Homemade Hamburger Buns

Homemade Hamburger Buns

Want to take your juicy grilled burgers to the top of the charts?  It’s so much easier than you’d ever think, just make our 5-star Homemade Hamburger Buns!

They are soft and chewy, dense but not heavy, such a delicious change from the flimsy, bland, ones, you pick up by the dozen in plastic bags. I know some of you are shaking your heads, but honestly, they are just oversized dinner rolls.  You can do this!

Once you try our slightly sweet, yeasty homemade hamburger buns, you’ll clamor to stuff them with hot dogs, pulled pork, chicken salad, sloppy joes, and all your favorite deli fillings.  They really are that amazing!

 

 

“To eat well, I always disagree with critics who say that all restaurants should be fine dining. You can get a Michelin star if you serve the best hamburger in the world.”

David Chang

Kick your grilled burgers up a notch with Homemade Hamburger buns that are soft and chewy, so much better than what comes out of a plastic bag!

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Homemade Hamburger Buns

My bread machine makes Homemade Hamburger Buns so easy for me.  If you’ve got one, load it up and set it to the dough cycle.  (If you don’t have one, get one!!!!  You won’t be sorry…)  Let it do it’s thing and skip down to step 4.

With a standing mixer or hand mixer:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir your yeast into the warm water and let it sit until dissolved.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, oil, sugar, and salt. Add this to the yeast mixture and stir until combined. Add all the flour and stir until it forms a shaggy dough. Knead at low speed, or by hand, for 10 minutes. The finished dough should be smooth, feel slightly tacky, and spring back when poked.
  3. Return the dough to the mixing bowl and cover. Let the dough rise in a warm spot until doubled in bulk, about an hour.
  4. Dust your work surface with a little flour and turn out the risen dough on top. Divide the dough into 8 pieces and shape each into a tight ball. Transfer the balls to a baking sheet and let rise until they look puffy and hamburger-sized, roughly 30-40 minutes.
  5. Pre-heat the oven to 375°F.
  6. Melt the butter and brush it over the risen hamburger buns. This helps the tops to brown and keeps the crust soft. Bake the buns until golden, 15-18 minutes.
  7. Let the buns cool to room temperature before slicing and using. They are best if eaten within the next day or two, but will keep in an airtight container on the counter for up to a week.
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Homemade Hamburger Buns, (or hotdog) can be the star of your barbecue. They are super easy to make at home, so take your burgers and dogs over the top!
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Recipe type: Breads & Rolls
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon active-dry yeast
  • ½ cup (4 oz) warm water
  • ½ cup (4 oz) milk (whole, 2%, or skim)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups (15 oz) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a standing mixer (or a large bowl, if mixing by hand), stir the yeast into the warm water and let it sit until dissolved.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, oil, sugar, and salt. Add this to the yeast mixture and stir until combined. Add all the flour and stir until it forms a shaggy dough. Knead at low speed, or by hand against the counter, for 10 minutes. The finished dough should be smooth, feel slightly tacky, and spring back when poked.
  3. Return the dough to the mixing bowl and cover. Let the dough rise in a warm spot until doubled in bulk, about an hour.
  4. Dust your work surface with a little flour and turn out the risen dough on top. Divide the dough into 8 pieces and shape each into a tight ball. Transfer the balls to a baking sheet and let rise until they look puffy and hamburger-sized, roughly 30-40 minutes.
  5. Pre-heat the oven to 375°F.
  6. Melt the butter and brush it over the risen hamburger buns. This helps the tops to brown and keeps the crust soft. Bake the buns until golden, 15-18 minutes.
  7. Let the buns cool to room temperature before slicing and using. They are best if eaten within the next day or two, but will keep in an airtight container on the counter for up to a week.
Notes
• For Whole Wheat Buns - Substitute ½-1 cup of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour and prepare the recipe as usual. The texture of the buns will be a bit more dense, but still very delicious and burger-worthy.

• Doubling the Recipe - Double all of the ingredients except for the yeast. To make even more buns, it's best to prepare separate batches as the dough becomes too cumbersome to work with easily.

• Freeze Buns for Later - Wrap the buns in aluminum foil and then store in an air-tight container or freezer bag. Let them thaw in their packaging overnight on the counter. Foil-wrapped buns can also be thawed more quickly or re-warmed in a 300°F oven for about 10-15 minutes.

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About The Author

Renée

Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!

40 Comments

  1. heidi williams

    Lawd you make even burgers look insanely delicious! I am gluten free but I will definitely share this recipe with people I know. Your recipes really make good cooking look easy.

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    • Alison

      Thanks so much, Heidi! You made our day! We have quite a few gluten free recipes for our family and friends but sorry to say this is not one of them! 🙂

      Reply
  2. Whitney

    These are beautiful! I have celiac disease, but one of my favorite things to do is look at photos of big fluffy bread (even though I can’t eat it).

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    • Alison

      Oh, Whitney! That is horrible but I get it! I love to watch the Food Network because I feel like if I watch it then I won’t need to eat it! 🙂

      Reply
  3. R U S S

    You got me at “soft and chewy, dense but not heavy …” That’s exactly how I want my hamburger buns to be. I hate it when they’re dry & look like they need more color in it. I am excited to try your recipe at home & I’m going to make the whole wheat version.

