Elevate your summer hot dogs with this easy homemade hot dog buns. These New England style, top-sliced buns also have tall soft sides that toast up beautifully!
Be it ever so humble, there will always be a place on my menu for a BBQ’d summer hot dog. So why settle for a store-bought bun when you can easily make your own?! These top-sliced hot dog buns are not only perfect for hot dogs, but for other treats, such as lobster rolls.
These buns are my ideal hot dog buns. First, I love top-sliced hot dog buns. They’re just easier to eat and they keep that wiener and toppings all nice and secure (none of that slipping out the side thing). Secondly, they have tall, soft sides, so they can be toasted on the outside. Just toss them on the BBQ or toast both sides under the broiler. Toasting makes them nice and firm, so they are really easy to hold, without squishing. It also does away with having to open and flatten classic buns to toast the inside and have them break in two. I hate when that happens.
Cook’s Notes for Easy Homemade Top-Sliced Hot Dog Buns
This recipe will make 8 buns in just a couple of hours, most of it dough-rising time. They can be made ahead. Just cool completely then store in an air-tight container. They also freeze beautifully.
Top-Sliced Hot Dog Buns
- 1 1/4 cups whole milk scalded and cooled
- 2 Tbsp. white sugar
- 2 1/4 tsp. active dry or instant yeast
- 2 1/2 - 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 whole egg lightly beaten
- Optional Poppy or sesame seeds
- In a small saucepan, heat milk over medium heat until it just comes to a simmer. Set aside to cool to lukewarm (120° F. for instant yeast or 110° F. for active dry yeast). Once cooled to lukewarm, add sugar and stir in, then sprinkle yeast over top. Stir and let stand a few minutes to proof.
- In a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with a kneading hook, combine 2 cups of the flour and the salt. Add the milk/yeast mixture and stir to combine. Start adding additional flour, a bit at a time, until dough comes together. Knead by hand or with the kneading hook until dough is smooth and moist, but not sticky. Remove dough to a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise until doubled.
- Grease an 7x11-inch baking pan and set aside (*see tips below if you only have a 9x13-inch pan!).
- Remove dough to a lightly floured surface and divide dough in to 8 equal pieces (about 3 oz. each, if you have a scale). Shape each piece of dough in to a ball (*see tips below), then using the palm of your hand roll and stretch slightly, until it is an oblong shape, about 4 1/2-5-inches long. Place in your prepared pan, pinched side down, pushing it up against the short end of the pan slightly. Continue with the remaining pieces of dough, placing each snuggly up against the next, until all 8 are in the pan and equally spaced apart (They should be quite snug up against each other, so that when they rise, they rise up instead of out). Spray a piece of plastic wrap, then cover pan (oiled side down) and set aside to rise until doubled.
- Preheat oven to 375° F. with rack in middle of oven.
- When ready to bake, remove plastic wrap and brush buns with egg, ensuring that you get some on the ends and all exposed surfaces. If using, sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds.
- Bake in pre-heated 375° F. oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden and they sound hollow when lightly tapped. Remove from oven and let stand a few minutes. Run a knife along the edges and remove buns as one piece and place on a cooling rack to cool completely. Once cooled, using a serrated knife, cut between the rolls. To serve, place cut rolls on to baking sheet and place under the broiler to toast each side (or pop on to the BBQ and toast each side). Once toasted, make a slice lengthwise in the middle of the bun for your hot dog or other fillings.
- Store any extras in an air-tight bag or freeze.
- Tips: If you only have a 9x13-inch pan, fill the end 2-inches of the pan with crumpled foil balls, then make a straight edge by placing a folded piece of foil on the inside edge. This will shorten the width of the pan from 13-inches to 11-inches, so as the buns rise, they rise up instead of sideways.
- To shape dough in to balls: Place the piece of dough in your palm, with the smoothest side down. Now using your other hand, start pinching opposite sides of the dough together in the centre. Turn the dough slightly and pinch again, until all the outside edges have been pinched in to the middle. Be sure to pinch well to seal, then place, pinched side down on to your work surface. The top should to taut and smooth.