Hot Dog Machines
The most classic of all hot dog machines is the charcoal or fire-powered grill. For corner drug stores, fast-food restaurants and catering companies, sometimes these grills are motor powered to continue the cooking and warming process throughout the day. A charcoal or electric rolling grill can hold up to 45 quarter-pound wieners, can cook them in 10 to 12 minutes, and keep them warm and plump for hours after.
Another type of hot dog machine is the corn dog (or “dog on a stick”) deep fryer. After dipping a skewered hot dog in corn batter, the operator will then place it on a skewer clip assembly and then lower these brackets down into a deep pan full of hot grease or oil. Some of these hot dog machines are gas fired, while others are electric-powered.
For those who reject the idea of fried foods, waffle dogs make a great alternative. These are made by surrounding a hot dog with batter, then baking the combination in a waffle-hinged machine. The fat, cholesterol and calories normally associated with fried corn dogs are thus avoided.
The Healthiest Type of Hot Dog Machines
Hot dog steamers do away with any fat or cholesterol by using hot vapor to cook the dogs to a tasty level. One compartment inside the steamer cooks the dogs, while the other keeps them warm and ready to serve. These hot dog machines are extremely portable and can be placed on a cart to be wheeled anywhere where customers may want a snack or a quick meal.