Hot Dog Bun Garlic Bread

You can turn hot dog buns into delicious garlic bread in minutes! This is a great way to use up leftover hot dog buns and turn them into a crave-worthy side dish.

Hot Dog Garlic Bread

I recently ordered my groceries online and instead of getting a pack of sandwich buns, I accidentally got a package of hot dog buns. It wouldn’t work for the recipe I was making but I didn’t want them to go to waste. Since my household loves garlic bread, I decided to see if I could turn these extra hot dog buns into tasty loaves of garlic bread. It worked like a charm! This easy recipe is the perfect way to use up leftover hot dog buns.

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Hot dog buns- You can use any style of a hotdog bun. These were artisan style buns so they were slightly larger, but any size is fine.
  • Butter- You could substitute for margarine or a dairy free butter spread if preferred.
  • Garlic- We’ll use lots of fresh garlic for the best flavor. I don’t recommend using pre-minced garlic.
  • Garlic powder- This enhances the garlic flavor without adding too much sharpness from fresh garlic.
  • Parsley- This is optional. You could substitute with dried parsley or oregano.

How to Make Garlic Bread from Hot Dog Buns

How to Make Garlic Bread in the Air Fryer

You can also make easy homemade garlic bread in the air fryer! Follow the directions below, but bake in the air fryer at 400 for 2-3 minutes. You will not need to flip the bread. Bake until golden brown. You’ll need to bake the buns in batches.


  • Try adding a sprinkle of Italian seasoning to the buns just before baking for additional flavor.
  • Turn this into cheesy bread by topping each bun with 2 tablespoons of shredded mozzarella, romano cheese, or Parmesan cheese.
  • Sprinkle crushed red pepper flakes on top for a little heat.
  • Serve this bread as a side dish with tomato soup for a tasty meal.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this recipe with hamburger buns? Yes! You can make hamburger bun garlic bread by following the same directions as noted below. You may need to adjust the cooking time depending on the size of the buns.

How should I store leftover garlic bread? TStore leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days. Reheat by toasting in the oven. To freeze the leftovers, wrap the buns tightly in aluminum foil then place in a freezer bag. When ready to enjoy the bread, bake it in the oven until crispy. You may want to brush the buns with melted butter to prevent the bread from drying.

Can I use olive oil instead of butter? You can, but I prefer the butter flavor for this recipe.

What should I serve with garlic bread? Enjoy this with marinara sauce or tomato sauce for a simple dipping option! Another idea is to top each bun with shredded Parmesan cheese just before baking.

Can I use other bread? Yes! This method works great with traditional baguettes or french bread. You may need to add a few minutes to the baking time.

Why do I need to microwave the garlic? Microwaving the raw garlic helps tame the garlic flavor so you get plenty of garlic flavor without the harsh, sharp flavor that garlic can have.

Why do I need garlic powder? Combining fresh garlic and garlic powder helps enhance the garlic flavor without making it overpowering.

How do I get rid of the smell of garlic? If the garlic smell lingers in the microwave, place ¼ cup of baking soda in a small dish and leave it in the microwave overnight. It will absorb the odor. (You do not need to turn the microwave on.)

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hot dog garlic bread

Hot Dog Bun Garlic Bread

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You can turn hot dog buns into delicious garlic bread in minutes! This is a great way to use up leftover hot dogs and turn them into a crave-worthy side dish.


  • 1 16oz package hot dog buns
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 6 large cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  1. Move the oven rack into the middle position.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  3. Slice each hot dog bun in half, length-wise.
  4. Use a rasp-style grater to grate the garlic into a paste. If you do not have one, you can use a garlic press or a sharp knife to finely mince the garlic.
  5. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and garlic paste into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds or until the butter is melted. Stir in the remaining butter and garlic powder.
  6. Use a knife to spread the butter onto the cut side of each hot dog bun.
  7. Bake the buns cut side up for 3-4 minutes.
  8. Carefully remove the baking sheet from the oven and use a spatula to flip the buns over and bake cut side down for 5-6 minutes or until the bread is golden brown and crispy.
  9. Sprinkle with salt and fresh parsley, then serve.


  1. This was such a great way to use leftover hot dog buns. We all loved them.

  2. This is a perfectly crispy garlic bread that goes with any meal.

  3. What a great way to use up leftover hot dog buns!! Saving this recipe for my next barbecue because I always have leftover buns!

  4. What a cool idea! I always have hot dog buns leftovers, now I know what to do with them, can’t wait to try this!

  5. Oh yum! Such a fun and delicious way to use up leftover hot dog buns. Definitely perfect for summer.

  6. This is a brilliant way to use up leftover hot dog buns from cookouts! And it’s so tasty too

  7. Fun recipes and so super easy! Why didn’t I think of this? Was great use of leftover buns!

  8. This was such a unique and unexpected recipe that does not disappoint! Was perfect for left over buns from my daughter’s birthday and turned out delicious!

  9. This recipe was a life saver! I completely forgot the one thing my husband requested for our usual Pasta Mondays – garlic bread! The seasoning were delicious and your instructions were incredibly helpful. HUGE hit!

  10. How I love this tasty hot dog bun garlic bread! I love the garlicky flavor! It goes perfectly with my fav tea!

  11. What a delightful twist on a classic side dish. This recipe was a hit with my family, and it added a fun and tasty element to our meal. It’s now a go-to recipe whenever we’re craving garlic bread with a twist.

  12. Oooh, we always have hot dog buns going moldy because we can’t use them up! This will never be a problem again. This garlic bread was AMAZING! Thanks. 😀

  13. This hot dog bun garlic bread is really an upgrade! When I made this yesterday, it turned out really delicious, and I love how easy it is to make!

  14. These buns were so delicious! What a great way to use leftover hot dog buns, So easy and simple recipe!!

  15. This was the perfect recipe! I had a few leftover hot dog buns (not enough to be able to use for dinner again) and this was the best use for them.

  16. I USED this method on potato hamburger buns and wow!!! It was amazing.

  17. What a great way to elevate a classic hot dog bun! This is what I do with slider buns, so it came out great and made our hot dogs taste even better,

  18. What a great idea! I find my leftover hot dog buns going stale, as I don’t use them right away. This will be a great way to use them up!

  19. Jacqueline Debono

    Fabulous and genius way to use up those extra hot dog buns. We love garlic bread but I normally use a baguette!

  20. What a great idea! I LOVE garlic bread so I can’t give these a try! I would almost still use them for hot dogs haha that could be so tasty!

  21. Lol, my mind is blown! Such a good idea, buns are the perfect size for personal garlic breads – can’t believe I haven’t thought of this before. We always have leftover buns because of the mismatch hotdog to bun package proportions 😉

  22. This recipe reminds me of my childhood, my mom always used hot dog buns to make garlic bread to pair with spaghetti, so genius!

  23. This hot dog garlic bread recipe took me back to my childhood when my parents refused to buy “fancy” garlic bread and made this instead. I always preferred it this way than the traditional way because of that, LOL!

  24. That is a perfect snack for my two boys. It is fast and tasty, and I always have all the ingredients at home.

  25. Such a good idea. It was super delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

  26. I didn’t want to waste my leftover hot dog buns and I am so glad I found this recipe. It was even better than I thought it would be. Will make again.

  27. We loved these buns! I made them to go with some brats and loved the extra garlic flavor. This will be on repeat through the spring and summer. So ready for lots of grilling, especially with these buns!

  28. This is genius. I almost always have some hot dog buns leftover and now I make this garlic bread with them! They’re great for dipping into spaghetti sauce!

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