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Easy Vegan Sausage Buns

These little vegan sausage buns remind me of the Hong Kong style sausage or hot dog buns I used to eat as a kid. However, these pillowy soft rolls are way easier to make with only five ingredients and healthier too!
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Last weekend, while my boyfriend and I were watching football, I suddenly had a craving for these. I think it’s because a commercial mentioned hotdogs. I have a problem with being easily influenced by mentions of food! The nice thing is that I can often make whatever I’m craving. Or is this a bad thing? Maybe a bit of both!

rolling up a vegan sausage in bread dough

These little snack-worthy morsels of juicy goodness start with a couple of cut up vegan sausages and basic bread dough. I used Field Roast Italian Sausages as they are what happened to be in my fridge at the time. The Field Roast kind are pretty ideal for this as they are a bit on the oily side. The excess oil adds some flavour to the bread and will leak out some during baking so it helps form a tasty, crispy bottom.

vegan sausage bun with crispy brown bottom

If you like though, you can always use homemade seitan or other sort of vegan protein-rich filling. Try this Simple Savory Seitan or Chinese Five Spice Seitan for an different twist.

vegan sausage bun roll with bite taken out of it

This recipe makes eight small buns, but you can easily make them into four to six larger buns. If you make larger buns, you may need to bake them for a couple minutes longer.

a tray of baked vegan sausage buns

Printable Recipe for Vegan Sausage Buns

Easy Vegan Sausage Buns
Yields 8
Pillowy soft vegan sausage buns with only five ingredients and no added oil.
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Ingredients
  1. 3+ cups white flour (use about a half cup less if using whole wheat)
  2. 1 cup warm water (about 105°F or 40°C)
  3. 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast (traditional or instant)
  4. 1/2 to 1 teaspoon sea salt
  5. 2 to 4 vegan sausages, cut into eight pieces total.
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the warm water, yeast, and a half cup of flour.
  2. Let rest for 5 minutes for the yeast to bloom.
  3. Add two cups of flour and the salt. Stir to combine until the mixture comes together into a dough.
  4. With clean hands, gather the dough into a ball and knead it for a few minutes. To knead, gather the sides and press them into the middle. Repeat until the dough is fairly smooth. You can do this in the bowl or on a clean surface.
  5. Place the dough into a bowl and cover it with a lid or a clean, damp kitchen towel. Set this in a warm location free from drafts and let rise for a half hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
  6. Dust the dough lightly with flour and punch it down. Knead lightly to knock out any large gas bubbles.
  7. Divide the dough into eight pieces (or as many pieces as desired).
  8. Knead each piece lightly and form into balls.
  9. Flatten the balls with your palm and either roll it out with a rolling pin or gently stretching them into oblong shapes.
  10. Place a piece of vegan sausage on across the short side of one of the pieces of dough, then roll it up tightly.
  11. Place the rolled up bun with the end down onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
  12. Preheat your oven to 400°F or 204°C.
  13. Optionally, spray the tops of the buns with water just before baking.
  14. Bake in your preheated oven, on the middle rack, for 15 to 18 minutes or until the tops are golden.
  15. Remove and cool before serving.
  16. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Suggested by FB fan, Susan Gilbertson-Mallia: Divide the dough into 16 to make more buns! You'll need a couple more sausages but you'll get a more balanced bun to sausage ratio.
  2. If you want to make them even more like Hong Kong style hot dog buns, use Field Roast Frankfurters. I have tried so many other kinds of vegan hot dogs but theirs is the most convincing, IMO. Also, add 1-2 tablespoons of sugar (any kind) to the water and yeast mixture and brush the tops of the risen buns with a 50/50 mix of melted vegan butter and golden syrup before baking.
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  • Chemese
    Reply

    This remind me of a kolache.

    • Mary
      Reply

      Heh I had to google kolaches! They look more like Danishes to me..but bread instead of pastry. Now I’m hungry! lol Looks like some are made with breakfast savories too which sounds lovely. There is a Hong Kong style pastry that is kinda like it but has mayo, corn kernals, and ham in it. I have been thinking about veganizing that for a long time. That would look a lot like the “Texan” kolaches that popped up on the search too…. So many ideas! haha You’re really started something here…

  • Joey
    Reply

    Oh wow, these do remind me of those Hong Kong buns, though I’ve never tried one due to their meaty nature. Clearly, that problem is now solved! Apparently, there used to be an English thing that was quite similar called Hiker’s rolls, but I’ve never seen them in the wild. Will definitely be giving these a go.

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