Gluten Free Hot Dog Buns

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Enjoy classic hot dogs served up in the best Gluten Free Hot Dog Buns! Gone are the days of overly dense, crumbly store-bought gluten free options. This recipe for easy-to-make, soft and squishy homemade hot dog buns is the only version you’ll ever need.

Fluffy Homemade Hot Dog Buns

Who else is tired of store-bought gluten free buns falling apart? I finally cracked (pun unintended). I got tired of subpar, dry, crumbly gluten free bread options, so I began making my own homemade Gluten Free Hamburger Buns and Gluten Free Dinner Rolls. Now I’ve tackled my next conquest: Gluten Free Hot Dog Buns!

This recipe is actually pretty similar to my gluten free burger buns recipe. With a few tweaks, I can now safely say that I have the softest, fluffiest hot dog buns ready just in time for barbecue season!

Top view of a gluten free hot dog topped with yellow mustard, served on a plate next to onion rings.

Why Make Hot Dog Buns From Scratch?

What’s so great about these homemade hot dog buns? The taste and overall versatility of homemade buns versus store-bought just can’t be beat: 

  • No added chemicals or artificial ingredients. I know exactly what goes into them, with no funny additives or preservatives.
  • Homemade gluten-free buns have the best texture. I’ll say it before and I’ll say it again, the softness and fluffiness of these hot dog buns is a million times better than any flimsy gluten-free option I’ve found in stores!  
  • This recipe is customizable. You can make and shape your hot dog buns any way you wish! Larger or smaller, New England-style or for sub sandwiches.
Gluten free hot dog buns stacked on a rectangular plate.

What You’ll Need

Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll need to make these gluten-free hot dog buns. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for specific amounts.

  • Honey: Or granulated sugar, for feeding the yeast once it’s dissolved in warm water.
  • Active Dry Yeast: Don’t forget to check the expiration dates on the packet!
  • 1:1 Gluten-Free Flour: Choose a good gluten-free all-purpose flour with xanthan gum in the mix, like Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1.
  • Nonfat Dry Milk: Dry milk helps the bun texture firm up and also helps the outside to brown.
  • Egg: Remember to let the egg come to room temperature before you start.
  • Butter: Unsalted butter or salted, just keep in mind that you may want to decrease the amount of added salt if using salted butter.
  • Salt

You’ll also need to get your hands on a hot dog mold for this recipe. This is due to the consistency of the batter – shaping by hand won’t be an option here!

The ingredients for gluten free hot dog buns.

How to Make Gluten-Free Hot Dog Buns

Here’s how to make the most perfect, light and fluffy homemade gluten-free hot dog buns:

Make the Dough: Activate the yeast in a mixture of warm water and honey (or sugar). Next, combine the other dough ingredients in a mixing bowl before adding in the yeast. Mix until the texture is slightly wet and sticky, adding a bit more flour as needed. For fluffy buns that aren’t overly dense, we’re after a texture that’s more like a batter than a thick bread dough.

Prep: Get your hot dog molds greased and ready on a sheet pan. Fill the molds with dough, then leave the dough to rise in a warm location for about an hour, or until the buns are puffed up.

Bake: Brush the tops of the buns with melted butter and then bake them in a 350ºF oven until they’re golden on the outsides and firm on the insides. Transfer the buns to a wire rack to cool before slicing them for hot dogs!

Tips for the Best Results

  • Why Is My Dough Runny?: Unlike some other hot dog bun recipes, the “dough” in this version will be less firm and more similar to a sticky batter. However, it should not be runny like a pancake batter –  add a spoonful of flour at a time to thicken it to the right consistency.
  • Warm the Buns: I recommend filling these buns when they’re still warm for best results! If they’ve cooled completely after you’ve baked them, reheat them in the microwave for a few seconds.
A gluten free hot dog topped with yellow mustard, served on a plate next to onion rings.

