Homemade Pretzel Buns

Pretzel buns are all the rage right now. Folks just love to make their burgers “twisted” but using a pretzel bun instead of a traditional sesame seed bun. I had yet to experience one, so a few weeks ago I set to making my own at home.

I’ve never made pretzels at home either, and I must admit I was worried about the whole boiling the dough in water process. But, it was actually really easy and my concerns were totally unfounded. After the initial quick-cook in the water bath, the buns are then finished off and baked in the oven to achieve a deep golden-brown color.

They have great pretzel flavor – chewy on on the outside, yet tender on the inside. We used half of them for our burgers that night, then I tucked the other half in the freezer to have on hand the next time we are throwing some burgers on the grill. It’s comforting to have something like this on hand in the freezer to make a quick-dinner extra special!

Source: adapted from King Arthur Flour


  1. Posted May 14, 2014 at 11:57 AM | Permalink

    Your pretzel buns turned out beautifully! I tried making these once and they looked sad and ugly. Feel free to send me the ones in your freezer. 🙂

  2. Kim in MD
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 2:11 PM | Permalink

    I love pretzel buns ( I buy them at Whole Foods) but haven’t tried to make them. Your recipe looks amazing. Thanks for inspiring me to make these at home!

  3. Posted May 14, 2014 at 5:31 PM | Permalink

    Gorgeous! There is nothing better than a pretzel bun. I don’t even need anything on it. The bun is enough for me!

  4. Posted May 15, 2014 at 4:48 AM | Permalink

    Just beautiful! I will try your recipe.

  5. Posted May 15, 2014 at 3:09 PM | Permalink

    These are absolutely picture-perfect. Pretzel bread is definitely one of the things on my culinary bucket list. : )

  6. Posted May 18, 2014 at 1:44 AM | Permalink

    Pretzel bread has always been one of my favorites, but I’ve never tried making it myself. Your pretzel bread buns turned out wonderfully — I can’t get over how perfectly browned they are. And they do look like they have that signature chewy exterior. Thanks for sharing!!

  7. Posted May 21, 2014 at 2:51 AM | Permalink

    Your buns really look great!
    So Yummy!

  8. EG
    Posted August 12, 2014 at 6:25 PM | Permalink

    You should make it more clear the egg doesn’t go into the dough and that it is only for brushing on the top.

    • Posted August 15, 2014 at 10:14 AM | Permalink

      Thanks for the suggestion, I’ve made that change.

  9. Posted August 28, 2014 at 12:53 PM | Permalink

    I found your recipe on pinterest and made these on Sunday. They were so good! I see now that your source was KAF, and I don’t know if you did anything differently, but I will definitely make them again, just as you did. I am linking to your page from my blog.

  10. Patty
    Posted August 3, 2015 at 2:31 PM | Permalink

    Trying these this weekend. Quick question tho; did you freeze the buns after they were cooked, or freeze the dough? Thanks!

  11. Michelle
    Posted October 6, 2015 at 4:32 PM | Permalink

    Two years ago at my in laws Thanksgiving there were pretzel buns. They were the hit of the dinner but they were bought from Costco. I figured there had to be a way to make them. I stumbled across your recipe and now I get threats if I don’t bring these buns to family dinners. So easy! So perfect! I’ve even boiled them and let them sit in the fridge until I bake them fresh at the last minute. Thanks so much for sharing this hit of a recipe!!

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