All you need is 4 ingredients to make my quick and easy hamburger bun french toast from leftover buns. The best part is, this french toast recipe is also freezer-friendly, for when you need a little breakfast pick-me-up!
I hate to waste food. Now, for those of you who have been reading Southern Plate for a while, I am likely sounding like a broken record on this point. But I can’t help it, wasting food bothers me. Besides being delicious, that is why I love this hamburger bun french toast recipe.
With all of the holidays and cookouts this summer, we’re all liable to have leftover buns. Rather than let them sit on the counter until they finally get thrown away, we’re going to turn them into a WOW dish. I’m not kidding on the wow part, either. This waste not, want not french toast is TO DIE FOR. It’s so good, in fact, that I sometimes go and buy buns just to make it.
Best french toast ever
Now the ingredients are surprising but not nearly as surprising as the fact that this will likely make the best french toast you’ve ever had. The texture and flavor are absolutely perfect. And all you need is ground cinnamon, egg, and milk. Yep, simple as that!
This is a recipe I love to make, not only because it’s quick and easy and takes less than 15 minutes from start to finish. I take whatever hamburger or hot dog buns are going bad and whip up french toast out of all of them. All we gotta do is mix together the ingredients, soak our buns, and then cook them in a skillet for about 5 minutes. What we don’t eat that day, I freezer for when I need a little breakfast pick-me-up. For freezer french toast instructions, you’re gonna want to keep scrolling.
Make your own toaster french toast out of leftovers at a fraction of the price, with flavor that blows the rest out of the water. If you’d like to read how I got started (and got my family firmly addicted) with making this, check out my old post on easy bread pudding, another recipe using leftover buns.
Your favorite french toast batter can work here but I’m gonna show you mine as a starting point.
I like to keep things simple. Life is complicated enough.
- Ground cinnamon
- Hamburger bun or hot dog buns
How to Make Hamburger Bun French Toast
Place eggs, milk, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl.
Beat it ’til it cries uncle.
Dip each side of your buns into the french toast batter.
Make sure you just dip the slices and then take them out. If you leave them sitting in there it’ll get all soggy.
Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and heat it to medium heat.
You can also just toss some butter in it if you’d rather do that instead of the cooking spray.
It depends on my level of laziness on any given day. Today, I went with the spray.
Cook over medium heat until golden brown on both sides.
This will just take a few minutes on each side.
This is awful. It tastes bad, it’s horrible.
Tell everyone in your house that as they salivate so you can keep it all to yourself!
~grins with a mischievous twinkle in her eye~
Oh, this is so bad!
You don’t wanna eat it!
~slides the plate over to you as her face softens~
Keep scrolling for more serving suggestions, but you can’t go wrong with syrup and a dusting of powdered sugar.
Store leftover french toast in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. When ready to serve, put each slice in the toaster/oven/air fryer until heated through and crispy again.
Freezer french toast
Place freshly cooked french toast on waxed paper-lined baking sheets and slide these into the freezer. When frozen, remove the toast from the sheets and place them in gallon-sized zipper bags. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Reheat leftovers as above.
- You can use any type of milk in this recipe.
- Room-temperature eggs will mix easier with the other ingredients.
- If you want to add a touch of sweetness to the batter, whisk in a tablespoon of granulated sugar or a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
- You can also get creative and use other extracts instead, like almond, rum, or coconut.
- If you want to add more spice, add a pinch of ground nutmeg.
- If you’re using hot dog buns instead, the instructions are exactly the same.
How do you keep french toast from getting soggy?
The key is to not let the toast soak in the batter for an extended amount of time. You just want to dip in each side quickly.
Can you freeze french toast?
You can definitely freeze this french toast recipe. See the instructions above.
How do you flash-freeze french toast?
See the instructions above to flash-freeze this toast.
Can you make french toast ahead of time and reheat it?
Absolutely! You can store leftover french toast in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
How do you make french toast crispy again?
You want to reheat it either in the toaster oven, oven, air fryer, or even a panini press. Any of these kitchen appliances will make your french toast crispy again.
What do you serve with french toast?
Here are some serving suggestions:
- Crispy bacon or breakfast sausage
- Syrup: whether that’s maple syrup, honey, pancake syrup, or chocolate syrup.
- Scrambled eggs
- Fresh berries and a dusting of confectioner’s sugar or a dollop of whipping cream.
- Fresh fruit salad
- Caramelized bananas
- A scoop of vanilla ice cream… or whipped cream.
- Peanut butter or Nutella
- Cinnamon sugar
- Chopped nuts
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Overnight Stuffed French Toast
French Breakfast Puffs with Fresh Strawberries
- 2 hamburger buns or hot dog buns
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Beat together all ingredients (except buns) with a fork until well blended.2 eggs, 1/4 cup milk, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Dip each side of each bun into the batter.2 hamburger buns or hot dog buns
- Place the buns in a skillet, which has been greased with cooking spray and heated over medium heat.
- Cook for a few minutes on each side until golden brown.
- Serve warm with syrup.
“May you be the kind of person your dog thinks you are.”
Submitted by Southern Plate reader, Don
I despise wasted food, grew up on a farm with 8 siblings and times were tough. But, my blessed Mom could make casseroles with a lot of leftover breads and biscuits and maybe a single squirrel. Her meals were delicious. My folks raised nine healthy kids on next to nothing. And this wasn’t during the Depression, this was the’ ’50s & ”60s in rural Indiana.
To this day, I never waste food. I save all leftover bread, buns, etc in a bag in the freezer. I used bread crumbs in meatloaf (ehich my hubby loves!), make breakfast casseroles with bread, sausage, eggs and cheese, make croutons, and yes, I make French toast out of leftover hot dog & hamburger buns.
So many people would be better off and not complaining about being poor if they would just utilize what a lot of people throw away.
And don’t even let me get started on the food that people leave on their plate at restaurants. We always take home leftovers and ‘recycle’ them.!
I just found you and I’m sure glad I did. You’re hilarious and witty and the recipe sounds great. Like so many others who commented, we use our left over buns for garlic bread, but will now try them for french toast.
I am so glad you found me too Barb, I look forward to getting to know you and can’t wait to see how you like the french toast!! Welcome to Southern Plate!!!
My mom always used old buns for garlic toast/bread, you slather them with butter and top with garlic powder. Toast in the oven and enjoy! You can also top with a little mozzarella cheese for more yum. I now make them and so do my boys…. waste not…
Love your posts!❤️
We do that sometimes too, makes the best garlic bread!!
What a great idea–I have some Hawaiian burger buns left over and they’ll be delish as French Toast! Christy, I have a Diet CHERRY Dr. Pepper habit. If you’ve never tried it before, I can highly recommend it. One a day cranks my tractor!
🙂 those Hawaiian buns are going to be delicious in this recipe!!
Love this recipe! We live veg French Toast and I hate to waste food too.
Should read!., “we love French toast”!,!
I never comment but I just love your sunbathing squirrel!
My mom used to occasionally make french toast with leftover buns. Yummy! Of course, we also sometimes had our burgers on toast or our hot dog wrapped in a slice of bread…..
I am so glad you commented Janna!! It is nice hearing from you 🙂
We also had hitdogs wrapped in a slice of bread and hamburgers on whatever we could find. Those were the days!!
Great idea ! I used buns for my grandson when I forgot to get bread for his french toast. After that, he always asked for french toast with my “special bread”. He was too young to even realize I used buns! I am not one to waste anything and it usually pays off in many ways !