How Long To Microwave A Hot Dog

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If you’re in a hurry and need a quick snack, microwaving a hot dog is a fast and easy option. But how long should you microwave a hot dog to ensure it’s cooked through?

The answer to the question of how long to microwave a hot dog depends on a few factors, such as the wattage of your microwave and the number of hot dogs you are cooking.

A general guideline is to cook one hot dog for 45 seconds to 1 minute on high power, or up to 2 minutes on 50% power. If you are cooking more than one hot dog, you will need to increase the cook time by 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Keep in mind that cooking times may vary depending on your microwave, so it is always best to check the food periodically to make sure it is not overcooking. With a little trial and error, you’ll soon find the perfect cook time for your favorite hot dogs.

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How To Make A Hot Dog In The Microwave

The good news is that making a hot dog in the microwave is a quick and easy process. With a few simple steps and only a few minutes, you’ll have yourself a quick snack. There are a few different ways to use the microwave oven to heat up an uncooked hot dog.

For the best results, follow these easy steps. It’s the quickest way to achieve the best hot dog in the microwave.

  1. The first step is to prick the hot dog all over with a fork. This will help the hot dog cook evenly and prevent it from exploding.
  2. Next, wrap the hot dog in a paper towel on a microwave-safe plate and microwave it for about two 30-second intervals.

Another popular method for microwaved hot dogs is steaming. Some believe using a wet paper towel helps lock in the hot dog juices and helps prevent them from drying out.

  1. For a steamed version, wet a paper towel and wrap the hot dog.
  2. Use the same heating process as mentioned in the above steps. Once the hot dog is cooked, you can then put it in a bun and add your favorite toppings. 

And finally, making a hot dog in the microwave with a bowl of water is an option. Some people believe this method results in a juicy hot dog, but keep in mind that this method isn’t the safest way or the easiest way, so your best bet is to use one of the other methods instead. But if you decide to try this cooking method out, you will need a microwave-safe bowl of water, a sharp knife, and a plate.

  1. First, cut the hot dog in half lengthwise.
  2. Then, place the hot dog halves in the bowl of water and microwave on high for 30 seconds.
  3. Next, carefully remove the hot dogs from the dish of water. Be very careful with the hot water!
  4. Then place the hot dogs on the microwave-safe plate, and heat on high for another 30 seconds or until heated through. 

How Long To Microwave A Hot Dog

The answer depends on a few factors, including the size of the hot dog and the wattage of your microwave.

In general, you’ll need to cook a hot dog for about 45 seconds to one minute on high power with a higher wattage microwave. If you prefer to cook at 50% power, up your cook time to 1.5 to 2 minutes.

If you’re using a lower wattage microwave, you’ll also need a little extra cooking time.

If microwaving more than one hot dog at a time, plean to add an additional 30 seconds per dog. More details on this are in the next section.

Once the hot dogs are cooked, it’s tempting to take a quick bite, but be sure to let them cool for a minute or two before enjoying.

How Long To Microwave Several Hot Dogs

If you are microwaving two hot dogs, start with 1 minute and 30 seconds on high power. After one minute, rotate the hot dogs to check the doneness and ensure even heating.

If you are microwaving four hot dogs, start with two minutes on high power. After two minutes, rotate the hot dogs so that they cook evenly. Then cook for an additional minute on high power.

If you are microwaving eight hot dogs, start with four minutes on high power. After four minutes, rotate the hot dogs. Then cook for an additional two minutes on high power.

When microwaving multiple hot dogs, let them sit in the microwave for one minute after cooking before serving. This will help to ensure that they are cooked through and not overcooked.

How To Microwave A Hot Dog Bun

For many people, the key to the perfect hot dog is a warm, fluffy bun!

Here’s a step-by-step guide to microwaving a hot dog bun:

  1. Place the bun on a paper plate.
  2. If desired, spread a little butter or margarine on the surface of the bun. This will help to prevent the bun from drying out and give it a little extra flavor and shine.
  3. Microwave the bun on high power for 10-15 seconds, or until warmed through. Be sure to keep an eye on the bun the whole time, as microwaves can vary in power so heating times will vary.

PRO TIP: If you enjoy toasted buns, place the bun on a sheet of aluminum foil. Then pop it into your toaster oven or air fryer for a minute. Another easy way is to butter the bun and toast it in a frying pan on the stovetop.

How To Reheat A Hot Dog In A Bun 

If you have leftover hot dogs that are still in the bun, you can reheat them in the microwave. The bun will heat quicker than the hot dog, so it’s a good idea to reheat them separately.

  1. Take the hot dog out of the bun. Wrap the hot dog in a damp paper towel. This will help to keep it moist as it heats.
  2. Place the hot dog on a plate and microwave on high for 30-seconds, then again in 30-second intervals until the hot dog is heated through.
  3. If desired, heat the bun in the microwave for a few seconds. Then add the hot dog back into the bun and enjoy.

