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Hamburger Bun Recipe

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This Homemade Hamburger Bun Recipe come together in less than an hour and is out-of-this world delicious! Soft, fluffy, and made with ingredients you most likely already have on hand. Save this 40 Minute Hamburger Bun Recipe and be ready to make it all summer long!

These go great with ANY burger recipe. We recommend trying it with my Cheesy Stuffed Burgers, Pulled Pork Burger, and Jalapeno Popper Burgers. Fan favorites that are sure to please the entire crowd!

basket of golden hamburger buns

RECIPE FEATURES

  • Quick and Easy: 40 minutes from start to finish. This recipe couldn’t be easier.
  • 8 Large or 12 Medium Buns: You can pick to have bigger or smaller sizes!
  • Perfect Beginner Recipe: This recipe is the perfect starting point for bread newbies.

I have always had a hard time with bread recipes. There are so many components that need to be just right in order for your dough to rise and bake properly.

THIS recipe is no-fail! So simple that even bread novices like myself can make them with great success! Did I mention the recipe comes together in under one hour? Perfect for burgers or pulled pork!

Note: This recipe provides a hamburger bun that is slightly denser than a dinner roll. If the instructions are followed, you should have a perfect bun for your homemade hamburgers. Please reference the tips section for any help or questions. 

homemade hamburger bun ingredients

BEST BURGER BUNS

This is the EASIEST recipe you will ever make and totally worth the little work that goes into it. We are ditching our store bought buns for these in my home and you will want to too!

There is nothing quite like fresh baked bread right out of the oven to put the finishing touches on your meal. If you are anything like me you will probably want to brush a little whisked egg onto the buns before they go into the oven. Adds just a touch of extra yum and helps you get a nice golden brown.

  • Active dry yeast: You can also use quick rapid rise, but we have had better success with active dry.
  • Warm water: Not too hot. I like to use just above room temperature. You want to be able to hold your finger in the water without it being too hot to the touch.
  • Vegetable oil: We recently tried these with avocado oil and the recipe turned out incredibly delicious.
  • Sugar: Just a touch for added sweetness.
  • Egg: Large egg at room temperature works best.
  • Salt: Salt works as a flavor enhancer and is key to balancing the flavors in this burger bun recipe.
  • All-purpose flour: Regular white flour works best. It gives you the perfect structure to hold the burger.
sliced hamburger bun on parchment

THE BEST HAMBURGER BUN RECIPE

Because I personally find bread intimidating, I included step by step instructions and photos to help you master these homemade burger buns. It is SO easy and the perfect beginner bread making recipe.

  1. Pour warm water into a mixing bowl. You want the water a little warmer than lukewarm, but not too hot. Sprinkle your yeast into the water. Allow the mixture to sit for 5 to 10 minutes, or until combined and a froth has formed on the top. 
  2. Stir the oil, sugar, egg, and salt into the bowl until combined. 
  3. Add the flour, one cup at a time, and continue to mix until your dough has formed. I find that I need to use a full 4 cups for my dough.
dough ball on cutting board shaped into a round

4. Switch to a dough hook if using an electric mixer, or turn out onto a floured surface, and knead for roughly 5 minutes or until your dough is smooth. 

Dough pieces cut on cutting board

5. Divide the dough into 8 to 12 equal sized pieces. I have made this recipe many times and we find that 8 pieces gives us a good sized bun. Form each dough into a round ball and place on a parchment, or silicone baking mat, lined tray. 

round dough balls shaped and placed on baking tray with clean kitchen towel partially covering

6. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and cover with a clean towel and allow to rest for 10 minutes, while the oven is preheating. 

7. Optional, brush the tops of your buns with a whisked egg just before going into the oven.

8. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until the tops are golden. 

sliced homemade hamburger bun on white parchment

RECIPE TIPS AND FAQS

Here is a little quick fact section. There have been MANY questions about this recipe so I have broken down the most common to help troubleshoot. Browse below before you make this recipe and check the comments for more great tips and tricks.

