At our bread drops, sometimes we get a lot of hot dog buns. This week in particular, I filled up my entire Dodge Grand Caravan with Hot Dog Buns (I wish I had taken a picture). Many folks may overlook hot dog buns as a choice to pick up from the bread drop sites because well, they look like an item that should be used for one thing… hot dogs. Maybe you don’t like hot dogs, maybe you’re a vegetarian, maybe it doesn’t look like quality bread, maybe even if you like hot dogs, you’ll never eat that many. What should you do?

As gleaners, of course we don’t want anything to go to waste! That would just not be the gleaner way; so I’ve collected a bunch of resources for you to look through so you may say, “Hey! I could totally use some hot dog buns!”


Yes, good ol’ hot dogs, but do you know that there are tons of different types of toppings and ways you can fix hot dogs? Yes!!


2. BREAKFAST (click each option for recipes)

French Toast Sticks

Overnight French Toast Casserole

Cheesy Egg Casserole

Egg, Cheese and Sausage Bake

King Ranch Breakfast Strata (replace the french bread with hot dog buns)

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Crumble


3. Lunch and Dinner (click each option for recipes)

Lobster Rolls

Chicken Parmesan Sub Bake

Chicken Parm Hot Dogs

Meatball Subs

Eggplant Katsu Sandwich

Italian Sausage Fritatta


4. Dessert (click on each option for recipe)

Bread Pudding


Dessert Dogs

Campfire S’mores Bread Pudding

Hot Dog Bun Pie



5. Other Awesome Things (click on each option for more)

5 fun ways to use leftover hotdog buns – Food Network

Garlic Breadsticks


Bread Crumbs

Amazing Uses for HotDog Buns

Uses for Hotdog and Hamburger Buns – ThriftyFun – things to do with leftover buns