Easy Homemade Pizza Buns

Easy Homemade Pizza Buns

Have you ever wanted to make your own Easy Homemade Pizza Buns, just like the ones they sell at the grocery store? Well here is how to do it, and they are easy and freezable, too!

I first published these Easy Homemade Pizza Buns way back in 2012! They continue to be in regular rotation around here. I thought it might be a great time to refresh this post, for those of you thinking school lunchboxes or after-school snacks. Or for the rest of us, just a tasty treat for any time :)

They always say not to shop when you’re hungry and I try to follow that rule, but don’t always succeed. That’s when anything remotely “ready-to-eat” holds special appeal and high on that list is the grocery store’s bakery made pizza buns. Even in a non-hungry moment, those lovely, cheesy buns seem to call my name every time I walk by them :)

I am not powerless to resist them though, because those suckers are expensive and I know how to make them easily and much more economically at home. Oh yes I do!

So with only 90 minutes and about $4 in ingredients, I can make 16 pizza buns that are guaranteed to make me immediately popular with my family, which will fill my freezer with ready-to-heat-and-eat snacks and may help you with those lunch boxes you need to fill.

Easy Homemade Pizza Buns

Cook’s Notes for Easy Homemade Pizza Buns




I made smaller and thinner buns than the ones in the grocery store. I’m a thin-crust pizza kind of gal, so since I was in making the sizing decisions now, I went smaller and thinner. You can easily make them thicker and/or bigger if that’s the way you like ’em. Instead of dividing the dough in to 16 pieces, go with 8. You’ll just get fewer buns, of course. If you make thicker buns, be sure to increase the amount of sauce and cheese you put on each bun, to keep the topping to bun ratio in good order.

Baking at 375 F. will produce a crispy crust. If you prefer soft, bake at 350 F. instead (time may vary slightly).

And speaking of cheese, yes, I used cheddar, because that’s what the pizza buns in the store have on them. It’s good. Of course, you can always use mozzarella (or another cheese), if you like. That’s the great thing about making your own. You get to make all the decisions :)

Easy Homemade Pizza Buns

Homemade Pizza Buns

Homemade Pizza Buns

Prep Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 130 kcal
Author: Jennifer

These are just like the ones they sell in the grocery stores. Why pay too much for them, when you can make them easily at home for a fraction of the cost?

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Ingredients

For the pizza bun dough:

  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 tsp instant (Bread Machine or Rapid Rise) yeast
  • 1 cup quite warm water (120-130° F.)
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable, canola or other neutral oil

For the toppings:

  • 1 1/2 cups pizza sauce (make your own or a good store-bought)
  • 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. For the dough: In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the kneading hook, mix together 2  cups of the flour, the sugar, salt and instant yeast. In a measuring cup, combine the warm water with the oil. Add the water mixture to the dry ingredients and mix to combine. Knead by hand or with the mixer, add more flour in small increments, as needed, until the dough comes together into a smooth dough. It shouldn't stick to your hands or be dry and crumbly. Grease a bowl and place the dough ball into the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about 30 - 45 minutes, depending on how warm your kitchen is.

  2. Prepare two baking sheets by lining each with a sheet of parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. Remove the dough to a floured cutting board. Cut the dough evenly in half. Cut each half in half again. Cut each piece in half again and then in half again, to make a total of 16 roughly equal sized pieces. 

  4. Take a piece of dough. Form it in to a rough ball, then stretch in to a circle about 4-5 inches in diameter. (You don't need to stretch them completely at this point. Once the dough has rested a few minutes on the baking sheet, they will be easier to shape, so you will be going back and stretching them out a second time later.) Place the dough circle onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with each piece of dough, placing 8 on each on the prepared sheets (you can place them fairly close together as they don't spread much, but don't allow them to actually touch each other). Go back to the first pieces you formed and stretch them a little more, as needed.

  5. With all your rolled dough on the baking sheets, using a teaspoon from your cutlery drawer, top each piece of dough with two heaping teaspoon of pizza sauce, spreading it over the top, going as far to the edges as you can without it going over the sides. Top with a generous amount of shredded cheddar cheese. Repeat with all the buns. Let stand 20 minutes, while you preheat the oven.