Diet-Friendly Hot Dog Options

If you’re avoiding gluten, there are a few terms you can pay attention to when shopping for gluten-free hot dog brands. For example, terms like wheat and wheat protein are often hidden in the ingredients list for products that aren’t 100% gluten-free.

Luckily, many grocery store brands now offer hot dog options that cater to gluten-free diets. Some gluten-free brands to keep an eye out for:

  • Boar’s Head
  • Applegate Farms
  • Dietz & Watson 
  • Bar S
  • Hebrew National
  • Hofmann
  • Kayem
  • Kunzier
  • Nathan’s
A gluten free hot dog topped with yellow mustard, served on a plate next to onion rings.

Serving Suggestions 

You can use as little or as much self-control as you’d like when it comes to hot dog toppings! Go classic with a squiggle of mustard or Ketchup. Take them to the next level with Buffalo Hot Dogs which have bacon and blue cheese.

Or try other easy topping ideas:

Aside from hot dogs, there are loads more ways to use these homemade buns! Pulled Pork Grinders, Meatball Subs, even homemade lobster rolls are a hit in these gluten-free buns.

Gluten free hot dog buns stacked on a rectangular plate.

Storage Instructions

Store your homemade hot dog buns airtight on the counter. Avoid keeping them in the fridge, as they tend to dry out quickly and become stale in the cold. 

Can I Freeze These?

Yes! Once the buns are cooled completely, store them in a freezer bag or container, or wrap them tightly with cling wrap (in which case I like to add an extra layer of foil to help with freezer burn). Thaw the buns at room temperature whenever you’re ready to use them.

A gluten free hot dog topped with yellow mustard, served on a plate next to onion rings.

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GLUTEN FREE FLOUR: You’ll need a blend with xanthan gum. I usually use Bob’s Red Mill.

STAND MIXER: If you are going to get into baking gluten free breads, you’ll definitely want to have a stand mixer like a KitchenAid.

HOT DOG PAN: These silicone molds will allow you to make your buns in the right shape.

SCOOP: This makes is easier to fill the pans with the dough.

A gluten free hot dog topped with yellow mustard, served on a plate next to onion rings.
5 from 2 votes

Gluten Free Hot Dog Buns

Enjoy classic hot dogs served up in the best Gluten Free Hot Dog Buns! This recipe for easy-to-make, soft and squishy homemade hot dog buns is the only version you’ll ever need.
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Resting Time 1 hr
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups water about 100-110°F
  • 1 tbsp honey or granulated sugar
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 3 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill Measure-for-Measure), plus an additional 1-4 tablespoons, if needed
  • ½ cup nonfat dry milk
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 5 tbsp butter melted and cooled, divided

Instructions

  • Measure the water in a liquid measuring cup. Add the honey or sugar and stir to dissolve. Sprinkle the yeast on top and let sit for about 10 minutes, until frothy.
  • In a mixing bowl for a stand mixer, combine the flour, nonfat dry milk, salt, egg, 3 tablespoons melted butter, and yeast mixture. Using the paddle attachment, mix at low speed until just barely combined then increase the speed to medium and mix for 5 minutes. It will be a little wet and sticky, but if it looks too liquidy, sprinkle in additional flour, 1 Tablespoon at a time while still mixing. It should be more of a batter than a thick dough. Otherwise, the buns will be too dry and dense.
  • Spray your hot dog molds with nonstick cooking spray and place them on a sheet pan. Scoop the dough into the 8 wells in the mold using a scoop or spoons. Let rise somewhere warm for 30 to 60 minutes, until puffy but not too cracked on top.
  • Towards the end of rising, preheat the oven to 350°F. Brush the tops of the buns with the remaining melted butter.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown and firm in the center. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly. If you let them cool completely, you may want to rewarm for a few seconds in the microwave before cutting open and adding your hot dogs.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Hot Dog Buns
Amount Per Serving
Calories 263 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 983mg41%
Potassium 168mg5%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 427IU9%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 139mg14%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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