Breads & Doughs Homemade Hot Dog Buns 4.81 from 31 votes Create a Profile! × Sign Up Already have an account? Sign In Jump To Recipe Save Recipe Hot dogs are great, by have you ever made your own hot dog buns? My hot dog buns recipe will bring your BBQ to the next level! By Gemma Stafford | July 23, 2020 | 51 Last updated on July 27, 2020 This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure for details. Hi Bold Bakers! Hot dogs are an American BBQ staple and for a good reason! They’re easy to make, either on the grill, on a stovetop, or over an open fire, they’re cheap to buy and can feed a lot of hungry mouths, and, most importantly, they’re delicious! But there’s one thing that needs improvement when it comes to hot dogs — hot dog buns. Storebought hot dog buns sacrifice taste for shelf life, adding chemicals that save the buns from going stale or moldy, but give them an artificial taste. They’re often dry and crumbly, and the one bun end that always seems longer than your hotdog and gets left behind on a paper plate is a sad reminder of what could have been. My hot dog bun recipe is different. Made from a brioche dough, which is chock full of butter and eggs, my homemade hotdog buns are extra buttery and fluffy. These homemade hot dog buns turn out to be perfect for more than ‘dogs too — try them with lobster rolls or chili cheese dogs, because these buns will not fall apart! In fact, since they’re so fluffy, they’ll absorb all those delicious juices, letting you savor every last bite. [ Want to make Hamburger Buns instead? Make my Brioche Buns for Hamburgers! ] What Are Brioche Hot Dog Buns? A brioche hot dog bun is a bit different from a typical storebought white bread hot dog roll because it is made from an enriched dough, which means it is made with eggs and butter. The French pastry is also ever-so-slightly sweeter than traditional buns, which serves as the perfect complement to a salty hot dog or spicy sausage. What You Need To Make Homemade Hot Dog Buns Measuring Cups and Spoons Mixing bowl Standing mixer Plastic wrap and parchment paper Baking sheet How To Make Homemade Hot Dog Buns Making homemade hot dog buns is a super simple way to transform your backyard grilling into a gourmet meal! (Don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below) Combine flour, sugar, yeast, and salt in a bowl of an electric mixer, making sure to keep the salt and yeast on different sides of the bowl. (Salt could deactivate the yeast at this stage.) In a separate jug or bowl, whisk together milk and eggs. Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients and knead, using the dough hook attachment, on medium speed. When the dough comes together into a ball, add in the sliced, softened butter. Continue to knead the dough for around 6 to 8 minutes, until a soft, shaggy dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and shape it into a smooth ball. Place this ball into a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. You will want to let the dough rest in a warm place for 1 1/2-2 hours for its first proof. After about 1 1/2-2 hours, you can shape the hotdog buns. Divide the dough into 6 pieces, roughly 3¾oz each, and shape them into a long 6-inch baguette. Make sure to pinch the seams of the dough together well, so it doesn’t pop open when baking. The goal is a smooth, crease-free roll. Make sure to watch my “How To Shape Bread Rolls” video! Place the buns on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet to proof for a second time, this time for around 45 to 60 minutes. Keep air away from the buns by covering with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel. After their second proof, brush each bun with egg wash. Bake the hotdog buns at 375°F (190°C) for 20-22 minutes or until they are golden brown! Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips for Making Homemade Hot Dog Buns When making your dough, hold back on the liquid. Sometimes, your dough doesn’t need it all, and while you can always add more, you can’t take it back. If you would like more fiber, introduce a little whole wheat flour to the dough. Shower caps work great as a cover for proofing bread dough. They’re reusable, and no air can get in to harm your dough. These buns can be frozen for up to 6 weeks, so feel free to make a batch or two! Rolling smooth hotdog buns is very important. For help, watch my “How To Shape Bread Rolls” video! How Do I Store Homemade Hot Dog Buns? Since these fresh hot dog buns are made with butter and eggs, they can spoil after 3 days. It is best to keep them in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 2 days, or keep them in the freezer for up to 6 weeks! Make More Bread! Ultimate Brioche Buns for Hamburgers Simple Sourdough for Beginners Artisanal Whole Wheat Bread And don’t forget to buy my Bigger Bolder Baking Cookbook! Full (and printable) recipe below! Try These Recipes! Soft And Fluffy Pumpkin Dinner RollsHomemade Maple Bar DonutsHow to Make Garlic Bread from ScratchSourdough Banana Bread Homemade Hot Dog Buns Recipe 4.81 from 31 votes Print Recipe Add to Favorites Loading… Hot dogs are great, by have you ever made your own hot dog buns? My hot dog buns recipe will bring your BBQ to the next level! Author: Gemma Stafford Servings: 6 Buns Dinner Lunch Baking Pans Oven Prep Time 25 minsCook Time 22 mins Hot dogs are great, by have you ever made your own hot dog buns? My hot dog buns recipe will bring your BBQ to the next level! Author: Gemma Stafford Servings: 6 Buns Ingredients 2 1/4 cups (11oz/319g) all-purpose flour2 tablespoons sugar1 teaspoon instant dry yeast1 teaspoon salt2 large eggs1/2 cup (4floz/113ml) whole milk1/4 cup (2oz/57g) butter, softened Instructions In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine flour, sugar, yeast and salt. (Keep the salt and yeast on different sides of the bowl at this stage)In a seperate jug whisk together the milk and eggs.On medium speed, pour the liquid into the dry ingredients and knead with the dough hook attachment. (Tip: hold back a little liquid incase you doesn't need it all to make the dough come together)Once the dough comes together into a ball add in the sliced, softened butter. Continue to knead the dough for roughly another 6-8 minutes. You will notice it is a soft, saggy dough.Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and shape into a smooth ball. Place it into a greased bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap (or a shower cap) and keep in a warm place for 1 1/2 - 2 hours.To make your Hot dog buns: Divide the dough roughly into 6 (3 ¾oz) pieces. Shape each piece into a long 6 inch baguette. Pinch the seams of the dough together well so the roll doesn't pop open while baking. You want a smooth, crease free roll. (Shaping the dough into a smooth ball is very important. See my How to Shape Rolls video!)Place the hot dog buns on a lined baking sheet to proof for roughly 45 to 60 minutes. Cover well with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel. Once proofed, brush each bun with egg wash.Bake at 375°F (190°C) for 20-22 minutes or until they are golden brown.Store buns in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Because of the butter and eggs they can spoil after 3 days so you can either keep them in the fridge or in the freezer for a longer shelf life.