Lunch Box Hot Hot Dogs Recipe -
Lunch Box Hot Hot Dogs Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Lunch Box Hot Hot Dogs

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"When the kids need a break from sandwiches, why not send them with a hot hot dog to warm their bellies before going out to play?"

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  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    25 mins


  1. Prepare your child's lunch box by packing the hot dog bun, ketchup, mustard and Cheddar cheese.
  2. Preheat your child's insulated beverage container by filling with boiling water. Let stand for 15 to 20 minutes. I put the kettle on when I get up and let it heat while the kids get ready for school. Right before they leave, dump out that water and replace with more boiling water. The preheating keeps it hot for a longer time. Place a hot dog into the water and close the lid.
  3. When your child is ready for lunch, they can take the hot hot dog out of the container and place it on the bun. Top with ketchup, mustard and cheese to make a hot lunch from home.
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 04, 2011

Great idea! My 3rd grader came home drunk from the beer that was suggested as a complimentary drink, but other than that, it worked great! :)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 06, 2011

To all of those who responded with "are you kidding me... horrible food choice... blah blah blah". Yes, you are correct, hot dogs are not the most nutritious but on occasion, it can't hurt and you can certainly substitute all kinds of pseudo dogs. I just have to say I love the creative way to do this! Bravo!

Dec 10, 2009

I love this one. My daughter is in elementary so, to avoid any mess or fuss at lunch time, after following the directions to heat the thermos I dump out the hot water and grill up the hot dogs (turkey for us) on the stove top and wrap them in foil. She loves being able to have a tasty and fun hot option for lunch. Thanks to Lorrie for sharing. BTW, I hope this is not posting a bunch of times. Seems like I lost my original post when I added a second for clarifcation. My apologies if you've read this already)

Jun 11, 2008

My mom used to pack these for me once a week when I was a kid. Now I bring a couple of dogs to college with me when I need a warm lunch. Cheap college food!!! I make chili-dogs this way too, pour out the first boiling water and then put in the hotdog(s); fill thermos with really hot chili. YUM!

Aug 26, 2008

What a smart idea this is! We were able to fit three hot dogs in our average sized thermos. I preheated with boiling water as Lorrie recommended, poured it out, placed three thawed hot dogs and then poured boiling water to the top. My child said they were perfect by lunchtimes and all the kids at the table got a good laugh out of it. Now we have a bet to see how soon other kids will start bringing hotdogs for lunch!

Aug 09, 2010

I thought this was a good idea, but our sausages had gone a bit soggy by lunchtime. Thank you so much Purple Hippie for your tip of cooking the sausages, wrapping them in foil and then adding to a warmed, but waterless thermos. Perfect!

Nov 05, 2008

Thank You for the GREAT idea! My daughter will not eat sandwich meat. We use her thermos for lots of things but I never thought of this. So easy!!

Aug 26, 2009

Great idea!!! I needed something new for my three high school boys...They thought it was so cool and it filled them up!


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  • Calories
  • 384 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 25.6 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 48 mg
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 24.4 g
  • 38%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 15 g
  • 30%
  • Sodium
  • 1083 mg
  • 43%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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