Your favorite beef hot dog, wrapped in a thick slice of bacon, then grilled to crispy perfection. It’s then placed on a bun with a slice of American cheese, some onion rings and a little hickory smoked barbecue sauce. Serve with your favorite summer salad and baked beans.
One of my favorite hamburgers is a Western Bacon Cheeseburger from Carl’s Junior. It’s two all-beef patties, bacon, American cheese, crispy onion rings and barbecue sauce. Since it’s a long drive to the nearest Carl’s I now have to make them at home if I want my fix.
A while I was making the burgers at home and got the idea to make them with hot dogs instead of burgers. We gave it a try and oh my, they are amazing! I’ve never been a big fan of hot dogs, but now I’m a huge fan.
◻ Hot Dogs – Use a good quality beef hot dog for this, like Nathan’s or Hebrew National. Beef hot dogs offer the best flavor when wrapped in bacon.
◻ Bacon – Use thick sliced bacon, it will grill up nicely and give the dog a nice bacon-y crust. You can also use a thinner bacon, but if you do you’ll want to use two slices to get that thick bacon-y crust.
◻ Barbecue Sauce – I prefer to use a hickory smoked sauce, the smokey flavor adds a nice flavor to the dog.
◻ Onion Rings
◻ American Cheese
◻ Hot Dog Buns
HOW TO MAKE GRILLED WESTERN BACON HOT DOGS
Step 1: Onion Rings
Cook onion rings according to package directions.
Step 2: Wrapping the Hot Dogs
Wrap bacon tightly around hot dogs and place on grill, seam side down.
Step 3: Grilling the Hot Dogs
Cook for 10-15 minutes rotating occasionally until the bacon is golden and crispy.
Step 4: Assembly
Place hot dog on bun along with a slice of cheese, an onion ring and some barbecue sauce.
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VARIATIONS TO THE RECIPE
Western Bacon Hot Dogs can also be made in a 400°F oven. Just place the bacon wrapped dogs on a baking rack and cook for 15 minutes or until the bacon is golden and crispy.
They can also be made in a skillet, just cook over medium heat rotating the dogs occasionally until the bacon is golden and crispy.
MAKE IT A MEAL
Side Dish #1: Baked Beans
Side Dish #2: Red White & Blue Potato Salad
Side Dish #3: Refrigerator Pickles
Drink: Sweet Tea
Dessert: Grilled Peaches & Cream
Store the grilled hot dogs in an air-tight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days. To reheat, microwave for 30 seconds at full power.
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Grilled Western Bacon Hot Dogs
- 1 package onion rings frozen
- 8 all-beef hot dogs
- 8 slices bacon thick-cut
- 1 package hot dog buns
- 8 slices American cheese
- barbecue sauce
- Cook onion rings according to package directions.
- Wrap bacon tightly around hot dogs and place on grill, seam side down.
- Cook for 10-15 minutes rotating occasionally until the bacon is golden and crispy.
- Place hot dog on bun along with a slice of cheese, an onion ring and some barbecue sauce.
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COOKING TIPS & RECIPE VARIATIONS
✔ When grilling, place the hot dog on the grill with the seam side down. Cook until the bacon becomes crispy, then roll and cook the next section, continue rolling until the bacon is completely cooked all the way around.
✔ A quick tip for steaming the buns: Remove twist tie from the package, fold the open end under the buns and microwave for 30 seconds.
✔ When grilling the hot bacon wrapped hot dogs, start by cooking with the seam side on the hot grill. Do not turn until the bacon is crispy. This will help to keep the bacon from coming off of the hot dog.
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We just had hot dogs the other night! Now I want to make these!
How delicious! Thank you for sharing!
Veronica Lee says
Yumm!! Those dogs look amazing!
Jo | My Anxious Life says
Wow, they look like a real guilty pleasure, yum! I’d definitely have some of that corn salad on the side, too! #DreamTeam
They’re the best and the corn salad is family favorite.
They look delicious, thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!
Oh man! I just told Hubby we were going to wrap our dogs in bacon next time we grilled! These look fantastic!
The bacon adds the most amazing flavor to the dog.
Oh my goodness, these look amazing! Thanks for joining in with #ThatFridayLinky
Wait til’ you try them!
Of Goats and Greens says
Happy summer! These look like a great outdoor weekend at the grill treat. Thanks for bringing them to Fiesta Friday!
One of our favorite summertime treats.
Donna Parker says
These looks like the perfect summer treat! 🙂
Dropped by from #BloggersPitStop and glad I did. 🙂
Hope this weekend treats you kindly. 🙂
I’m glad you did too!
Donna Reidland says
I love hot dogs and this looks like a wonderful and delicious variation! Thanks for sharing.
We eat a lot of hot dogs in the summer, so we have to add a little variety.
I love a good hot dog and bacon is always a treat! A great combo 🙂 Thank you for sharing this with us at Fiesta Friday!
The barbecues sauce really brings everything together.
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I’d probably skip the onion rings, but how I’ve never thought of adding bacon to a hot dog is unbelievable. Definitely trying this next weekend #thatfridaylinky
It’s a favorite in our house!
Yum yum! Thanks for sharing with the #DreamTeam
Miz Helen says
We will really enjoy your delicious bacon hot dogs, yum! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great week.
Hi Robin, thank you for sharing on the Classy Flamingos….You’ve been PINKED!
Yum! The whole menu looks amazing.
I need to find your corn salad everyone is talking about!
Thank you! Here is the link to the corn salad: https://flusterbuster.com/salad-recipe-corn-salad.html
This might be dinner tonight