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This recipe for delicious Keto Pretzel Dogs or Gluten Free Bagel Dogs is an all-American classic with a healthier twist. They are baked golden brown and dusted with bagel seasoning for an easy dinner that everyone will devour!

A black plate stacked with keto pretzel dogs topped with sesame and poppy seeds.

Go ahead and skip the hotdogs buns– you do not need them for these dough-wrapped keto bagel dogs. They are just as good as crescent dogs, but they are healthier and suited to keto or gluten-free diets.

I know sticking to a ketogenic diet or a gluten-free lifestyle is not easy. Even trying a low-carb diet gives me pause as a southern baker. That said, I have friends that have Celiac disease and deserve a version they can eat as well without always having to opt for a lettuce wrap.

That is one of the reasons I am choosing this recipe. But to tell you the truth, the cheesy crust on this homemade keto hot dogs recipe is really good!

Do healthier, and tasty good keto lunch recipes with your favorite type of hot dogs sound ideal to you? Good news; you are going to love these low carb bagel dogs. You might also enjoy my recipe for Keto Low Carb Beef Chili. And I have a fantastic recipe for Garlic Butter Shrimp Scampi or Slow Cooker Chicken Salsa for more easy-to-make keto recipe-friendly meals.

Ingredients

  • Hot Dogs | Johnsonville Beddar with Cheddar Smoked Sausages is the brand I chose for this recipe. But you can use any gluten-free low-carb hotdog or sausage dog you like best. Choose your favorite hot dog brand!
  • Cream Cheese | Cube a block of creamy cream cheese to aid in melting.
  • Mozzarella Cheese | Grate a block of mozzarella, so you are sure it is gluten-free and carb free.
  •  Eggs | We use 2 eggs for this recipe. One large egg is for the dough, and one is for the egg wash.
  • Almond Flour | Use a gluten-free version of almond flour, like Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour.
  • Baking Soda | Most are pure but choose a brand like Arm & Hammer or Clabber Girl to be sure.
  • Topping | Use a blend of sesame seeds and poppy seeds like the everything bagel seasoning.
Ingredients needed for keto pretzel dogs.

Equipment

  • Food Processor
  • Pastry brush

Variations and Substitutions

  • Cheese: I use mozzarella, but you are welcome to try other varieties like Munster or Monterrey jack.
  • Appetizer: Use this recipe to make a low-carb snack with mini sausages.
  • Topping: Not a fan of the seasoning? Try kosher salt and some Italian Seasoning.

How To Make Gluten-Free Bagel Dogs

Before you get started, preheat the oven and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Then take the hotdogs or sausages out of the packages and dry them well with paper towels so the dough will stick. Alrighty, now we are cooking.

Be sure to see the recipe card below for exact ingredients and full recipe instructions!

Step 1 | Prepare the Cheese Mixture

To make the cheesy mixture for the dough, put the mozzarella cheese and the cream cheese in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Set the microwave to 90 seconds, then carefully remove the bowl, and stir to completely melt all the cheeses. Add increments of 20 seconds if it is not yet all the way creamy melted.

Collage image showing melting cheeses for dough steps.

Step 2 | Add in Doughy Ingredients

Using your food processor, pour the melty cheese mix into the bowl of the processor and add in one egg. Process those until smooth, then add in the dry ingredients– almond flour and baking soda.

Process that mixture until it forms a very sticky dough-like ball.

Collage image showing making cheese and almond flour dough in food processor.

Step 3 | Shape the Dough & Wrap

Next, line the countertop with a sheet of parchment paper and remove the food processor bowl. With a silicone spatula, scrape the contents of the bowl onto the lined countertop and form into a ball.

Divide dough into 8 even pieces. Then roll each piece into a ball and then into a long rope shape measuring about twelve inches in length.

Take one rope at a time, starting at on end of the hot dog, and wrap the dogs the entire length of the hot dog. Then place each on the prepared parchment-lined baking sheet. When all the dogs are wrapped, they are ready for the toppings!

Collage image showing wrapping hot dog steps.

Step 4 | Top the Dogs

Take out a clean small bowl and beat one egg with a small bowl whisk. Then dip a pastry brush in the egg wash and brush the top of each bagel dog.

Then you can add your sprinkled topping of everything bagel seasoning, sesame seeds, or poppy seeds. The choice is yours.

