Monday, August 15, 2011

Kitchen Tip: Hotdog Buns

We’ve been making homemade buns for hamburgers and hotdogs for about 3 years now, and we won’t go back to store-bought.  These buns taste amazing and fast too – 40 minutes from start to finish. 

Hamburger buns are easy to shape.

However, I’ve always struggled to make a good hotdog bun.  Tell me I’m not the only one. 

I tried log rolling them like I did with play dough when I was little, but it was always challenging to get them wide enough. 

They looked funny, and came out either too flat and thin, or with just too much bread for those hotdogs or brats.  See, exhibit A, below.

But, this summer, I have tried a new method for making hotdog buns and I’m loving it. 

Begin by dividing the dough in half, and then gently flatten each half into a rectangle, about 6 inches in length and 1/2 inch thick. 

Using a knife, divide each half into 4-5 slices, about 1 1/2 inches in width. 

Then, tuck the ends under on both sides – and squish them a bit narrower. 

Place them on a greased cookie sheet and continue onward with the recipe

Linked to: Kitchen Tip Tuesday, Works for Me Wednesday


  1. I love this recipe. I found it here a while back and can't believe how easy it is. I have trouble shaping the hot dog rolls too so thanks for the tip :)

  2. Perfect! I have always wanted to make my own hot dog buns. Brillant! Thank you!!

  3. I really needed this tip. I had almost given up on making an acceptable hot dog bun. Thanks!

  4. This is so cool! I have yet to make my own buns, but I really want to!

  5. Well I haven't any suggestions for you as far as shaping into hotdog rolls - although it does look like you have hit on a great idea.

    I just made this recipe for dinner rolls (I got 18) - they are proofing as I type. SUPER easy to make. I used my kitchen-aide mixer so I did not kneading by hand. I can't wait to try them - although I'm sure it will not do my diet any good (low carb means no rolls) but I am going to cheat tonight. shhhh don't tell anyone.

  6. Saw this from your round-up of 2011 recipes. Love the tip! I've always ended up with WAY too much bread per dog ratio when I've tried to make hotdog buns at home too.


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