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Homemade Pretzel Buns
Homemade Pretzel Buns
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
2 hrs

These homemade pretzel buns taste just like fluffy soft pretzels with a little added depth of flavor from beer! They're so good for any sandwich. 

Course: Side Dish
Keyword: Bread, Homemade Pretzel Buns
Servings: 16 buns
Calories: 148 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
  • 2 cups warm milk
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 packets active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar plus a pinch to feed the yeast
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour divided
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 2 tablespoons beer
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • olive oil, for coating
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • sea salt for sprinkling on top
  1. Set up a stand mixer with a dough hook. Pour the warm milk and water into its bowl, it should feel like bath water. Sprinkle the yeast into it and the pinch of sugar to feed it. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes so that the yeast activates and starts to foam up. Then add in the rest of the sugar, 3 cups of the flour, vegetable shortening, beer, eggs and salt. Turn the mixer on low and let the dough hook start to blend everything, pushing the sides down occasionally. Then slowly add in the remaining 3 cups of flour a 1/2 cup at a time until a sticky dough forms. Knead the dough for a minute in the bowl to really bring it together. Then lightly drizzle it with the olive oil and make sure it is coated in the bowl. Cover the bowl and set it aside in a warm area for an hour to double in size.
  2. When the hour is up pre-heat the oven to 350 and line 3 sheet trays with silicone mats. Combine the hot water and baking soda together in a bowl and stir it together to mostly dissolve the baking soda. Take the dough and gently punch it down. Then pull a roughly softball sized portion of it, roll it into a ball and dip it in the baking soda water. Place it on the sheet tray and repeat until all three trays are filled up with 4-6 buns each, depending on how big you want them. They will spread so leave plenty of room. Score a plus sign on the tops of each bun for some interest, then brush them all well with the melted butter. Finally, sprinkle them all generously with sea salt on top.
  3. Bake the pretzel buns for 20-25 minutes, until they are deep golden brown and fluffy. Rotate the trays halfway through to ensure even baking, or you could bake one tray at a time. Let them cool on the trays for a couple of minutes before transferring them to a rack to finish cooling. Take what you need for sandwiches, burgers, etc and freeze the rest for later! Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Pretzel Buns
Amount Per Serving (1 bun)
Calories 148 Calories from Fat 80
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.9g14%
Saturated Fat 3.9g24%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 2222mg97%
Potassium 44mg1%
Carbohydrates 13.7g5%
Fiber 0.6g3%
Sugar 4.9g5%
Protein 3.2g6%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.