Finally, place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for the recommended time on the recipe card. Be sure to rotate the dogs every 3 to 4 minutes so they will get that pretzel golden brown coloring on all sides.

Serve them up with your favorite hotdog dips and sides, and enjoy!

Collage image showing topping hot dog steps.

Tips

  • When cooking for dietary restrictions, be sure to read all labels. This is one of the easy recipes to make gluten-free and keto-friendly, though.
  • Wet your hands when handling the sticky dough.
  • Wrap the dogs gently without pulling and stretching the dough so the layers remain even.
  • For a hint of cheddar cheese, grate some cheddar and add it to the top in the last 3 minutes of cooking. Or try parmesan cheese!
A tray of baked keto pretzel bagel dogs.

Recipe FAQ’s

What brands of Everything Bagel Seasoning are gluten-free?

That is easy; in fact, there are many. McCormick has a gluten-free seasoning, and Trader Joe’s has an Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend.

How are hotdogs healthy?

That is a great question! My mama always told me they were not good for you and full of junk. But if you get a quality all-meat brand or natural hot dogs, it is simply meat processed in a different way. Check your labels and buy right for a healthier way to enjoy hotdogs and sausages.

Can I use low-fat Turkey Smoked Sausage in this recipe?

Of course, you can! Any type of sausage or hotdog will work well for this yummy dinner recipe. Chicken sausage would be great too!

A black plate with 2 keto bagel dogs with a serving plate filled with more in the background.

What to Serve Keto Pretzel Dogs

There are so many great ideas for what you can serve with these stunning wrapped dogs. Dip your dogs into the usual suspects, like mustard, ketchup, or barbecue sauce. Then add some delicious side dishes like these:

Storage

Storage: Store leftover bagel dogs in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days in a zippered bag or an airtight container.

Freeze:

You can also freeze your bagel dogs. Just thaw and reheat them in the oven for around ten minutes at 350.

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Keto Pretzel Dog or Bagel Dogs

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Nikki Lee
This recipe for delicious Keto Pretzel Dogs or Gluten Free Bagel Dogs is an all-American classic with a healthier twist. They are baked golden brown and dusted with bagel seasoning for an easy dinner that everyone will devour!

Ingredients 

  • 8 Hot Dogs, (or Johnsonville Beddar Cheddar Sausages)
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 ½ cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ¼ cup almond flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

Topping

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • sesame seed/poppy seed blend

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  • Remove the hotdogs from their package and dry them with a paper towel.  Set aside.
  • In a medium microwaveable bowl, add the mozzarella cheese and the cream cheese.  Microwave on high for 90 seconds and stir. The cheese should be completely melted, cook for an additional 20 seconds if needed.
  • Add the melted cheese to a food processor with the egg and process until smooth.  Add the almond flour and baking soda, and process it until you have a sticky dough (it will be very sticky).
  • Scrape the dough onto a piece of parchment paper and divide it into 8 even pieces to be rolled into small balls.  Using one ball at a time, roll the dough into a long rope, approximately 12”.  Beginrounding the rope around the length of the sausage/hotdog, leaving about ½” of the hot dog visible on each end. Place on the prepared baking sheet.  Repeat with the remaining hotdogs.

Topping

  • In a small bowl, beat one egg.  Dip a pastry brush into the eggwash and brush the surface of each bagel dog. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and poppy seeds if desired.
  • Bake for 15 -20 minutes or until golden brown.  Rotating each bagel dog every 3-4 minutes will result in a nice even brown color on all sides of the pretzel/bagel dog. 
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1each Calories: 342kcal (17%) Carbohydrates: 6g (2%) Protein: 15g (30%) Fat: 30g (46%) Saturated Fat: 11g (69%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 0.003g Cholesterol: 69mg (23%) Sodium: 657mg (29%) Potassium: 91mg (3%) Fiber: 2g (8%) Sugar: 2g (2%) Vitamin A: 267IU (5%) Calcium: 157mg (16%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

Nutritional Disclaimer

Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Hot dogs, and pretzel dogs in particular, are a guilty pleasure of mine. These are delicious, and I love that I don’t have to feel quite so guilty eating them!

  2. 5 stars
    This might just be my new favorite recipe! I’m so sick of lettuce wraps, and to be honest, I think they’re gross with hot dogs! I love these!