Grilled Cheese-Wrapped Turkey Dog Recipe

Are you tired of the same old hot dogs at your BBQ? Want to spice up your menu with a quick and delicious twist? Look no further! I present to you, the Grilled Cheese-Wrapped Turkey Dog Recipe. This mouthwatering dish is perfect for meat lovers who crave a cheesy, savory flavor explosion in every bite.

When it comes to preparing food, I always look for ways to add unexpected twists that will make my guests’ taste buds dance with excitement. And this recipe does precisely that. The combination of juicy turkey hot dogs wrapped in a crispy grilled cheese crust is irresistible. Plus, the addition of Dijon mustard, sharp cheddar cheese, and crispy bacon elevates the flavors to a new level.

This recipe is incredibly easy to make and can be cooked on any BBQ grill, so even if you’re a beginner cook or have limited cooking facilities, you can still impress your guests with this delightful dish. In just a few steps, you’ll be serving up something that’s both filling and bursting with flavor.

Trust me; once you try this recipe, it’ll become one of your favorites for happy hour, grilling parties or even weekday dinners. So without further ado, let’s dive into how you can create this grilled cheese-wrapped turkey dog at home!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Grilled Cheese-Wrapped Turkey Dog
Grilled Cheese-Wrapped Turkey Dog

Are you tired of the same old boring hot dog routine? Look no further than this grilled cheese-wrapped turkey dog recipe! This recipe puts a twist on a classic hot dog by wrapping it in golden-brown grilled cheese, adding the perfect amount of gooeyness to every bite.

But that’s not all, this cheese-wrapped turkey dog can be personalized to your taste buds by adjusting the type of cheese used, whether that be sharp cheddar or chili cheese. Want to turn up the heat? Add some fresh jalapenos or drizzle on some spicy sriracha mustard. The options are endless with this recipe.

What makes this recipe stand out is its versatility. It’s perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a fun weekend BBQ with friends and family. Plus, it’s easy to make and can be done using a grill, stovetop, or even an air fryer!

Not only is this recipe delicious and adaptable to fit any palate, but it is also an excellent way to use up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. Transform those boring leftovers into something new and exciting with the grilled cheese-wrapped turkey dog.

Trust me; once you try this cheesy twist on a classic hot dog, you’ll never want to go back to plain old ketchup and mustard. So fire up the grill and get ready for a mouth-watering experience that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.

Ingredient List

 The ultimate comfort food combo: grilled cheese and hot dog.
The ultimate comfort food combo: grilled cheese and hot dog.

Below are the ingredients you will need to make this delicious Grilled Cheese-Wrapped Turkey Dog Recipe:

  • 4 hot dogs
  • 4 slices turkey breast
  • 8 slices of cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices of bacon
  • 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • Fresh jalapenos, sliced (optional)
  • Sriracha mustard for drizzling (optional)

Note that you can substitute turkey dogs with regular hot dogs or burger dogs.

For the bread, you can use your favorite dog bun or any bread that holds up well on a grill.

You can also add chili cheese or melted cheese on top of the hot dog wraps for an extra cheesy flavor!

The Recipe How-To

Now that you know what makes this Grilled Cheese-Wrapped Turkey Dog Recipe so great, it’s time to get started on cooking! Here’s a step-by-step guide on how you can make this delicious dish in no time.


  • 4 turkey dogs
  • 8 slices sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 8 strips precooked bacon
  • 8 sliced fresh jalapenos
  • Drizzle of Dijon mustard
  • Drizzle of Sriracha mustard


  1. First, take the precooked bacon and heat it in the oven or fry pan until crispy. Set aside.
  2. Take your turkey dogs and wrap two slices of cheddar cheese around each hot dog.
  3. Pro tip: You can also use American hot dogs or chili cheese hot dogs if preferred.
  4. Take a slice of bread and place the cheesy wrapped turkey dog on it
  5. To the “open” side of the hot dog, apply Dijon mustard
  6. Place your cooked bacon strips on top of the mustard
  7. Add jalapeno slices to taste.
  8. Drizzle sriracha mustard over it all.
  9. Finish by placing another slice of bread on top

You should now have two cheesy wrapped hot dogs ready to grill!