  6. With racks in the upper and lower third of your oven, preheat oven to 375° F. with the rack in the centre of the oven. After buns have stood for 20 minutes or so (or until they look a little puffy around the outside edges), bake in preheated for 20-25 minutes , switching the pans from top to bottom half way through baking. Cook until well browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely. Enjoy immediately or cover and refrigerate. Or see below for freezing instructions!

  7. Freezing: These buns freeze really well. Freeze them on baking sheet and then transfer to a freezer bag. To enjoy straight from the freezer, no need to thaw. Just place the frozen buns on a baking sheet and warm in a preheated 400° oven for 7 or 8 minutes.

 

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61 Comments

    • Thanks Liz. I’ve bought them for my kids over the years as well, but always considered it a bit of a “treat” kind of thing because of the cost. That’s why I love these. No buyer’s remorse :)

  • I love this! I do the math on things like this often… thinking… it would be more delicious AND cheaper if I made them myself! I’m sure these were much tastier than pre-made! And some frozen for later, too! Wonderful idea… sounds like a perfect lunch.

    • It was the perfect lunch that day, Sophie, even if I had to wait a bit for it. It’s been great having them in the freezer for snackage for the teenager in the house, too!

  • I am going to try these this week. I’m a Canadian ex-pat living in the States and they certainly don’t sell them in the grocery store here!

    • Really? Somehow I imagined them as universal. They are in every grocery store around here (in with the bulk buns and things). They are addictive little devils, but pricey, so I feel better making them myself.

  • Awesome recipe, I will be making these today. I happen to run out of bread, and thought what am I going to put in the boys lunch for school tomorrow, and thought hmmm pizza buns. Found this site and thought PERFECT!! They always think its a special treat when i give them the store bought ones…home made, even better!!

  • They look beautiful, much nicer than those in the stores! I spend about $15 a week, for 8 buns for my son, so I am so excited to try this. I dont eat them because they are so expensive but now I can :) Thanks so much! And great to know they freeze so well! A must try this weekend for the upcoming week.

    • I’m sure you (and your son) will love them, Casey. And yes, they freeze perfectly. To re-warm, just place the frozen pizza buns (no need to thaw) on a baking sheet and pop them in to a 400 degree oven for about 5-7 minutes. (Not exactly sure of the time as it’s been a while since I warmed them from frozen, but it’s not long at all). They come out just like they were freshly baked!

  • Geez Lousie Jennifer! How have I missed these my whole life? I cannot wait to try these amazing buns. They remind me of bialys but so much better! Outstanding recipe and thanks for bringing it back to the front. Sharing and pinned and wishing I had one now!

    • Thanks Tricia and yes, I make up a batch often just to have some in the freezer! They re-warm really quickly, even from frozen, so they are a great snack :)

    • Thanks Sue and I wondered how far and wide these could be found :) They are in just about every grocery store’s bakery section here it seems.

  • OMG, Yaaass!! I know exactly what pizza buns you are talking about in the bakery section of some grocery stores!! I love those things! Sadly, none of our stores here sell them, so since we moved to NC I haven’t been able to get my fix. Clearly, that’s about to change, because I’m definitely going to make these.. and then proceed to devour them in record time! Gimme gimme!!!! Cheers, friend!

    • Thanks so much, Cheyanne and yes, they are always tempting at the grocery store, except when I have some in the freezer ;)

  • Packing school lunches is very difficult at our house. My daughters refuse to take anything that resembles a sandwich – peanut butter or turkey or anything. What makes it worse, they refuse to purchase the school lunch because apparently ‘that isn’t they kind of food that we eat.’

    I’m always on the hunt for a good lunchbox idea, this is perfect! Thank you so much!

    • Hi Cali and I always had the same issue when it came to lunchboxes! These are a great option, as you can put them in the lunchbox frozen and they are thawed by lunchtime, too :) Enjoy!

  • Just discovered your site… I know what took me so long to find you – lol I found another great recipe actually it was the recipe I was looking for and than I came across this one – Pizza Buns yummmm – my question is – can the dough be made in a Bread Machine. Thanks and I subscribed to the group😋😋

    • Hi Germaine and thanks! And yes, you can absolutely make this dough in a bread machine :) As long as you start with bread machine (or instant) yeast, you can just combine all the ingredients and proceed as you normally would. Enjoy!

I love hearing from you, so if you have a question or something isn't quite clear, I'm happy to help. If you made this recipe, I'd love to know how you liked it ~ Jennifer

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