Can You Microwave Frankfurters?

There are so many different ways you can cook frankfurters – on the grill, on the stovetop, or in the oven. But are there other ways to cook them? For instance, can you microwave frankfurters? 

Yes, you can microwave frankfurters. You will need to wrap it in a paper towel and place it on a microwave-safe plate before reheating for 1-2 minutes. You should then check the internal temperature before adding it to a bun and tucking in! 

How to Microwave Frankfurters

There are so many ways that you can cook frankfurters, and microwaving them is definitely the quickest.

Here are the steps you need to follow to successfully microwave frankfurters. 

  1. Prepare Frankfurter
    Place your frankfurter on a paper towel and wrap it. Then, put it on a microwave-safe plate and add it to the microwave. 
  2. Microwave
    On full power, microwave your frankfurter for 50-60 seconds. 
  3. Check the Temperature
    Frankfurters cook super quickly in the microwave, but you will need to check the internal temperature before serving them. Your frankfurter should be at least 75C or 165F before it’s safe to eat. If it’s not quite ready, reheat it for a further 20 seconds.
  4. Unwrap
    Remove your frankfurter from its paper towel wrapping (carefully) and add it to your bun. 
  5. Serve and Enjoy
    Add some onions, mustard, and tomato ketchup, and you have yourself a delicious hot dog in less than two minutes.

3 Tips for Microwaving Frankfurters

If you want to have complete success when microwaving frankfurters then make sure you stick to these 3 simple tips:

Microwave Multiple Frankfurters
While the steps above explain how to microwave one frankfurter, you can microwave several at the same time. You will need to wrap them individually and increase the cooking time by around 20 seconds per frankfurter. 

Warm Buns
Once you’ve cooked your frankfurter, pop the bun in the microwave for around 10-15 seconds. This is plenty of time to ensure it’s nice and fluffy when you tuck in. 

Always Wrap Frankfurters
It’s so important to remember to wrap your frankfurters in paper towels before cooking them. This traps any moisture that escapes from the hot dog as it cooks, which means it will still taste nice and juicy. 

Advantages of Microwaved Frankfurters

Microwaving frankfurters is a great way to prepare your hot dogs, and here’s why: 

  1. It’s Super Quick
    Your microwaved frankfurters will be ready to eat within two minutes, making them perfect for an indulgent snack when you’re in a rush! 
  2. Not a Lot can Go Wrong
    Microwaving frankfurters couldn’t be much easier. You don’t need to worry about burning them, and as mentioned, they will be ready to eat in no time at all.

Disadvantages of Microwaved Frankfurters

Although microwaving frankfurters is undoubtedly straightforward, it’s not for everyone. And here’s why: 

  1. The Texture isn’t Great
    Preparing your frankfurters on the grill or in the frying pan tend to yield the best tasting results. These cooking methods also ensure your hot dogs have a slightly crispy exterior, which perfectly complements the moist and succulent inside of your hot dog! 
  2. Not Ideal for Large Volumes
    If you’re cooking more than a couple of hot dogs at the same time, microwaving them might not be the best option. Rather, it’s better to place them all on the grill or in the frying pan at the same time, as they will cook more evenly and thoroughly than they would in the microwave. 

How to Reheat Frankfurters in the Microwave

We would always recommend eating your frankfurters immediately after cooking them for the best results.

However, if you have some leftovers that you’ve already cooked, it’s safe to reheat them once. You will need to store them correctly in the fridge or freezer, and it’s then perfectly safe to reheat them in the microwave.

To do so, wrap your frankfurters and reheat them on full power for thirty-second intervals. Once they’re up to 75C or 165F, your hot dogs are ready to eat.

How to Defrost Frankfurters in the Microwave

If you have frozen frankfurters that you’re planning to cook, you can defrost them in the microwave. Just make sure you thaw them on the lowest possible setting as you don’t want to cook them.

Although you shouldn’t have any issues with defrosting frankfurters in the microwave, the best way to thaw them is overnight in the fridge, as this makes the whole reheating process much easier.

Final Summary

Microwaving frankfurters is an effective and straightforward way of cooking your hot dogs. While they might not be quite as tasty as grilled or fried frankfurters, the fact that they will be ready to eat in just two minutes makes microwaving them an attractive proposition.