  1. Can you let these rise longer than 10 minutes? Short answer is yes. We have left these to rise for up to two hours and still had successful buns. The more they rise the less dense your finished product will be. However, this does not always make for a good hamburger bun as they do not hold together well. 
  2. Measure your dry ingredients properly. What I mean by this is that you should spoon your flour into the measuring cup, never scoop. Too much flour in your dough leads to a crumbly and dry finished product. 
  3. Always use room temperature ingredients. This helps the dough form together and keeps the yeast at the right temperature. 
  4. Consider adding a topping like I did on my Onion Buns.
Yeast in a measuring spoon

Can I use instant yeast in place of active yeast?

I have never tried this. However, I have had readers use them interchangeably with great success!

We always use active yeast which requires a proofing period before you begin mixing in ingredients. If you opt to try instant yeast, please be sure to adjust the recipe as needed. Most instant yeast breads have you mix directly into the dry ingredients and skip the first step completely. 

flour in 1 cup measuring cup

What kind of flour should you use for homemade hamburger buns?

While there are many recipes out there that use a wide variety of flours, this recipe calls for regular all-purpose flour. We have also used bread flour with great success and have had readers use a mixture of whole wheat with all-purpose.

I suggest starting with all-purpose and adjusting the flavors from there. 

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40 Minute Hamburger Buns

40 Minute Hamburger Buns

Yield: 8 to 12 buns
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Homemade Hamburger Buns in under 40 minutes! This easy recipe is the perfect addition to your grilled favorites and perfect for beginner bread makers. Minimal ingredients and easy to follow instructions.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water, hot, but not too hot that you can’t hold your finger in it for a few seconds
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups of flour

Instructions

1. Pour warm water into a mixing bowl. You want the water a little warmer than luke warm, but not too hot. Sprinkle your yeast into the water. Allow the mixture to sit for 5 to 10 minutes, or until combined and a froth has formed on the top.  

2. Stir the oil, sugar, egg, and salt into the bowl until combined.  

3. Add the flour, one cup at a time, and continue to mix until your dough has formed. I find that I need to use a full 4 cups for my dough.

4. Switch to a dough hook if using an electric mixer, or turn out onto a floured surface, and knead for roughly 5 minutes or until your dough is smooth. 

5. Divide the dough into 8 to 12 equal sized pieces. I have made this recipe many times and we find that 8 pieces gives us a good sized bun. Form each dough into a round ball and place on a parchment, or silicone baking mat, lined tray. 6. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and cover with a clean towel and allow to rest for 10 minutes, while the oven is preheating.  

7. Optional, brush the tops of your buns with a whisked egg just before going into the oven. 

8. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until the tops are golden. 

Notes

We have made these as large buns and smaller. Both have worked for us.

There have also been some great reviews in the comments below with suggestions and tips.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 bun
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 186mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 10g
Homemade Hamburger Buns in under 40 minutes! This easy recipe is the perfect addition to your grilled favorites and perfect for beginner bread makers. Minimal ingredients and easy to follow instructions.

Becky

Wednesday 20th of April 2022

Would these work using a cup for cup gf flour?

Jesseca

Wednesday 20th of April 2022

Hi Becky, I haven't tried them with gluten free flour so I cannot be sure. However, I don't know that there would be any issue. I'd stick with Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 gluten free blend or King Arthur Measure for Measure gluten free blend.

Nigel

Thursday 19th of August 2021

I can't remember how many times I have used this awesome recipe, always succesfully

Jesseca

Friday 20th of August 2021

Hi Nigel, I'm so glad you love it! Thank you for taking the time to comment.

Wendy

Wednesday 9th of June 2021

Can you substitute olive oil for the vegetable oil?

Jesseca

Wednesday 9th of June 2021

Yes. You can swap the oils, however olive oil will add a more robust flavor.

JB

Thursday 4th of February 2021

They turn out perfect every time. I added sesame seeds to burger buns have also shaped for sub rolls. I let them rise longer (30min)

Sibyl

Sunday 15th of November 2020

Thank you so much for this recipe!!! This is now my go-to bun recipe!!!

Jesseca

Monday 16th of November 2020

I'm so glad you love the recipe as much as we do!

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