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How To Freeze and Thaw Hamburger Buns

Frustrated with wasting left over hamburger buns? No worries! Today I’ll show you how to freeze and thaw hamburger buns in minutes so that you never waste another one! It’s EASY and takes just a second!

hamburger on a plate with blue napkin

Delicious hamburgers deserve a fresh delicious bun! But what about the leftover buns? It’s no problem to freeze them so that you have them for next time PLUS you’ll be saving a ton of money! 

This also works for buns you find on SALE! Just freeze the whole lot of them and be ready for burgers for a while!

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Why This Recipe Works

  • Fast
  • Easy
  • Uses what you already have on hand
  • Saves you money!

Here’s How It’s Done…

STEP 1. 

Wrap the individual buns in plastic wrap. 

person wrapping bun in plastic wrap

STEP 2. 

Place inside of a freezer safe bag and squeeze out as much air as possible. 

person with buns in plastic bag

STEP 3. 

Place in the freezer and save for up to 3 months. 

half gallon of milk in the freezer

If you have ANY questions, please check out my full length YouTube video which you can find HERE!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Will This Keep The Buns Fresh? 

Yes! Absolutely! This will keep those buns fresh and if you keep adding to your stockpile OR using as you need them, you’ll always have a supply of hamburger buns on hand! 

Can I Even Freeze a Hamburger Bun? 

Yep, that’s what this whole thing is all about! No problem you CAN freeze a hamburger bun! 

Can I Just Put The Whole Package In The Freezer As Is? 

Actually, you can if you are going to use them in a couple of days. However, buns stay fresh for a pretty long time these days and if you are going to use them in a couple of days, then why would you want to freeze them? 

The problem is that frozen buns without proper protection from the freezer will be dry and they want to split and break easily after being frozen. 

Therefore, you’ll want to follow these simple instructions for freezing so that your buns stay fresh and supple! 

How Long Do Hamburger Buns Last in the Freezer? 

You will want to use your buns within 3 months. After that, they will be a little to dry and crumbly to enjoy with your juicy hamburger! 

How Do I Thaw A Frozen Hamburger Bun? 

You can choose one of the following methods….

  1. Remove the package of hamburger buns from the freezer the morning you plan to use them and allow to sit out on the counter. They will be completely thawed in a few hours. 
  2. Set a colander over a steaming bowl of water. Place the buns in the colander and then cover the colander with a clean cotton kitchen towel. This acts as a steamer and the buns will be thawed shortly. 
  3. Sprinkle a few drops of water in a zip lock type bag (or in the plastic bag that the buns come in), place the bun in the bag and microwave for 5 seconds. Check the bun and repeat as necessary. 
  4. Set the bun on top of the toaster, set it to toast, the bun will warm to a thawed level in no time at all.
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Tips and Tricks for How to Freeze and Thaw Hamburger Buns

  • Wrap the buns individually and then place them in a freezer safe bag, this helps to protect the buns from the harsh conditions in the freezer. 
  • Make sure to use a freezer safe bag for the buns! A typical storage bag doesn’t offer enough protection in the cold cold deep freeze! 
  • Freeze the buns as soon as you know that you have left overs. Stale buns that are frozen will still be stale when they come out of the freezer. 
  • To thaw the hamburger buns, simply lay them out on the counter the day you plan to use them or use one of the methods I discuss above. 

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How To Freeze and Thaw Hamburger Buns

Every time we have hamburgers, there are left over buns and it’s so wasteful to throw them out. Today I’ll show you how to freeze hamburger buns in minutes so that you never waste another one! It’s EASY and takes just a few minutes!
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Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to freeze hamburger buns
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
freeze time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 120kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Hamburger Bun

Instructions

To Freeze the Hamburger Bun

  • Wrap the hamburger bun in plastic wrap and place it inside of a freezer safe zip top gallon size bag. Repeat this process for each hamburger bun.
  • Squeeze as much air out of the bag as possible.
  • Write today’s date, “Hamburger Buns” and Use By (date 3 months from now) on the bag with a sharpie marker.
  • Place into the freezer for use next time.

