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Rye pretzel buns

These delicious, chewy pretzel buns are perfect for any sandwich or burger!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
proofing time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pretzel bun, rye bread, rye pretzel, rye pretzel buns
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Amy- A Red Spatula


  • ¾ cup water, warm I like it a little over 100 degrees, just warm to the touch
  • 1 teaspoon yeast, active dry
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup rye flour I used a dark rye, but if you prefer, use a lighter rye.
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2-3 quarts water
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1-2 tablespoon coarse salt


  • Activate yeast in warm water. You do this by adding the yeast and sugar to water, mixing briefly, then set it aside for 3-5 minutes. The yeast will start to get a little foamy.
  • I mixed mine in a stand mixer, but it can also be done by hand if you prefer. The method is still the same.
  • To the mixing bowl, pour in the activated yeast mixture, flours, salt, and olive oil. Mix for about 5-7 minutes until the dough is smooth. If you are mixing by hand, it is the same process.
  • Cover and allow the dough to double. I keep my house pretty warm, so mine rose really fast- about 35 minutes.
  • Divide dough into 6 pieces. Form into rolls. Cover again and allow to rise the second time.
  • Towards the end of the rise, start your 2-3 quarts of water boiling. Also, preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment and set it aside.
  • Mix egg with milk and set aside. This will be your egg wash.
  • Now, add your baking soda to the boiling water.
  • Being careful, place your risen rolls into the boiling water. Boil for about 3 minutes, flip carefully, and boil on the other side for 3 minutes.
  • Place on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush with egg wash. If you want to, cut the X on the top of the rolls. Sprinkle with salt and move to a hot oven.
  • Bake 12-16 minutes, depending on actual oven temp. You want the rolls to be a deep golden brown.
  • These rolls are so great with any sandwich. I used them for our teriyaki chicken burgers, but they would be so great in so many burgers or sandwiches!