It seems like pretzel buns are all the rage lately.  I’ve seen them in a lot of the fast food restaurants and even some of the nicer family style restaurants.  I’ve always enjoyed soft pretzels, and even made them before, so I finally decided to try a hot dog on a pretzel bun at one of my favorite drive-ins.  It was delicious. So delicious that I decided I had to figure out how to make them myself so we could have pretzel buns any time we wanted.  And now you get the benefit of my experimentation!!

hamburger with sauteed onions on a pretzel bun

Pretzel Buns Recipe


2 3/4 cups flour 1 envelope. active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt 1 Tbsp. sugar
1 cup water 6-8 cups water
1/4 cup baking soda 1 egg
1 tsp water


I used a bread machine so if you want to make these totally by hand it will take a little bit longer and a little more work.

Measure first five ingredients into bread pan.  Choose the “dough” setting on your bread machine.

Once the machine beeps that it is done, preheat the oven to 200F.  Remove the dough from the bread pan (don’t forget to remove the beater from the dough – I have been known to bake the beater into a loaf of bread once or twice) and divide into six pieces.  Roll the pieces into balls and shape into the size rolls you want.  Place on a greased cookie sheet and set in the oven.  Set an oven-safe bowl or pan of boiling water in the oven next to the cookie sheet.  Let the rolls rise for about 20 minutes.

Now take the rolls out of the oven and dump the water into a pot.  Preheat the oven to 400F and start the water boiling.  Once it’s boiling, add in the baking soda (it will foam up a bit).  Now put the rolls, 2-3 at a time (depending on the size of your pot) into the boiling solution with a slotted spoon.  Let boil for 1 minute on each side.  Remove with a slotted spoon and place back on the greased cookie sheet.

Combine the egg and 1 tsp, of water in a small dish.  Brush the egg wash over the top of each roll, then cut a cross in the top of each roll with a knife.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.

pretzel buns baking in the ovenI shaped mine for hamburgers.  To serve pretzel burgers, slice the buns in half lengthwise, then toast (or grill) and serve with your favorite burger and condiments.

hamburger with sauteed onions on a pretzel bun


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