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10 Ways to Use Hot Dog Buns

Mrs Frugal is a freelance writer who enjoys making and creating simple and delicious recipes. She can often be found in the kitchen.

Transform your hot dog buns with these ten easy and delicious recipes. Hot dog buns have never tasted so good!

Transform your hot dog buns with these ten easy and delicious recipes. Hot dog buns have never tasted so good!

In this day and age a hot dog is rarely seen without its mate, the hot dog bun. Whether your having a bbq at home, going to a sports game, or a day at the fair, hot dogs and their buns are a perfect pair.Hot dog buns can be bought at most grocery stores and are a staple in many households. They come in a variety of packages and normally contain eight buns.

There are many stories of how the hot dog bun originated. Some say it originates from the 1904 St.Louis, Mo World Fair. It is said that a Bavarian concessionaire named Anton Feuchtwanger, was serving hot dogs there. He was handing out white gloves so buyers wouldn't burn their hands. Anton noticed he wasen't getting the gloves back and asked his brother, a baker, for help. His brother created rolls that the hot dogs could fit in, which we now call a hot dog bun. There is also another story that goes back to the 1800's, of a street vendor selling sausages, and rolls.

We all know that hot dog buns are made for hot dogs, but what else can you do with them. Most people have had extra hot dog buns at some time in their life.What about that extra pack or two from the bbq, Super Bowl, or birthday party? You could freeze them up to a month in the freezer and then thaw on your counter. Freezing can be easy, but what about making something new? Instead of taking up freezer space and possibly forgetting you have them, you can make a new recipe that is easy and delicious!

Hot Dog Bun croutons are delicious!

Hot Dog Bun croutons are delicious!

Garlic bread is easy, fast, and delicious with hot dog buns.

Garlic bread is easy, fast, and delicious with hot dog buns.

Hot Dog Bun Recipes

  1. Garlic Bread

Split your hot dog buns in half. Combine melted butter, garlic powder, Italian seasoning or parsley together, and brush over each piece of hot dog bun. The amounts will depend on how many hot dog buns you are using. A basic recipe for two hot dog buns (four pieces of bread) would be 1/2 stick butter melted, 1Tbsp garlic powder, and a 1/2 tsp of dried parsley or Italian seasoning, which is optional. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes, ot until toasted.

2. Meatball Subs

Start out by toasting or warming each hot dog bun. Fill each bun with meatballs covered in marinara sauce. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese and put under your oven broiler until the cheese is melted.

3. Cinnamon Sticks

Split your hot dog buns in half and cover each bun with melted butter. Then sprinkle each bun with cinnamon, and sugar, and bake for 8 minutes in a 400 degree oven.

4. Breakfast Boats

Make scrambled eggs with your choice of ham, sausage, or bacon. Place your eggs and meat into toasted, or untoasted hot dog buns, and top with your choice of cheese, salt, pepper, onions, etc.

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5. Pint-Size Pizza

Split each hot dog bun in half and top with pizza or marinara sauce. Add mozzarella cheese and your choice of toppings. Spray or oil a sheet pan and heat your pizzas for 8-12 minutes at 400 degrees.

6. Overnight French Toast

(Serves 4-6)

8 Hot dog Buns (split in half)

8 Eggs

1Tbsp cinnamon

1 cup milk

1/2 cup butter (melted)

1/4 cup powdered sugar

Mix your eggs, milk, and cinnamon is a bowl. Place your melted butter in you 13 x 9 pan and add your buns. Pour your egg mixture over your buns, cover and refrigerate overnight, or six hours. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and cook your french toast uncovered for 30-40 minutes. After cooling for 10 minutes, sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

7. Bacon & Cheese Buns

Split each hot dog bun in half and butter each piece. Cover in your choice of cheese, bacon bits, or fresh chopped bacon. Broil on low in oven until melted.

8. Tuna Melt

Make tuna salad and add to each hot dog bun. Sprinkle cheddar or provolone over tuna salad. You can also add some chopped chives or green onions, on top for flavor.Heat in microwave or 350 degree oven until cheese is melted.

