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Homemade Hamburger Buns
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  • READY IN ABOUT 4 hrs

Homemade Hamburger Buns

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"I've gotten a thousand request for these. We're going to make our own, and not only are these going to be the perfect shape, they're going to taste way better than anything that comes out of a plastic bag. The total time takes almost 4 hours, but the actual amount of work involved is maybe 10 minutes."

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Original recipe makes 8 buns Change Servings


  1. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  2. Place yeast into bowl of a large stand mixer; whisk in 1/2 cup flour and warm water until smooth. Let stand until mixture is foamy, 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Whisk 1 egg, melted butter, sugar, and salt thoroughly into yeast mixture. Add remaining flour (about 3 cups).
  4. Fit a dough hook onto stand mixer and knead the dough on low speed until soft and sticky, 5 to 6 minutes. Scrape sides if needed. Poke and prod the dough with a silicone spatula; if large amounts of dough stick to the spatula, add a little more flour.
  5. Transfer dough onto a floured work surface; dough will be sticky and elastic but not stick to your fingers. Form the dough lightly into a smooth, round shape, gently tucking loose ends underneath.
  6. Wipe out stand mixer bowl, drizzle olive oil into the bowl, and turn dough over in the bowl several times to coat surface thinly with oil. Cover bowl with aluminum foil. Let dough rise in a warm place until doubled, about 2 hours.
  7. Transfer dough to a floured work surface and pat to flatten bubbles and form into a slightly rounded rectangle of dough about 5x10 inches and about 1/2 inch thick. Dust dough lightly with flour if needed. Cut dough into 8 equal pieces. Form each piece into a round shape, gently tucking ends underneath as before.
  8. Use your hands to gently pat and stretch the dough rounds into flat disc shapes about 1/2 inch thick. Arrange buns about 1/2 inch apart on prepared baking sheet. Dust buns very lightly with flour. Drape a piece of plastic wrap over the baking sheet (do not seal tightly). Let buns rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  9. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  10. Beat 1 egg with milk in a small bowl, using a fork, until mixture is thoroughly combined. Very gently and lightly brush tops of buns with egg wash without deflating the risen dough. Sprinkle each bun with sesame seeds.
  11. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned on top, 15 to 17 minutes. Buns will stick together slightly where they touch. Let cool completely, tear the buns apart, and slice in half crosswise to serve.
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  • PREP 20 mins
  • COOK 15 mins
  • READY IN 3 hrs 45 mins


  • Cook's Notes:
  • One pound of flour is equal to about 3 1/2 cups.
  • When in doubt, go for dough that's a little too sticky rather than too dry. You can always knead a little more flour into these.

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Aug 14, 2013

Gotta love Chef John's buns! These turned out really well - light, lovely taste and texture. Also delicious when made with whole wheat flour. The only change I made to the recipe was to cut the sugar down to 1 tblsp, because 3 tblsp makes it way too sweet for my (European) taste, and it adds unnecessary calories. I whisked the egg, then tossed all the ingredients into my bread-making machine on the dough-making setting, thereby skipping steps 2 through 6, resuming at step 7. I also use this recipe for hot dog buns, and the results are excellent. For hot dog buns, in step 7, flatten each of the 8 pieces into 15x15cm (6x6-inch) rectangles, very tightly roll each one, pinch the ends and along the remaining edge, then lay out on the baking sheet with the remaining edge down. In step 10, brush lightly with the egg-wash, but skip the sesame seeds.

Nov 11, 2013

Delicious! I put all of the ingredients into the bread machine and set it to the dough cycle. When it was complete, I proceeded with the rest of the recipe. I do agree with the others that said these are a bit on the big side. I think next time I'm gonna make 10 buns, and that should be the perfect size for us. As soon as hubby took his first bite he said I should make these every time we have burgers. These have a wonderful flavor and texture...A definite keeper~YUM! Thanks for sharing. :)


44 Ratings

Oct 05, 2013

These buns are so easy to make! What an easy way for beginners with yeast to start! I followed the recipe except to add one tablespoon of the sugar to the yeast/flour/water mix in the very beginning. I weighed the dough of each of the buns at 3.5 ounces, and they handled a quarter pound hamburger perfectly. I think we would perhaps like them just a tad smaller, so next time I'll do what another suggested and make 10 buns from the recipe. They were perfect. I like to slightly undercook my rolls like this (see my photo) so that when I toast them with butter they don't get too dry. We had delicious hamburgers tonight with organic hamburger meat from Costco! Yum! Another winner, Chef John!

Oct 09, 2013

This recipe is so easy and produces a great bun. Chef John comes through again. Like others have said, the buns at 8 servings are too large. I tried 10 and still felt the buns were a tad large, so today, I'm going to 12 buns. Size is a personal preference so 8 might be fine for you. Try this recipe. You will not be sorry.

Sep 20, 2013

I have made these twice in the past 24 hours because everyone loves them! I followed the instructions exactly and the buns turned out fabulous! Thank you, Chef John, for posting this recipe! The video helped, also. This was my first time ever making buns and I was certain I was going to somehow screw it up, but I was so happy when they came out so beautiful and delicious. :) I highly recommend this recipe! Definitely a keeper!

Apr 04, 2014

This was my 2nd attempt at bread. My first batch of yeast didn't take so I had to start over. Other than that my only issue was that my dough didn't look like his in the video at all. It looked really dry. The video mentions it might look too wet-so add flour. It never mentions it being too dry. I added water while it was mixing. Note to self, stop the machine, poke a little hole in the dough with your finger and add the water in there. Otherwise the dough just rolls around in the bowl while the liquid clings to the sides. Either way, when it was done in the machine my dough looked nothing like his. It was hard. I continued on anyways and surprisingly they turned out wonderfully! I was shocked and amazed. I will try again and add flour a little at a time. Perhaps I will have an even better result. thx CJ

Mar 27, 2014

These hamburger buns are easy to make and taste great. They freeze well, too.

Feb 17, 2014

I made these yesterday...I got 12 buns our of one batch and they were the perfect size. I used the bread machine for the dough and then followed the steps afterwards to bake the buns. They were AMAZING. I followed the recipe exactly except I didn't use sesame seeds. we didn't find them too sweet, or really that sweet at all. Perfect texture, perfect crumb. Great and very sturdy for pulled pork sandwiches and for scrambled egg sandwiches for breakfast! I have to make another batch today because they are all gone!! thank you for a fabulous recipe! So much better than store bought!!


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  • Calories
  • 292 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 48.6 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 64 mg
  • 21%
  • Fat
  • 7 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 1.8 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 7.9 g
  • 16%
  • Sodium
  • 415 mg
  • 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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