Simple Pretzel Dogs + Video

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Pretzel Dogs feature all-beef dogs baked inside of soft pretzel hot dog buns. Ready in just 35 minutes, so you can make this pretzel dog recipe any night!

stack of pretzel dogs.


This is a recipe that is perfect for dinner, but even better for serving as game day snacks. Soft pretzels and beer with cheesy hot dogs are perfect party food, and it doesn’t get much better than having them all together in one bite!

Some of our other favorite pretzel recipes are perfect party food, too.

Jalapeño Popper Bread Bombs are filled with cream cheese and spicy jalapeno. The soft bread on the outside makes them irresistible.

If all you’re looking for is a soft pretzel to dip into cheese sauce, make the Best Ever Soft Pretzel Bites. Then, make a batch of beer cheese sauce to dip them in!

Simple Pretzel Dogs

These baked hot dogs are so much tastier than anything you can buy pre-made. Plus, they are so much fun to make, especially if you get your kids to help you.

You don’t even need a stand mixer. Because beer and pretzels go so well together, we use beer as the liquid in the dough for the pretzel dog buns! It adds a little punch of flavor and oh boy, its spectacular!

Recipe Video

Be sure to watch the video! Look for it in the recipe card, at the bottom of this post.

Ingredient Notes

You can use organic, all beef, nitrate-free, sausages, or whatever makes you happy.  I am going to make these in mini size next time which will make for the perfect appetizer.

If you would like suggestions on alternatives for the beer, see the recipe notes below. Either way, you and your family are going to go nuts over these!

Making Pretzel Hot Dog Buns without a Stand Mixer

Mixing the dough by hand

You can mix the dough by hand if you do not have a stand mixer. 

Just add beer, yeast, and honey to a large mixing bowl. Once the yeast blooms, stir in the salt and the flour, then use a spoon to combine everything.

Then, turn the dough out onto a floured countertop and knead for 3-5 minutes, or until the dough is no longer sticky. 

After that, simply proceed with the remaining instructions as written in the recipe card below!

soft pretzel dogs in a pile.

Tips and Notes for the Best Pretzel Dogs

  1. Make sure the beer is warm. 

Microwave the beer in a glass microwave-safe measuring cup for 15 seconds at a time. For the yeast to activate, the beer should be 110-120°F. 

  1. Need a substitute for beer?

You can substitute milk or water for the beer. I prefer Blue Moon beer in this recipe, but you can use whatever you have on hand.

  1. Want to make pretzel dogs ahead of time?

This is a great make-ahead recipe, and they freeze well too!

When you’re ready to serve them, thaw in the fridge, then pop them in a 350°F oven until warm, about 5-8 minutes.

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Simple Pretzel Dogs + Video

Donna Elick
These simple pretzel dogs feature hot dogs baked inside of soft beer pretzels. Ready in just 35 minutes, so you can make this recipe any night!
5 stars from 3 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 22 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 8


  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 12 ounces warmed beer, 110°-120°F* see notes
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • coarse salt, or pretzel salt
  • 8 hot dogs


  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Pour beer into the bowl of a stand mixer (see cooks note if you do not have a stand mixer), sprinkle yeast over top, add honey and stir. Allow yeast to bloom for 5-10 minutes. Once it is nice and foamy, it is ready.
  • Fill an 8-quart pot with water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. In a small bowl beat egg and 2 tablespoons water with a fork. Set aside. Wash a section of countertop for rolling out dough. Do not flour it or it will be harder to roll out the dough.
  • Add flour and salt to mixer. Knead for about 3 minutes until the dough comes together in one ball. Add more flour a tablespoon at a time as needed, if the bread is too sticky to come together. The dough should be tacky when you pull it out of the mixer, not sticky.
  • Place dough on countertop and form dough into a ball.
  • We are going to cut this ball into 8 (somewhat) even pieces. First, quarter the ball of dough. Then cut each quarter in half. Roll each piece into a 12” strand.
  • Place the end of the dough strand on the end of the hot dog pinching the end together, and then wrap it around the dog until all of the dough is wrapped around the dog. Pinch the ends so they stay together.
  • Carefully, add baking soda to boiling water. USE CAUTION: IT WILL BUBBLE UP. Place hot dogs into boiling water about 3 at a time. Remove with a slotted spoon after 30 seconds. Place on parchment paper to cool and repeat until all hot dogs have been boiled.
  • Arrange all pretzel dogs on parchment so they are not touching. Brush eggwash onto each one and sprinkle with coarse salt.
  • Bake for 11-13 minutes until the tops are browned.
  • Enjoy!


Donna’s Notes

You can mix the dough by hand if you do not have a stand mixer. Add beer, yeast, and honey to a large bowl. Once the yeast blooms stir in the salt and the flour. Mix with a spoon. Turn dough out onto the floured countertop and knead for 3-5 minutes until the dough is no longer sticky. Proceed with remaining instructions.
I microwaved the beer in a glass microwave-safe measuring cup, 15 seconds at a time until it was 110-120 degrees.
You can substitute milk or water for the beer. I prefer Blue Moon beer in this recipe, but you can use whatever you have on hand.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 350cal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 2664mg | Sugar: 4g | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 4mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published April 2014.

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  1. I've made these twice now and they are amazing! Thanks for the recipe – so easy to follow. Please READ the recipe first before going over the steps one by one. The baking sode is to put in the boiling water not to the dough recipe but it clearly doesn't say to add it to the dough recipe in the steps so not sure why people are getting confused.
    Anyway, an absolutely delicious recipe and can't believe how easy they are to make. I'm going to use the same recipe to make sweet pretzels.

  2. We loved this recipe! The video was easy to understand and we used Sam Adams Octoberfest in ours! Just delicious! We ended up using about 1/2c of flour more, but we make bread often and are used to a little extra here and there. I'm going to try them next time with 50/50 whole wheat/AP flour for a little extra goodness. Thank you for a great and easy recipe!

  3. Made these again for the 10th time! I absolutely love this recipe. Thanks for this easy and delicious recipe!😋

  4. 5 stars
    We make these almost weekly, all of our neighbors love them! If I forget to invite someone over when I make them I get in a lot of trouble LOL Perfect recipe!

  5. haven’t tried it yet but I plan to cheat and use Cresent roll sheets for mine-I don’t consume beer and not fond of working with yeast-plus it is only for me so the dough would go to waste–thanks for the recipe I will make it your way another time–Monday nights dinner served with Sour Krout just for me…

    1. 5 stars
      I also don’t consume beer and have the hardest time working with yeast. I never thought to work with crescent rolls. Thanks for the tip and I most definitely will give it a try. My husband is going to love it.

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