Pretzel Dog Recipe {adapted from Alton Brown’s Recipe}

Pretzel Dog – Chewy dough of the pretzel, sprinkled with coarse salt that lovingly wraps the juicy sausage makes for a delicious lunch for kids and adults alike!

Pretzel Dogs - Chewy dough of the pretzel, slightly sprinkled with coarse salt and all lovingly wrapping the juicy sausage makes for a delicious lunch for kids and adults alike! | by | @letbakingbegin

When I was seventeen, I got my first job and worked at a local shopping mall as a cashier. I remember the excitement of being able to make my own money and spend it on whatever I wanted. Working in a mall meant that there was a cafeteria with all kinds of not so healthy foods available for lunch. Most of the time I still brought lunch from home, but when I was in a hurry and did not bring one, I loved to stop by the cart with Pretzel Dogs and get myself one.

Pretzel Dogs - Chewy dough of the pretzel, slightly sprinkled with coarse salt and all lovingly wrapping the juicy sausage makes for a delicious lunch for kids and adults alike! | by | @letbakingbegin

So, browsing the net one day, I found a recipe for Alton Brown’s Soft Pretzels. Being partial to all of his recipes, I wasted no time. All the ingredients went into my bread maker and off to the dough cycle in a matter of minutes. I have wanted to make Pretzel Dogs for a long time, so I decided to use the recipe not just for Pretzel Dogs, but pretzel bites as well.  It came out beautifully and I am here to share the love!

Make-ahead Pretzel Dogs

The number of ingredients below will make for a large batch, but don’t fret, you don’t have to eat all Pretzel Dogs right away (even though that would be the best). Instead, you can refrigerate or freeze them and when ready to eat, just pop the Pretzel Dogs or Pretzels in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 350F and they’ll taste just like fresh. Why buy pre-made frozen food if you can make it yourself, right? Also, these Pretzel Dogs are really popular with kids for lunch and they taste great even cold.

What kind of Sausage to use in Pretzel Dogs?

You’re the boss, so choose your favorite hot dog sausage. I use Costco’s Kirkland Brand Dinner Franks or Polish Sausage, both are good choices.

Pretzel Dogs - Chewy dough of the pretzel, slightly sprinkled with coarse salt and all lovingly wrapping the juicy sausage makes for a delicious lunch for kids and adults alike! | by | @letbakingbegin

How to make a Pretzel Dog?

The easiest way to make the Pretzel Dog dough is to use the dough cycle of the bread maker. If you do not have a bread maker, do not fret, you can either mix the dough by hand or use a mixer.

Pretzel Dogs - Chewy dough of the pretzel, slightly sprinkled with coarse salt and all lovingly wrapping the juicy sausage makes for a delicious lunch for kids and adults alike! | by | @letbakingbegin

Pretzel Dogs {adapted from Alton Brown's Recipe} Ingredients

Pretzel Dogs - Chewy dough of the pretzel, sprinkled with coarse salt that lovingly wraps the juicy sausage makes for a delicious lunch for kids and adults alike! 

Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
Course: Appetizer, dinner
Cuisine: American
Calories: 143 kcal
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 20



  • 15-20 Sausages franks

Pretzel Dough

  • cups water water
  • 1 tbsp sugar granulated
  • 2 tsp salt, kosher reduce amount if using table salt
  • 1 Tbsp yeast active dry
  • cups flour all purpose
  • 2 oz butter, unsalted melted
  • 2 Tbsp Vegetable oil to grease the pan

Baking Soda Bath

Egg Wash

  • 1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 Tbsp water


  • 2-3 Tbsp Coarse kosher salt or Pretzel Salt



  1. If using bread maker combine warm water, sugar, salt, yeast, flour & unsalted butter and set for the dough cycle. Once the cycle is complete, move on to step 6.
  2. If using a stand mixer, combine warm water, sugar, salt & yeast. Stir and allow it to sit for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Once the mixture has risen slightly, add flour to the bowl of the mixer, the yeast slurry, and the melted butter. Using the dough attachment/hook knead on low speed just until the dough comes together.

  4. Increase the speed to medium and knead until dough is smooth and pulls away from the sides of the bowl (about 4-5 minutes).

  5. Remove the dough from the bowl, spray it with non-stick spray, then return the dough back into the bowl and cover with a tea towel. Let rise for 1 hour in a draft-free, warm place (you can place it in the oven with the light on. Do not turn the oven on at all), or until doubled in size.
  6. Next, preheat oven to 450F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and brush with oil. Set aside.

Make the baking soda bath

  1. Bring 10 cups of water and baking soda to a rolling boil in an 8-quart saucepan or roasting pan.

Shape and Bake the Pretzel Dogs

  1. Turn the dough out onto oiled work surface and divide it into golf size pieces

    Roll each dough ball into a rope and wrap it around the full length of the sausage, pinching the ends onto themselves to prevent them unwrapping.

    Shape the dough into a 24-inch rope, then holding the ends of the rope cross them over each other and press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel.

  3. One by one place the place the pretzel dogs into the boiling soda water for 30 seconds. Using a large slotted spoon or spatula remove them from the water and place onto the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Brush on with beaten egg yolk and water mixture and sprinkle with salt.
  5. Place in oven and bake at 450F until golden brown in color, about 12-14 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Pretzel Dogs {adapted from Alton Brown's Recipe} Ingredients
Amount Per Serving
Calories 143 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 2058mg 86%
Potassium 37mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 1.7%
Calcium 1%
Iron 7.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Jimmie Kane

    Pretzel Dog Recipe {adapted from Alton Brown

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  • Connie

    I was wondering can you just freeze the dough and if so for how long?

