Hot Dog Steamer: 7 Top-Rated Commercial Hot Dog Cookers

One of the most popular foods ever, hot dogs made in a hot dog steamer continue to satisfy millions of fans around the country.  That’s why a hot dog steamer is such as great addition to any food service operation.

Whether you already have a sandwich shop, a concession stand, snack bar, vending cart, break room, fast food restaurant, cafeteria, a food truck, a convenience store, or just some free counter space that you want to monetize, a hot dog steamer is the perfect money-maker that everyone will love.

Hot Dog Steamer Nostalgia Electric HDC701 Vintage Hot Dog CartThe hot dog business is pretty simple.  To steam hot dogs, you need a hot dog steamer, a bun warmer, water, electrical power, and condiments and probably some ice for the condiments.  Of course, the choice of hot dogs is one of the most important parts, but this article is about the steamers and so you will need to sort that out for yourself.

Hog dog cookers come in a variety of styles and sizes.  Everything from standalone floor models to countertop models and everything in between are available to choose.  Which you need really depends on the volume of hot dogs you’re planning to sell and whether you want to serve the buns warm or not.

Here are some hot dog steamer features for you to consider when purchasing.

Hot Dog Steamer Style

There are plenty of hot dog steamer designs out there and there isn’t one perfect design to recommend.  The choice has to be based on your operation and your needs.

An important choice is whether you want to serve warm, steamed buns with the hot dogs or not.  If so, you can choose a separate bun warmer or buy a hot dog machine with the bun warmer integrated.  Integrated models have the advantage of using less space and only need one outlet.

 

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It may be that you have a very small amount of counter space to dedicate or none at all.  So you may choose a more compact hot dog cooker or even a standalone floor cart.

Hot Dog Steamer Paragon Dog Hut Hot Dog CookerYou may want some built-in merchandising like glass doors and hot dog banners to make your hot dogs more eye-catching to customers.  If merchandising doesn’t matter a much, a simple tub-style steamer with room for dogs and buns might do the trick.

Reservoir Size

The size of the water reservoir determines the steam duration of the hot dog cooker or how long it can produce steam before more water needs to be added.  A longer steam duration means less maintenance and more consistent dog cooking.

Like most steamers, over time the heating element will get coated with minerals due to hard water.  The harder your water the faster the element will get coated.  The problem is that the coating interferes with heating and eventually could cause element failure.  To avoid this, most manufacturers recommend that you use distilled water in steamer reservoirs.

Some models can continue to operate after the water is gone without burning out the heating element

Materials and Construction

In the commercial food business, stainless steel is king. That’s because of its durability, stain-resistance, and ease of cleaning.  Plastic is okay for merchandising structures, but where the food meets the heat, it needs to be stainless steel.

 

 

Temperature and Humidity Control

Over time you will be able to determine the perfect temperature to maintain steamed hot dogs without overcooking them out before the customer can buy them.  That means there isn’t one set temperature that you can choose that will guarantee perfect results.  So, you need to choose a model with an adjustable thermostat

Warm, steamed buns don’t get that way by accident.  You don’t want soggy buns and you don’t want hot dry buns.  To achieve the perfect steamed bun, your hot dog maker should have a built-in humidity control system to keep buns warm, steamed, and fresh.

Hot Dog Steamer Adcraft HDS-1200W Countertop Stainless Steel Hot Dog CookerCleaning

We’ve already talked about stainless steel construction which has the great benefit that it’s easy to clean.  Food equipment that produces or stores food for the general public has to be extra clean and sanitary in order to pass muster.  That means that if you have a hot dog cooker that has pieces that need to be cleaned and they aren’t removable, it may be difficult to get the level of sanitation you need.  With that in mind, make sure the model you choose is easy to clean and features removable pans and other cooking surfaces.  The best situation is if the removable parts are also dishwasher safe.

