13 Things to Do With Leftover Hamburger Buns

After a big get together, it’s not uncommon to have lots of leftover hamburger and hot dog buns. So…what are you going to do with all these leftover buns? There are lots of fun things to do with them.

Although my list is for hamburger buns, most of them could be used for leftover hot dog buns as well.

1. Have more burgers or chicken — Use them for your leftover burgers or cook up some more burgers or chicken for sandwiches. (I love having grilled chicken breasts on sandwiches and adding honey mustard or barbecue sauce. Yum!)

2. Grilled Cheese — My smartie friend, Amanda, gave me this idea when we visited her house. She made grilled cheese sandwiches with leftover buns. She buttered the insides of the bun and used them as the outsides. Then, she made them just like regular grilled cheese sandwiches. Man — they were good!

3. Pizza BurgersTry out this hamburger / pizza hybrid

4. Cold Cuts — Brown bag it for lunch to school or work with a fun change from having your lunch meat sandwiches on buns instead of bread

5. Croutons — Cut them into pieces, season them with butter, olive oil and herbs, then toast in the oven for a quick browning and crunch.

6. Donate — Take unopened packages to a food pantry that will accept perishable foods. Or, ask friends with larger families if they could use them.

7. Hello Science Experiments! — If you accidently leave them in the pantry too long, you can have an impromptu mold experiment.

8. A Salad TopperMake your own croutons

9. Breakfast — Toast the buns slightly and make a breakfast sandwich with eggs, ham (or bacon), and cheese

10. Use Your Leftover Tomatoes Too — Make bruschetta

11. Bread Pudding — Make this caramel bread pudding or any of a variety of bread pudding recipes

12. Cinnamon Toast — Toast the buns and add butter. Then, top with cinnamon and sugar for quick breakfast.

13. Tiny Frisbees — Your old plastic frisbee still stuck on the roof? Use your leftover hamburger buns as tiny frisbees. If they land on the roof, at least the birds will eat them.

photo by Daniel Greene

What do you think?



  1. 7

    Great tips…except for feeding it to the ducks. Bread is very bad for them. That one should definitely be omitted from the list.

    • 8

      Hi Jackie,
      Thank you for your comment and awareness that bread is not the best idea for feeding the local ducks in your neighborhood. We agree and have revised our list to include making croutons instead.

  2. 9

    I always use leftover buns to make garlic bread.

  3. 10
    Avatar Myrna Craver says

    I agree with bread crumbs usage. That’s usually my first thought and it’s so much cheaper than having to buy them in the store. You can also make your own Italian style as there’s lots of “recipes” for that on line.

  4. 11
    Avatar elbseattle says

    Gosh. Use leftover hamburger buns for more hamburgers? I never would have thought of that.

  5. 12

    #7 totally gives you away as a homeschool mom! As soon as I read it, I knew. Great ideas.

  6. 13

    LOL! Very nice. I like the mix of practical and funny tips 🙂

  7. 14

    You left out bread crumbs, something I run out of – or stuffing.