Sourdough Hot Dog Buns

This month for Sourdough Surprises we picked to do something we were sure no one had attempted – hot dog and hamburger buns! How simple is it to just pick up a bag of pre made ones at the store? Super simple, right?

I was all ready to chalk this month up to a big fat failure. I unknowingly put this off to the last possible minute, the day was crazy, and I was attempting to bake my first actual bread in who knows how long with a snotty grumpy baby suffering from allergies tied to my back (yay baby carriers!) and pulling my hair while a hyper (almost) 4 year old was attempting to put dinosaur footprints in my dough. Add to that the fact that it was cold in my house, my not very well fed starter was feeling sluggish, and my dough was super sticky and I really didn’t have much hopes for these buns.

I was pleasantly surprised, though! While they didn’t raise very high, and they aren’t as super soft and fluffy as store bough (but not as full of fake ingredients, either!) they have a nice chewy texture and a good sourdough tang. I liked them a lot more than I thought I would.

Check out all the other delicious sourdough sandwich buns made this month for Sourdough Surprises!

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Sourdough Hot Dog Buns

by The Gingered Whisk

Sourdough Hot Dog Buns

  • Author: Jenni
  • Prep Time: 6 Hours
  • Cook Time: 33 Minutes
  • Total Time: 6 hours 33 minutes
  • Yield: 9 buns


  • 200 g whole wheat flour
  • 233 g all purpose flour
  • 300 g water
  • 10 g salt
  • 37 g honey
  • 27 g softened butter
  • 170 g sourdough starter (100%)
  • sesame seeds for topping
  • egg white for topping


In the bowl of a stand mixer with a dough hook, combine all the ingredients except 30 g of water.
Mix on low speed until incorporated, about 4 minutes (it should be medium-soft, if not add some of the reserved water).
Continue mixing at medium speed until the gluten has reached nearly full development with a window pane test.
Once the gluten is developed add the rest of the water and continue mixing until all the water is incorporated. It will be a soft but strong dough.
Ferment at room temperature for 2.5 hours, folding the dough at 50 minutes and 100 minutes.
Divide the dough into 9 pieces, each about 100g, shaping into a hot dog bun shape.
Place the buns on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Cover with a tea towel and allow to rest at room temperature for 3 hours.
Preheat the oven to 400F (you will also need steam for baking, so prepare for this now).
In a small bowl whisk together an egg white and 1 tsp water, and brush over the buns.
Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
Bake for 8 minutes with steam, and then another 20-25 without, or until the buns are nicely browned.
Cool on a wire rack.

(lightly adapted from Wild Yeast)



  • Reply
    May 20, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    That looks like a really good crumb, especially for a cold, rushed job!

    Oh and personally I think a dinosaur footprint on each roll would have given them a very artisan touch 🙂

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    Varadas Kitchen
    May 20, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    I love the sourdough tang. Nice crumb you got there!

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    May 21, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    Shaping dough into hot dog rolls scares me for some reason. Power to you for getting it done with so many things stacked against you.

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      May 21, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      It was sticky, and messy, and kind of stressful. LOL Most of my buns are kind of wonky shaped, but taste and texture sometimes win over appearance, right?

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    May 21, 2014 at 4:48 AM

    All those holes – it's like a ciabatta hotdog bun. How artisanal of you, Jenni! 😉

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      May 21, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      I totally did that on purpose… LOL 🙂

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    May 21, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    What does the terminology "100%" or "80%" sourdough starter refer to? I had never heard of it (even though I use my starter all the time and make some pretty darn deliscious stuff…) I've seen both in these bun recipes and don't have a clue what they are talking about.

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      May 21, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      100% starter means that the starter is fed equal amounts of flour and water – When I feed my starter I have (for example) 100 g starer, 100 g water and 100 g flour mixed together. Higher hydration rates (like 120%) mean more water than flour and yield more open crumbs, but are also more difficult to handle and work with. A lower hydration rate yields smaller crumbs, but are much easier to work with (think braiding a challah). I prefer to keep my starter at 100% because it lends itself to most recipes easiest, and its not difficult to change the hydration for a small amount of starter for a specific recipe.

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    Rachel Hammer
    May 21, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Congrats on surviving your crazy day and for such a lovely final product!

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    May 22, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Oh Jenni, that crumb looks just divine! I would love to sink my teeth into one of those right now!

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    May 23, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    They look great! I like the airy crumb; and the crust has a beautiful color, they remind me of pretzels 🙂

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    May 30, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    These look yummy…I'm super impressed that you worked with sourdough at all! I'm scared of it 😉

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    February 24, 2018 at 11:09 AM

    Made these yesterday and they were superb! Thanks to you I finally convinced my husband to stop buying those awful preservative-filled buns from the grocery store.

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      February 24, 2018 at 9:05 PM

      Oh, I am SO glad that you loved them! They really are so much better than anything you can get at the store!

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