Merchandising

Some hot dog cookers are simply tubs that hold the steamed dogs and warm buns without any markings or merchandising considerations.  If you would like your hot dogs to catch the customer’s eye, you should choose a classic hot dog cooker with built-in merchandising.

Merchandising can mean a simple banner that shouts “Delicious Hot Dogs” to your customers.  Customers love to see their dogs and buns being cooked, so glass doors that give your customers the inside view is a great choice.

 
 

Hot dog carts provide the best merchandising because they are standalone and have a classic style from yesteryear that will bring back customer childhood memories of their first perfect hot dog from the carnival, boardwalk, or beach.

Hot Dog Steamer Omcan TS-9999 Hot Dog CookerInevitably, when customers buy a hot dog or two, they are also going to want a drink.  Placing a beverage cooler right next to the hot dog cooker for easy grab-and-go service is a smart marketing tactic.

Another thing customers need when they buy a hot dog is condiments.  It can be as simple as ketchup, mustard, and relish packets or fresh onions, pickles, relish, peppers, and other favorites.  If you choose fresh condiments, make sure you put them on ice so that they stay fresh longer.

 

Safety

If the hot dog steamer is going to be accessible by customers, you need to make sure that they can’t get burned if they inadvertently touch the steamer.  Many models offer a cool-touch body to prevent accidents.

You don’t want the steamer to run out of steam, but inevitably it will happen.  When the reservoir runs out of water you don’t want the steamer to continue to operate because there is a risk that the heating element will be damaged.  Instead, you want it to sense that the reservoir is low and automatically shut off power.

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#7 – Nostalgia Electrics HDC701 48-Inch Tall Vintage Collection Hot Dog Vending Cart with Umbrella

Hot Dog Steamer Nostalgia Electrics HDC701 Hot Dog Cart Main ViewWe start off with a hot dog cart that is not a countertop model, but is still a nice way to hawk hot dogs.  Part of Nostalgia Electrics Vintage Collection, the Nostalgia Electrics HDC701 48-Inch Tall Hot Dog Vending Cart with Umbrella is a throwback to simpler times.  It’s really a total hot dog merchandising operation complete with a full-service cart that has heated hot dog rollers, enclosed hot dog steamers, covered compartments for buns and condiments, and an insulated beverage cooler for keeping canned or bottled drinks cold.  It can keep 8 hot dog on the heated rollers along with up to 24 hot dogs in each enclosed steamer.  The five separate covered compartments can be used to keep hot dogs warm, store buns, or store condiments.  The cart is made from durable steel and is covered in an enamel coating.  It’s unique, eye-catching, colorful, and novel which all contributes to its appeal to customers.  Here’s what you need to know.

Hot Dog Steamer Features

  • Vintage hot dog steamer and bun warmer vending cart with umbrella will look good at pool parties, BBQ, other special get-togethers or on the street corner
  • Durable construction from tough enameled steel
  • Heated stainless steel hot dog rollers cook up to 8 hot dogs at a time
  • Store up to 24 hot dogs in each of the two enclosed steamers
  • Three condiment trays & lids for onions, relish, chili and more
  • Two warming trays and lids keep buns and meat warm
  • Utility shelf acts as a sneeze guard & holds napkins, utensils and condiments
  • Handy side shelf for extra workspace
  • Includes large umbrella for protection from the sun
  • Long 67-inch power cord
  • PVC cover keeps cart clean when not in use
  • Dimensions are 52.7 x 19.7 x 48.1 inches and it weighs in at 70.5 lbs.

 

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#6 – Omcan Food Machinery: Omcan FMA (TS-9999) Table Top Hot Dog Steamer Bun Warmer

Hot Dog Steamer Omcan TS-9999 Hot Dog CookerA combination of a great hog dog maker and attractive merchandising in one, the Omcan FMA TS-9999 Table Top Hot Dog Steamer and Bun Warmer has great user-friendly features and can produce hot dogs ready to server in as little as 10 minutes.  It steams up to 50 hot dogs and warms 30 buns simultaneously using steam.   Here’s what you need to know.

