How to Cook a Hot Dog on Your Grill
One of the favorite things to grill for people of all ages is hot dogs on the grill. It also just makes a nice bonus for a 3-year old toddler that loves them as well. You may have tried to make these in a skillet on the stove previously, but they just do not have that same grilled taste. You know the one I’m mentioning above, an air fryer.
The secret to cooking hot dogs in an air fryer is quite easy. You just need a few simple guidelines to follow. If you are grilling a pork dog, make sure it is one that is lean. Most pork is too fatty to be cooked on the grill.
When preparing hot dogs on the grill you should already have the air prepared. You can preheat the grill to around 250 degrees. Place the hot dog on one side of the grill and cover for about 5 minutes. Once the timer is up, turn the grill off and put it in the colder cabinet for a few minutes to heat back up.
When you get to the outdoor portion of your house, place the two dogs on each side of the grill.
Cover them with aluminum foil. Cover them with the foil again if they start to smoke. Cook the dogs in the preheated grill for around ten minutes.
Here is the secret to how to cook a hot dog in an air fryer. Remove the dogs from the grill. Your grill should look blackened. If the bottom is still intact, you can use a spatula to flip it over. The bottom will come right off. You can now use a spatula to turn over the cooked dog buns in the same way you did the first one.
Once you have successfully cooked the hot dogs in an air basket, remove them. They are now ready to serve. Use a large bowl or platter to place the hot dog’s buns on. Serve them with the original bun on top.
The key to how to cook a hot dog in an air fryer is the frying process.
Since it is an open-top grill, make sure your hands are very warm when flipping the meat. You want to make sure they are warm from the outside burn as well as the heat from the inside. Use tongs to help you flip each side at the same time. It may be necessary to touch the other side of the platter with your tongs several times to seal them down.
If your air fryer grill’s only hot dogs, the process is pretty much the same, but since we are talking about the air fryer, we are going to focus on the second side, the cooking. You want to cook the hot dogs on one side until they are completely done, flipping only the second side if need be. Once they are done, remove them from the grill and place them on a plate to cool.
One of the great things about the air fryer is that you can add just about anything you would like to your grilled hot dogs – all without removing them from the air fryer. One of my favorites is to use my favorite barbecue sauce. I love the taste and the texture of Bar-B-Q sauce on my dogs, so I use it on them whenever possible. If you don’t like barbecue, use honey, molasses, or any other barbecue substitute. You can also use a combination of your favorite toppings, such as spicy mustard or spinach dip.
For some great quick and easy meal ideas, you can use some beef or chicken patties, placed in the air basket and cooked on one side.
Alternatively, you could use ground beef in the air basket and cook on both sides. When finished, remove them from the grill and place them in the slow cooker. Add veggies as usual, and you have a tasty and easy meal for you and your family to enjoy.
If you are trying to prepare ground beef, chicken, or even pork for your dogs, you should know that these types of foods can take up quite a bit of room. In fact, I once cleaned out a garage full of beef because my wife kept buying large packages of beef and was always bringing some in for our dogs.
When preparing ground beef, I would save the good beef for last and then buy smaller packages of cheaper cuts so that my dogs would have a variety. Similarly, you should consider using smaller buns when preparing hot dogs. Smaller buns will keep your dogs feeling full, and they won’t get too hungry while waiting for the other buns to be cooked.
Once you learn how to cook air-fried hot dogs, you may want to make these treats a regular item on your next dinner menu. They taste great and are certainly healthier than your typical burger or hot dog. The next time you are in the mood for a good meal, think about cooking some up on your grill. Your dogs will love you for it!