Hot Dog and Hamburger Potato Buns

June 19, 2014

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

These are light, fluffy, and buttery -- basically, your summer sandwich's best friend. You don't even need a mixer for this super-easy bread, just a little know-how to make the shape you want for the hamburger, hot dog, or hoagie of your dreams.

Erin McDowell

Makes: about 1 1/2 dozen medium rolls


  • Dough:
  • 6 cups bread flour (25.50 oz)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (3.50 oz)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt (12 g)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast (5 g)
  • 1 1/3 cups warm water (around 105 to 110° F) (10.65 oz)
  • 1/4 cup honey (3.00 oz)
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes (7.50 oz)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and softened (4.00 oz)
  • 2 large eggs, whisked (3.50 oz)
  • Finishing:
  • 1 egg (1.75 oz)
  • 1 egg yolk (0.50)
  • 2 tablespoons water or milk (1.00 oz)
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted (4.00 oz)
In This Recipe


  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, and salt together. Add the yeast and mix to combine.
  2. Add the water, honey, mashed potatoes, softened butter, and whipped eggs. Mix well with a wooden spoon to combine. Continue mixing (either with the spoon or by gently kneading on a lightly floured surface) until the dough is smooth and well combined, 1 to 2 minutes more.
  3. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place until it doubles in size, 1 to 2 hours.
  4. To shape the rolls, turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface. If you're making both hamburger and hot dog buns, divide the dough in half first, then use one half for hamburger buns, and one half for hot dog buns.
  5. To make hamburger buns, divide the dough into 4- to 5-ounce pieces. Fold the dough over onto itself three times, then make a circular cupping motion with your hand, and roll the dough into balls. Don’t use too much flour here, or you won’t get a tight “seal” on your buns.
  6. To make hot dog buns, divide the dough into 3- to 4-ounce pieces. Fold the dough over onto itself three times, then roll it like a snake into a long piece of dough (about 3 1/2 to 4 inches long). Use the ends of your hands to taper the ends slightly. Use a bench scraper (or a knife) to gently press into the hot dog buns, forming a line down the center. This will help the rolls split more easily after baking.
  7. Transfer the shaped buns to the prepared baking sheets, leaving plenty of room between each (about 1 to 2 inches). Let rise until nearly double in size, about 1 hour.
  8. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining egg, egg yolk, water, and salt. Brush the egg wash evenly on the buns.
  9. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until the buns start to turn golden brown. Remove the pan from the oven, and brush the buns generously with melted butter.
  10. Bake 10 to 12 minutes more, or until the buns are deeply golden brown. Brush once again with melted butter and let cool completely.

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Reviews (21) Questions (0)

21 Reviews

Nancy October 13, 2016
I generally love potato-based bread and this recipe looks great! However, unclear to me where you use each amount (1 tbsp & 1 pinch) of salt. Which goes in the dough and which on top of the rolls in the egg wash, please?
Änneken July 8, 2016
These are absolutely awesome. I made them for Fourth of July and they were a big hit with my friends. My husband even eats them as they are because they are just so so good. Thanks, Erin!
debbie March 15, 2016
4 oz or one stick? A stick is 8 oz.
ana June 5, 2016
no it's not. 1 stick is 4 oz.
Cooking I. April 1, 2015
Can you make the dough and/or bread ahead of time?
Änneken July 8, 2016
Due to time constraints I left the dough in the refrigerator for about 12 hrs after the first rise. They came out perfectly.
Sara S. March 22, 2015
Please send weights. I have no idea what method you use to measure cups, so would appreciate weights. Thanks.
Miles August 27, 2014
Hi. I've tried a couple of recipes to make home-made buns, but none have been just right : ) Can't wait to try this one. Can you use a bread machine? Or would that be too much mixing? Thanks! Especially for the hints about shaping!
Sarah August 17, 2014
Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe Erin, can't wait to try! Sounds delicious. Just had a question concerning the yeast. Is it fresh or instant powdered yeast in your recipe? Thanks in advance!
Author Comment
Erin M. August 18, 2014
It is instant yeast!
Whitney August 17, 2014
When you say mashed potatoes, just a cup of plain potato, not mashed potatoes with all the seasonings, correct? Thanks!
Author Comment
Erin M. August 18, 2014
You could use leftover potatoes with seasonings in them, sure - but in the recipe I am referring to just plain potatoes.
Allison T. August 11, 2014
I make all of my bread homemade but I have yet to make buns homemade. I will be trying your recipe very soon. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. <br />
Audrey June 25, 2014
I made a half-batch by hand on Monday. It was not hard at all and well worth the effort. The dough was sticky (super humid outside) so I fought the impulse to add extra flour. The buns were tender and moist. I usually make challah into buns but this recipe will be my go-to now. Delicious and pretty. Thanks Erin!
Author Comment
Erin M. June 26, 2014
Thanks Audrey! So glad you enjoyed them!
Audrey June 23, 2014
Is there an instruction missing somewhere between 8 and 9? It sounds like there was a previous baking and brushing interval that is not included.
Author Comment
Erin M. June 24, 2014
Thanks for catching that, Audrey! The last line wasn't very clear - I've fixed it now!
Horto June 23, 2014
who does mashed in bbq season?
Author Comment
Erin M. June 24, 2014
You could always used baked potatoes (done on the grill style), just peel them and mash them a little before using in the dough!
guatami June 20, 2014
Looks delicious!
Author Comment
Erin M. June 24, 2014
Thanks, let me know if you give them a try!