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Easy Grilled Cheese Hot Dogs

These easy grilled cheese hot dogs are a fun twist on a lunchtime classic and will delight kids and adults with the flavors of two classics in one sandwich. 


  • 6 hot dog buns
  • 6 hot dogs, split lengthwise ( do not cut all the way through)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups shredded nacho and taco blended cheese (or your favorite cheese)
  • 3 green onions, sliced thin


  • Slice the hot dogs lengthwise, but do not cut all the way through. You want to them to lay open and flat.  You can either cook the hot dogs in a skillet (or grill pan) on the stove-top or cook over an outside grill.  I used the outside grill this time.  
  • While the hot dogs are cooking, open each hot dog bun and flatten them using a rolling pin or your hands.  Be sure that you keep the top and bottoms of the buns together as you will be folding over the bread when you are grilling the sandwiches.
  • Add the garlic powder to the softened butter and mix well. Set aside.
  • Once the hot dogs are finished cooking, slide them to a plate to keep warm. 
  • Heat your skillet and butter the outside of the buns you flattened.
  • Buttered side down, add the buns to the heated skillet. Top with shredded cheese, the hot dog, and more cheese and sliced green onions. 
  • Fold over the top half of the bun over the hot dog, pressing slightly.  Cover skillet and let cook until the cheese is melted.  Serve immediately.