Hot Dog Buns

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 10 min.


1 dozen

Updated: May. 20, 2023
This hot dog bun recipe has been in my family for years. Store-bought buns just can't compete with homemade. The dough is made ahead and rises in the refrigerator. —Bernice Fenn, Carp, Ontario
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  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°), divided
  • 2 teaspoons plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 6 to 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • Caraway, poppy or sesame seeds


  1. In a bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water. Add 2 teaspoon sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the remaining water, sugar, milk, shortening, salt, eggs and 4 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Do not knead. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 12 pieces. Shape each into a 5-in. x 2-in. roll. Place 4 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  3. Beat egg and cold water; brush over rolls. Sprinkle with caraway, poppy or sesame seeds. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 425°. Bake until golden brown, 8-10 minutes. Remove from pan to wire racks to cool.
Hot Dog Bun Tips

How do you store hot dog buns?

Store homemade bread in a plastic bag or container, making sure that there is no condensation on the buns before sealing shut. If you want to freeze this hot dog bun recipe, let buns cool completely before wrapping them in a layer of plastic wrap followed by a layer of aluminum foil. Parbaked hot dog buns can be stored in a sealed plastic bag in the freezer.

What can you serve with hog dog buns?

You can load hot dog buns with sausage, bratwurst, peanut butter and jelly and so much more. Check out our collection of unique hot dog recipes to see how else you can make a hot dog bun even more fun.

What are some variations of this hot dog bun recipe?

You can try making your recipe gluten-free by swapping out the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free all-purpose flour or other gluten-free alternative. You can also use whole wheat flour for more protein.

—Sammi DiVito, Taste of Home Assistant Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 332 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 421mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein.