Light and Fluffy Low-Carb Hot Dog Buns

Low carb hot dog buns

Hot Dogs!

Hot dogs are certainly a summer-time favorite for many across the country. Not only are they a delicious on-the-go lunch – but they’re also a staple at summer BBQ parties and tailgating get-togethers. Although making your own homemade hotdogs may seem like a big task – it’s actually quite easy to prepare them from scratch! Stuff this simple hotdog bun recipe with your favorite meatballs, meatloaf, or sausage! QUICK TIP: shape ground meat mixtures into hot-dog-like shapes for that “hot dog feel”. Read the blog post below to find out how I adapted one of our popular recipes to become a delicious hot dog bun replacement.

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Grain-Free Low-Carb Waffles

Our Grain-Free Waffles from our original book, Always Hungry?, are a crowd favorite. Best of all, they can be served in so many different ways. Sweet, savory, on their own, or as a sandwich. We designed the recipe to create a crispy waffle that is as versatile as it is delicious. You can even make them into pancakes if you don’t have a waffle maker. However, what if you’ve got a craving for a soft, fluffy bun like a you’d have with a hot dog or to make a strawberry shortcake?

Whether you’re enjoying a savory waffle sandwich (recipes HERE) or a sweet, fluffy pancake with fruit sauce, we want you to have what you need.

Homemade “Hot Dog Buns”? Count us in!

So lately, I’ve been adjusting the waffle recipe to make a soft, fluffy low-carb pancake that can be used in a variety of ways. And, most important, my son wanted a hot dog. So I got in the kitchen and started creating.

I wanted something that was soft and fluffy like a hotdog or brioche roll – but thinner and easier to make. So, I tweaked the batter to make it fluffier, cooked it as a savory pancake, and served it as a hotdog bun for dinner. The result was a WIN!

Hot Dog Bun

I stuffed each pancake “hot-dog” with with a grass-fed beef Polish sausage, mustard, and sauerkraut – absolutely delicious.

Soft Sandwich Bun

The next day, I filled them with pastrami, lettuce, tomato, and pickles to make a pastrami sandwich.

Strawberry Shortcake Parfait

For dessert, I created a Strawberry Shortcake by layering the pancakes in a glass parfait cup. I interspersed the layers with whipped cream and strawberry sauce from the original waffle recipe Always Hungry? page 223.

Your Own Creative Ideas….

Try these Fluffy Pancake Buns and come up with new ways to serve them.

BONUS: You can use these as a soft-taco wrap stuffed with your favorite taco fillings! Pair with a Mocktail for the perfect Cinco De Mayo feast – YUM!

Looking for Ideas to Use our Recipes in Unique Ways?

Check out our downloadable meal planning classes. Each class comes with an eBook including a Specialized One-Week Meal Plan and Prep Sheet, or Specialized Recipes, as well as Additional Resources prepared by Chef Dawn Ludwig and Chef Kenzie Osborne. Each class also has the option to add-on downloadable presentation slides for more recipes and extra resources.

Chef Dawn's Hot Dogs

Savory Low-Carb Pancakes (Hot Dog Bun Replacement)

Chef Dawn Ludwig
With a little bit of experimentation and a big imagination, I've transformed our Grain-Free Waffle batter into a delicious hot-dog bun replacement. Dinner is served!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course, Meat
Cuisine European
Servings 4 servings


  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ½ cup chickpea flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • tsp salt
  • cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • cup milk or soy milk
  • 2 tbsp neutral-tasting oil, like avocado oil
  • 4 pieces grass-fed Polish sausages
  • Pickled vegetables (no sugar added), to serve


  • Heat a cast iron skillet or griddle brushed with oil over low heat.
  • In one bowl, mix together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together wet ingredients. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until well combined. 
  • Increase heat to medium. Pour about 1/2 cup of batter into a large circle (about 6-inches diameter) onto the hot skillet. Cook until edges are done (about 3-4 minutes). Flip, and heat on the other side until cooked through (about 3-4 minutes more). 



Nutrition (Hot Dog Bun Only)

Fat: 17g
Carbohydrate: 12g
Protein: 10g
Calories: 240

Nutrition (Hot Dog Bun and Sausage Only)

Fat: 30g
Carbohydrates: 16g
Protein: 20g
Calories: 410

Nutrition (Phase 1 - with side salad)

Serve each portion with a side salad made of 1/2 cup edamame, 1/2 cup shredded carrots, 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes, 1/2 cup diced cucumber, 2 tbsp feta cheese, and a squeeze of lemon.
Fat: 36g (55%)
Carbohydrates: 35g (23%)
Protein: 33g (22%)
Calories: 580

Nutrition (Phase 1 - with refried beans)

Serve each portion with a side of Refried Beans (Always Delicious pg. 225)
Fat: 24g (53%)
Carbohydrates: 39g (27%)
Protein: 28g (20%)
Calories: 570

Nutrition (Phase 2 ingredients with Phase 1 Ratios)

Serve each portion with Apple Pie Parfait (Always Delicious pg. 319) for dessert.
Fat: 37g (55%)
Carbohydrates: 37g (25%)
Protein: 29g (20%)
Calories: 590
Keyword Phase 1, Phase 2, Slow Carbohydrates
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