Well guys, I guess you knew it was only a matter of time.  I already insist on making my own pita, pizza dough, and hamburger buns, so hot dog buns couldn’t have been too far behind.  Just as with burgers, a good hot dog bun needs to be light and tender but still able stand up to whatever you choose to put inside of it.  I am personally more of a ketchup only kind of girl, though I probably wouldn’t say no to a chili dog if someone made it for me.  Either way, these buns are sturdy enough to hold all your fixins and a tasty complement to the star of the show – the hot dog itself.  I know, I know – a package of buns from the store costs like, 59¢ or something.  People may think you are a little nuts for making your own hot dog buns but to me, it’s just another one of those things that is so much better homemade, I won’t be able to buy them from a store again.

One more small thing I happen to love about this recipe: it makes nine buns.  Most packages of hot dogs have either eight or ten.   This inevitably leads me to recall that fabulous scene from Father of the Bride where George Banks loses it.  Classic.


1 tbsp. sugar
2¼ tsp. instant yeast
¼ cup warm water (105-110˚ F)
1 cup warm milk
1 tbsp. vegetable or canola oil
1 tsp. salt
3-4 cups all-purpose flour
1 large egg beaten with 1 tbsp. water
Sesame seeds or poppy seeds for topping, if desired


  • 01

    In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the sugar, yeast and warm water.  Stir in the milk, oil, salt and 3 cups of the flour.  Mix with the dough hook until well combined.  Add the remaining cup of flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, just until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl (you may not need the full cup).  Continue kneading on low speed, 5-7 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic.

  • 02

    Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, turning once to coat.  Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

  • 03

    Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.  Turn the dough out onto a lightly oiled work surface.  Using a kitchen scale, divide the dough into 9 equal pieces.  Shape each piece into a ball.  Roll the balls into cylinders 4½ inches in length, and flatten slightly.  Place each bun on the prepared baking sheet with the sides just barely touching.  Cover lightly with a clean kitchen towel and let rise until almost doubled, about 45 minutes.

  • 04

    Preheat the oven to 400˚ F.   Brush the tops of the buns with the egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds or poppy seeds, if using.  Bake 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown.  Transfer the buns to a wire rack and cool completely.

  • The buns looks yummy. Ha love the Father of the Bride comment. My dad tends to refer back to Father of the Bride 2 all the time because the oldest of my siblings is 32 and the youngest is 10.

  • I love this! Have you made English muffins? I just made those last week and they were great – and another thing that people think you are crazy to make at home :)

  • Oh these look tasty! And I love that you put a FOB reference in your post — I love those movies!!

  • Amy

    I love that movie! So funny that you posted that clip :-)

    I just might have to make some homemade buns for our dinner this weekend.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Annie

    Yes, I have :)

  • Amy

    these look great! and i LOVE that scene from father of the bride. i think of it every time we have a hotdog-to-bun ratio problem.

    these look (in the picture, can’t remember based on recipe) similar to the burger buns. are they? or are they not brioche buns?

  • I’m made English muffins and have people tell me I’m crazy, too…..until they try one. Then they want the recipe. But his type of baking is only for people who truly enjoy the PROCESS. It’s okay if you don’t enjoy it.

  • Annie, you are a girl after my heart with THIS one!

  • A.) LOVE Father of the Bride. Any time it’s on I’ll watch it! B.) That picture is just torture to a pregnant woman! Especially considering that’s exactly how I like my hot dogs as well. Looks like I’ll be taking full advantage of the holiday weekend and allowing myself a hot dog or two. Just a bummer that I’ll be too busy to make the buns myself this time, but I’ll definitely mark this to try.

  • Annie

    They are a bit different. The recipe is linked in the post if you want to compare the two.

  • Annie

    I have never heard that hot dogs were off limits in pregnancy. I ate a ton of them this past pregnancy because I was craving them. This is the list I refer to for most of my dos/don’ts.

  • Yay thank you!! I have such a hard time finding buns without HFCS and I would love to just make my own. I’ll definitely try this recipe for a bbq this summer!

  • Stacy Gilmore

    Annie could I sub whole wheat flour instead of all purpose flour?

  • ahhh I immediately thought of father of the bride just before I read your last sentence!!! hilarious :) it was on the TV the other day and it turned out all my girlfriends and I were watching it at the same time at each of our places!

  • Nicole

    Can’t wait to try these! I’m thinking I’ll make at least a double batch, so we’ll have some on hand for the summer. There is a great local butcher where I get amazing sausages from (they make over 40 flavors… my favorite being chicken sausage w/ feta and spinach) Anyway- the sausages are so delicious, and even when I get fresh hot dog rolls from the bakery, I always feel like it takes away from the sausage. I think homemade rolls will elevate them!