Features

  • 1200-watt stainless steel hot dog steamer and bun warmer in one with appealing merchandising to attract customers
  • Capable of preparing up to 50 hot dogs and 30 buns simultaneously
  • Cabinet and lids are made from durable, stain-resistant, and easy-to-clean stainless steel
  • Hot dogs are ready to serve in as little as 10 minutes
  • Handy On/Off rocker switch
  • Dimensions are 13D x 21.25W x 12.75H inches and it weighs in at 27 lbs.

 

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#5 – CuiZen CST-1412B Retro Hot Dog Steamer, Red

Hot Dog Steamer CuiZen CST-1412B Retro Hot Dog CookerA simple steamer for smaller operations, the CuiZen CST-14112B Retro Hot Dog Steamer uses a fun vintage design in red to attract customers.  It’s capable of steaming up to 12 hot dogs and 12 buns simultaneously.  This model even comes with a recipe book of worldwide hot dog recipes.  Here’s what you need to know.

Features

  • Appealing retro-style hot dog steamer and bun warmer capable of steaming up to 12 hot dogs and 12 buns simultaneously
  • Compact size makes it a great choice for operations with limited counter space
  • Cool-touch body reduces the risk of burns
  • Adjustable cooking timer
  • Includes Hot Dogs from Around the World” recipe book
  • Dimensions are 15.2 x 13 x 9.8 inches and it weighs in at only 5.2 lbs.

 

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#4 – Star Hot Dog Steamer and Bun Warmer

Hot Dog Steamer Star Hot Dog Cooker and Bun WarmerThe Star Hot Dog Steamer and Bun Warmer’s pull-down full-view tempered glass provides an appealing display of food along with safe and easy access to hot dogs and buns.  It’s deal for high-volume food service operations like snack bars and arenas.  It features a powerful tubular immersion heating element for faster heat-up and an extra-large 11-quart capacity water reservoir for longer steam duration.  Its adjustable thermostat provides more accurate temperature control.  It is capable of steaming up to 170 hot dogs and 18 buns simultaneously Here’s what you need to know.

Features

  • 800-watt hot dog steamer and bun warmer with tubular immersion heating element can quickly steam up to 170 hot dogs and 11 buns simultaneously
  • Pull-down full-view tempered glass provides an appealing display of food along with safe and easy access to hot dogs and buns
  • Adjustable thermostat provides more accurate temperature control
  • Extra-large 11-quart capacity water reservoir provides long holding times
  • Dimensions are 14-3/4W x 16-1/2D x 15-5/8H inches and it weighs in at 30 lbs.

 

 

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#3 – Adcraft Hot Dog Steamer Model HDS-1200W

Hot Dog Steamer Adcraft HDS-1200W Countertop Hot Dog CookerWith the Adcraft HDS-1200W Hot Dog Steamer you get all-day steaming from a large 6-quart capacity water reservoir along with both an adjustable thermostat and humidity controls for making the perfect hot dogs and keep buns fresh.  It features tempered glass on both sides so customers can see the cooking process and it can hold up to 100 hot dogs and approximately 48 buns.  Here’s what you need to know.

Features

  • 1200-watt hot dog steamer can cook up to 100 hot dogs and warm up to 48 buns simultaneously
  • Durable stainless steel construction of body and lids
  • Large all-day 6-quart capacity water reservoir
  • Adjustable thermostat cooks hot dogs perfectly and humidity control keeps buns fresh
  • Tempered glass on both sides is great for merchandising
  • Top loading design for easy access to contents
  • Front valve drain for easy refilling and draining of water

 

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#2 – Paragon Classic Hot Dog Steamer and Merchandiser

