Can you get sick from eating expired hot dogs?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “Can you get sick from eating expired hot dogs?” with an in-depth analysis of how to store hot dogs. Moreover, we are going to discuss the shelf life of hot dogs.

Can you get sick from eating expired hot dogs?

Yes, you can get sick from eating expired hot dogs. Expired hot dogs can have several bacteria like Salmonella, Listeria, and Staphylococcus aureus which can cause food poisoning.

What is the shelf life of hot dogs?

Unopened hot dogs:

 If stored in the fridge, these can stay good for up to two weeks before the expiry date. If there is no expiry date, store it for a maximum of two weeks. In the freezer, these can remain safe for up to months.

Fresh hot dogs, opened :

If hot dogs are opened then these can be safe for up to a week in the fridge and the freezer remains at best quality for two months.

Cooked hot dogs :

The frozen hot dogs can be consumed for up to four months whereas in the fridge they can remain safe for four days.

What are the recipes for hot dogs?

  1. Chicken hot dogs:


  • 40 grams of cheddar cheese
  • 20 grams of lettuce loose-leaf
  • 70 grams of French fries
  • 40 milliliter of mayonnaise
  • 10 milliliter of English mustard
  • 7-inch chicken sausage
  • 1 gram of  chili powder
  • 1 hot dog bread
  • 100 grams of potato wafers

For Garnishing

  •  chopped onions 30 g
  •  chopped lettuce loose-leaf  30 g 


  1. In boiling water slightly toss the chicken sausage for 2 minutes. Then cut the hot dog bun in half from its length and heat it slightly.
  1. Take a pan on the heat, then pour oil in it and grill the sausage. Fry potato wafers and French fries separately, until it turns golden brown.
  1. On a bun, apply mayonnaise and English mustard and put the sausage in between and then top it with French fries and sprinkle a little chili powder on the top. Then garnish it with cheese.
  1. On the plate, arrange the hot dog, potato wafers, chopped onion, and lettuce, and serve it hot. Make sure you try this recipe and let us know how it turned out to be.

2. Corn dog casserole:


  • Thinly sliced celery  2 cups
  •  Butter  2 tablespoons 
  •  Green onions sliced  1-½ cups
  • 1-1/2 pounds hot dogs
  • 2  eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons of rubbed sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon  of pepper
  • 2 packages (8-1/2 ounces each) cornbread/muffin mix
  • 2 cups  of shredded cheddar cheese, divided


  1. Into a small skillet, saute celery in butter for 5 minutes. Add onions; saute until vegetables are tender, 5 minutes longer. Place it in a  bowl and set it aside.
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Cut hot dogs into small slices. In the same skillet, saute hot dogs for 5 minutes until these turn to light brown and add to vegetables. Reserve 1 cup.
  1.  Whisk eggs, milk, sage, and pepper in a bowl and add the remaining mixture of hot dogs. Then stir in cornbread mixes and add 1-1/2 cups cheese. 
  1. Spread it into a shallow 3-qt. or 13×9-in. the baking dish and top it with reserved hot dog mixture and remaining cheese.
  1. Bake it without covering, until it turns golden brown for about 30 minutes.

Here are some other recipes for a hot dog you may try.

How to store hot dogs?

Hot dogs can be stored properly by using the following advice:

  • Hot dogs should always be stored at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit because bacterial growth takes place at a faster rate between 40 and 140 degrees. 
  • You can not leave hot dogs out of the fridge for more than 2 hours because at room temperature hot dogs last for 2 hours.
  • Hot dogs should be discarded if these are left for more than 2 hours at room temperature because the bacteria grow in them.
  • Hot dogs should always be stored on the shelf of the fridge rather than on the door, as a lot of temperature changes can occur at the door of the fridge that can spoil the quality of the hot dogs.
  • To freeze the hot dogs, the best method is to wrap them in aluminum foil or a thick plastic wrap before putting them into a plastic freezer bag, by doing this you will prevent your hot dogs from freezer burns.


In this brief study, we answered the question “Can you get sick from eating expired hot dogs?” with an in-depth analysis of how to store hot dogs. Moreover, we also discussed the shelf life of hot dogs.


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