Cooking Directions:

  1. Melt some butter in a pan over medium heat.
  2. Dip each stuffed hot dog in melted butter
  3. Pro tip: For an even faster preparation, you can also cook them in an air fryer for 5 to 7 minutes at 375°F until golden brown.
  4. Place the cheese-stuffed hot dog on top of each toasted slice of bread and grill in your pan on a medium heat until golden brown and crispy on all sides.

As soon as they are done, remove them from the heat and let them rest for a minute before serving.

Serving Suggestions:

Serve these Grilled Cheese-Wrapped Turkey Dogs with extra toppings like ketchup, mustard, fried onions, or pickles for even more flavor!

This simple yet delicious recipe is perfect for lunch, dinner, or even backyard barbecues! So go ahead and try it out today!

Substitutions and Variations

 Say hello to my cheesy little friend: the grilled cheese-wrapped turkey dog.
Say hello to my cheesy little friend: the grilled cheese-wrapped turkey dog.

When it comes to this grilled cheese-wrapped turkey dog recipe, there are plenty of ways to switch things up and put your own spin on it. Here are some substitutions and variations you can try:

– Cheese: While sharp cheddar cheese is a great choice for this recipe, you can experiment with other cheeses as well. Try using a blend of different cheeses or swapping in a stronger or milder cheese depending on your taste preferences.

– Hot Dogs: If you’re not a fan of turkey dogs, you can use another type of hot dog instead. Beef, chicken or vegan hot dogs would both work well here.

– Bacon: For a bacon-free version of this recipe, simply omit the bacon or swap it out for some turkey bacon.

– Spices: If you want to add more flavor to the dish, try mixing some spices into the Dijon mustard before spreading it onto the hot dog. Paprika, garlic powder, or chili powder would all be great choices.

– Toppings: The sky’s the limit when it comes to toppings for this grilled cheese-wrapped turkey dog! Some popular options include diced onions, pickles, sauerkraut, and even chili.

Feel free to get creative and make this recipe your own by trying out some of these substitutions and variations. And don’t forget to let us know what your favorite combination is!

Serving and Pairing

 Who needs a bun when you can have a grilled cheese sandwich as a hot dog bun?
Who needs a bun when you can have a grilled cheese sandwich as a hot dog bun?

Once you have grilled the cheese-wrapped turkey dogs to perfection, it’s time to serve them up and enjoy them! These deliciously cheesy and savory dogs can be served up several different ways, depending on your preferences. One of my favorite ways to enjoy these hot and savory treats is to serve them up with some fresh jalapenos and a drizzle of Sriracha mustard. This adds a nice spicy kick to the otherwise cheesy and savory flavor of the dogs.

If you’re serving these up for a party or gathering, they also pair well with other classic “happy hour” favorites like sliders, fries, and onion rings. You can even put together a “burger dog bar” that includes toppings like ketchup, mustard, chili, cheese sauce, and sliced jalapenos or pickles.

For a lighter twist on this classic recipe, try pairing your cheese-wrapped turkey dogs with a fresh green salad or some roasted veggies. This makes for a satisfying meal that won’t leave you feeling weighed down afterward.

When it comes to drinks, beer or soda are great options to pair alongside these dogs. The bubbly carbonation of either will help cut through the richness of the cheese and meat.

No matter how you serve them up, your guests are sure to love the flavorful combination of tender turkey dogs wrapped in crispy grilled cheese. So fire up that grill and savor every bite of this delicious recipe!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 It's cheesy, it's meaty, and it's oh-so-satisfying.
It’s cheesy, it’s meaty, and it’s oh-so-satisfying.

This recipe is perfect for making ahead and storing in the refrigerator or freezer for later use. Once you have assembled the grilled cheese-wrapped turkey dogs, wrap them in plastic wrap or foil and place them in an airtight container. They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

When ready to eat, there are three methods for reheating: oven, microwave, and air fryer.

To reheat in the oven, preheat to 350°F (180°C) and bake the wrapped hot dogs for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.

To reheat in the microwave, remove the plastic wrap or foil and place one cheesy-wrapped hot dog on a microwave-safe plate. Heat it on high for 30 seconds to one minute, depending on your microwave’s power. Keep an eye on it so that it doesn’t overheat.