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    • Hi Connie,
      I know that yeast dough tends to loose it’s potency once frozen and therefor haven’t frozen it myself. You can freeze baked pretzel dogs though, that works just fine. I’d freeze the baked pretzel dogs for up to 2-3 weeks, not more though.

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  • Tabitha

    can you make these ahead of time? or can you freeze them?

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  • Susan

    I guess I messed up. My pretzel part was so baking soda tasting that we couldn’t eat them. This is the first time making these so I don’t know what I did wrong.


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  • Brian keith

    Thank you for the recipe, they turned out perfectly yummy. I had fun making them and now a new favorite treat to make.

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  • Sue

    Thanks for the recipe they look yummy!! I see that you have pretzel bites in one of the pictures. Do you bake them at the same temp and time?

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  • Vanessa

    These are absolutely DELICIOUS!!! Made them for my family for lunch. My kids devoured them as well as my husband. Awesome recipe. Thank you!!!

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  • Ashley

    Do these freeze well? I’d love to make them for lunches!

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    • I have not done it myself, but I freeze bread all the time and since this is a bread kind of a thing, I don’t see why it wouldn’t.

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  • Tori

    Hi! Just made these for lunch and they tasted great! So I mixed it with my kitchenaid and at first the dough was too liquidy even though I follwed the recipe to a T. So if this happens to you just do what I did and add more flour until you get the right consistency. THE DOUGH PROCESS IS SO MESSY! Haha, I had to oil everything but after a good wipe down all was fine, just be prepared for possibly a big mess and big cleanup. Still worth it! The baking soda thing is helpful too but after awhile the bubbles start to rise so just keep a look out. Next time my mom wants me to try it with cheese so that’ll be fun.

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  • Teresa

    Excellent recipe!!! This is now one of the family favorites so I make them quite frequently 😉
    Thank you!

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  • elinor l.

    These look awesome. I’ll be making these for a New Year’s Eve party. I’ll let you know they turn out. I used to make bagels years ago. Boiling the dough prior to baking contributed in the crustiness and chew of the dough. Can’t wait to try these!

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  • These pretzel dogs look so aswesome! I have featured them in my tribute to hot dogs on my blog, Ducks ‘n a Row, today. Hapy National Hot Dog Day!

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  • Tanya

    Hi Marina, what does baking soda in whater do?

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    • It’s what makes the pretzel taste like the pretzel instead of just baked dough. It also creates the browning on the outside of the pretzel

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  • Ruthanne Bowers

    Great recipe! I tried these last weekend!
    I came across a question as I was making them. Would you recommend letting the dough rise again once you have wrapped the hot dogs and formed the pretzels? Like, before you put this in the baking soda solution?

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  • Tracey

    The dough didnt work. It was very thick and wouldn’t come together. I tried kneading it but it wouldn’t rise. My yeast proofed so I know it was good…maybe you need to have a bread machine or dough hook only?

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    • I am not sure why it didn’t come together. Could it be that your flour was already pretty settled in the bag and then you scooped it with the measuring cup (compacting it even more) and therefor used more flour? My dough comes together fine when I make this. You could measure the dough by weighing it (it should be 22 ounces) to be completely sure. But it could be that the type of flour (brand/quality) is just not very good. Have you baked other things with the flour and it worked fine?

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  • EbonyNicoles

    Hey, just a side note to those using a breadman machine to make your dough, be sure to check how much flour your bread machine can hold…mine’s could only hold up to 3 cups of flour, where as this recipe calls for 4-41/2 cups…I cut the flour down to 2 1/2 cups and used 1 cup of water along with 4 tablespoons of melted butter (I might suggest cutting this down to at least 2 tablespoons instead). Hope this helps 🙂

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    • That’s a great tip! Thanks!

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  • Bobbi - 3GLOL pretzel dogs. I use to always get them at the mall too 🙂 Pinning this so I can give it a go! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Thanks for pinning Bobbi!

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  • Sandra

    I made them for dinner last might. Wrapped hotdogs and bratwurst in the dough. My family loved them. Our 4 year old granddaughter loves the pretzels. Thank you.

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    • Bratwurst in the dough sounds amazing! Thanks for your feedback Sandra!

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  • Paramitha Nasimova

    Very nice recipe! 🙂 How many pretzel dogs you make for this recipe?

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    • Thanks Paramitha!
      this recipe makes about 10-15 pretzel dogs, depending on how big your sausages are.

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      • Trish

        I pinned these. I can’t wait to make these…they look so delicious. Thanks for sharing the love.

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        • Thanks Trish! You will totally love them when you make them!

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  • Erin

    I’d love to make these for my son’s Birthday party. Could I prepare them through step #10, refrigerate overnight, and then bake just before the party? Thank you!

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    • To be honest, I am not sure. I have never done it before. Sorry that I couldn’t be of more help 🙁

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    • Elizabeth

      Did you try the make-ahead pretzel dogs? If so, how did it turn out and how did you do it?

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  • Vera

    hi marina I’m planning to make these tomorrow. can you please tell me how much grams are in one package of active yeast?

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    • Hi Vera,
      There’s 2 1/4 (or 2.25) teaspoons in one pack. I will probably add this to the recipe to clarify for others as well 🙂

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  • Ivana @ Macarons and Pearls

    These are so so adorable! I adore pretzels, but I never actually mustered enough courage to make them at home 🙂 Now I’m really tempted 🙂 And your photos are really beautiful, Marina! I’m so glad I’ve discovered your blog!

    xx Ivana
    Macarons and Pearls

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  • Olga

    Beautiful photos! These pretzel dogs are just asking for me to take a bite. I’ve actually been craving pretzels today, so I think this means that I’ll be making these soon. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    • Thanks Olga! You’re welcome to come and share the link if you do end up posting the recipe 🙂

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