To Thaw the Hamburger Bun

  • Remove the package of hamburger buns from the freezer the morning you plan to use them and allow to sit out on the counter. They will be completely thawed in a few hours. OR...
  • Set a colander over a steaming bowl of water. Place the buns in the colander and then cover the colander with a clean cotton kitchen towel. This acts as a steamer and the buns will be thawed shortly. OR.....
  • Sprinkle a few drops of water in a zip lock type bag (or in the plastic bag that the buns come in), place the bun in the bag and microwave for 5 seconds. Check the bun and repeat as necessary. 

Notes

  • Wrap the buns individually and then place them in a freezer safe bag, this helps to protect the buns from the harsh conditions in the freezer.
  • Make sure to use a freezer safe bag for the buns! A typical storage bag doesn’t offer enough protection in the cold cold deep freeze!
  • Freeze the buns as soon as you know that you have left overs. Stale buns that are frozen will still be stale when they come out of the freezer.
  • To thaw the hamburger buns, simply lay them out on the counter the day you plan to use them or use one of the methods I discuss above.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How To Freeze and Thaw Hamburger Buns
Amount Per Serving
Calories 120 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 215mg9%
Potassium 55mg2%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 4g8%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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First of all, I have all kinds of feeling about telling a child that she can’t pursue her lofty dreams. 

Why would anyone do that? 

Secondly, God intends for us to persevere despite what anyone tells us or who stands in our way, especially as we fight the good fight. 

James 1:12

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

 

 

Wendi is the writer, CEO and dishwasher at Loaves and Dishes! When not in the kitchen or behind the computer, you can find Wendi serving on International Food Conference Boards, Speaking at various conferences, Leading and Cooking for the local Arts Council's "Taste of Stokes" events or donating home cooked goodies to various local non profits such as the Danbury Songwriters and Stokes Partnership for Children. Wendi is also a Registered Nurse with a Master's Degree and serves on her town's board of councilmen.

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Amy

Thursday 18th of May 2023

Could you clarify a couple of things please? 1) Do you need to place each bun in it's own ziplock freezer bag or can you place as many as fit in it? Is it different if you'll only be defrosting one bun at a time? 2) When defrosting, are you supposed to leave the bun wrapped in plastic, in the plastic & ziplock or totally unwrap it? And do you do it the same way for every method of defrosting? Thanks so much!

Wendi Spraker

Saturday 20th of May 2023

Hi Amy, Depending on how long you will keep the bag of buns frozen and how you will use them will make the decision about your questions. If you plan to use the entire bag at once, (ex. Dinner for the family will require the entire bag) then just place them all in a single zip lock freezer bag. If you will be using them individually (ex. you live alone and only need one at a time, then wrap them individually and place into a larger bag. You'll want to leave it in a bag to defrost so that it doesn't get hard while defrosting.

Toni

Tuesday 23rd of August 2022

The steam option to thaw a frozen hamburger bun was wonderful - thank you!!

Wendi Spraker

Thursday 25th of August 2022

You are so welcome!

KC

Monday 21st of March 2022

Never microwave plastic unless you want toxins in your buns!

Deborah Morris

Wednesday 19th of May 2021

I wrap individual buns in plastic wrap,and put in a freezer bag. When thawing, I wrap the frozen bun in a paper towel microwave 30 seconds on defrost or power level 5. Then the buns goes in the skillet where I've just cooked the burgers to warm. We think they are perfect. I hate wasting buns.

Wendi Spraker

Friday 21st of May 2021

That's great!

Joanne Morris

Saturday 25th of July 2020

I will try this! So many times frozen bread is not so good. But i hate to throw away buns. Thanks!

Wendi Spraker

Saturday 25th of July 2020

Great! Enjoy. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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