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Hoagie Roll Recipe

This homemade hoagie roll will help you seriously step up your sandwich game. Plus, you can easily change the shape of this dough to be round for burgers or a smaller size for hot dogs. Once you see how simple and easy it is, you’ll be tempted to only use homemade ones forever.

There’s nothing like the smell—and the taste!—of freshly baked bread. If you agree, you’ll love this Homemade Pita Bread recipe, my Rustic Farmer’s Bread, and this incredible Artisan No-Knead Bread.

Pile of baked hoagie rolls on a white background.

Hoagie Bun

I remember the first time I heard the phrase “hoagie bun”. Isn’t it a strange term? A hoagie may go by many names – a roll, a sub, a hero, or a loaf to name a few. Whatever you call it, they’re fantastic!

What is a Hoagie?

Hoagie buns are typically long, flat rolls that have a soft inside and a harder exterior. The name has an interesting story behind it. Actually, to be accurate there is not one but four different stories about where the name hoagie bun came from! You can read more about the origins of a hoagie here if you are interested.

Stack of Hoagie buns on a baking sheet.

Versatile Sandwich Rolls

While a sub sandwich will need that classic elongated shape, you can make these sandwich rolls into a smaller size and use it as a hot dog bun. I’ve even made this recipe into round sandwich rolls to use with bacon cheeseburgers or chicken salad sandwiches.

Also this recipe can be used for this egg boat breakfast sandwich, or this easy Philly Cheesestake sandwich  and my newest favorite, roast beef sandwiches! The options are endless.

Sandwich rolls topped with roast beef and melted cheese

Tips for Making a Hoagie Roll

Many people haven’t experienced baking fresh bread at home before. If this is your first time making a hoagie roll from scratch, don’t worry! Follow this hoagie recipe and you are virtually guaranteed a perfect bun! Here are some extra tips to help you along the way:

  • Give the dough 2 proofings if the time allows. This will better the texture and flavor of the hoagie rolls.
  • If in a pinch you can omit the first proofing. Just knead, shape, proof, then bake. (see the recipe card at the bottom for details).
  • If you’re using the hoagie roll for a sandwich that needs to hold its shape (like for a french dip sandwich), brush the outside with egg whites. This will give it a firmer crust.

Hoagie roll recipe made on a baking sheet

How to Make a Hoagie Roll

*For detailed recipe instructions see the recipe card bottom of the post.

  • Dissolve the yeast with a pinch of sugar and let it sit until the mixture foams.
  • Add flour, sugar, salt, warm water, and yeast to a stand mixer bowl. Mix well, then knead with a dough hook or by hand.
  • Optional, but recommended: allow your dough to proof for 45 minutes – 1 hour.
  • Shape your hoagie rolls into the desired shape.
  • Allow to proof until the shaped rolls are double in size.
  • Score the rolls and bake.

Visual step by step directions showing how to make hoagie roll dough

  • Remove from the oven and allow the hoagie rolls to cool for 20-30 minutes.

Hoagie rolls fresh out of the oven on a baking sheet

How to Cut a Hoagie Roll

Hoagie rolls on a baking sheet before being cut.

Cutting a hoagie roll is fairly simple, but the method you will use depends on how you will be eating the sandwich. If you plan on piling your hoagie roll with cold cuts like a classic sub, you’ll want to utilize the “u cut”. Essentially you’ll take a knife and cut a long, thin u-shaped wedge out of the top of the roll. Fill your sub up with toppings, then place the u piece back on top.

If you’ll be using the hoagie roll for a meal like this Easy Philly Cheesesteak Recipe, I recommend you cut it as shown below. However you do it, it’s delicious!

Philly cheesesteak sandwich on a hoagie roll

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Hoagie Roll Recipe (it's easier than you think)

4.86 from 7 votes

This homemade hoagie roll will help you seriously step up your sandwich game. Plus, you can easily change the shape of this dough to be round for burgers or a smaller size for hot dogs.

Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hoagie roll, sandwich roll
Calories: 273 kcal
Prep Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients

Hoagie Roll Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast or instant yeast (2 1/4 tsp = 1 packet) Platinum Red Star will giv e you the best results
  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups bread flour or all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp kosher salt (use less if using table or sea salt)
  • 1 1/3 cups warm water (divided) (110F°)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

Instructions

How to make the Hogie Roll Dough

  1. Yeast: Dissolve 2 1/4 tsp of active dry yeast in a 1/3 cup warm water with a pinch of sugar and let sit for 10-15 minutes or until the mixture foams up and increases in volume just slightly. This ensures that the yeast is active and that the yeast will be easily incorporated into the dough.

    Omit this step if using instant yeast and just add it as-is in step 2 where it calls for the yeast mixture.

  2. Knead with a mixer: To a bowl of a stand mixer (if you'd like to make this dough in a bread maker see Note 1 at the bottom) add 3 1/2 cups flour, 2 tbsp sugar, 2 tsp kosher salt, remaining warm water and the yeast mixture from step 1. Stir quickly with a spoon to bring all ingredients together. Then, attach a dough hook and knead for ~20 minutes on speed 3 (or low speed), or until the gluten is well developed.

    TIP: You'll know the gluten is developed when the dough is tacky to touch. DO NOT overknead the dough or the gluten fibers will break and the dough won't have the strength of the gluten network to hold in the air bubbles as it rises. This will give you doughy hoagie rolls that don't rise well.

    Next, add the room temperature butter and knead until fully incorporated (~2 minutes).

    Knead by hand: add all ingredients, together with the yeast mixture except for the butter to a large bowl and stir with a spoon to slightly bring everything together. Then, knead with your hands for about 15-20 minutes or until the dough is tacky to touch and is very stretchy when pulling a small piece into a pane. Add room temperature butter and knead until it's fully incorporated.

  3. Omit this step if you'd like to make the Quick Hoagie Rolls

    Proof: Transfer the dough to a well-oiled bowl, cover with a tea towel and allow to proof until doubled in size in a warm (not higher than 100F°), draft-free place (~45 min - 1 hour).

    If you have a proofing option on your oven, use it.

    Otherwise, you can preheat your oven to 200F for 2-3 minutes, then turn it off and place your bowl with the dough in there. Make sure the oven is not hotter than 100F° or the yeast in the dough will die and the dough will not rise.

  4. Divide and shape:

    Turn out the dough onto a floured or oiled surface. Divide it into 6-8 equal pieces (or 4 if you're looking to make them XL). Use a kitchen scale if you'd like the hoagie rolls to be exactly the same size. Shape all of them into neat and tight balls. Using a rolling pin roll each ball into a 6"x4" rectangle (for 6 -8 rolls). Now, roll into a tight 6-inch roll, pinching the ends to seal.

    Set on a parchment-lined 16"x21" baking sheet seem side down spacing the rolls evenly. Cover with a clean kitchen towel. Allow to proof until doubled in size (~30-45 min) in a warm place (you can do the oven trick again. Just remember to remove the proofed rolls from the oven when preheating the oven for baking).

  5. Bake:

    Preheat the oven to 375F°.

    Using a serrated knife score each roll about 1/4 inch deep, lengthwise. If you wish, you can brush the tops of the hoagies with an egg white lightly whisked with a small pinch of salt, or leave them as is.

    Place in the oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the outside is golden in color. If the hoagie rolls are baked through, the internal temprature reading should be 200F°.

  6. Remove from the oven to a cooling rack and cool for at least 20-30 minutes before cutting. , or until the hoagies are room temperature.

