Hot dogs are an American tradition. Whether you like ketchup or mustard, kraut or relish, there are a ton of ways to top your dog and make it just the way you like it. However, the cooking of the hot dog only gets done in a few different ways, and in my opinion, nothing beats the pop of a juicy dog perfectly heated on hot rollers. Many of you may not be aware that you can enjoy one of these at home. So, today I am going to share my countertop Hot Dog Roller Machine review.
Roller Dogs are the Best!
About 6 years ago we took a trip to Vegas. While we were there we found that food was much, much pricier than the last time I had been there (which was like 20 years ago! I can’t believe it!). We didn’t want overpriced meals to cut too far into our spending money, so we had to look for deals.
We were staying at Bally’s, which we really liked. However, down in the food court they had a Nathan’s Hot Dog stand that crazily charged $9 for a hot dog! That is freakin’ nuts! I mean, it’s a hot dog people!
Luckily, we found a dive bar across the street that had the deal we were looking for. We stumbled upon this place, because it was next door to a liquor store (where we went to buy some beer, water, and jagermeister to, again, save some money).
We saw the bar on the way out of the liquor store and decided to check it out. To our surprise, they had an unbeatable deal. They were selling the same 1/4 pound Nathan Dog as the hotel, but for $3 and it came with a beer! What a deal! The whole point of this story though is to tell you all how wonderful that hot dog was. It was the best hot dog I have ever had! Honestly, we probably ate at least 3 of those bargain dogs each while in Vegas for 4 days.
We realized that, although Nathan’s makes great hot dogs, part of the magic was the roller machine that little bar had. It made the hot dog tight on the outside and juicy on the inside, while slow cooking it for maximum flavor enhancement. So, when we got back from our trip we checked into buying a roller machine for our home and found this one by Nostalgia Electrics on Amazon. Seriously, one of the best little gadgets we ever bought!
Super Handy Appliance
Not only is it super cute, but it works great! We have had it over 5 years now, and it is still running strong. It could not be any easier to use, and it makes the perfect hot dog every time. Even though we bought it to recreate our Las Vegas Nathan Dog experience, we have now used it for all types of dogs and sausages. It really works for any kind of wiener.
This roller dog machine is very conveniently sized to fit on any counter top. You literally just put the hot dogs on, turn it on, and walk away. There is varying temperature settings from low to high. If we are having a little party and I am not sure what time we are going to want to eat, I put it on fairly low heat. If we are going to want to chow down in an hour or so, I crank it up closer to the highest setting…That is all the complexity involved.
I have found if you put it on the absolute lowest the dogs aren’t as warm as we like. And if you put it all the way to the max they cook way too fast and the skin crinkles. So we just keep it a bit higher or lower of the center of the temperature gauge and it works great.
On the lower temp you can keep the hot dogs on there for hours. It is perfect for small parties where people like to graze. Also, if you remove any to eat, you can just replace them and they will start cooking while the others keep warm.
Depending on the size of your wienies, it holds about 4 to 8 dogs at a time. I have found that if you are cooking sausages that aren’t really cylindrical in shape there is a chance they might try to jump off the rollers. This has only happened when we have cooked specialty dogs that have odd semi circle type shapes. Even then though, we were able to finagle it to make them stay on the rollers.
The top of the machine is not only cute, but also a bun warmer. We never really use it for that, but it is a feature that some of you may enjoy. If you don’t feel like using it, you don’t even need to put it on. It simply attaches (or detaches) with 4 legs (no tools required).
A Hot Dog Roller Machine is a Game Changer
This machine makes for a really easy and fun way to feed your friends for all kinds of gatherings. It would be great for kids parties or for having some friends over to watch the big game. Since you don’t have to worry about really “cooking” anything, you can concentrate on the toppings and side dishes.
There is an endless amount of fun toppings you can put on hot dogs. You could even have a topping potluck. My current favorite thing to put on my hot dog is spicy radish Kim-chi and yellow mustard! So scrumptious!!
You can also try tomatoes, pickles, onions, sauerkraut, chili, jalapenos, cheese…the amount of options is insane.
Spicing it Up
Don’t forget to bring on the heat for your spicy friends! Although there are many ways to do this, I typically buy the spiciest Hot Link style sausage I can find and add pickled jalapenos on top of any toppings I add to my dog. My recent obsession with Spicy Kimchi has also been a great addition to spicing up those dog days.
Raw garlic is also really great. It isn’t capsaicin spicy, like chili peppers, but it can still add a little kick if you have the right variety. I have never tried horseradish on one, but that might be good too.
I put a couple links on this page so you can check out the Hot Dog Roller Machine for yourself. The one I have is the first one shown here. It is really inexpensive and yet so awesome. We have probably used ours well over 100 times in that past 5.5 years. Granted we may eat more hot dogs and sausages than some, but it doesn’t down play the awesome, delicious fun of this great appliance. It is easy to use and clean, and small enough to fit into any kitchen or cabinet for storage.
If you need to be able to cook more hot dogs at the same time, there are larger options. Of course they cost more, but if you have big parties it may be what you are looking for.
Update: January 10, 2022
Our little machine finally kicked the bucket. The connections got a loose, and it would roll without wedging something in to make it tighter.
We were pretty sad about it. It lived a good life. We used a lot! I mean at least twice a month for over 6 years! Not bad for something that costs so little!
So, without delay we ordered a new one! It’s just like our previous hot dog roller, but this one is red instead of white. We have already used it several times!
Oh, one other thing that is different on the new machine is that it rolls backward, instead of forward. Which was a really great upgrade to the technology. Every once in a while, with the odd shaped wiener, one would roll off. It is so much better for it to roll back, onto the counter, than forward onto the floor (or into your dogs mouth lol).
We are looking forward to the many years of wonderful hot dog and sausage delight our new hot dog roller machine will bring us. I know you will enjoy yours too!
I hope I was able to give you all the information you need about this hot dog roller machine. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave a comment and I will get back to you asap. Talk to you soon!
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