After decades of wasted buns, we finally have an answer.

By Meghan Overdeep
June 01, 2019
Grilling Hot Dogs
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Countless backyard barbecue hosts have learned the hard way that hot dogs come packaged in one amount and hot dog buns come packaged in another. And, if you're wondering how this gross level of inequality has been allowed to persist for so long, you're not alone.

It's a culinary mystery that's plagued grillers for generations. Even Steve Martin's character in Father of the Bride, found it infuriating.

Typically, hot dog buns come in packages of eight. Hot dogs, on the other hand, run the gamut. You can find them on grocery stores in packs of eight, of six, and even 24 dogs, though the most common size is 10.

As a representative from the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council recently explained to WWLTV, hot dog manufacturers agreed to 10 dogs a pack back in 1940. Bakers, on the other hand, were creating buns in pans designed to hold eight. Those pans reportedly now come in different sizes, but the eight-bun pan is still the most popular.

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Fortunately, some hot dog companies now sell their products in packages of eight, which means fewer lonely buns.

It's amazing what a little communication can do, isn't it?