Paragon Popcorn MachinesHot Dog Steamer Paragon Classic Hot Dog Cooker makes a variety of great snack machines and their Paragon Popcorn Machines Classic Hot Dog Steamer and Merchandiser is a perfect example.  A smaller version of the Dog Hut, the Classic Dog is more compact, but still steams up to 96 hot dogs and 30 buns simultaneously.  It can also be used to steam up to 192 hot dogs only.  It features a variable, adjustable, bulb-style thermostat that provides more accurate temperature control to give you the flexibility to adjust to any holding or cooking situation.  You will be able to make money for years with this steamer thanks to its heavy-duty, durable, stain-resistant 20-guage stainless steel construction and materials throughout.  Large 8-quart water reservoir provides long holding times.  Here’s what you need to know.

Features

  • Compact commercial hot dog steamer can hold a total of up to 192 hot dogs or with removable bun insert accommodate up to a combination of 96 hot dogs and 30 buns
  • Can hold up to 192 hotdogs, but can use the Removable Bun Insert (included); allowing for a combination of up to 96 hotdogs and 30 buns.
  • Striking graphics on both sides to allow the unit to be displayed for front-counter or rear-counter merchandising
  • Heavy-duty, durable, stain-resistant 20-guage stainless steel construction and materials throughout for long life
  • Can operate safely even after the water in the reservoir is gone without damage to the heating element
  • Variable, adjustable, bulb-style thermostat provides more accurate temperature control to give you the flexibility to adjust to any holding or cooking situation
  • Dishwasher safe removable product trays and foldout door allow for easy access to hot dogs and makes cleanup simpler and easier
  • Heat indicator light allows you to know when the machine is heating.
  • Unit’s divided hot dog trays can accommodate any size precooked hotdog and sausages.
  • Large 8-quart water reservoir supports increased holding times
  • Quick-turn water release valve eliminates burned fingers and hot water leaks
  • Handy tongs are included
  • 5-year limited warranty
  • Made in the USA
  • Dimensions are 12W x 16D x 14.5H inches

 

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#1 – The Dog Hut Hot Dog Steamer and Merchandiser

Hot Dog Steamer Hot Dog Hut CookerDesigned to complement the operations of rental shops, convenience stores, concession stands, food trucks, vending carts, fast food restaurant, snack bars, cafeterias, and many others, the Dog Hut Hot Dog Steamer and Merchandiser produces up to 200 plump and juicy hot dogs and 42 warm buns simultaneously while attracting customers with its appealing graphics.  Its revolutionary, proprietary heating system uses a long-life submersible stainless steel heating element.  It features stainless steel construction throughout and removable, dishwasher-safe product trays and sliding doors for durability and easy cleaning.  A variable adjustable thermostat gives you the flexibility to adjust for any cooking or holding condition.  Large 8-quart water reservoir provides long holding times.  Here’s what you need to know.

Features

  • 1200-watt combination hot dog steamer, bun warmer, and merchandiser in one is capable of steaming up to 200 hot dogs and 42 buns simultaneously
  • Heavy-duty, durable, stain-resistant 20-guage stainless steel construction and materials throughout for long life
  • Striking graphics on both sides to allow the unit to be displayed for front-counter or rear-counter merchandising
  • Variable adjustable thermostat provides the flexibility to adjust to any cooking or holding condition
  • Long-life submersible stainless steel heating element
  • Large 8-quart water reservoir provides longer holding times
  • Detects a low-water condition, illuminates a low water indicator light and shuts off the hot dog steamer automatically
  • Divided hot dog tray accommodates any size hot dog or sausage and allows for them to be cooked and merchandized simultaneously
  • Quick-turn water release valve eliminates burned fingers and water leaks
  • Illuminated On/Off switch
  • Removable product trays and sliding doors make hot dog and bun access easier while providing for easy, dishwasher-safe cleanup
  • Handy tongs are included
  • Dimensions are 13.5W x 16D x 20H inches and it weighs in at 50 lbs.
  • 5-Year limited warranty

 

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