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Spiral Cut Grilled Hot Dog Recipe

Spiral-Cut Grilled Hot Dogs get nice nooks and crannies to hold more toppings like mustard, ketchup and relish. Grill these full-flavor dogs at your next cookout and put out a bar of condiments.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner & Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled hot dogs, hot dog recipes, hot dog toppings, spiral hot dogs, spiral-cut hot dogs
Servings: 8
Calories: 278kcal


  • 8 jumbo beef hot dogs
  • 8 hot dog buns

Hot Dog Relish

  • 1 bell pepper chopped fine
  • 1-2 dill pickles chopped fine
  • 1 cup green cabbage finely shredded
  • ¼ cup chopped onion chopped fine
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper


  • Jumbo hot dogs work better, but the regular classic size will work just fine, and you can also spiral-cut sausages
  • To make spiral-cut hot dogs, push a metal skewer through the center of each one. Place onto a cutting board, and run a sharp knife at an angle scoring them into a spiral all the way down each one to the end, but don't cut all the way through.
  • Carefully pull the hot dog off the skewer, and it is ready to grill. Clean your outdoor gas grill or charcoal grill grate with a wire brush and brush some oil on the grate to create a nonstick surface. Preheat your grill on medium high for 5 minutes. For a charcoal grill, light it and be sure the charcoal has some white ash and is burning hot, then grill.
  • Grill on medium heat for about 7-10 minutes over low open flames until grill marks are all over the surface appear. They will darken, char, and curl slightly and get deeper slits while grilling. Turn them often using tongs every few minutes. You can also cook hot dogs in a cast iron grill pan right on the stove. Pull the cooked ones over to indirect heat to keep warm.
  • Load onto bread buns with toppings, and serve in a food basket lined with paper for easy cleanup. You can toast the buns over the grill for a couple of minutes, some people spread a little butter or oil to get a nice toast. Load up with your favorite toppings and enjoy! Try my homemade Hot Dog Relish, it is fresh crunchy, and delicious.



cooking time

Hot dog sizes need different grilling times. The amount of time you grill the dogs will depend on the size of the dogs.
regular-sized dogs 5-7 minutes
jumbo-sized dogs - 7-10 minutes
quarter-pound dogs - 15 minutes

Hot Dog Toppings

  • chili
  • grated cheese
  • cole slaw
  • relish
  • mustard
  • ketchup
  • chopped onions
  • chopped tomatoes
  • green onions
  • pickles
  • sauerkraut
  • pickled jalapenos
  • caramelized onions & mushrooms
  • crumbled bacon

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Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 935mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 493IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 2mg