Grilled Cheesy Hot Dogs with Spicy Onions

Well, you know I like a little heat with everything. It doesn’t have to be overpowering, just some heat. I don’t do bland. These grilled cheesy hot dogs with spicy onions take no time at all and have just a little kick from the onions.

Grilled Cheesy Hot Dogs with Spicy OnionsOn occasion, our local grocery store has foot long hot dogs and buns. For some reason, I really love foot long dogs. There’s just something more fun about eating them (with the added bonus of being messy). It reminds me of when I was a kid, the food stand at the local baseball park served foot long chili dogs. The best thing ever on a hot summer day was a big ole dog and an ice cold Coke.

Also try my grilled Cincinnati hot dog.

Grilled Cheesy Hot Dogs with Spicy Onions

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Mike


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium sweet onions cut into 1/4" slices
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped chipotle chile in adobo sauce plus 1 teaspoon of the adobo sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 hot dogs or 2 foot long hot dogs
  • 2 tablespoons grill seasoning or BBQ rub spicy, preferred
  • 4 hot dog buns or 2 foot long hot dog buns
  • 4-6 slices American cheese


  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat.
  • Add the onions and cook until they are soft and golden, 15-20 minutes, stirring often.
  • Stir in the brown sugar, chipotle chili, adobo sauce, and salt. Cook 2 more minutes and remove from heat.
  • Sprinkle the hot dogs with the grill seasoning.
  • Cook dogs and toast buns as desired.
  • Place a piece of cheese inside each bun and top with a hot dog, followed by some of the onions.

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