Hot Dog Steamers, Rollers, Broilers: Which is the Best?

Here’s to the hot dog; an American classic that is quick and convenient to make, serve and eat! With summer upon us, we’ve decided to take a closer look at the equipment necessary to serve the best sausage around.

Whether you operate a hot dog cart, food truck, restaurant, convenience store, or concession stand, it’s important to know the difference between hot dog steamers, rollers and broilers when you’re choosing your equipment.

Hot Dog Steamers are convenient because they are capable of cooking hot dogs and steaming buns simultaneously, producing tasty hot dogs and fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth buns. Steamers range in capacity from 130-230 hot dogs at a time. Most steamers are Stainless Steel and disassemble easily to make cleaning a snap.

Hot Dog Roller Grills are what you’ll typically see at sporting events, gas stations and convenience stores. They’re versatile – allowing you to cook hot dogs, brats and taquitos. Rollers spin the hot dogs for even cooking; producing a slightly blackened, crispy hot dog with the snap that New York City dogs are known for.

Hot Dog Broilers rely on the temperature of the interior compartment to cook your hot dogs as they rotate around the heat source. Broilers, also known as rotisseries are available in cradle designs (something like a Ferris Wheel for your sausages) and spikes that keep hot dogs on individual spits. As an added bonus, broilers can cook over 50 hot dogs at once and generally include a bun warming compartment – helping you reduce cost and increase productivity.