Tip: Stale Buns? Make Croutons!

In a small family like ours (3, hopefully to be 4), we often find ourselves with leftover hamburger and hot dog buns. Generally, we end up having to toss them. Over the weekend, I decided I wanted a salad for lunch and I had a craving for croutons, which I didn’t have. I eyed the hamburger buns on the counter and thought, why not? They’ve got great crust, they’re old, and likely to get older. So I did it–I turned them into croutons. And it was great. Even Little Boy  G remarked, “Someone’s making pizza!” He ate several of them when it was all said and done. Here’s the simple recipe:


*Hamburger or hot dog buns

* Olive Oil

*Italian spices (Basil, Oregano, Rosemary, etc.)

*Romano, Parmesan cheese 



Cut the buns, crust side up, into crouton (bite size) pieces. Place them into a large bowl. Drizzle olive oil over the bread for a good coating. Mix well with your hands, ensuring that each piece has a good coating of olive oil

Add a liberal amount of the spices and cheese. Don’t be shy–this is what will give the croutons their taste. Sprinkle with salt.

Bake in a 425F oven (I use the toaster oven–less energy is used and you don’t have to preheat) until toasty brown.

They’re great for soups and salads—Enjoy!




  1. quilt32 said,

    July 22, 2008 at 11:59 am

    This is a good idea. I’ve used heartier bread like French or Italian for croutons but have never tried hot dog and hamburger buns.

  2. FoodyMom said,

    July 22, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks for visiting, Lillian! The buns actually result in a lighter crunch than the heartier breads–they’re not hard at all. Very nice.

  3. kweenmama said,

    July 22, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    MMMMM they sound good! And I even have some old hamburger buns in my cupboard. I’ve used old bread to feed the ducks at our park, but making croutons is so much more practical!

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