Homemade Hot Dog Buns

The perfect wrap for your frankfurter or wiener…all from scratch.
Homemade Hot Dog Buns

Homemade Hot Dog Buns

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

This is an older recipe of mine. You might notice, from time to time, that at the bottom of my posts I leave a link for Can’t Find a Recipe? | Help.  There is a reason for that. I have been posting recipes on the internet for a very long time,  and I have so many that there is no way in this universe I will ever be able to get them all on the blog (although I do try occasionally).

When I go to blogs, I am often searching for something specific, although  I do love coming across the unexpected and reading those stories. But for the most part,  on the interet, I am on  a “search mission for what I need for dinner.

So I got a request from someone who is looking for footlong hot dog buns. These appear sporadically in the stores, at least in my experience. And the funniest part is that if I saw the footlongs, they often wouldn’t have the buns, and if the buns were sitting there, no footlong wieners could be found. What’s with that, anyway?

I do in fact, have a very nice recipe for hot dog buns. I show the regular kind, but if you want it footlong,  all you have to do is double the piece of dough and make it longer during the shaping process.

You can sprinkle them with anything you want (or not at all) but my favorite is the poppy seeds. You know the buns at hot dog stands that sell Chicago dogs always have these and I like them at home (buns like this are also difficult to find at the markets).

I use my Kitchen-Aid to knead the dough but this can also be done in a bread machine and removed. There is no way I can do an adequate job by hand  (I have accepted the fact that I do have arthritis in there so it’s a no-go). It’s not about being old- I first noticed it in my early twenties when  I almost dropped a full pot of coffee on the floor.  It’s just one of those things we deal with, and having an electric mixer is a lifesaver in this regard. But I will mention that you can always tweak this for the ABM using the dough setting,  then turning  out the dough to finish.

But anyway,  I hope you enjoy. And you can always shape these into burger buns if the need arises. 😉

Hot Dogs on a Bun

Homemade Hot Dog Buns

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: moderate
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  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 packet fast rise yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk (110F)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg white, beaten frothy
  • Poppy seeds or sesame seeds


  1. In a electric mixer, place the 3 cups flour, sugar, yeast, warm milk, olive oil, and salt. Mix on  low until blended then add just enough of the remaining 1/2 cup flour until the dough comes together but is not dry.
  2. Knead using the dough hook in the mixer until the dough is soft and supple, then turn out into a lightly oiled mixing bowl.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and keep in a warm place until it doubles in size.
  4. Turn risen dough out onto a floured surface and divide into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, then into a cylindrical shape about the size of a large hot dog, however long you prefer (regular/footlong).
  5. Place dough tubes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper with sides touching each other.
  6. Brush dough with beaten egg white, sprinkle with seeds if desired and then cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled.
  7. Preheat oven to 400ºF and when dough is risen, uncover and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Cool 10 minutes on baking pan, then finish cooling on a wire rack.

From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com

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Chicago Style Hot Dogs

Philly Cheesesteak Dog

Mini Corn Dogs

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