Grilled Hot Dogs & Hamburgers

Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs with char marks

Now that we are in May, it’s really time to get focused on grilling season. I thought to myself, “what’s the one dish that everyone should know how to grill”? Then it hit me – hot dogs and hamburgers! This is a summer grilling staple. While they are simple and straightforward to grill, there are a few tricks to making them special. Let’s dive in.

Choose your meat

If you’re anything like my family, you have a favorite hot dog brand. We like Nathan’s Hot Dogs, but please feel free to use any brand that you prefer. They will all grill nicely, it’s just a personal preference. For hamburgers, you have a few options:

  • Premade patties that are ready for the grill
  • Ground beef that you can use to form your own patties
  • Grinding your own meat (I like to use a chuck roast) and then form your own patties with it

I will almost always grind my own meat, but you are certainly not required to do so. If you are forming your own patties, I recommend forming them ahead of time. Cover them with plastic wrap and then refrigerate. This will help them keep their form once you toss them on the grill. It’s that simple; there really isn’t any other prep work.

Cooking on the grill

When it’s time to cook, light your charcoal or gas grill to around 450ºF-500ºF degrees. I highly recommend having a direct heat zone and an indirect heat zone on your grill. Season the hamburgers generously with the Open Fire rub of your choice. If you’re out of Open Fire rubs, using salt and pepper will work just fine. Cook them over the direct heat for around 2-3 minutes per side, building a nice crust on the outside. Then, move the hamburgers over indirect heat until they reach the internal temperature of your liking. This method will result in burgers with a nice crust, yet juicy on the inside. While the hamburgers are finishing over indirect heat, add the hot dogs over the direct heat. Rotate every couple of minutes until they are charred to your liking. That’s all that there is to it.

An easy classic

Grilled hot dogs and hamburgers are a summer classic that is easy enough for anyone to do. The only thing that you really need to pay attention to is not overcooking them. This is why the two zone cooking (direct heat and indirect heat) is so vital. If anything starts to overcook over the direct heat, just move it to the indirect side so that it can slowly finish. The last thing that anyone wants is a dry hamburger or a burnt hot dog. Luckily, these are quick cooks, so there’s no reason to walk away from the grill. I hope that this post helps you as we gear up for grilling season and summertime. By following this recipe, you’ll have no problem hosting friends and families during your next cookout.

Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs with char marks

Grilled Hot Dogs and Hamburgers

Grilled hot dogs and hamburgers are a summertime classic! One of the simplest yet delicious meals to grill is hot dogs and hamburgers. Requiring a short amount of time to make, this is the perfect dish to serve during your summer cookout. Bonus: anyone can do it! Use this recipe so that your next cookout will be stress free.


  • 1 lb Ground beef or more; each burger should be around 1/4 a pound of beef
  • Open Fire Rubs of your choice or salt & pepper
  • Hot dogs as many as you would like to make


  • At least 1 hour before you are going to cook, form the ground beef into burger patties. They should be around 1/4 lb per patty. Therefore, 1 lb of ground beef will yield 4 burgers. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you are going to cook. This will help the burger patties keep their shape.
  • Light your charcoal or gas grill to 450ºF-500ºF degrees. Set it up for two zone cooking, a direct heat zone and an indirect heat zone.
  • Add the burger patties over the direct heat and cook for around 2-3 minutes per side. Then, move the burgers to the indirect zone and allow them to slowly finish cooking. If the burgers are cooking too quickly, move them to the indirect side earlier. Remove from the heat once they are cooked to your liking.
  • Add the hot dogs to the direct heat. Rotate them every 2 minutes or so until they are charred to your liking. Remove from the heat once done.
  • Serve immediately. Enjoy!
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