Fun Pretzel Roll Hot Dogs

For a fun treat for kids (maybe?) and grown-ups (for sure!), hollow out soft pretzel sticks, stuff 'em with hot dogs, heat 'em up and dip in a little mustard. What a great make-ahead, on-the-run sandwich for parties, tailgaters, campers, hunters!

Fun Pretzel Roll Hot Dogs ♥ Fun party food, make-ahead hot dogs stuffed into soft pretzel rolls.

Make-Ahead Party Food, Fast & Fun. Hearty & Filling. Budget Friendly. Great for Meal Prep. Easy DIY.

Never in the World ...

So trust me, never in the world did I think that Kitchen Parade needed a hot dog recipe. Because, you know, who needs help cooking hot dogs? or tips for tossing them into buns? (Okay one thing, chopped onion is amazing on hot dogs!)

But the Preztel Wurst from Big Red Kitchen (sorry, no longer online) caught my attention. Wow, what a notion, make-ahead hot dogs!

Truth be told, I thought four boys, ages five to nine, would gobble them up – but NOT. Those sneaky little guys pulled the hot dogs out of the pretzel buns and ate them plain! Oh well ...

But the big kids aka adults, ages not-sayin' to not-sayin', loved them!

So forget the finicky kids. Feed 'em hot dogs and save the Fun Pretzel Roll Hot Dogs for everyone else.

These are fun for tailgating, a Halloween party, family movie night, football and Superbowl parties. Once, I even sent a big bagful to Colorado for a gang of elk hunters!

About This Recipe: Fun Pretzel Roll Hot Dogs

  • Learn how (and why!) to stuff soft pretzel rolls or pretzel sticks with hot dogs to serve on-the-spot or better still, made ahead of time to warm in the oven for serving hot for parties or wrapped in foil to heat over a campfire.
  • Distinctive Ingredients = Soft Pretzel Rolls + Hot Dogs + Mustard for Serving
  • It takes just five minutes to make one or two, after that, the time needed will depend on how many you're making and how adept you become at cutting and scraping the soft pretzels.
  • These are totally fun, a whole hot dog tucked into a shorter pretzel roll so that the hot dog pokes out a bit at each end.
  • When I first shared this recipe, Trader Joe's sold these wonderful soft pretzel rolls, they were big (so we cut them in half) but otherwise perfect. Now-a-days, you'll need to explore the bread section in your grocery store to see what's available and then adapt. Luckily, pretzel bread is having a moment!
  • Not quite what you're looking for? Check out my other sandwich recipes.

An Assembly Line Helps!

Family members prepping pretzel rolls for Fun Pretzel Roll Hot Dogs ♥ Fun party food, make-ahead hot dogs stuffed into soft pretzel rolls.

It's easier than you might think to hollow out the soft pretzel rolls. When my dad's cousin and his wife visited a couple of weeks ago, I put them to work!

Thanks, Mel and Mardellya!

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Fun Pretzel Roll Hot Dogs ♥ Fun party food, make-ahead hot dogs stuffed into soft pretzel rolls.


Hands-on time: 5 minutes
Time to table: 5 minutes
Makes 1 or 2 hot dog, easily multiplied
  • Your favorite soft pretzel rolls
  • Your favorite hot dogs

PRETZEL ROLL Figure out how to cut / modify / shorten the pretzel roll to hold a whole hot dog, preferably with the ends sticking out. You might cut off the ends, cut the roll in half, even use a serrated grapefruit knife, a paring knife or something similar to hollow out the center of the pretzel roll, reserving the centers for another purpose or discarding.

HOT DOGS Meanwhile, cook the hot dogs in a skillet. When they're cool enough to handle, stuff into the pretzel roll, you might need to hollow out the pretzel roll a little more. Dig in!


TO WARM IN OVEN Collect some Pretzel Roll Hot Dogs in a baking dish, cover with foil and refrigerate until ready to serve. Set oven to 350F/175C, warm until hot dogs are hot, about 45 minutes. This takes way longer than I'd have guessed, be sure to allow enough time.

TO WARM IN MICROWAVE To heat individually, heat each Fun Pretzel Roll Hot Dog in the microwave for 30 seconds, careful, they get hot fast-fast-fast!

TO FREEZE & WARM OVER A CAMPFIRE Wrap individually in a double layer of foil and refrigerate or even freeze. Set on a rack over hot coals until warm and steamy.

WHERE TO BUY SOFT PRETZEL ROLLS Way back in 2014 when I first published this recipe, Trader Joe's sold a really fun pretzel roll, an elongated bun shaped like a hot dog bun. Bad News. Remind me to never feature a Trader Joe's product in one of my recipes cuz that means it's headed for the "Trader Joe's discontinued" product list. Dang it all. But Good News. Look for soft pretzels shaped like buns in the bread section at many grocery stores and, at least here in St. Louis, there are even entire fast-food places based on nothing but pretzels. You might need to get creative, it seems like many of the rolls are round like burger buns vs long like hot dog buns. Double stuff? Possibly.

WHERE TO JUST BUY 'EM? Many malls have Auntie Anne's which sells ready-made mini pretzel dogs. Can they be baked at home? It's worth a shot.
ALANNA's TIPS Do be prepared to adapt on the spot, based on your pretzel rolls. For example, those first Trader Joe's soft pretzel rolls seemed like a bit much bread, so we cut the rolls in half lengthwise, leaving the hot dog hanging out each end. I love that look, better for dipping in a little mustard too! For serving, you might look for those foil squares to wrap around the bottom half.
NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Hot Dog (based on the Trader Joe's rolls and hot dogs the recipe was written for): 327 Calories; 16g Tot Fat; 7g Sat Fat; 35mg Cholesterol; 632mg Sodium; 30g Carb; 1g Fiber; 5g Sugar; 11g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS Old Points 8 & PointsPlus 8 & SmartPoints 11 & Freestyle 11 & myWW green 11 & blue 11 & purple 11 & future WW points CALORIE COUNTERS 100-calorie serving = 1/3 hot dog (3g protein). Wow. I've never looked at the nutrition information for a hot dog before. I'm especially surprised at how little protein is there. In contrast, these turkey burgers and chicken burgers have 18g and 19g of protein!
Adapted from a fun site called Big Red Kitchen that's no longer online.

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