Hot Dog Bun Cheese Melt

Hot dogs, buns, and American cheese — can you think of three ingredients better for game day? Here’s a twist...
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Lauren McDowell

Hot dogs, buns, and American cheese — can you think of three ingredients better for game day? Here’s a twist on that classic combination that turns a cheese dog into a proper melt for the next time you and your friends gather to root for your favorite team.

Ingredients

For the hot dog:

  • 1 hot dog

For the melt:

  • 1 hot dog bun (such as Ball Park)
  • 4 slices of American cheese

Directions

For the hot dog:

Preheat a gas grill, griddle, or grill pan on high heat. Place the hot dog on the grill and keep a watchful eye on it, rolling it so that it rotates every 30 to 45 seconds. Remove once the hot dog is cooked all the way through.

For the melt:

On the same hot grill, place the open hot dog bun inside-down on the grill until golden brown before flipping. Place slices of American cheese on the inside of the bun (which is now face-up); slice the grilled hot dog and place pieces on top of the cheese. Carefully close the bun, which contains both the cheese and sliced hot dog. Using a large spatula or spoon, press entire sandwich down so that it flattens and the cheese begins to melt. After a minute or two, flip over sandwich and repeat on the other side. Once both sides of the bun are toasted and the cheese is viscous, remove the melt from the grill.

Serves 1.

Hot Dog Shopping Tip

Most cattle are fed a diet of grass until they are sent to a feedlot – where they are finished on corn. When possible, choose beef from cattle that are “100% grass fed” - it will be more expensive, but better for your health.

Hot Dog Cooking Tip

The method used to cook beef is dependent on the cut. Cuts that are more tender, like filet mignon, should be cooked for a relatively short amount of time over high heat by grilling or sautéing. While less tender cuts, like brisket and short ribs, should be cooked for a longer time with lower heat by braising or stewing.