Best Hot Dog Machines – Reviews and Buyer’s Guide 2018

best hotdog cookers

Are you ready for having a fun breakfast or a meal?

Well that might be an overstatement I do realize. Maybe not everybody is a hotdog lover.

Yet having a deliciously hot and a little singed hot dog in a crispy bun with some sauce I’m sure has something charming in it that will make everybody smile on the inside. Not to mention the pure nostalgic value and memories they can bring.

Ready for a small trip around the hot-dog’s world, I’m sure we all are and be prepared as you will feel a bit more hungry after I guide you through the best offers there are on hot dog machines and their wide variety.

Best Hot Dog Machines 2018

This will definitely be one tasty choice that your tummy won’t say not to.

Interested in giving your morning breakfast some variety? I’ll be taking a look at different types of machines designed for cooking amazing hot dogs at you home in no time, breaking down their pros and cons so that considering my recommendations you can decide on which one will best suit your needs.

And here they are.

The best hotdog cookers for 2018 that will make your day tastier and more delicious one hotdog at a time.

 

Nostalgias Pop-Up Hot Dog Toaster – Best Hot Dog Toaster

You wont be disappointed in adding some lightly baked hot dogs in the crispy cooked buns. Not just that but the whole process is a breeze.

Lets see what this hot dog toaster can actually offer and what we can expect of it.

Here is where it gets fun – the cooking part.

The toaster is best used with regular sized hot dogs and buns. You can cook your hot dogs until they get a little grilled and the buns can get really crispy too. This will add to the overall taste. Of course that depends on your personal preferences.

It works best with lukewarm hot dogs. If they are refrigerated it would take some time for the toaster to cook them properly.

One of the first concerns is, of course, the cleaning of the toaster as you can guess when cooking any kind of meat things can get really messy. It has a removable bottom tray for all the crumbles and grease. The part where the hot dogs are put into is also removable so it can be easily cleaned after usage. Over all pretty neat and good thought out product when it comes to the cleaning.

Overall I this hot dog toaster is a good deal for the money and a fun item to play around with while making your your breakfast. Nothing too spectacular but it does the job.

PROS:

  • Fun and easy to use. (Great for parties as well.)
  • Easy to clean in case of dripping and crumbs.
  • Compact and neat.

CONS:

  • It can toast the buns unevenly and it tends to burn the edges.
  • Suitable fo regular sized hot dogs and buns.

 

Smart Planet HDS-1 Steam-O-Matic – Best Cheap Hot Dog Steamer

What exactly does a hot dog steamer do? What you will discover might pleasantly surprised you – it was really easy to use.

Just chuck the hot dogs inside the middle tray and the buns in the top one, add some water and there we go. Simplicity at its finest and the cooking part is all done by the steam.

It is made for regular pre-cooked hot dogs. It takes roughly 2-3 cups of water and about 7-8 minutes and you are all set for a nice authentic hotdog meal. The buns need like 30-45 seconds to get ready so it is advisable to put them later as they can get soggy from all the moisture.

The hot dogs have a steamed taste so they don’t have grilled flavor. On the other hand, steaming them actually helps in better preserving their flavor so it is way better than boiling them. If you are feeling nostalgic about the old steamed hot dogs this steamer might be just the right choice.

As with all the other hot dog cooking machines; playing around with the cooking timer and the time at which you place the buns or the hotdogs is advisable in order to find what suits best your taste.

Don’t forget to clean it as it can get out of hand pretty quickly because of the all moisture and if left and not cleaned for some periods of time it can help in growing bacteria. It is not dishwasher safe but easy to be cleaned although it could be a hassle sometimes.

Small and really compact this steamer makes some great hot-dogs. Perfect for a couple of people to have a delicious breakfast or a movie night at home.

PROS:

  • Incredibly easy to set up and use.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Great value for the money.
  • I’m sorry but I’ll have to say it again – great taste!

CONS:

  • Short power cord.
  • Not dishwasher safe.
  • Made of plastic.

 

Nostalgia HDR565 Vintage – Best Hot Dog Roller with Bun Warmer

Now we are in for the interesting stuff. Using a Hot Dog Roller feels a bit like being on some sort of a barbecue. First things first – what to expect from this product.

It takes more time to cook the hotdogs. And it is expected from any hot dog roller.

Generally speaking it takes around 20-tish minutes for it to prepare your tasty hot dogs that time can go up to a half an hour depending on your liking. Not too bad but really depends on whether you are in a hurry or not and your personal taste. Also it might depend on the hot dogs you are using. So you’ll have to keep that in mind.

On the first use you might miss the bun warmer. It is pretty much in your face all the time but some days it is easy to miss even the obvious stuff. Anyways, the bun warmer does a really good job on the buns. If you like the buns to be on the crispy side and have them lightly toasted you can achieve that effect. Unlike some other gadgets where you can get the edges burnt or sometimes even soggy. Keep an eye on them as leaving them for more time could dry them to the point where they will feel more like leftovers from the last night.

Lets get to the juicy part – the hot dogs! As previously mentioned with the hot dog rollers it takes more time. Oh, but don’t write it off just because of that. Slow and steady wins the race, right?

If you prefer them more on the brown side it takes time but every single time it will be worth it. As a side note the time varies depending on the hot dogs size and type of course.

Cleaning time!

I always fear the cleaning part.

I know how dirty appliances get and what hassle is to clean some of the kitchen appliances sometimes. This Hot Dog roller is actually pretty easy to disassemble and clean. It should be cleaned by hand as it cannot be used in the dishwasher. The rollers and the drip pan are easy to be removed and cleaned and they are the most prone to get dirty.