  • Making my own hot dog buns sounds fun! Thanks for sharing.

    And that scene from FOB is SO classic. Love it.

  • Annie

    Please see the FAQ page. If you want to use some whole wheat you can try it but do not sub all. Since the recipe was not designed with whole wheat, I can’t say how the results will be.

  • Wish I could talk myself into baking. Can’t, won’t, but thanks for sharing.

  • I always think of that scene from Father of the Bride everytime I buy hot dogs and buns! Haha! I have never tried making my own buns but they really don’t seem that hard.

  • Well aren’t these just adorable!

  • Jenny

    Annie, do you think you could freeze these after the first rise and then thaw and rise as needed? We usually can’t get through 9 buns at once, but these sound too good to pass up!

  • These look awesome! I tried making hot dog buns once, but really had trouble cutting them to get the hot dogs to fit. Any tips?

  • You were arrested for stealing hot dog buns? So classic! Really digging the idea of making homemade dog buns too.

    I’m a fan of the New England way of slicing their buns on top vs. on the side(think lobster rolls) and hate the fact that Peppridge Farm is the only brand that makes them this way. I could easily control the slice location with these bad boys!

  • Annie

    I freeze after baking and then just thaw and reheat as needed.

  • Annie

    I’m not sure I understand your question. I just sliced almost all the way in half with a knife.

  • Tarra

    Hi Annie – I was just saying to my husband last night that I needed to try making brat buns with your burger bun recipe (we were eating some that I had frozen – YUM!!). But now you have this awesome-looking hot dog bun recipe. So my question for you – do you think that these hot dog buns are substantial enough to handle bratwurst or other larger sausages? Or do you have a different recipe that you use for those kinds of buns?

    Thanks for the wonderful site and all the deliciousness!

  • Katie

    Oh no! I made your hamburger buns and my husband is totally hooked. Looks like I will have to try these too…and accept that store bought just won’t do at our house any longer. Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend :)

  • I love that scene in Father of the Bride! It plays in my head every time I buy hot dog buns. Maybe I’ll make my own and watch Father of the Bride while I bake.

  • me too. it works great!

  • Annie

    Yes, these would be great. Enjoy!

  • Lauren

    This is amazing! I just made the hamburger buns this weekend and said now I need homemade hot dog buns! Thanks!

  • Oh they’re not off limits, as far as I know, but I don’t have much willpower! That’s the same list I’ve been referring to as well.

  • superfluous buns! That is definitely my favorite scene in the entire movie.

  • I was just thinking the exact same thing! George Banks’ crazy moment in “Father of the Bride.” Love Love Love that movie and could watch it over and over again!

    Also, these hot dogs rolls look absolutely fabulous and I just want to jump into my kitchen right now and try them out. I’m a sucker for homemade bread products. Actually, I’m just a sucker for most homemade anything…

    I love your blog, you do such a fantastic job with everything and to be a mom to two little ones and a doctor, I don’t know how you balance it all!

  • Dana

    Those look like oven fries accompanying your delicious hot dog buns…….any chance there will be a recipe for those soon?! :]

  • It looks sooo american!! haha I like hot dogs, they’re easy to make and they’re yummy! And your pictures… wonderful!!

  • Annie

    Those are already posted. You can find them using the search bar :)

  • Wow these hot dog buns look beautiful!! I have never made homemade ones before. Definitely will have to try!

  • I have never tried making my own dog buns but really like the burger and slider buns we bake on Alexis’ Big Green Egg. I’ll have to try this one.

  • Jenn

    Boo…mine were an epic fail. I am not very good at shaping! Do you line all nine buns up together?

  • Annie

    You can really lay them how ever they best fit on your pan. I think I had maybe 8 next to each other, plus one on the top of the row.

  • B

    Hotdog buns are almost $3.00 where I live so baking from scratch doesn’t seem crazy. Plus, homemade almost always tastes better than store bought, in my opinion.

  • Liz

    Thank you for inspiring me to bake these. I made them tonight and they were wonderful!

  • Jennifer

    I made these last week and they were amazing! We only needed three, so the rest went in the freezer. My husband proclaimed it was the best hot dog/hot dog bun he had ever eaten! I second that!

  • I made these today and they were fantastic. Next time I’ll make them a little longer and skinnier but they were even better than the store-bought version.

