How to Defrost Hot Dog Buns

by Elizabeth Harding

If you want to learn the best ways to defrost hot dog buns, then we have an extensive guide on your options. We will cover our preferred options to alternatives, covering different timeframes.

By freezing them, the shelf life of hot dog buns is extended, so you do not have to use the whole pack you bought.

Our Preferred Method

The best way to defrost hot dog buns is by putting them in the fridge and waiting overnight or for around 2 to 3 hours. Keep them wrapped in an airtight container. You do not want the outer part of the bun to start getting dry.

As a second option, we like the water immersion method. You can put the buns in a sealed plastic bag and immerse it in cold water. When taking them out after around 10 minutes, they should be ready to use. 

How to Defrost Hot Dog Buns in Microwave

You can also use the microwave "defrost" mode, with 5-second bursts until they are soft enough to bend. This method is best for defrosting the hot dog buns fast.

Defrosting them with a microwave is good to get them thawed out fast so you're not waiting around too long. It's best if you have a specific time frame in which you want to cook your hot dogs and other foods.

Follow these steps:

  1. Wrap each frozen hot dog bun in wax paper or a wet paper towel to prevent it from drying out.
  2. Sprinkle the top of the bun with tap water.
  3. Place the bun in the middle of the microwave and start bursts of cooking for 5-10 seconds.
  4. Check to see if it's warm by feeling its underside with your fingers and if so, proceed with step 5.
  5. Once warmed up, let it sit on the countertop for about 30 seconds. You can then proceed to use them for your hot dogs!


Keep the buns in an airtight container or packaging before putting them in the freezer. It will help you a lot when you come to defrost them.

When thawing on the worktop, ensure they remain packaged, then wrap them in a towel or at least a layer of paper. Then let them sit there for 30 minutes.

After half an hour, take the buns out of their towels, spread them on a tray to dry off some more. Place them in an oven set to the lowest temperature (around 100C or 212 degrees Fahrenheit). It should be for a good 5 minutes.

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