Just like the ones at the grocery store! Make your own Pizza Buns at home. 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

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?

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
  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.

Be sure to read the “Cook’s Notes” in the original post, for more tips, options, substitutions and variations for this recipe!



    • Hi Amanda, I’m not sure you did anything wrong. Maybe you were just expecting something different. These are “copycats” of the pizza buns that are sold at all the grocery stores here in Ontario, Canada. They call them pizza buns, so that’s what I call them. They are really just little pizzas.

      • I’m in BC Canada and this is one variety we get in the store. Today I picked some up to take on a hike and saw “pizza pretzels,” “pizza buns,” “mozza buns,” and “mini pizzas” lol I’m sure there is little difference. Our local buns are puffier and tend to have a layer of cheese rolled inside. These are more like the mini pizzas and they are all awesome. Thanks for the recipe! Mine are in the oven now. Look great so far! I came here because I also love these, but can’t justify buying them as much as me and my kids want lol

  • Made these today and served them with homemade ham and pea soup for supper. Huge hit with the family! Gobbled them up! Thanks for this easy and yummy recipe!

  • Amazing recipe!! I tripled the batch and added jalapenos or banana peppers to some of mine! Everyone was raving about them! Especially great, heated up over the camp fire! Thanks for the fool proof recipe! Officially your newest fan!

  • I’m not sure, in the way it is written, which oven rack you should bake the homemade pizza buns on? Thank you for the recipe!!

    • Hi Nellie, if you are baking the two pans at the same time, you would put one rack in the bottom (2nd position from bottom, likely) and one rack in the top (2nd position down from the top). Then you would put one sheet on each rack and rotate them top to bottom about halfway through baking so they bake evenly. All that said, if you have a big pan and can get all of them on one pan, just bake on a rack in the center position all the way through baking. Hope that helps :)

    • Hi Sarah, I don’t have a bread machine but from what I understand you could just dump all the dough ingredients in and run it through the dough only cycle. You would have to use bread machine or instant yeast of course. After that just shape, top and bake :)

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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 ;)

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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