4 Easy Recipes Using Hot Dog Buns

The Versatile Hot Dog Bun

The Humble Hot Dog Bun

Both Humble Timothy and I love a good grilled hot dog, but all too often, for one reason or another, we’re left with more buns than hot dogs.

I thought this left me with only 3 options, cook up another pack of hot dogs, feed the buns to Humble Pup, or leave the extra buns in the pantry til they get moldy, Mmm.

It wasn’t until I was cleaning out my pantry, throwing out old loaves of bread and various packs of hot dog and hamburger buns, that it hit me;  Everything I’m throwing out is bread!  I know this seems obvious, but it just never occurred to me that I was buying so much bread, just in slightly different forms!

I’m not a wasteful person, I just couldn’t figure out what to do with all this extra food.  Hot dog buns come in a packs of 8, and Humble Timothy and I can’t eat that many hot dogs.  Does that mean we stop eating hot dogs all together?  No, it means I need to figure out other ways to use the leftover buns!

With a bit of creativity and some broken shopping habits, we’ve been able to cut down on the amount we spend on bread, as well as how much we have to throw out.  These are recipes I use whenever I have leftover hot dog buns.  They’re cheap, easy, and delicious.  Hope you enjoy them!

Garlic Cheese Bread

My absolute favorite way to use leftover hot dog buns is to make cheesy garlic bread.  I usually make this recipe as a side whenever I’m cooking something Italian, however I’ve also been known to add some salami or pepperoni and turn it into a sandwich.  Add a little marinara sauce for dipping, Mmm, now my mouth’s watering!

Ingredients:

  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 4 tablespoons butter (softened)
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella

Directions:

  1. Mix together butter, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.
  2. Tear each hot dog bun in half (longways) so you’re left with 8 individual pieces.
  3. Spread the butter mixture over the tops of each half.
  4. Top evenly with Mozzarella and put in the broiler for about 2-4 minutes, or until cheese is golden brown.

Not-So Sloppy Joes

Not-So Sloppy Joes

I thought of this one day when I was making a shopping list for sloppy joes, one of Humble Timothy’s favorites.  As I was writing “hamburger buns” I thought about how much cleaner dinner would be if I used hot dog buns instead, since the meat would be less likely to fall out.  The hot dog buns worked perfectly and I get to keep more of my food in my mouth than on my shirt!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 6 hot dog buns

Directions:

  1. Place ground beef, onion, and bell pepper in a pan and saute until ground beef is no longer pink.  Drain fat.
  2. Mix in garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, and brown sugar.
  3. Allow meat and sauce to simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Dish up your sloppy joes.  About 1/2 cup of sloppy joe meat per bun.

French Toast Sticks

Ever bought the French Toast Sticks in the freezer section of the grocery store?  Well these homemade French Toast Sticks are so much better than those frozen ones!

Ingredients:

  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, and cinnamon in a shallow dish.  (I like to use pie plates)
  2. Tear each hot dog bun in half (longways) so you’re left with 8 individual pieces.
  3. Dunk each half in the egg mixture.  Coat both sides.
  4. Place on hot a griddle or frying pan with butter.  Flip as needed.  Serve with maple syrup.

Mini Meatball Sub

No idea what to make for lunch?  How about a meatball sub?  What I like about this recipe is that I almost always have all the ingredients in my house, including one of my favorite freezer staples, frozen meatballs.

Ingredients:

  • 1 hot dog bun
  • 4-5 frozen meatballs
  • 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce
  • 1 slice deli-style Provolone cheese
  • 1 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Place meatballs in a microwavable bowl and cook for about 1-2 minutes on high.
  2. Pour sauce into bowl, coat meatballs, and heat for another minute.
  3. Align meatballs in the hot dog bun, add extra sauce if desired.
  4. Sprinkle Parmesan and top with Provolone cheese.
  5. Place on a cookie sheet and into the broiler for about 2 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
Give these recipes a try.  We’d love to know how they turned out!