9. PB & J

Create a tasty new way to eat peanut butter and jelly. Adults and children alike will enjoy eating them this way. Spread peanut butter on one side of the bun and jelly on the other. Enjoy!

10. Croutons

4 Hot Dog Buns (chopped in cubes)

1/4 cup butter melted

1 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp pepper (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Split buns in half and brush each side with melted butter.Sprinkle with garlic, pepper(optional), and place on a sheet pan. Bake for 15 minutes until toasted and brown. Store in a covered container.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Mrs Frugal


Tony Mead from Yorkshire on March 16, 2018:


Thanks for the useful tips, some great ideas.

What about bread and butter pudding? We often turn ours into a tasty dessert, add sultanas, and egg custard.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on August 31, 2015:

Clever tips ...I have to try the overnight baked French sounds so tasty.

Hoping all is good with you....Angels are headed your way this evening. ps

Mrs Frugal (author) from United States on August 26, 2015:

It's always fun for me to think of ways to make make new meals, especially from something as simple as a hot dog bun! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy your day! :)

Linda Chechar from Arizona on August 26, 2015:

Fantastic ways to use up those darned extra hot dog buns--even the ones that have dried out. Thanks for the tips. I'll keep them in mind when it's time to grill up some dogs!

Tim from Los Angeles, CA on August 26, 2015:

Very inventive ideas. I've only ever used them for hot dogs but am now inspired to use some or all of your ideas here.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on September 04, 2014:


Super hub! Great style, graphics and my favorite topic: Hot dogs and buns. Thanks for sharing this with us hotdog lovers. I would have never dreamed of more than one use for the buns.

I voted up and all the way because you deserved it.

Keep up the great work.

Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Al.

Mrs Frugal (author) from United States on July 11, 2013:

angryelf- thanks so much for your comments, voting up, sharing, and support! You're awesome!! I have more hubs like this in mind for the near future.....:) Hope you have a wonderful day and week~

Mrs Frugal (author) from United States on July 11, 2013:

Cat- thank you so much for the great idea of camping by water. Makes total sense! I can understand about being behind, it's so hard to catch up at times.

My children love bread and can wipeout sweetbreads, muffins, rolls, etc in a matter of minutes. Thankfully they have a super metabolism like their dad, so I have "no idea" where their food goes. lol.... Hope your week is lovely~

angryelf from Tennessee on July 11, 2013:

Georgia, this is a really awesome hub!!! I love running across these intriguing, yet useful corners of the interwebs! I never thought to use buns as little pizzas or garlic bread- yet they are perfectly sized for it. Voted up, useful, and shared! Hope to see more like this :)

Cat from New York on July 10, 2013:


That's funny, sorry about that! I was inspired to change the world when I first came to the Hub and I was checking to see if people were listening! Now, I just write whatever's on my mind and most people don't listen... lol. I added the Cat after I was here for a few weeks and saw others struggling with my punishment to them :D

I grew up camping and it's responsible for many of my memories. I don't do it nearly as regular now, but it's so nice to pause 'real life' and just get away for a little while.

I can understand that humidity factor... it's been quite humid here lately, straight hair curls after 10 minutes in this heat! Perhaps you should scout out a place that has some wonderful water to accompany it and then you'll be able to cool off whenever you'd like. I'm so glad I got away for a moment... but now I'm terribly behind here!

I know it's not great as far as the carbs go, but we certainly go through a lot of bread at my house and my kids are going to be so delighted to see that mama's got some new recipes! I'm looking forward to doing many of these and I can probably justify hotdog buns for breakfast, lunch and dinner, thanks to you and this hub! :D

I'll certainly be back for more hubs! Thank you, too! I hope you have a wonderful night yourself!


Mrs Frugal (author) from United States on July 10, 2013:

Cantuhearmescream- ( Cat) I think you have the longest profile name on Hubpages! lol..:) Thank you for voting up, sharing, and more! So thankful for the kind support of my fellow hubbers.

I also enjoy the words cheap, easy, and yummy! Three words I live by daily....

