A burger or brat is only as good as its bun. You could make the juiciest, most tender, melt in your mouth cheeseburger in the world but if it's served on a garbage bun, it can really bum out your burger. Have you ever considered making your own Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns? Well it's time, people. I promise you, your summer BBQs will be exponentially better with homemade buns in the sun.
A few years back I riffed on my recipe for Lemon Herb Dinner Rolls to create the best damn Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns I could imagine. I used the same buttery, tender dinner roll base but made a few basic changes to get those rolls to work as buns. It was a worthwhile investment because these soft and airy buns are the ideal landing pad for burgers, brats, dogs or even cold cuts on a hot day.
I know what you're thinking, it's summer, it't hot, baking sounds miserable. And you are right. But, these Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns are a whole lot easier to make than you'd expect and they're only in the hot oven for about 20 minutes. Most of the magic happens as they rise on the counter in a warm room.
The shaping is easy, and actually really fun, once you get the hang of it. Plus you can make the dough ahead of time and freeze it! Then the day of, you just let those dough balls rise on the counter and bake to order. And did I mention how much better your burgers and dogs will taste on these tender, homemade Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns? It changes everything.
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- It's all about that base. These Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns start with the same base ingredients as my Lemon Herb Dinner Rolls but they drop the lemon and herbs in favor more savory toppings.
- Easy Roller. These Burger and Brat Buns use the same dough, they just get shaped differently depending on your needs. So if you're just making burgers, shape them up that way. Hot dogs only, no prob. Or if you're serving both, well you get it.
- Less is more. While my dinner rolls make 18 rolls, this batch bakes up 8 buns for your big boy burgers and brats. But, you could totally use the dinner roll size for sliders!
- Stand alone or snuggle up. You can bake these buns with plenty of room between so they brown evenly on the top and sides. Or snuggle them up close to each other for pull apart rolls with soft, pillowy sides.
- Top 'em off. You can top these babies off any way you like. My preferred method is some with sesame seeds and some with everything bagel seasoning. But you can just butter them up, add poppy seeds, dehydrated onion or even cheese!
When shaping the Hot Dog Buns, you first want to tuck the dough in on itself to create a little tension. Then you will roll the dough back and forth in your hands to create a 4.5" long log shape.
I love how adaptable this recipe is, you can take it in so many directions with those easy changes. These tender, buttery buns are ideal for sopping up saucy burgers and they hug tight around a spicy sausage in a perfect, pillowy embrace. They are a solid game plan for backyard BBQs & instantly up your summer grillin’ game. ??
These Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns puff up and turn a light golden brown as they bake. They have just enough structure to hold onto a burger or a brat. My personal fave are the everything bagel seasoning Hamburger Buns. They even make for an incredible breakfast sandwich that sops up a runny egg yolk like a champ. The Hot Dog Buns are just the right size for a spicy sausage, a ballpark frank or can even be used as a hoagie roll. No matter how you slice them, these
And, if you'd like a full-on video tutorial, I got you! Check out my Instagram Highlight videos called #YallRise3 and #YallRise4 to see every single step to mixing, shaping and baking these glorious homemade Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns.Print