Hot Dog Bun Stuffing Recipe

Hot Dog Bun Stuffing Recipe is a twist on classic sausage stuffing that both kids and adults will love! A fun side dish for Thanksgiving, but we definitely make this stuffing more than just once a year!

Love stuffing? We really, really do too! Our all time favorite stuffing recipe is Sausage Stuffing, a recipe tweaked a bit from mom and we love it so much that we make it all year long.

Hot Dog Bun Stuffing Recipe

The Easiest, Kid Friendly Stuffing Recipe

Hot Dog Bun Stuffing Recipe is our day 4 stuffing recipe for Stuffing Week! We used our base sausage stuffing recipe, made a few changes and came up with this totally kid friendly sausage stuffing!

I don’t find that a lot of kids like stuffing, but I’m here to tell you that they are going to LOVE this recipe! Our boys aren’t stuffing fans, really but they love this stuffing. Mild sausage (or ground beef) with soft, toasted buns and tons of mozzarella cheese!

A Fun Twist On Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing

Thanksgiving was always one of my favorite dinners, but it was always the same. The same turkey, the same side dishes and the same stuffing.

My mom’s stuffing was actually stuffing – she cooked it inside the turkey, and still does. We usually cook our stuffing, which is technically dressing, outside the bird in a casserole dish. But both ways are so good, I’ll take whatever stuffing recipe I can get.

Hot Dog Bun Sausage Stuffing really came into my head because we had 4,000 bags of hot dog buns left over from our Halloween party this year. Usually we’re scrambling for more hot dogs and buns and that was NOT going to happen to me this year.

So I bought way more of both than I needed and we had so many left. Since Stuffing Week was on our radar, I thought that using hot dog buns to make stuffing was a pretty great idea.

I mean, it’s really just white bread right? Which makes the best stuffing recipes anyway so I figured it was a win win.

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What Can You Use Instead Of Sausage For This Recipe?

If your kid (or you) aren’t a sausage fan, you can swap out ground beef, ground pork or even cut up hot dogs! How much fun would that be? Your kids might not want anything else…

If you added some vegetables like mushrooms and celery you can even make this Hot Dog Bun Stuffing Recipe vegetarian too. Just swap out the chicken broth for vegetable broth and you’ll be all set.

How Do You Make Stuffing?

The basic idea behind stuffing, or dressing recipes is you have to have some sort of a bread base. In this case, we’re using hot dogs. But the base can be anything from cornbread to sourdough bread, even raisin bread!

Next you take the bread base of choice and combine it with some sort of a flavored liquid like chicken broth or beef broth or vegetable broth. Usually you flavor the broth with celery and onions and a few seasonings, then mix it together with the bread.

Easy enough, yes?

Once we toasted our hot dog buns for this stuffing recipe, we tore them into pieces and put them into a really large bowl. Then pour the chicken broth mixture, in this stuffing recipe we have some mild pork sausage in there too…

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Now get your muscles ready to stir all these hot dog buns, sausage and chicken broth together. Make sure everything is mixed up well then it’s time to add in the cheese.

A couple of cups of mozzarella cheese gets mixed into this stuffing recipe for two reasons. One cheese rules. And two, it will help bind the stuffing together in the oven.

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How Long Does This Stuffing Need To Cook?

Now you’re ready to bake!

Cover the casserole dish with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Then remove the foil and let the stuffing cook for another 10 – 15 minutes so that it gets crispy on top.

Love that – all the crispy pieces of bread on top. Those go best covered in delicious gravy

When this Hot Dog Bun Stuffing Recipe is finished cooking, garnish the top with chopped parsley and serve. I promise the kids are going to flip for this stuffing recipe. I know mine did.

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Make this Hot Dog Bun Stuffing Recipe for a side dish recipe on Thanksgiving

Hot Dog Bun Stuffing Recipe

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x

This Hot Dog Bun Stuffing Recipe is a fun twist on classic sausage stuffing. It’s easy to make and a great way to use up any leftover hot dog buns. Kids and adults alike will be digging into it, so make sure you make enough!



  • 24 ounces hot dog buns, toasted and broken into pieces
  • 1 pound mild pork sausage (like the kind in the tube)
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup grated apple, squeezed dry with a paper towel
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Butter for buttering the casserole dish and on top of the stuffing


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add the butter to a large skillet over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add the sausage to brown, breaking up with a spoon.
  3. Once the sausage is browned, add the onion and grated apple.
  4. Cook for 5 minutes until the onion and apple have softened.
  5. Add the poultry seasoning, parsley, salt, pepper and chicken broth.
  6. Bring the broth to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes over medium low heat. Remove the skillet from the heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
  7. Place the toasted hot dog bun pieces into a large bowl with the mozzarella cheese, then pour the chicken broth and sausage mixture on top. Stir gently to combine then add the cream and stir well to combine.
  8. Pour the stuffing into a buttered 9″ x 13″ casserole dish, cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove the foil, add a few pieces of butter on top of the stuffing and bake another 10 minutes uncovered to crisp up the top of the dressing.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Oven / Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

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4 Responses
    1. Dan

      Jason, I totally think you should!!! When we were coming up with this recipe I was thinking the same thing, leet me know if you try it!

  1. Carly

    Hello! I made this recipe for Thanksgiving a couple of years ago and it was a big hit! I’d like to make it again this year. Could I assemble it a day ahead and then bake it Thanksgiving day?
    Thank you,

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