Camping sounds great, we want to go but it is so hotttttttttttt here in Georgia. Lately the humidity has skyrocketed with a lot of rain. We normally have to wait until the fall and winter here to camp. Hope you are able to put those extra buns to good use. If you can't get to them soon, just freeze them, and then thaw and use as needed. Thanks again for your support! Hope you have a wonderful and safe night~

Mrs Frugal (author) from United States on July 10, 2013:

Gypsy Rose Lee- What a pretty name! Thank you for voting up and your support. It's amazing how easily we can transform a simple hot dog bun into a delicious new recipe. Hope you have a wonderful and safe night~

Mrs Frugal (author) from United States on July 10, 2013:

Kathryn- thank you for your comments and support! I truly appreciate it!! Feel free to link to your cookout hub, us hubbers need to support one another.. :) Thanks again and may your night be safe and wonderful~

Mrs Frugal (author) from United States on July 10, 2013:

rose-the planner- thank you for your comments and support! My family loves French toast, so I've learned to make it our of many breads and many ways. Hope you week is lovely~

rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on July 10, 2013:

There are certainly so many uses for leftover hotdog buns. This is a great Hub and you have provided some excellent tips. I especially like the overnight French toast. Thanks for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on July 10, 2013:

Voted up and interesting. I'll never look at a hot dog bun the same way again. So delicious and great ideas. I'm heading for the kitchen. Thanks for sharing and passing this on.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on July 10, 2013:

What a creative way to use up hot dog buns! I like your ideas, and the concept. I know that in the past I have had to use my buns up for things other than hot dogs, so they don't go bad.

Voted up, sharing, and bookmarking for my future use! If you don't mind, I would also like to add a link of this to my hub on cookouts. A lot of people would find this useful!

Have a wonderful night.

~ Kathryn

Cat from New York on July 10, 2013:


How could anyone not love this hub? Cheap, easy and yummy! Those are my three favorite words! lol!

I just went camping last week and came home with more than a dozen packages of hotdog buns... I couldn't believe when I saw the title for this hub. Looks like I'll be trying out a lot of these!

Voted up and more ~ Sharing too!


Mrs Frugal (author) from United States on June 14, 2013:

Victoria Lynn- thank you for commenting! I don't like thick hot dog buns either, sometimes it's too much bread. Let me know if you are able to try the recipes one day. Hope your weekend is wonderful~

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on June 13, 2013:

I don't buy hot dog buns very often because I prefer bread with hot dogs as the buns are too thick. However, when I pile hot dogs with chili and cheese--and more--I like the bigger buns. I, too, have leftovers. I have made garlic bread, but I love all your other ideas, too! Great hub!

Mrs Frugal (author) from United States on April 10, 2013:

Habee- Thanks so much for commenting and voting up! We are the same way with having leftover hot dog buns. I made garlic bread the other night from my leftover buns and my family devoured them! They really are that good!

Hope you have a lovely evening~

P.S. You can blame me, if your dogs give you the silent treatment... Lol..:)

Holle Abee from Georgia on April 10, 2013:

Wonderful ideas! We ALWAYS have a couple of leftover hot dog buns. I usually spread them with peanut butter and give them to the dogs. Not anymore! Poor pooches. lol. Voted up!

Mrs Frugal (author) from United States on April 10, 2013:

Peachpurple-thank you for your comment! We like to fry our hot dogs too, it gives them a great flavor. Hope you have a wonderful day!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on April 09, 2013:

i usually fry the hotdog and put it into the hotdog bun. Sometimes, i spread butter with mayo on top. Great suggestions

Mrs Frugal (author) from United States on April 09, 2013:

Kasman- Thank you for voting up! Hope you are able to make these recipes one day.

I think we all have taken the simplicity of a hot dog, or hamburger bun, for granted. I just made the garlic bread last night and my family loved it! Thanks for commenting and I hope your day is wonderful!

Kas from Bartlett, Tennessee on April 09, 2013:

Very intriguing take on something i normally take FOR granted. Good selection and variety. Great ideas, cinnamon sticks! Love it. Voting up!

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