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Top Tips For Making The Best Microwave Hot Dog

There are a few things to keep in mind when microwaving your hot dog.

  • Make sure to prick the hot dog all over with a fork. This will help to prevent it from exploding in the microwave.
  • Place the hot dog on a paper towel or plate lined with paper towels. This will help to absorb any excess moisture.
  • Try wrapping the hot dog in a wet paper towel to help lock in moisture.
  • Use good quality hot dogs whenever possible!
  • When reheating a hot dog in a bun, keep in mind they need to heat for different lengths of time. Take the dog out of the bun and reheat each one separately.

FAQs About Microwaving Hot Dogs

Can you cook a hot dog by microwaving it?

The answer is yes, but there are a few things to keep in mind. It’s important to use a microwave-safe dish and pierce the hot dog several times with a fork to prevent it from exploding.

Cook the hot dog on high heat for about 45 seconds to 1 minute. Be careful when removing the hot dog from the microwave, as it will be very hot.

How long do you put 2 hot dogs in the microwave?

In general, it will take about 30 seconds longer to cook two hot dogs in the microwave than just one. Start with one minute, check the dogs, then continue heating in 30-second intervals until heated through.

Is it better to boil or microwave hot dogs?

Boiling hot dogs is the traditional way to cook them, and many believe it results in a juicy dog. It does take a bit longer though as you need to wait for a pot of water to boil.

Microwaving hot dogs is the faster way and doesn’t require boiling water, but it can leave the hot dog dry or rubbery. 

Can you eat raw hot dogs?

For food safety, it’s not recommended to eat raw hot dogs even if the package says they are precooked. Per the FDA, even ready-to-eat foods like hot dogs can become contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes after they have been processed and packaged. If it’s not possible to reheat hot dogs, don’t eat them.

Are hot dogs already cooked?

Most hot dogs, especially those from the grocery store, are sold in packages and are already already cooked. The package will typically indicate if the hot dogs are precooked. Even if they are, it’s important to reheat them before eating to avoid foodborne illness.

How do you know when hot dogs are done?

The best way to tell if a hot dog is cooked all the way through is to use a food or meat thermometer. The ideal internal temperature for a hot dog is 140 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Can you microwave a frozen hot dog?

It is not recommended to microwave frozen hot dogs using the cooking methods outlined in this article. While it is technically possible to do so, there are a few risks associated with microwaving frozen hot dogs.

There is a risk of the hot dog exploding or risk of food poisoning due to uneven cooking. Using the defrost setting on the microwave is a safe way to go from frozen dogs to a delicious meal.

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How can I prevent my hot dog from exploding in the microwave?

The last thing you want when making microwaved dogs is for them to explode! One of the easiest things to do to prevent this is to prick the skin of the hot dog before cooking it. This will allow steam to escape, and will help to prevent the hot dog from rupturing.

Another tip is to cook your hot dog on a lower power setting or medium heat. This will help to prevent it from overcooking and exploding.

Final Thoughts On Making Hot Dogs In The Microwave

Microwaving hot dogs is a quick and easy way to enjoy this American classic. Here’s a quick recap of the basic guidelines to ensure that your hot dogs are cooked properly.

  • First, make sure that the hot dogs are fully thawed before cooking. If they are frozen or even partially frozen, they will not cook evenly and could end up being overcooked on the outside and raw in the middle.
  • Second, be careful not to overcook the hot dogs. They should be heated until they are steaming hot, but no longer. Overcooked hot dogs can be dry and rubbery, so it is important to err on the side of caution.
  • Finally, remember to allow the hot dogs to cool slightly before eating. This will help prevent burns and will also allow the flavors to develop fully.

By following these simple tips, you can enjoy perfectly cooked hot dogs every time. Enjoy!

Yield: 1 hot dog

Microwave Hot Dogs

Microwave Hot Dog

Microwaving hot dogs is a quick and easy way to enjoy this American classic.

Cook Time 2 minutes
Additional Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute


  • One hot dog, any brand
  • One hot dog bun, any brand


  1. Prick the hot dog all over with a fork. This will help the hot dog cook evenly and prevent it from exploding.
  2. Next, wrap the hot dog in a paper towel on a microwave-safe plate. If desired, you can also use a wet paper towel to help steam the hot dog.
  3. Microwave the hot dog on high for 45 seconds to one minute.
  4. Allow hot dog to rest in the microwave for 1 minute before serving.


    • Add an additional 30 seconds to the cooking time if you’re microwaving more than one hot dog at a time.
    • If reheating a hot dog in a bun, note that the bun will heat quicker than the hot dog, so it’s a good idea to reheat them separately.

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