For an interesting twist, you could also try reheating them in an air fryer. Preheat your air fryer to 350°F (180°C), place the cheesy-wrapped hot dog inside the basket, and heat it up for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown.

No matter which method you choose, these grilled cheese-wrapped turkey dogs remain deliciously crispy with melted cheddar cheese oozing out from all sides!

Tips for Perfect Results

Now that you understand the ins and outs of my Grilled Cheese-Wrapped Turkey Dog recipe, here are some tips to ensure that your dish comes out perfect every time.

Firstly, it’s essential to use good-quality hot dogs. While any hot dog will suffice in a pinch, I prefer using turkey dogs as a healthier alternative. However, if you can’t find them at your local grocery store or prefer beef or chicken hot dogs, don’t hesitate to substitute them instead.

To make the cheese wrapping process as smooth as possible, be sure to let the shredded cheddar cheese reach room temperature before adding it to your hot dog. Doing so will ensure that the cheese sticks to the hot dog and does not fall apart when grilled.

Next, I recommend grilling your bacon before wrapping it around the hot dog. It may take a few extra minutes, but pre-grilling ensures that the bacon is crispy and golden brown while also ensuring that the hot dog is fully cooked by the time the bacon is done.

When grilling your cheesy-wrapped turkey dog, go low and slow rather than high heat for a short period. By doing so, you’ll give the cheese enough time to melt without burning and allow the bread to toast evenly without going too dark.

Lastly, I recommend serving these grilled cheese-wrapped turkey dogs with your preferred condiments like ketchup and mustard, fried onions or garlic aioli. It’s an excellent way to add some extra flavors into your meal and enhance your overall dining experience.

If you follow these tips, I’m confident that you’ll be enjoying perfectly grilled and cheesy wrapped hot dogs in no time!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this grilled cheese-wrapped turkey dog recipe is the perfect addition to your summer BBQ menu. With its flavorful combination of melted cheese, crispy bacon, and juicy turkey hot dogs, it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Plus, with its easy preparation and versatile options for substitutions and variations, you can customize this recipe to suit your own tastes and preferences. Whether you’re serving it as a main dish or as an appetizer at happy hour, these cheesy wrapped hot dogs are a delicious twist on a classic favorite.

So fire up the grill, gather your ingredients, and get ready to create some seriously tasty food com lighter twist! And don’t forget to pair these grilled cheese-wrapped turkey dogs with all the fixings – from ketchup and mustard to fresh jalapenos or a spicy drizzle of sriracha mustard. You won’t be disappointed with this burger dog recipe food com lighter twist two happy hour favorites – grilled cheese and hot dogs – all rolled into one tasty dish!

Grilled Cheese-Wrapped Turkey Dog

Grilled Cheese-Wrapped Turkey Dog Recipe

A lighter twist on two happy hour favorites. A grilled cheese wrapped turkey dog served with fresh jalapenos and a drizzle of sriracha and mustard. With inspiration from Ross Mathews.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 268.4 kcal


  • 2 (1 1/2 ounce) uncured turkey hot dogs
  • 2 slices whole grain bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter, spread
  • 2 sharp cheddar cheese, deli slices
  • hot sauce (sriracha)
  • Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh jalapeno


  • Cook turkey hot dogs on medium heat on a greased skillet moving periodically until brown on all sides and heated through the center. Spread buttery spread on one side of bread.
  • Place bread, butter side down on a large skillet or griddle. Place a slice of cheese on each slice of bread. Heat until cheese is melted and bread is golden brown, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Place hot dog in the center of each slice of bread bread. Garnish the hot dog with a drizzle of sriracha and mustard. Wrap bread around the hot dog and use a toothpick to secure the bread into place. Top with chopped jalapeno.



Serving: 81gCalories: 268.4kcalCarbohydrates: 13.4gProtein: 8.7gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 9.1gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 694.2mgFiber: 1.9gSugar: 3.1g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Easy
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Shara loves to experiment with different flavors and techniques when it comes to BBQ. She has been perfecting her craft for years and loves hosting backyard BBQs with friends & family. She often comes up with creative recipes that her guests rave about.