Fun With a Bun: Creative Ways to Use Burger Buns for Summer LTOs

Summer is a great time to roll out limited time offerings to keep your regular customers engaged. However, when you’ve got a careful eye trained on food costs, your goal is to put up unique new dishes that take advantage of products you’ve already got in house. One savvy way to do this is to use Tribeca Oven bread, which you’re already using for sandwiches, in unexpected ways.


One strategy, as we’ve shared in another blog post, is to upgrade sliced bread into fancy toasts. Another similar approach is to look at buns in a new light. Indeed, our buns are truly amazing carriers for burgers, but they can do so much more than that. With a golden exterior, and perfectly soft, rich texture, Tribeca Oven burger buns can help elevate every part of your menu, from brunch, to dinner, and even dessert! 


We know that restaurant operators are juggling so much these days, so we asked Brian Mannett, Culinary Development Manager at C.H. Guenther & Son and Thai Nguyen, Culinary Intern at C.H. Guenther & Son, to create three creative recipes using our buns, any of which would be a stellar addition to your summer specials board:

Cornflake-Crusted French Toast

Challah and brioche bread make the best French toast, hands down. Instead of buying a separate product, you can use Tribeca Oven burger buns in place of sliced bread. Then, the bread is dredged in a decadent eggy mixture and coated in crushed cornflakes (a technique we borrowed from a social media trend) to make an impossibly crunchy exterior. After being fried until golden, fresh fruit and maple provide classic toppings. The result is an indulgent brunch dish worthy of a viral TikTok moment!

Grilled Chicken Thighs and Avocado Sandwich 

Tribeca Oven buns provide just the right ratio of bread-to-filling for burgers, while keeping everything held nicely in place. They perform just as well with all kinds of sandwiches! For summer, when many consumers have grilling on the brain, this better-for-you sandwich is sure to be a hit! Marinated grilled chicken thighs, a crunchy slaw, creamy avocado and tangy tomatoes come together for a colorful, texture-driven creation. 

Challah Ice Cream Sandwich 

In Italy, gelato con brioche is a popular dessert — it’s literally a scoop or two of gelato nestled inside a gently toasted brioche bun (which works beautifully using our Challah buns and Challah Slider Buns). The effect is stunning, and very different than a traditional ice cream sandwich, with the different temperatures playing off each other for a melt-y, messy, glorious dish. Bring a little taste of a Roman holiday to your restaurant with this recipe, which gives a modern update to the traditional set-up (and makes them a bit easier to prepare for service). The addition of the chocolate magic shell dip and cheerful sprinkles makes these ice cream sandwiches eye-catching and festive, too.

For more info, or to discover Tribeca Oven’s entire range of products, visit our website. We also encourage all operators to sign up for our artisan bread community, The Crumb Collective, for more industry-focused conversations, tips, and menu ideas, follow us on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

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