No matter how well you plan out the food for a party occasionally you will end up with an over abundance of one thing or another. Everyone has that one ingredient, that one condiment, that one item leftover from the weekend gathering that they always end up with extras. Our’s seems to be buns… hamburger buns, hot dog buns, it doesn’t matter. We always have extras and yes we have tried freezing them to keep them from spoiling and it just doesn’t work in my opinion.

Over the years we’ve found other ways to use them, so here we go… Hot Dog Buns: 3 ways.

Number 1

Toasted Buttered Buns

Pretty much what it sounds like, open the buns and spread on butter. Then toast them either in an oven or on the grill. You can add a little garlic salt to them for easy garlic bread if you’d like.

Number 2

Salad/Soup Croutons

Cut the buns into small squares and toast in the oven. I love doing this with any leftover Toasted Buttered Buns, they will keep in the refrigerator for several days when stored in an air tight container. This works especially well with buns that have already become stale.

Number 3

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Same as Toasted Buttered Buns, I just smother them in cheese and cook them until the cheese is all bubbly.

Do you have a unique recipe using leftover buns? We’d love to hear about it.

Linking to…Ingredient Spotlight, Gooseberry Patch



  1. oooh – our favorite is hot buttered – with cinnamon sugar doused heavily over the top. broil lightly until the cinnamon sugar crisps and the edges go crispy – then they’re soft, fluffy, crispy and sweet at all the same time… ohhhhh yeah. we serve them with scrambled eggs, and are thankful for leftover buns!

    • Oh that’s sounds amazing Laurel! Love the cinnamon and sugar idea on the buns!
      Thanks for sharing!

    • We’ve never tried using the buns in bread pudding, great idea Carla!
      Thanks for sharing!

  2. hot dog buns are also terrific to make sub sandwiches for small children , my son loves them. They are the perfect size for smaller hands 🙂

    • I also forget about sub sandwiches, they would make a great picnic sandwich too.
      Thanks for sharing, Janet!

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