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Stuffed Sausage Dogs (cheese-stuffed smoked sausages)

Who doesn’t love a good, old-fashioned hot dog or smoked sausage? They’re tasty, fun, simple to cook, and inexpensive. And if you have kids, they’re almost a sure sell for a dinner without complaints. These cheese-stuffed smoked sausages tick all those boxes, and they add a touch of elegance at the same time.

They also only take 30 minutes to make from start to finish and require almost no supervision, which is a serious win in my book.

Those of you who have followed this blog for awhile will know that our son is autistic, and that we started homeschooling him 2 years ago. With the start of a new school session looming, this can cause some… difficulties… at meal time.

But if there’s one thing our son will never turn up his nose at, it’s hot dogs with cheese. (And chili, but I was out of chili at the time, so we skipped that for this round, though it would be completely wonderful!)

We’re just glad he’s out of his chicken nugget phase…

If you’re looking for a quick, fun, and simple meal that everybody at the table is sure to enjoy, one that doesn’t complicate your evening, look no further. These stuffed sausage dogs are a quick and easy meal anytime, so let’s get to it!

First, grab yourself some string cheese and smoked sausages (Or any other ready-to-eat bun-length sausage that makes you happy.), and crank your oven up to 350 degrees F (180 C.)

Sausages and cheese sticks

Cut slits in the top of each sausage to about the length of the string cheese. Don’t cut all the way through, we just want a place to fit the cheese here.

Mozzarella sticks and a split sausage dog

Split your string cheese sticks in half. I find it’s easier if you cut the tips with a knife, but that’s just me. You can just tear them in half if you’re feeling particularly stressed out.

String cheese sticks split in half

Slip your now split string cheese sticks into the slits you just cut in the sausages.

Uncooked sausages stuffed with string cheese

Pop those bad boys onto a baking sheet and let them cook for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and just a tad bit browned.

Cooked sausages stuffed with melted and browned string cheese

Toss those bad boys on buns and top with your condiment of choice. I used chopped green onion because it makes a pretty picture and our son loves it, but feel free to go with whatever makes you happy. Seriously, we’re talking hot dogs here, so dress your stuffed sausages any way you want!

Hot dogs stuffed with mozzarella cheese

Stuffed Sausage Dogs (Cheese Stuffed Smoked Sausages)

Hot dogs. As American as apple pie and baseball. 
But there’s always room for improvement. These cheese-stuffed smoked sausages are just a little more elegant, and just as delicious!
Course Brunch, Lunch, Main, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Cheese Stuffed, Franks, Hot Dogs, Kid Friendly, Smoked Sausage
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 710kcal
Author Jerry


  • 8 bun sized smoked sausages Or any other bun length frank you prefer
  • 4 sticks string cheese
  • 8 hot dog buns


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C).
  • Cut slits in sausages lengthwise from end to end, to form a pocket. (Do not cut through the sausage or cut the ends.) Place sausages on a baking sheet, cheese-side up.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F (180 C) for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cheese is melted to your liking.
  • Place on buns, top with your favorite condiments, and enjoy!


Feel free to substitute your favorite sausages for the smoked sausage. This method would be incredible with other varieties as well. (Think chicken and apple stuffed sausages with a smoky cheddar or Italian style turkey sausages stuffed with mozzarella and a bit of marinara sauce and tomatoes. You really can’t go wrong.)

And there you have it. Simple, yet gorgeous

Stuffed Sausage Dogs

What I would have done Differently:

Nothing, really. It’s not like you can go wrong with a stuffed sausage. I do want to try these again with a sharper cheese like Swiss or Kerrigold Dubliner (A very sharp and creamy Irish cheese).

Of course, A cheese stuffed sausage can be cooked on a grill as well, but I made these in January. In Arkansas. On a very cold and rainy day, so the oven was my tool of choice.

What are your thoughts:

Are these stuffed sausages something you’ll make for your picky eaters? Would you dress them up differently? Use a different sausage or cheese?

We’d love to hear your thoughts, so be sure to drop a comment below. And if you make them, share a photo on social media and tag #unclejerryskitchen. We’d love to see what you come up with!

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