This hot dogs maker is probably one of the best friends for the hot dog lovers.

PROS:

  • Easy to clean.
  • Adjustable temperature.
  • Takes little space.
  • Great value for the money.

CONS:

  • Takes time to prepare the hot dogs.
  • Not dishwasher safe.

 

Elite Cuisine EHD-051R Maxi-Matic Hot Dog Oven Machine

This small oven is a welcomed surprise. As it is a mixture between a hot dog roller and an oven. It gives you more choices to choose from than just preparing hot dogs.

On the hot dog rollers you can fit 4 hot dogs and while turning they will cook evenly. Again it takes some time for them to get ready . Especially if you like them seared a bit on the brownish side. That depends also on the type, size, and thickness of the hot dogs.

However, having that in mind, if you are not in a hurry you can prepare some really tasty and juicy hot dogs on it. The taste usually depends on the hot dogs’ quality but it will be worth it. Thinking about it maybe the only better thing than this is cooking them on an open flame.

The bun warmer works really good as well. If you prefer the buns to be crispy or slightly toasted, it does the job pretty good. If you prefer the buns to be just warm I’d advice you on putting the buns after the hot dogs.

It does have a removable drip tray which is definitely a must especially when cooking meat. The tray for the buns works good as well it keeps the crumbles in place.

PROS:

  • Great taste and flavor.
  • Small and neat oven that will not take a lot of space.
  • The bun warmer works really good.

CONS:

  • Takes time for the dogs to be cooked.

 

Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler

The Cuisinart Griddler is probably one of the most versatile items here. Although the main aim here was not for preparing hotdogs this griddler will give you way more options when it comes to preparing meals than you could’ve expected.

What does it offer.

It comes with detachable plates that can act like griddles or grills. To keep it short the 5 options it offers are the following:

  • Full griddle
  • Full grill
  • Half griddle and half grill
  • As a Panini press
  • And contact grill

You can prepare with that Griddler – sandwiches, steaks, pancakes, grilled veggies, omelets, fish, and bacon. Pretty much anything that you can come up with.

The temperature can be changed according to your liking which makes huge change considering some of the other machines. However the temperature is the same for both the plates. You cannot choose different temperature for each plate.

When it was not advisable to use frozen hot dogs on most of the other products just because it’s going to either take a lot of time or the hot dogs will just not be cooked properly. With this one you can properly prepare yourself even some frozen hotdogs.

When it comes to the cleaning of this fella you won’t feel it as too much work. Actually everything that is going to get the most dirt is dishwasher safe (the scraping tool, the grease tray and the plates too) but I wouldn’t advice using the plates in the dishwasher as this could potentially get damaged. And some of the non-stick cover can fall off.The base part of the machine can be easily cleaned with a cloth and some grease remover.

PROS:

  • Great value.
  • Versatile and easy to use.
  • Adjustable temperature settings.
  • Durable and sturdy feel.

CONS:

  • No separate place for the buns.

 

CuiZen ST-1412 Hotdog Steamer

This amazing hotdog maker will fill in your kitchen with some tasty aroma.

The main advantage of this one is that it can cook a lot more hot dogs at the same time. A lot of the machines were limited to making about 4 to 8 hot dogs at a time. It was only natural to take a look at some big hot dog machines that have large capacity but still suitable for home use – so no commercial hot dog machines.

As any hot dog cookers that rely on steam we have the same things that we need to keep in mind. Here it is.

This steamer is, despite its looks, of e really good quality. It looks like a toy and perhaps a bit flimsy (it is made of plastic) yet it cooks the hot dogs exceptionally well. You would need to experiment a bit until finding the best settings for your taste. But generally speaking it takes around 10-15 minutes  for the hot dogs to get really juicy and tasty. Don’t be too surprised if the dogs split from all the heat as they can get really hot.

This hotdog steamer can deal with 24 hot dogs at a time if they are arranged in 2 layers of 12. If planning on using the machine with such numbers you need to set the timer accordingly as it might take more time. In the bun tray only 12 buns can be fitted but considering they require less time you can easily swap them with another 12 which is kind of ok. It is a shame 24 buns couldn’t be fitted in one go though.

A little tip:

For best results always put the buns a couple of minutes before the hot dogs are ready. The buns however shouldn’t be left in the top compartment for too long as they can easily get soggy from all the steam. If you follow the directions and make sure the steam holes are not covered usually there shouldn’t be any problems wit them. Back to the review.

The cleaning is a piece of cake too I wouldn’t advice on using the dishwasher.

The hot dogs compartment is pretty big so its not too hard to fit even larger hot dogs but not as many as they will be taking more space. The timer on the machine goes up to 60 minutes which is great news.

PROS:

  • Can cook larger quantities.
  • Great performance.
  • Easy to clean and use.
  • Great for parties.

CONS:

  • More expensive.
  • The buns can get soggy if left unattended.

 

George Foreman Champ Grill with Bun Warmer

George Foreman is company that is well-known for their great products when it comes to grilling and barbecuing. It was only natural for them to appear here. So what can they offer when it comes to hot dogs?

So, here we are with the GF Champ Grill.

Its main purpose it to prepare burgers and it is kind of designed around that. But you are not limited by any means to just burgers as this grill gives you some versatility.

It is a powerful grill and it does pretty good job on the hot dogs you can easily grill them but don’t be surprised if they split because of the heat.

You can prepare almost everything on it from, chicken, fish, sandwiches, to hotdogs. The bun warmer is not the best though.

PROS:

  • Versatile.
  • Good Value.

CONS:

  • Bun Warmer is not the best.