checking up on them. The hot dogs even come out with a stronger hot dog taste than they do when boiled in water as that usually waters the flavor down.
Nostalgia Retro Pop-Up Hot Dog Toaster.
Nostalgia RETRORED Four Dogs & Buns Pop-Up Toaster, 4-Hot Dogs. Americana By Elite ECT-542BL Retro Pop-Up Hot Dog Toaster Cooker Machine.
Elite Cuisine EHD-051R Hot Dog Toaster Oven, 30-Min Timer, Stainless Steel Heat Rollers Bake & Crumb Tray.
Nostalgia HDT600COKE Coca-Cola Pop-Up Hot Dog Toaster.
Smart Planet HDT‐1S Peanuts Snoopy Hot Dog Toaster.
Coney Island Countertop Hot Dog Roller.
The Candery Hot Dog Roller Sausage Grill Cooker Machine
Clean the outer surface of the toaster with a soft damp cloth.
Cooking time depends on the time range which is 5 to 7 minutes for standard beef, 7 to 10 minutes for large franks, and 15 minutes for quarter-pound franks.
So, before you hit ‘purchase’ on that brand new pop-up hot dog toaster make sure it comes with some of the following features:
Enough cooking space
Most pop-up hot dog toasters come with room for cooking just two hot dogs at a time if you are often cooking for large parties you may want to look for a toaster that can cook 4 or more hot dogs and buns at a time.
This feature really comes in handy to speed up the cleaning process.
Hot dog toasters that come with a removable hot dog cage and tongs will help you to get your hot dogs and buns out of the toaster easier, without the risk of burning yourself.
Cool touch exterior
This is really important as there is nothing worse than burning yourself on a hot toaster. The cool exterior also makes the appliance a lot safer for families with small children.