Pretzel Dogs

 Super easy buttery soft pretzel-wrapped hot dogs! SO much more fun and better tasting than traditional buns! 

Pretzel Dogs

I’ve told you I’m pretty indecisive right? Okay, I’m really indecisive. Not because I’m difficult to please, but because I like so many things. Especially when it comes to food. And I get these intense cravings that simply must be quenched. In those cases, when I can’t decide between one food or another, I sometimes get both and eat them side by side. Other times, I do a mashup.

Pretzel Dogs

Today we’re mashing two of my favorite mall-foods. Soft pretzels + hot dogs. I really like the hot dogs from Hot Dog on a Stick. And their lemonade, oh my gosh to die for. My mother turned me on to that addictive stuff. Fresh squeezed lemonade is a summertime staple. It goes so well with things like Hebrew National hot dogs and soft pretzels. Mmmm.

Pretzel Dogs

And if I’m having a fluffy soft pretzel I want to dip in one of two things. Ooey gooey totally fake cheese sauce (more more more!) or… mustard. I used to be a plain-mustard gal, that is until I discovered the beauty of dijon mustard about a year ago. More recently I was introduced to Gulden’s spicy brown mustard, have you tried it?? LOVE IT! Then again, it had me at “spicy”.

Pretzel Dogs

Okay now let’s get to the nitty gritty of these pretzel dogs. Two favorites wrapped into one adorable little bundle. Ah! I just can’t contain my joy. And they are way too easy. This dough takes only 30 minutes and then about 5 minutes for boiling and 15 minutes to bake. So don’t fear the dough – it’s a cake walk, promise.

Pretzel Dogs

And I think it’s only fair that I issue a warning here: you will never want to go back to regular hot dog buns. Seriously. I’m addicted to the pretzel bun thing. And they’re totally dipable!! Cheese sauce, mustard, ketchup, you can dunk these cuties in anything and everything. And I do mean everything.

Pretzel Dogs


Pretzel Dogs
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Pretzel Dogs

Super easy soft pretzel-wrapped hot dogs! SO much more tasty and fun than traditional buns!
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword hot dog, Pretzel
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tiffany


  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 8 hot dogs, cut in half
  • salt (coarse sea salt if possible)


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together warm water, sugar, and yeast.
  • Fit your mixer with a dough hook attachment. Add flour and salt to the bowl. Mix on medium-low speed until smooth. Allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into 16 equal sized pieces. Roll each piece into a long log (about 8 inches long). Wrap a rolled piece of dough around one hot dog half and pinch the ends together to keep it from unraveling. Repeat with remaining dough and hot dogs. Allow to rest while you prepare the next steps.
  • Preheat oven to 400. Grease a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Bring a large pot of water to boil. (about 6-8 cups) Add baking soda to water (careful it will bubble up!)
  • Use a slotted spoon to place dough-wrapped hot dogs in the boiling water (do 4 at a time). Allow to boil for 30 seconds. Remove with slotted spoon and place on a paper towel.
  • Once all hot dogs have boiled, place them all on the prepared baking sheet. Brush melted butter over the hot dogs. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste. Bake about 15 minutes or until dough is golden brown. Serve warm with your favorite sauces (I used ketchup and spicy brown mustard!)

Recipe adapted from lemon sugar.




With grilling season upon us, everyone is craving an all-American hot dog. What makes a kosher hot dog different? It's all about what makes the cut (and what doesn't). Hebrew National is choosy about what goes into their franks – only 100% pure kosher beef so you know what you’re getting and they taste great. No artificial flavors, colors, fillers or byproducts.

Oh p.s. compensation was provided by Hebrew National via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are my own and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Hebrew National. 

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These are just too fun. I haven’t been to Hot Dog on a Stick in years! I remember going for those cheese dog things, basically a cheese stick dipped in corndog batter and fried! Yum!

    Hi there!
    When I saw your post earlier at IG, I grabbed all my ingredients and made this too. It was super easy to make and my kids loved it. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

      Hi Marlin! These are really too easy not to be made regularly, so yummy and fun for the kids! I’m so glad to hear that your family loved this recipe as much as we do! 🙂

These look so fun and yummy! Hot dogs are a must in the summer and my hubby LOVES them. This looks like it would be great for kids, too! I think my 3-year-old and 18-month-old would devour these. Thanks for the recipe!

I am so very grateful to find this recipe! I have loved pretzel dogs for years, but where I currently live it is extremely rare to find the frozen ones (forget finding them freshly made). I have often wondered just how to go about making them and now I know. This also gives me the chance to select the hot dogs I want to use rather than just taking whatever sort a manufacturer uses. Hooray!!

Thinking of making these for a party. Have you ever boiled them then waited to bake them later in the evening? Can you refrigerate or freeze them at any point??

    Hi Shirley! I haven’t tried boiling them and then freezing them – if you do try that let me know how it turns out! I might suggest boiling and baking them, then freezing them. Then you can just pop them back in the oven (or in the microwave!) for a few minutes before serving 🙂

Can you use the small appetizer hot dogs?


      I don’t own a standup mixer. How long do you think it would take to make the dough without a stand up mixer?

        Hi Danette – Not too long, it will require some kneading by hand though so that’s the most difficult part but definitely doable!

You know, I think I would like this even better than the crescent roll variety! Pinned it to my new Hot Diggity Dog board. Hey, tomorrow is National Hog Dog Day and I am doing a round up in celebration. This post is being featured! Hope you can stop by.

All mine unwrapped in the oven 🙁

    Oh shoot – you need to pinch the ends tighter before putting them in the oven, if you pinch them tightly so the dough seals together that won’t happen!

Delicious and easy-to-follow recipe!

These were as good or better than the ones you get in the mall. I made them with Applegate Uncured Turkey Hotdogs.

5 stars
I made these for an Oktoberfest party last year and were devoured quickly. Will be making an extra batch for this years party. Thanks so much for the recipe!

5 stars
This is delicious! i made to today and may son love it. great recipe.

    Yay! Glad that you loved it!

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