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Homemade Bagel Dogs

In an effort to impress you all with the lengths to which we will go here in the Circle B Kitchen to provide the highest in culinary excellence, I give you the bagel dog.  Oh, scoff if you will, but these are no ordinary bagel dogs.  I have no patience with ordinary bagel dogs.  OK, that’s not entirely true, but I’m pretty stoked about these.

Not long ago, my Google+ Circle spent a fair amount of time lamenting the lack of good bagel dogs in our lives.  It took me about a nanosecond to decide to remedy this situation and make it a personal quest to create not just a good bagel dog, but a really great one.  I would not be deterred.

A few days of research later, I stood in the kitchen with 3 different bagel dough recipes and two different techniques for making them into bagel dogs and more than a little pessimism about combining them into one coherently delicious recipe.  I certainly didn’t expect to nail it on the first try, but as luck would have it, that’s exactly what happened.  Nailed it.  I mean, like beyond what I had been hoping for.  These, people, are incredibly awesome dogs.  The bagel part is light, yet chewy, and has this wondrous little crunch on the outside, creating what I now believe is the perfect complement to a lusciously good hot dog.  Fluffy, chewy, crispy... the culinary trifecta for a good bagel, and thusly, a very incredible bagel dog.

 Now, just a moment to mention that these are turkey bagel dogs.  It's been incredibly difficult, as you can well imagine, to find a decent turkey dog, but I believe I've finally found it.  These are Bar S jumbo turkey franks and they're awesome.  Recently, the San Francisco Chronicle did their own research on the best turkey dogs and decided they liked Foster Farms the best.  I haven't been able to find those, but they didn't try the Bar S in their research and we liked them a lot.  Second place in the study is the Welshire Farms brand found at Whole Foods and most health food stores.  So there you have it, people, it is actually possible to find a decent, if not wondrous turkey dog out there!!

So here’s how you make them…

Just throw your dough ingredients together, let them rise for an hour and then divide it into 5 or 6 equal-sized pieces (these will each be divided in half again), depending on how many hot dogs you have.

Roll each piece out to about 2 1/2 inches x 11.  Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut the strip of dough in half.

Lay one end of the hot dog at a diagonal on the end of the strip of dough.

Roll the hot dog up over the dough until it is covered with the dough and pinch to seal the ends tightly.

If desired, roll the bagel dog in toppings of your choice.  I used sesame seeds and poppy seeds, but this step is totally optional.

As you finish each one, place it on a parchment-lined backing sheet.  Let them rise for about 10 minutes and then plunge them into boiling water for a couple of minutes.  Then bake them for about 20-25 minutes and that’s it!!  Voila!   You will not believe.  You will just not believe how good these are.  Eat them while they’re warm or let em cool and freeze them.  They reheat beautifully.  We dipped ours in mustard and we topped em with chili and we ate em plain and they were all incredibly wonderful.

My work here is done; the world is now a better place for those of us who crave a good bagel dog now and then.  Here’s the recipe…

Homemade Bagel Dogs

Makes 10-12 bagel dogs

This makes enough bagel dough to do 10 dogs, but will easily stretch to make 12 if you would like.  I dipped my bagel dogs in a mixture of sesame and poppy seeds, but you can choose whatever seed mixture you like or skip this step completely.  I would recommend that you maybe wait to apply the seeds until after you brush the bagel dogs with the egg whites toward the end of cooking.  It's important to get the bagel dogs from the boiling water into the hot oven as quickly as possible for the best bagel dough.

4 cups bread flour
2 1/4 tsp (1 pkg) active dry yeast
1 3/4 cup warm water
2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp vegetable oil
2 tsp salt
1 beaten egg white for finishing
8-10 good quality hot dogs

Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the sugar, warm water and yeast.  Let sit for 3-5 minutes.  Stir in the flour, salt and vegetable oil.  Mix the dough thoroughly until it comes together in a large ball.  Knead either in the mixer or by hand for about 10 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and let rise for an hour.

Divide the dough into 5 or 6 pieces and keep them covered until you are ready to use them.  Roll the first piece into a strip about 2 1/2" x 11".  Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut each piece in half lengthwise.  Working with one piece at a time, lay your hot dog at an angle at one end of the dough.  Roll the hot dog up the strip of dough and then pinch the ends really well to seal.  Place the bagel dogs on a floured board or piece of parchment paper and cover with a kitchen towel while you assemble the rest.

