Baked on the Bright Side

What to Do With Leftover Hot Dog Buns

July 9, 2015

If you broke out the grill this 4th of July, you probably have some leftover hot dog buns lying around. You can always throw them in the freezer and save them for the next time you’re craving an all American grilled treat, or you can get creative. Believe it or not, buns are very versatile, and great for more than just hot dogs. Keep reading for some of our favorite ideas to use up those leftover buns!

French Toast Sticks

For a breakfast that is both yummy and fun to eat, turn those leftover buns in to French Toast Sticks! Just slice them lengthwise and dip them in a mixture of egg, milk, and cinnamon, and cook on each side for 3-5 minutes. The hot dog buns actually make for thicker, firmer French Toast sticks, which are better for dipping and dunking.


A perfect mix of flavors and textures, a Panzanella bread salad is a great use for hot dog buns. Cut them into bite size pieces and bake with a little salt and pepper at 325 degrees F for 4-8 minutes. Mix with chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and a little basil and olive oil. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes to an hour and enjoy a tasty summer treat.

 Bread Pudding

Day old buns and rolls are ideal for a delicious bread pudding. They absorb the other ingredients and make for a soft, flavorful dessert that everyone is sure to love. Bonus: it can be served warm or cold!

 Spice Up Your Salad

These crunchy homemade croutons are a perfect addition to any salad, and they are ridiculously easy to make! Just like with the bread pudding, hot dog buns will absorb the seasonings, giving these croutons extra flavor!

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