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New England Hot Dog Buns

  • Prep Time: 2 1/2 hours
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours (mostly dough raising)
  • Yield: 10 1x


This New England hot dog bun recipe is dairy-free and egg-free, it also happens to be vegan. The dough fits perfectly into the New England hot dog pan, no shaping of individual rolls needed!


  • 2 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour (about 360 grams)
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 2 T. sugar
  • 2/3 cup potato flakes
  • 1 1/2 t. table salt
  • 2 T. dairy-free margarine or oil
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • Poppy seeds


  1. Mix and knead all the ingredients together until you have a nice soft dough. I use a stand mixer, and knead for about 5 minutes. The dough should be nice and soft, but not sticky. Add more water if it’s too hard or dry, add more flour if it’s too sticky.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a towel and raise for 1 1/2 hours.
  3.  Spray the hot dog pan with oil and sprinkle with poppy seeds.
  4.  Gently stretch the dough out and press into the pan.
  5. Sprinkle the top of the dough with more poppy seeds.
  6. Cover the pan and allow to raise for 45 minutes.
  7. While the dough rises, preheat the oven to 375.
  8. When the dough has nearly reached the top of the hot dog pan, they’re ready to bake. 
  9.  Grease the bottom of a sheet pan and place the pan on top of the hot dog pan (this will cause the bottom of the buns to have the characteristic flat bottom).
  10. Bake for 18-20 minutes, remove the sheet pan and allow to bake a little more if the buns need to brown a bit more on top. 
  11. Flip the buns out on cooling rack (the ridged side is the top of the bun). Cut the buns apart when cool, and make a half-way cut down the center when ready to fill).


In case you need directions on a Chicago Dog, it’s: sliced tomatoes, chopped onion, dill pickle spear, neon green relish, sport peppers, yellow mustard, celery salt. 

Our hot dog of choice is Hebrew National, there’s been a shortage here lately so Nathan’s works in a pinch. 

  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: new england hot dog buns, vegan hot dog buns