Best Cheese Sauce for Hot Dogs

Hot dogs are a summertime classic.

But what if you could take your beloved hot dog to the next level with an irresistible cheese sauce?

Yes, cheese sauce and hot dogs make an irresistible combination!

In this blog post, we'll examine all the necessary ingredients for making an irresistible cheese sauce, provide an easy recipe, and offer some tips on making the ideal cheese sauce - let's get started!

Best Cheese Sauce for Hot Dogs

Finding the Perfect Ingredients for a Delicious Cheese Sauce

Selecting cheese when creating a cheese sauce for hot dogs can be tricky; popular choices include cheddar, Monterey Jack, and Colby.

Each has its distinct flavor profile, but all three provide an ideal combination of sharpness and creaminess that makes them suitable for creating flavorful sauces.

When selecting cheese for hot dogs, look for varieties aged at least six months to maximize flavor and texture.

Furthermore, buy blocks or slices instead of pre-shredded packaged cheeses, as they often contain additives affecting melting and taste profiles.

Monterey Jack cheese
Monterey Jack cheese

A Simple Recipe for Cheese Sauce

Making cheese sauce for hot dogs couldn't be simpler!


  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground mustard (optional)


  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Whisk in the all-purpose flour, cooking for 1-2 minutes until golden and bubbling.
  3. Gradually whisk in the milk, making sure there are no lumps.
  4. Stirring constantly over medium heat, cook the mixture until thickened - approximately 5-7 minutes.
  5. Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in shredded cheddar cheese, salt, black pepper, and ground mustard (if using). Continue stirring until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
Cheese sauce
Cheese sauce

How To Serve

Now that you have made a fantastic cheese sauce for hot dogs, it's time to serve them up:

  1. First, slice fresh buns horizontally, then lay each half flat onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 5 minutes, then continues baking until slightly browned on top before carefully removing from the oven.
  3. Finally, assemble your hot dogs by adding cooked beef franks onto each bun before pouring generous amounts of cheese sauce on top and devouring!

Tips for Crafting the Ideal Cheese Sauce

One way to enhance flavor when creating cheese sauce is by experimenting with various varieties.

Mixing and matching different cheese types together allows you to find the ideal blend of flavors for your particular recipe.

You also have the option to blend in additional ingredients such as onions, garlic, or herbs which will make it even tastier!

Add Spices for Extra Flavor

Infusing cheese sauce with spices such as chili powder, cumin, oregano, and paprika can give it an extra kick that will bring out the flavor.

For something extra fiery, why not mix some hot sauces or jalapenos for added zest?

Proper Proportions Make All the Difference

When creating cheese sauce, remember that proportions matter!

Too much of one ingredient can overpower or ruin your recipe; be mindful when adding each component - mainly when experimenting with unusual ingredients or combinations!


Finding the ideal cheese sauce for hot dogs involves finding the right flavors.

From selecting high-quality cheese to adding spices and other flavorings that give it some zip, creating this delectable condiment requires time, patience, and experimentation - but with this recipe as your guide, you can ensure every cheese sauce on your hot dog is delicious!

Now that you know how to make such deliciousness at home, why not try it and see how tasty it turns out? You never know!

Harry Lattimore
Harry Lattimore

Hi, I'm Harry. I'm a chef and writer who lives in New York City. I grew up in the South and love to travel, so you'll often find me in one of those places—or in my kitchen, cooking up new recipes. Follow me on Twitter!