When they're all made, let them rest 5-10 minutes and then place them in boiling water (a few at a time depending on the size of your pan).  Let them boil for a couple of minutes, turning gently to make sure they cook evenly.  Then gently remove them from the water and place them on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.  After 10 minutes, pull them out and brush them with the beaten egg white and sprinkle them with a few more seeds if you like.  Return them to the oven to continue baking. 

Remove from the oven and allow to cool briefly before eating.  If you are not going to eat them right away, let them cool completely and then place in ziploc bags and freeze.  To reheat, let them come to room temperature and then place in a 350 degree oven for 5 to 10 minutes.  Serve with the condiments of your choice.

Reader Comments (44)

My kids would love these! I haven't worked with yeast dough much, but I'm going to give these a try. Yum!

February 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

This is a very easy dough to work with, Maggie. I hope you do make them!! Thanks for checking in.

February 18, 2012 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

Wow, these look amazing! I haven't had a bagel dog in 10 years. I like that you can freeze them and have them on hand.

February 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa

Yum! I've been wondering about making these, but think I'll cut the hot dogs in half and make smaller ones. Thanks for the post!

February 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa

I thought of making small ones next time too, Theresa. Great idea!

February 18, 2012 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

Wow! Do these ever look good!

February 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

What a fun idea!

February 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

I've been buying frozen bagel dogs for the kids, but I'm going to try these. I don't think the frozen ones are all that good and I like the idea of using a turkey dog in them.

February 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine

I couldn't wait to make these and I finally got to it yesterday. They were wonderful! My kids and 2 of their friends ate most of them but I was able to save a couple for my husband and myself. We loved them. You were so right about that bagel crust. Wow, was it good. They were surprisingly easy to make too. Thanks!

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarcia

Thank you for your efforts! Thanks to your recipe I also got the recipe right the first try. haha. The bread is nice and chewy like it should be. I recommend spreading some egg whites on the outside after assembling and before you roll them in the seeds. This will help the seeds adhere nicely to the bread. Also, you will want to close the ends off around the dog so it doesn't slip out of the end while you are eating it. I wonder if there is something you can do to help the bread stick to the hot dog better?

May 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMikel

Thanks for the input, Mikel. I've done it both ways - put the egg whites and seeds on before boiling and after, and I think the seeds stick better if you put them on with the egg whites about 10 minutes into the baking period. But both ways work fine. I, too prefer to completely encase the hot dog in the dough, but it just didn't make for a very good photo. But again, either way works great. Make sure your hot dog is completely dry before applying the dough, that will help it stick to the dough better. Hope this helps. Nice to hear from you, Mikel.

May 2, 2012 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

My husband loves bagel dogs and has been begging me to make them. He is actually the one who found this recipe! Made it tonight and they were AMAZING!!! Thank you so much for the great recipe and easy to follow instructions for a newbie like me! Quick question: My dough turned super sticky...my bagel dogs (though delicious) were not the prettiest, very lumpy because they would stick to the parchment paper and my fingers. How can I get the dough less sticky? Or is that normal?

October 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDJ

So glad you liked these, DJ. As for the dough... anytime you're working with dough like this, there are so many variables, that if it seems too wet or sticky, just add more flour until it seems workable. This dough shouldn't feel really sticky, so you probably needed more flour. I know that the next time you make these, it will seem easier and you'll be able to judge whether you need to add more flour or not. So nice to hear from you! Hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions.

October 5, 2012 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

Not a hot dog person, but I want to try these with breakfast sausages!!

December 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

That's such a great idea, Cynthia. Let me know how those turn out. I'd love to try that too.

December 10, 2012 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I just made these tonight and they were fabulous! I am so nervous when it comes to working with dough but I followed the directions just as you outlined and they turned out just like the ones I used to love from Costco as a kid. The only modification I made was hitting the dogs with the broiler to brown the tops within the last few minutes because 25 min at 375 didnt cut it for my particular oven. I would also as the other reader mentioned, wait to sprinkle the poppy seeds on top after the egg wash. That way you can control the distribution. Thank you for sharing! I will be making these again.

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristina

So g;ad you liked them, Kristina! I remember those Costco bagel dogs too... yum. Nice to hear from you.

December 24, 2012 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

These look great! Is it possible to somehow halve the recipe? I've never worked with yeast before and not sure how it all works. I would make this for my husband and I and don't want that much leftover to freeze. any suggestions?

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdeb

You can definitely halve the recipe, Deb. no problem. The ingredients halve very easily and you'll just have your bagel dogs that much sooner! Enjoy!

