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 Hot Dogs / steamed bun or toasted?

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Buddy Dek

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Hot Dogs / steamed bun or toasted? Sun, 04/15/07 3:00 PM (permalink)
I've been doing a lot of research lately for my passion of hot dogs. While I donot have an existing business plan for the immdiate future I am making some plans,researching products and receipes and overall enjoying roadfood and it sites,books etc.I am curious to know what are peoples preferences for hot dog and hamburger buns.There doesn't seem to be a greater preference here in NY or the northeast either way. I guess steamed is faster but with some bread types not always better.Which is best in your opinion?

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    RE: Hot Dogs / steamed bun or toasted? Sun, 04/15/07 3:05 PM (permalink)
    I like steamed hot dog buns....

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      RE: Hot Dogs / steamed bun or toasted? Sun, 04/15/07 3:13 PM (permalink)
      Hot Dog Buns - steamed.
      Chili Dog Buns - lightly toasted (to support the chili).
      Hamburger Buns - Grilled in the hot, cast iron skillet where the burgers were cooked.
      Hamburger Buns - Grilled on the hot grill, if the burgers were grilled on an outdoor grill.

      Frankly, I think the question should be "What QUALITY of bun should I use?"

      Both burgers AND hotdogs can be ruined (and rejected by potential customers) by using a cheap, inferior, crappy bun.

      When I cook burgers at home I seek out the very BEST, fresh bakery-made buns (actually, hard rolls).

      If I can't find acceptable buns, then I don't cook burgers.


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        RE: Hot Dogs / steamed bun or toasted? Sun, 04/15/07 3:22 PM (permalink)
        A New England style split-top roll should usually be toasted (unless it's for a horde of hungry Cub Scouts).

        I don't really get the point of toasting a regular hot dog roll.
          sk bob

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          RE: Hot Dogs / steamed bun or toasted? Sun, 04/15/07 4:34 PM (permalink)
          steamed buns for steamed hot dogs...mustard & kraut please
          warmed over the dog ala Nathans, for griddle dogs
          raw for grilled dogs
          toast the New England rolls with a little butter.
          slightly steamed for griddle dogs like Capitol Lunch.

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            RE: Hot Dogs / steamed bun or toasted? Sun, 04/15/07 4:34 PM (permalink)
            Properly done, I like both.

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              RE: Hot Dogs / steamed bun or toasted? Mon, 04/16/07 6:15 AM (permalink)
              I've only come to appreciate a good hot dog in the last few years, so I don't know if they are considered "authentic" or to what extent they distribute, but I find Martin's Potato Roll brand hot dog and hamburger rolls (called "long rolls" and "sandwich rolls" by the iconoclastic Martin's) far superior to most commercial bakers' brands of rolls that just seem to crumble, fall apart or turn to mush (depending on toppings) when handled. I don't steam or toast (save, occassionally, when grilling the burgers I'll throw the rolls on for a light toasting).

              Other than that, I always ask for a hard roll when getting a cheeseburger deluxe platter in a diner (altho', outside of the NYC metro area, I've found that "hard rolls" are rare or a different species altogether, regardless of name (Kaiser, etc)).

                John Fox

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                RE: Hot Dogs / steamed bun or toasted? Mon, 04/16/07 6:43 AM (permalink)
                For a steamed or boiled hot dog, I like the bun steamed. For a grilled or deep fried dog, I prefer it toasted. Martin's is good for a supermarket hot dog bun. But I would go with a quality food service brand bun like Pecter's, Rockland Bakery, or Sabrett. These buns are baked individually, (not stuck together like supermarket buns)are sturdier and of higher quality.

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                  RE: Hot Dogs / steamed bun or toasted? Mon, 04/16/07 7:05 AM (permalink)
                  Dogs- Bun steamed, w/ mustard, raw onion, meat sauce, (I like all condiments though, except ketchup!)

                  Burgers- Bun toasted, w/ cheese, onion, pickles, lettuce, tomato, mustard, ketchup, and whatever sauce the joint I'm in is famous for!
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