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5 New Ways to Use Hamburger & Hot Dog Buns

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Nothing says summer quite like hamburgers and hot dogs. Just the smell of a fired up grill wafting through the air makes our stomachs growl. But our favorite summertime cookout creations aren’t complete without the always-reliable bun – the answer to making utensil-free noshing possible!

The fluffy soft bread is often paired with grilled meats (heck, they’re even in the name!), but hamburger buns and hot dog buns are a lot more versatile than you may think. From melt-in-your-mouth desserts to quick and easy pizza crust alternatives, they’re now the shining stars of your next meal.

Toasted Strawberry ‘Shortcake’ with Basil Whipped Cream

Buns lend themselves perfectly to toasting, which is why they’re ideal for this warm, decadent dessert. We use fresh strawberries and are kicking up a basic whipped cream with fresh basil! You won’t miss having to bust out the flour jar OR turning on the oven to make biscuits for this dessert flip.

Caramelized Onion-Dijon Pulled Chicken Salad Sammie on a Split-Top Bun

Picnics abound in the summer! Next time you’re sprawled on the soft, green grass, prepare some delicious and fresh chicken salad made even more tasty on a toasted bun. We substituted Greek yogurt for traditional mayo and added in sweet caramelized onions. Pro-tip: Keeping chicken salad and other dishes cool makes for a better picnic experience. An insulated tote makes bringing cold food a breeze!

The Hawaiian Elvis 

What’s better than the King of Rock n’ Roll (and delicious sammies)? Thanks to Elvis, you’ll want to sing a love song dedicated to peanut butter, bacon and bananas. Trust us, this elegant-looking PB sandwich has a taste to match.

Inside-Out Pimento Cheese Grilled Cheese

We feel that kids in the south have been keeping a secret from us, but we’re not mad. This childhood favorite has a new twist! We’re using rich and delicious pimento cheese between an inside-out sweet, buttery bun. It’s a cheesy delight!

7-Layer Hawaiian Pizza Buns

Test your culinary skills by making your own homemade pizza sauce and grab some Canadian bacon, pineapple, red onion, cheese, basil or oregano to turn your basic hamburger bun into a hearty, Hawaiian pizza!

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Rachael Ray