Recipe Notes

Note1:
How to make the Hoagie Rolls dough in the bread maker: 

  • Load the bread maker container in the following order: water, sugar, salt, flour, yeast. Set it for the 1.5 hour 2 lb loaf dough cycle. About 20 minute into the cycle or when the bread maker beeps to add the "add-ins" add the room temperature butter and allow it to knead the butter in. After the dough has proofed, follow to step 4. 
Nutrition Facts
Hoagie Roll Recipe (it's easier than you think)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 273 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 637mg28%
Potassium 91mg3%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 177IU4%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Your recipe is great that I want to do it. But I wonder that what thing can I eat with Hoagie Roll?

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  • Patricia Collins

    There seemed to be a few fundamental problems with this recipe. I encourage the chef (Marina) to consider these improvements:
    1. Be sure that people can’t cut the recipe in half. It simply doesn’t work well, especially if kneading with a standard mixer and dough hook.
    2. Kneading for 20 minutes seems to overwork the gluten. So, once the dough goes into the oven, the rolls don’t rise as well as they should. They are denser with a harder surface (which is what happens when bread dough is over-kneaded).
    3. Rolling out dough balls to a rectangular pancake shape after going to the trouble of having the dough rise for an hour seems to undo the work of letting the dough rise. This contributes further to a hoagie roll that doesn’t rise as well. Maybe this was my error, but I bake bread every single week.
    4. It seems to make sense that the dimensions of the rolled out “pancakes” would depend on whether you were making 4, 6, or 8 rolls. Or am I missing something?

    Thanks for the recipe, nevertheless! Having grown up in Philly and now living on the West Coast where there are no hoagie rolls that are worth purchasing, I’ll keep going with this recipe until it works well for me. Cheers, Marina!

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    • Hi Patricia!
      Thank you so much for sharing your feedback and your suggestions, here’s what I did to help make it a more user friendly recipe.

      1 & 2 – I have added clarification as to what the dough is supposed to look like once the gluten is developed, to help with knowing when to stop kneading instead of just relying on the time suggestion.

      3. Typically after the dough goes through the first rise, we punch down the dough so that it does not continue rising and thus overproofs. Putting the dough through several cycles of proofing improves texture and gives it a better complexity of flavor.

      So, rolling it out flat after the first proofing is totally ok, in my experience. The second time around though, the dough takes only half the time to proof to the same volume it did the first time, since the yeast had the time to multiply (during the first rise). If the bread didn’t rise as well the second time around (after shaping) as it did the first time, there’s probably an issue somewhere else along the process. If all else fails though, just giving it more time to proof and not rushing the process should still allow it to double in size.

      4. Per your suggestion, I added clarification that rolling to that size will work when you make 6 or 8 hoagies.

      I hope this makes your and other people’s experience with this recipe goes smoother!

      Thank you so much for taking the time to share your suggestions!

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  • Debbie

    I was amazed as to how these bread came out. I tweaked the original recipe by adding powder milk and it turned out really great. I will be keeping this recipe

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  • Barbara

    These were wonderful. My husband was raving about them. So soft on the inside, even after broiling the sabdwiches to toast them.

    I believe the recipe does not mention to punch fien the dough after the first rising. Shouldn’t I do so?

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    • Thank you so much for your review, Barbara!
      When you invert the dough and divide it, you’re basically deflating the dough after proofing, which makes it unnecessary to punch it down. But if you’d rAther punch it down, that would be fine too.

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  • I was really excited to make these and I followed it very closely watching and reading directions. My bread came out way too skinny. My only thoughts are I used almond milk and not regular milk. Could that be my problem?

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  • Mary

    This recipe is a keeper! We used it yesterday for beef tenderloin sandwiches and the flavor and texture were outstanding. So much better than other recipes we have tried.

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  • Wow… It looks hard to do well but I did, thanks your detail sharing!

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    • You should be proud of yourself! Breads can be intimidating, but as you said – once you do it, it’s not that big of a deal. Thanks for your feedback!

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  • Tabita

    Do you add the butter in the mixture if doing with mixture?

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