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Homemade Hamburger Bun Recipe

These Homemade Hamburger Buns are exactly what’s been missing from your perfect, finger licking, juice dripping burgers. These hamburger buns are soft, buttery, and so flavorful you might never go back to store bought.  

We like to make these hamburger buns for this  Juicy Chicken Feta Burger or this excellent Bacon Cheeseburger.

These Homemade Hamburger Buns are exactly the thing that has been missing from your perfect, finger licking, juice dripping burger.

Why Homemade Buns?  

Let’s be honest, ANYONE can make a hamburger, plop it on a plate, throw on some toppings and call it dinner.

But the hamburgers that make us drool are those that have the whole package: homemade patty, scrumptious sauce, veggies of choice and buttery, soft, delicious buns just like the buns in this recipe.

So why make homemade buns? Because your burgers deserve them. Because YOU and the people you love and feed deserve them.

These homemade buns are soft, buttery and full of flavor.

So go ahead. Make these buns,  find that can of pickles, buy or make your hamburger pattyslice your veggies, prepare your condiments or sauce, and be ready to devour.

Homemade Hamburger Bun Recipe

Ingredients for the Hamburger Bun Recipe: 

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Active dry yeast
  • Granulated sugar
  • salt
  • All-purpose flour
  • Egg for egg wash
  • Sesame seeds

How to make Homemade Hamburger Buns:

  • Make sure that your yeast is still active.
  • Combine warm milk, yeast, sugar and stir everything until sugar is dissolved. Let sit at room temp for about 5 minutes. The mixture should rise and double in size. If not, discard the yeast and buy a new pack of yeast.
  • Combine puffed up yeast mixture with the rest of ingredients and knead until fully combined.
  • Allow rising in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size. Cover with a kitchen towel.
  • Once the dough has doubled in size, keep splitting pieces in half until you get 18-24 pieces, depending on how big you want your hamburger buns to be.

Learn how to make hamburger buns in this step by step picture tutorial.

Shape and Bake Burger Buns

  • Shape each piece into a ball by tucking the ends underneath until the top surface is round.
  • Press the tops to make burger buns flat.
  • Place on a parchment lined baking sheet about 2-3 inches apart.
  • Cover the dough balls with a kitchen towel and allow to double in size.

Making and shaping burger buns.

  • Whisk the egg with a fork and brush each risen bun with the egg wash.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.
  • If desired, make a criss-cross incision on top of your buns. Use a sharp serrated knife slash on top of the bun about ⅓ inches deep.
  • Make another incision parallel to the first one, making a cross.

Shaping is done. These balls are ready to be baked into burger buns.

  • Bake in preheated to 370F oven until golden brown, approximately 15- 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

Homemade Burger Buns with Bacon Cheeseburger patty.

Storing these Homemade Hamburger Buns

Once the Hamburger Buns are completely cooled, pre-cut each bun horizontally along the middle and place in a plastic bag until ready to use.

Transform your ordinary burger into an amazing one with these homemade burger buns. These burger buns are soft, buttery and appealing to the eye. You might never go back to the store bought ones!

Can I freeze Burger Buns?

Yes, if you have extra, just freeze in a Ziploc bag. Then, microwave each bun for about 15-20 seconds to thaw.

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Homemade Hamburger Buns

5 from 1 vote
Your perfect, finger licking juice dripping burgers need these Homemade Hamburger Buns. These hamburger buns are soft, buttery, and full of flavor.   
Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hamburger buns, homemade hamburger buns
Calories: 132 kcal
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 3 hours
Servings: 28 pieces

Ingredients

Hamburger Bun Ingredients

  • 2 Cups whole milk warmed to 100F
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp instant or active dry yeast
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/3 cup butter melted (2/3 stick)
  • 5.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt

Egg Wash

  • 1 egg

Also

  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds to sprinkle on top

Instructions

How to make Hamburger Buns

  1. This step will ensure that the yeast is active:
    Combine 1/3 cup of warm milk, yeast, 1 tbsp sugar and stir until dissolved. Let sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes. The mixture should rise and double or triple in size. If it does not, discard the yeast and the mixture, get a new pack of yeast and try again.  

