Hot dogs are made by gathering and processing the appropriate meat ingredients, placing the cooked, processed meat on a bun, and adding any desired condiments. Though there are multiple variations, most hot dogs are based on these simple principles.
- Gather and process the appropriate ingredients
The actual meat of a hot dog can be either turkey, pork, or beef. Meat fats, cereal filler, egg whites, and spices are then added to produce a consistent product. Garlic and preservatives are usually added for additional flavoring. Hot dogs are usually mass produced for consistency.
- Cook the hot dog, and place it on a bun
After the hot dog has been processed, it must be cooked and placed on a bun. Hot dogs can be boiled, fried or cooked on a grill. They can also be cooked in a conventional oven or microwaved. Hot dogs generally cook within a few minutes.
- Add any desired condiments
Many individuals add condiments to enhance the flavor of plain hotdogs. Basic condiments include ketchup, mustard, relish, onions, yellow mustard, tomatoes, sport peppers, celery salt and cucumbers. You can also add chili, ground beef, sauerkraut or cheese to the top of a hot dog, or invent gourmet toppings for additional interest.