  • Cate

    Made these for dinner last night and they were FANTASTIC! Really perfect. My husband declared that he doesn’t want anything to eat for the entire summer but grilled hot dogs in these buns. I’ll be making them a lot – thank you!

  • Cate

    Just wanted to update to say that I made this recipe again today as hamburger buns. I didn’t have bread flour to make the best ones :) They were super and turned out great! Really pleased and we had another delicious meal!

  • I made these last night to go with our veggie dogs and they were a big hit…, especially with my 3 year old because she got to “help” make them. I made half as hot dog buns and half as hamburger buns so tonight will either be garden burgers or BBQ chicken sandwiches. Since I stopped assuming I had to buy all baked items and got an industrial sized bag of bread flour from SAMs club, I’ve shaved a nice little chunk off the grocery bill, plus I get to use my beloved Kitchenaid stand mixer AND home baked breads and rolls are 10x better than store bought. Win win win!

  • I will be trying this recipe out for sure! And now I want to re-watch that movie super bad! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • Susan

    @Laura- I’m craving a lobsta roll right now. lol It is so difficult to find ANY brand that doesn’t contain at least a hundred ingredients. Can’t wait to try these.

    Oh and the part about FOB. Well, Hebrew National sell 7 dogs in a pack. They claim people prefer it that way. WHAT??????????Are they serious?

  • Liz

    I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that this recipe does not translate to using any whole wheat flour. My result with 1 cup whole wheat flour and 2 AP was hilarious. Lesson learned, don’t substitute. Thanks for an awesome recipe as is. :-)

  • Annie

    Aw, that’s too a bummer. I tend to agree though, I think it’s best to avoid substitutions and rather find a recipe that was designed with the ingredients you want in mind. At least now you know!

  • CB

    Great recipe…will try very soon! I believe hot dogs are categorized with deli meats for pregnancy?

  • Anonymous

    You can ask your doctor. I ate them all the time.

  • Chelsea J Chavez

    I love this recipe! I have been making it by hand(as with all your bread recipes) but my husband gave me a kitchen aid mixer for Christmas-so I can’t wait to try it with that!

  • No more store bought buns for my family! This recipe is fantastic. I also used it to make hamburger buns.

  • Flora

    Hey Annie, did you use a hot dog pan to bake these for the above photos or just free formed them? (Your recipe indicates free forming them but I wanted to double check.) Also, when free forming, do you allow them to rise and eventually touch each other in the pan and allow them to bake that way or do you keep them spaced far apart? Thanks so much!!

  • Anonymous

    No, just a regular baking sheet. I don’t buy any of those unitasker pans – waste of money! You can let them grow into each other or not, that’s up to your preferences. Enjoy!

  • Elizabeth

    Hey Annie, do you use the egg wash even if you are not using the sesame or poppy seeds?

  • annieseats

    Yes, you definitely always want to use the egg wash even without a topping.

  • Cecilia

    Hi! I want to double the recipe. Would I have to double the yeast as well? Thanks!

  • annieseats

    To double a recipe, you should double all ingredients.

  • Rafemama

    Hi Annie,

    Thanks for the recipe! have a question though…do you think we can use bread flour instead of plain flour? maybe it will produce a softer roll? (just thinking aloud)

  • annieseats

    Bread flour would make a chewier, more dense dough. Please see the FAQ page for more info.

  • Rafemama

    Hi Annieseats!

    I just tried this recipe…it smell good, but produced a tough bread…gotta re-heat it so that it will be softer again…I kneaded it for more than 10 mins..

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  • Elvis

    WOW! These are delish! I made sesame hamburger buns, and used for breakfast sandwiches with egg and sausage, buttered the bunt, and a touch of may with salt and pepper! FANTASTIC bun recipe! Thank you!

  • Doortje

    Hello Annie,
    I finally made these buns. They were amazing. They didn’t turn out as buns but more like sandwiches but who cares, it was the first time. I used sesame seeds on top. When my husband came home he couldn’t believe they were not store bought!
    My three kids loved them also.
    I love to cook and your recipes always come out great, thanks for sharing!!

  • Isabell

    Hi Annie,
    I made the buns today and they were delish the only problem i had was that they didnt get “big” enough after both rises.
    Maybe the water and the milk weren’t cold enough?

  • annieseats

    If they rose some but not enough, the liquid was probably too cool. If they didn’t rise at all, it could have been too warm and killed the yeast.

  • amarshall

    can I cut the recipe in half and still follow the same baking time/instructions?

  • annieseats

    Yep. Enjoy!

  • Faith Still

    Ooh those do look good.