Three hot dogs in buns with grill marks topped with onion and tomatoes
Butterfly Your Hot Dogs For A Better Flavor Experience All Around
If your favorite thing about eating a grilled hot dog is its smoky, crispy outer skin, you should start butterflying your hot dogs before you cook them.
Butterflying refers to splitting the hot dog down the middle, but still leaving it attached on one side. This maximizes the surface area in contact with the grill.
When cutting your hot dog down the center, go nice and slow; you don't want to cut too deep. The resulting cut is perfect for holding an abundance of toppings as well.
You can use any hot dog for this technique, just as long as it's sturdy enough to hold up to being sliced and grilled. This ensures they get that smoky, charred flavor all over.