We have 6 easy and tasty ways to use leftover hamburger buns. Try these delicious ideas that everyone will love and they are frugal too.

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6 Easy Ways to Use Leftover Hamburger Buns

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Wasting food is never a good thing and I try really hard to use our food wisely. We often have leftover hamburger buns after burger night. While hamburger buns might be cheap that doesn’t mean you should throw away those leftover buns after a meal.

Hamburger buns have a great shape and texture that makes them perfect for much more than just hamburgers. Many of these ideas also work with hot dog buns too!

Here are some great suggestions to use leftover hamburger buns that you will love once you try them:

stacked hamburger buns on cutting board

1. Hamburger Bun Garlic Bread

This is our favorite way to use leftover hamburger buns and so easy. All you need to do is add butter and garlic salt. You can also add Mozzarella cheese to the bread and have cheese bread! Yum! Broil the bread for about 2 minutes and you have garlic bread for practically no cost at all!

We love to make homemade garlic bread and this is another great way to enjoy it by using what you have!

toasted hamburger buns on a cutting board

2. Make Hamburger bun pizzas!

You know what kids like even more than pizza? How about making their own mini pizza? You can make your own pizza sauce, use butter, or even use Alfredo sauce as the base.

Sprinkle the sauce with shredded mozzarella, add toppings as desired, and bake in the oven or toaster oven until the cheese is melted. It is delicious!

This is great for a quick lunch or dinner. Plus, everyone gets so excited to choose their toppings and make their own personal pizzas!

3. Use as  Filler for several meals.

Bread can be a great filler when you want to make a dish and spread it out further than usual. Hamburger buns are very absorbent so they make a perfect choice for this option.

Simply break up the buns into small pieces and add them to your dish. Some examples are below.

  • Breakfast skillet: Crumble and cook breakfast sausage. Drain grease. Add raw mixed eggs and hamburger bun pieces. Scramble eggs. Top with gravy or cheese and serve.
  • Meatloaf: Use hamburger bun pieces in place of oatmeal or other filler in meatloaf.
  • Casseroles: Use in place of noodles in any kind of casserole.

4. Use as a Crust

If you want a dish with a crust, but don’t feel like making the crust from scratch, try using your leftover hamburger buns. Start by making your dish. Next, break up the hamburger buns.

Spread the buns on top of the dish. Spritz lightly with butter or oil. Sprinkle with your favorite crust seasonings. Bake as you normally would. Easy!

pile of hamburger buns

5. Make Baked Sandwiches

Leftover hamburger buns are great for use with baked sandwiches. Ham and cheese, turkey and cheese, or any other leftover meats you might have are going to be great when you bake them on leftover hamburger buns.

We love to make Hawaiian Ham and Cheese sliders, Turkey and Cheese Sliders and Pizza Sliders with leftover hamburger buns. They taste just as amazing as with regular rolls and it’s a delicious way to repurpose hamburger buns.

6. Frozen Snacks

Whether you want to make a breakfast sandwich for the end of the week or you just want an easy snack to reach for, use hamburger buns to make them even better. You can pre cook the sandwiches and wrap them up for freezing.

When you are ready, just take them out and heat them up in the microwave. For people on the go who don’t want to eat fast food this is ideal.

You will never have to buy another breakfast sandwich from the gas station or drive thru again. It tastes amazing and saves time and money.

We make these easy breakfast sandwiches and can use hamburger buns in place of the bread in the recipe. Freeze and enjoy later.

stack of hamburger buns

Which idea will you try?

The only limit you have when it comes to ways to use your leftover hamburger buns is your imagination. They can be used in any situation where you might use bread as a replacement.

Hamburger buns are far more filling than slices of bread and they tend to make sandwiches more appealing.

Give these ideas a try!

Recipes to use leftover hamburger buns:



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