  2. Combine puffed up yeast mixture and the rest of the ingredients in the bowl of a mixer and knead until it no longer sticks to the walls of the bowl, about 15 minutes. Allow rising in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size covered with a clean kitchen towel.

How to make the dough in the Bread Maker Machine

  1. Put all ingredients into the bread maker starting with liquid and finishing with the dry ingredients. Turn to the dough cycle, it should be kneaded and allowed to rise during the cycle.

Shape and Bake the Hamburger Buns

  1. Once the dough has doubled in size, divide into 18-24 pieces, depending on how big you would like the buns to be. 

  2. Shape each piece into a ball, tucking the ends underneath until the top surface is round. Then, press the tops to make them flatter. Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet about 2-3 inches apart.

  3. Cover the dough patties with a clean kitchen or a paper towel and allow to double in size, about 30-40 minutes.

  4. Whisk the egg with a fork and brush each risen bun with the egg wash. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.

  5. Optional:   Using a sharp serrated knife, slash on top of the bun about ⅓ inches deep.  Make another incision perpendicular to the first one, making a cross.

  6. Bake in preheated to 370F oven until golden brown, approximately 15- 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

How to store the Hamburger Buns

  1. Pre-cut each bun horizontally along the middle and place in a plastic bag until ready to use. If not using right away, freeze in a ziplock bag. Microwave each bun for about 15-20 seconds to thaw.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Hamburger Buns
Amount Per Serving
Calories 132 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 117mg5%
Potassium 59mg2%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • foodtoheart

    This recipe is a life saver! I hate ready made burgers or any kind of bread that you find in plastic bags. Chemical smell, that’s exactly what it is. Nothing can compare to the beautiful and fragrant aroma that comes out of the oven when you make fresh bread.
    I have tried few recipes before, but never really got that wow factor. I want to give your recipe a go cos those buns look amazing judging from your photos!
    keep up the great work:)

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  • Tanya

    Marinochka,
    Thank you for sharing a delicious and great recipe! This was another success in my kitchen. I cut all ingredients 1/2 and got 8 nice size buns. I used honey (1T honey+1 T sugar) and poofed the recipe, then added butter and egg. Mixed with whisk and poured into the breadmaker. Added about 3 cups of sifted flour and about 3 TBsp oil. These buns are very delicious and soft. My family ate them with cold milk. One with sandwich. The rest of the buns, I saved for hamburgers for today. Thank you for a great recipe!

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  • Marina

    This turned out faster and easier than I thought! I made half of the recipe to test it out and the buns turned out great! Made it so much easier using the bread machine as we live in a house than tends to be a bit cold 🙂 thank you!

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    • Hi Marina,
      That’s great to hear! I love my bread machine because it makes baking with yeast a breeze! Enjoy the buns 🙂

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  • alana

    just made this! its divine! thanks for sharing hun!!!!

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    • That’s great! Thanks for using my recipes!

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  • alana

    Making these right now and your bacon cheeseburger:)

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    • Yum! Hope your yeast was fresh so the buns rise well 🙂 Let me know how you like them!

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  • Natasha (@NatashasKitchen)

    This is going to take my burgers to the next level. I’ve never made homemade buns. Thanks so much for sharing! This is brilliant!

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    • Yes, this bun can stand up to any amount of topping and not tear as you’re trying to hold it all together 😀 Thanks for commenting!

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  • Ashley D. Matthews

    I think I am going to give this a try when I get back home to a proper kitchen. So happy to have discovered your blog and plan to look at some of your past creations. Cheers!

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    • Glad to have you as a reader Ashley! Let me know how it goes when you do get to it 🙂

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  • chelslovesjosh

    Gorgeous photos! I’m going to have to give these a whirl!

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