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  4. Amy Scott

    I hate sweet breads, something America has a lot of whereas Europeans are more savory! I do love a sweet bread for a pulled pork burger or sandwich though! Sharing!

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  5. Maria

    Now, this goes to my to-do recipe list! I adore burgers and now I can even make legit home-made burgers with this. Thanks for sharing! I will now share it to my mom. <3
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  6. Katrine

    OMG! Even the dough looks delicious! Am definitely making these next time we’re having burgers!

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  7. Missy - Getting Fit to Find Myself

    Growing up our neighbor would make homemade hamburger buns and they were amazing! I am going to have to make these because they look amazing! I don’t eat hamburger but they are great with peanut butter (or at least our neighbors were).
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  8. Sheri

    Whenever I come over to your blog I get hungry. I just want to lift the food off the screen, I always go back into the recipe index to have a look at more things to make me hungry. Homemade anything is the best. Even if I cannot get it looking perfect, I know it will taste better than store bought.

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    • Alison

      Thanks Sheri! That is the nicest compliment we could every get! 🙂

      Reply
  9. Andrea

    Let’s see – first the delicious homemade buns – then the burgers – I’d like mine with cheese on it, please – and LOTS of it!

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    • Alison

      I wish I could send you one right away!

      Reply
  10. Stella the Travelerette

    MMM, I do love a hamburger and I’m sure it will be so much better with a homemade bun. If I make burgers at home I usually eat them without a bun because I don’t like the storebought ones. And I love the David Chang quote! He is really a culinary god here in NYC.
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    • Alison

      I know! I love him! Try making them they will change everything you know about a normal burger!

      Reply
  11. Roxy

    I see soooo many recipes about amazing burgers but this is the first one I’ve ever seen about buns! I must say these look DELICIOUS. Why I love most is that I’ll know every ingredient going in.

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  12. berlin maynigo

    ANother beautiful creation from your kitchen. Really looking forward to new recipes and even how you make the presentation. My boys are so in love with burgers and surely this new way of cooking their burgers will be a hit! thANKS!

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    • Alison

      Thanks so much, Berlin! Your boys will love making hamburger buns for their own burgers!

      Reply
  13. Dorothy Mae C. Torretijo

    Yummy!! I cannot say more. I really love everything you post!! I cannot deny how helpful all your recipes for a foodie like me. This hamburger is mouth watering.

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  14. Lily Travella

    These look absolutely delicious! I’ll definitely be making these tonight for dinner! Thanks for the recipe!

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  15. Joanna

    And this is how you cut off the calories and make your burger even more healthier. I can even see this bun cut in half and topped with a beef burger, tomatoes, avocado and feta cheese. Yummy!

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  16. Liezel Regidor

    Looks really delish and easy to do. I love hamburgers and I agree that sometimes it’s the bun that ruins the whole taste. I’ve never tried homemade buns before though. So thank you for sharing your recipe. I might try it out on our next family picnic.

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  17. Jessica

    Wow. Another recipe to try. Easy and can mix with any fillings. More homemade recipes, please. 🙂

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  18. Ana

    Hey Renée / Alison,

    Another mouth-watering recipe from your kitchen! Your pictures are just killing! I feel like having these burgers right now! 🙂

    Reply
  19. Jasmine Watts

    These look delicious and easy to make too! I would love to try this recipe in my kitchen!!

    Reply
  20. Nya

    I’m not into burgers unfortunately, but I will still bookmark this recipe to cook some homemade burgers for my boyfriend, that will be way much healthier than his Mc Donald’s ones. And I’m sure he will love it 🙂

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  21. Florence

    This one is my favorite! Home made burgers are the best of the best! Yours looks amazing (as usual)

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  22. sabine

    Great recipe for hamburger buns. Especially now that we start to BBQ again! I love to grill hamburgers. I’m not a big fan of white bread, but this bread looks very tasty. I would love to eat some kind of dark bread or healthier bread for my burger. Do you know MAX burgers from Sweden? They say they are “healthy” as for as that’s possible.

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  23. Jasmine

    Yum! This is perfect for holiday cook out

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    • Alison

      Yes, it would be perfect for a cook out! You will impress all of your guests!

      Reply
  24. Jennifer L. } Modern Chic

    First off I applaud youre amazing skills at tackling any type of bread, but hamburger buns wow. I love cooking and even gotten better at baking. But breads are a whole different scenario. Definitely will try this one. Thanks!
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    • Alison

      I know! I was scared of baking breads until Renee showed me some of her tips like in this article and now I love baking all breads!

      Reply
  25. Nicole Escat

    I didn’t realized that bun can also be a homemade. We are planning to have a burger business this would be perfect.

    Reply
  26. Memory

    Oh my gosh, that made me so hungry. I do not know if I am brave enough to follow that recipe and make my own bun. Great job!!

    Reply
  27. Bella B (xoxoBella)

    There is nothing better than homemade bread. I really need to learn how to make it.

    Reply
  28. Lisa Rios

    I have never tried such hamburger buns at home, but it looks so easy to do for sure. They look so fresh & delicious that I would love to try them right away during my weekend!

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  29. brianna george

    Those look incredible. 🙂 I can only imagine how much they improve a good homemade burger.

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  30. Sandra

    Those buns look ridiculously good! I’ll be trying out this recipe for sure.

    Reply
    • Alison

      Aren’t they though?! You need to try them for yourself!

      Reply

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