Hot dogs stuffed with cheese and wrapped with bacon. A simple, fun idea to dress up a hot dog with the flavors of a bacon cheeseburger. These Bacon Wrapped Cheese Hot Dogs are sure to be a hit this summer, or any time of year.
I was having a craving for hot dogs and I started trying to think of delicious ways to dress up a hot dog for a fun weeknight dinner with my boys. A bacon cheeseburger came to mind and I thought why not incorporate those flavors into a hot dog.
We were out of propane for the BBQ, the day I first made these, so I baked the hot dogs in the oven, but since I posted the recipe, I’ve also made these on the grill and the smoker too. Any way you cook them, everyone loves them.
How to Make Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs in the Oven
Cooking the hot dogs on a grill is my preferred method in the summer, but sometimes it isn’t convenient. So you can easily use your oven to make these Bacon Wrapped Cheese Hot Dogs just as delicious! Follow the directions below in our printable recipe for best results.
- Slice the hot dog lengthwise just deep enough to create a pocked, and stuff with preferred cheese. Sometimes I used shredded if I have it on hand, other times I use thin ¼-inch slices the length of the hot dog.
- Wrap bacon around the hot dog and secure with toothpicks as needed
- Place wrapped hot dogs on a broiler pan
- Bake as directed until bacon is crisp and the hot dog is sweating
Usually, I buy Oscar Mayer Beef Bun Length Hot Dogs. I like that they are the same length as the bun, and love that there are the same number of hot dogs as hot dog buns. (Why they all aren’t the same, I’ll never understand.)
The Sara Lee Soft & Smooth Wheat Hot Dog Buns are my favorite. There’s 2 grams of fiber in each bun and it makes me feel like my family’s eating a little bit better.
Recently I bought some fun split-top buns that are cut in the middle of the top instead of having to break them apart on the side. Have you tried the split top buns yet?
I served my Bacon Wrapped Cheese Hot Dogs with mustard, ketchup and relish, but they’re great with your favorite BBQ sauce as well.
Favorite side dishes to serve alongside the hot dogs can range from quick and easy like watermelon, carrot sticks, grapes, and chips. Or, if you have time to plan ahead, whip up some pressure cooker potato salad, baked beans, or a perfect pasta salad. Either way, these Bacon Wrapped Cheese Hot Dogs are sure to be a hit.
Bacon Wrapped Cheese Hot Dogs
- 8 hot dogs
- ½ cup shredded cheese
- 16 slices bacon pre-cooked
- 8 hot dog buns toasted
- Preheat oven to 450º.
- Slice each hot dog lengthwise down the middle almost, but not all the way through. Fill the pocket with a little shredded cheese. (I used Shredded Colby Monterey Jack.)
- Wrap the hot dog with two slices of thin-sliced, pre-cooked bacon. Secure bacon with toothpicks if necessary. (I used Costco Hormel frozen fully cooked bacon that I thawed in the microwave for about 30 seconds so that it was easier to wrap around the hot dogs.)
- Bake approximately 10 minutes until cheese is melted and bacon and hot dog are hot.
If you’re looking for more great grilling recipes, Hey Grill Hey and Kiss My Smoke are two of my favorite grilling sites.
These dogs look like so much fun…they’d be perfect for a Fourth of July BBQ!
This sounds delicious – bacon, cheese and sausage together, it does not get any better:) I went through your list of cookie recipes – very comprehensive.
Simple and so delicious! Perfect for a garden party!
You did not just take the ultimate outdoor meal and turn it into the most amazing, decadent and rich dish I have ever seen. really? Bacon wrapped- that is just genius!
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
Mum you always know what I love to eat 😛 I love hot dogs and these look wonderful! 😀 xxx
Now we are talkin. These look great. Simple and sooooooooo tasty. Bacon makes everything taste amazing… Oh how I want one, or two… Who am I kidding, Im starving, Ill take 3 please. 🙂
I think I’m actually salivating, Barbara! This is my kind of meal-easy, quick and DELICIOUS!!!
My husband always has cheese with his hot dogs and for the life of me, I don’t know why we have never thought to wrap bacon around them. He’d love these. Your photos are wonderful.
Thanks for posting this. I immediately remembered when I was a young girl and would make my dad cheese hot dogs. I’d slit the hotdog like that and just fold up a piece of American cheese, put in on a piece of bread and put it under the broiler. Those were the pre-microwave days…
Claire @ Claire K Creations
We put cheese on our hot dogs but I’ve never thought to put it in the hot dogs. Yum!!!
Ah….you’ve got me craving for some hot dogs now! I will definitely make some this weekend at the BBQ! Oscar Mayer Beef dogs are my favorite too. I just love that beefy flavor! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.
That’s one awesome way to improve on a hot dog….yum!
Maris (In Good taste)
What a creative idea. This could become very popular this weekend!
Soooo not fair to my diet!!!! You know how much I lOVE hot dogs and then to tempt me with cheese and bacon as well! You have gone too far. And I think the hot dog bun people and the hot dog people are in cahoots with each other. Maybe the dog people pay a kick back to the bun people after you buy a second pack of hot dogs to match the bun numbers. Don’t you think?
Desserts In My Kitchen
Woah! Perfect for the upcoming holiday weekend! They look so inviting! 🙂
kim sisto robinson
these look fabuloussssssssssss.
I shall pass on the recipie!
ohhhhhhh, the bacon. ohhhhhhh.
Becki @Becki's Whole LIfe
OMG – this post brings back such memories! I went to college in Niagara Falls, NY and these were popular there. They are called Whistle Pigs..I have never made them though..might have to try this!
Isabel in Spain
You can always learn something new… and that is just what happened when I read your post. I had made these before but without cooking the bacon first and, what a difference!! All that grease while cooking!! This new method makes it so much easier!! Thanks and enjoy your 4th of July!
Hmmm – love these kicked up dogs Barbara! They look divine.
Oh my. bacon and cheese goodness! I’ve seen these before but I’ve never been brave enough to try it myself. They look so delicious Barbara 🙂