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Hot Dog Buns

June 1, 2020 (Last Updated: June 19, 2020)

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Homemade hot dog buns make a regular hot dog amazing. These buns are perfect for hot dogs, brats, sausages or meatball sub sandwiches. Use these anytime you would use a hot dog bun or hoagie roll.

A hot dog bun with a hot dog topped with condiments.

I’ve been making my own  hamburger buns for years, but I finally just started making hot dog buns. I don’t know why it took me so long to start making these hot dog buns or hoagie rolls , but it’s just the way it is.

We recently had an outdoor bonfire and we were planning on roasting hot dogs and smokies. I realized I didn’t have any hot dog buns. Instead of heading into town, I whipped up a batch of homemade buns and they turned out beautifully.

Lately I have been trying to use what we have at home or make what we need. These buns were a perfect opportunity to use what we have on hand, plus they are so much better than store bought buns. Making homemade bread or buns doesn’t take a lot of hands on time, but it does take a bit of planning and wait time.

These buns are perfect for summertime barbecue season. 

A red basket filled with homemade hot dog buns.

Homemade buns

Homemade is always better than store bought. You know each ingredient added and exactly how they were prepared. Plus these homemade hot dog buns hold up to a hot sausage and all the condiments. No whimpy buns here! 

What to do with leftover buns?

This recipe makes 16 buns. If you end up with leftover buns, you can always freeze them until your next barbecue. You could also use them for a sub sandwich or a meatball sandwich. Finally these are prefect eaten as a bread stick with a baked pasta or a Caesar salad

How do I freeze hot dog buns?

Yes, these buns can be frozen. Allow the buns to fully cool. Place in a freezer bag and freeze for up to one month. They will not go bad longer than a month – you can still eat them, but they just may begin to dry out a bit.

This recipe makes 16 buns so freezing half is a good idea.

A hot dog topped with ketchup, mustard and relish sitting in a bun.

 

How do I shape the buns?

First divide the dough in half and then divide each half into eight equal pieces. Working with one piece at a time, shape into a 6 inch bun by log rolling the dough. Place roll buns on a greased baking sheet or on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 

Shaped bread dough in long rolls.

Tips for making yeast dough

  • Always let your dough proof at the beginning (let yeast, water and honey sit until bubbly)
  • Add ingredients in the order listed, making certain they are fully incorporated
  • The amount of flour used can vary each time you make dough. Start with the lowest amount of flour listed and gradually add more until dough forms a ball
  • Knead dough for 8 -10 minutes which help the gluten in the flour to develop
  • Let dough rise until doubled in size
    Unrisen bread dough in a glass bowl.
    Bread dough doubled in size.

Other great bread recipes

Hot Dog rolls on a baking rack.

Don’t forget to PIN for later! A hot dog bun filled with a hot dog and condiments.

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A hot dog bun with a hot dog topped with condiments.

Hot Dog Buns

Kathy
Homemade hot dog buns are perfect for hot dog, sausages, sandwiches or subs.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Rise Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 42 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 16 Buns
Calories 194 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups water (warm)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (or one packet)
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup oil (vegetable or canola)
  • 4 1/2 - 5 cups flour

Instructions
 

  • Place warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle yeast over water. Add honey and stir. Let mixture sit for 5 minutes until mixture becomes bubbly.
    Proofed yeast in a mixing bowl with milk.
  • Mix in eggs, salt, oil and 2 cups of the flour
  • Gradually add remaining flour until dough comes together and forms a ball around dough hook
  • Mix for 1-2 minutes over low speed adding a bit more flour as needed
  • Knead on low speed for 10 minutes
  • Form dough into a ball and add to a lightly greased bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled, approximately 1 1/2 hours - 2 hours.
  • Gently deflate dough. Divide dough in half and then each half into eight equal pieces
  • Shape each piece into a 6 inch roll. Place rolled dough on a greased baking sheet. Use two baking sheets, placing eight buns on each sheet.
  • Cover rolls with a clean cloth for 30 minutes.
  • Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 12 minutes.
  • Allow buns to cool for 2 minutes and then transfer to a baking rack to continue to cool.
  • Slice buns after fully cooled.

Notes

Tips

  • Always let your dough proof at the beginning (let yeast, water and honey sit until bubbly)
  • Add ingredients in the order listed, making certain they are fully incorporated
  • The amount of flour used can vary each time you make dough. Start with the lowest amount of flour listed and gradually add more until dough forms a ball
  • Knead dough for 8 -10 minutes which help the gluten in the flour to develop
  • Let dough rise until doubled in size
  • Make certain oven is fully preheated before baking
  • Bake one tray of buns at a time

Nutrition

Serving: 1bunCalories: 194kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 5gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 156mgPotassium: 66mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 30IUCalcium: 10mgIron: 2mg
Keyword hoagie rolls, hot dog buns, hot dog rolls
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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Valentina
    June 2, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    What a great thing to have on hand during the summer months when the hot dogs are on the grill. As you suggested, as sub would be great, and I’m thinking garlic bread, too! ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Valentina

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 3, 2020 at 4:52 am

      Perfect for garlic bread! Good thinking ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    June 2, 2020 at 4:49 am

    5 stars
    These buns looks awesome, Kathy! We’re like you when it comes to grilling/roasting hot dogs. I always keep a couple packs in the freezer, but I don’t always have fresh buns. And with the Great Quarantine going on, I’m trying to limit our shopping trips – so that means I should make my own hot dog buns, too! These look so soft and fluffy – perfect for a good grilled hot dog!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 3, 2020 at 4:52 am

      With just a little planning these buns are totally doable.

  • Reply
    Alex
    June 1, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    5 stars
    I have never made my own hot dog buns before – but that is definitely about to change! Thanks for all of your great tips ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 1, 2020 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks, Alex! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    June 1, 2020 at 6:03 am

    5 stars
    Talk about talking a hot dog up a notch! I bet these homemade buns make things a whole lot tastier! Perfect for those summer barbecues! Pinned! Happy Monday ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 1, 2020 at 6:29 am

      They do indeed take the ordinary dog up a notch!

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