January 8, 2013 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I have been looking for bagel dogs for some time now with no luck.
So I found your recipe and it is "The Cats Meow"
My familyand I will be making these again and again.
Thank You!!! :-)

February 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteracksmann

You're so welcome! Glad you liked them and thanks for letting us know!

February 16, 2013 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

These look perfectly tasty! I’ve seen dog bagels everywhere but none with sesame seeds-the love of my kitchen’s life. I will surely be looking forward for more recipes with sesame seeds on your blog. Thank you so much for sharing.

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTower Deli

Your blog is beautiful, and your writing is witty. Thanks for sharing this idea. I just decided to make bagel dogs recently. FYI, for anyone who's interested in instant gratification, I hear that Costco is carrying them again. Time to hit the gym!

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBlue

Thank you so much, Blue. Great to hear from you and thanks for the heads up on the Costco dogs. Love 'em!

March 3, 2013 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I was really hoping to see a recipe for JUST the buns! My favorite "dog" stand closed and I am just craving their buns something awful. They had the texture of a bagel or soft pretzel....definitely were done in water prior to baking. They "dogs" BTW were all done with game meats.....TO DIE FOR TOPPINGS, just to make it harder to forget them. Back to my search I guess.

March 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly McGrail

So sorry, Kimberly. You could maybe try making those buns by experimenting with just the dough of this recipe which is something between a bagel and a bun. Let us know if you give that a try. Good luck!

March 9, 2013 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

Any tips on freezing and reheating?

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

These freeze really well, Laura. I wrap them individually (either in foil or plastic) before freezing. After thawing, unwrap them and you can either re-heat in the microwave or in a low oven (325 degrees) until heated through.

May 24, 2013 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I used to buy bagel dogs from Market Day -a fund raiser at my son's grade school. We loved them but he's been out of school for a lot of years & I have never found them anywhere. I love that you can freeze these & thaw as needed. Gotta try them!

November 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

They're really good, Leslie, and fun to make! Enjoy!

November 11, 2013 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

These are incredibly delicious and my family loves them. We used Bacon Hotdogs and covered in sesame seeds and caraway seeds. YUM!!!! I made an extra batch of the dough after and made homemade bagels out of them. The kids loved them the next morning. This is by far the best recipe I have found for Bagel Dogs AND BAGELS.

I am also going to try them with polish sausages, I bet they are even better.

Thanks again.

January 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Schwartz

So glad you all liked them, John. We love them too! They'd be awesome with polish sausages!

January 25, 2014 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I made these under the assumption that me and my son were the only ones that love bagel dogs, well that was not the case, my mother in-law loves them and so does my husband, so now I make them at least once a week for everyone, there is a ton of leftovers so i just freeze them and my husband and mother in-law take them for lunch at work. Such a great recipe and like i said I make them at least once a week.

January 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBritt Hunn

So very glad you liked them Britt! Well, glad you ALL liked them!! I haven't made them in awhile and you've got me thinking about them again. I think I need a bagel dog!

January 29, 2014 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I'm gonna give this a try today... Will let you know how they turn out

February 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEric

My daughter who is pregnant want an asiago cheese bagel dog was wondering if I could add the cheese or roll it in cheese instead of seeds.

March 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

I don't see why that wouldn't work, Dawn. I'd love to hear how they turn out... you mustn't ever say no to a pregnant woman!

March 5, 2014 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I am in the process of making these right now. I was disappointed because they all stuck to the parchment paper. They do not look pretty at all. I took them out of the oven to brush them with the egg white and I could not turn them over because they were so stuck to it. I guess next time I will spray the pan and not use the paper at all. Any suggestions?

July 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCori

I'm so sorry, Cory. Mine have never stuck to the parchment paper before. Perhaps we should all be spraying the parchment paper too.

July 6, 2014 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

These look awesome! I can't wait to make them for the kids. I am going to try them with the pre cooked beer brats for my husband and me.

July 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkim

These would be more than awesome with a beer brat snuggled inside. Enjoy!

July 9, 2014 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I love the ide of making them without beer,thank you.

April 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSebrof9@yahoo.com

Made these tonight for the kids. Made some with hotdogs and some with German brats. Both came out great. The dough is easy whether you have made bagels before or not. I was a bit worried that I should have cooked the brats first, but there was no need. They baked to proper temp. Everybody loves them. I will be making these again. I think next time I'm going to make a whole mess of bite sized bageldogs with cheese in them.

Thank you for the recipe.

February 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Well, you're ever so welcome, Jason! I love the variations you chose with the dogs and making bite-sized ones is a great idea! Great to hear from you!

February 7, 2016 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

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