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Homemade Hamburger Buns

Homemade Hamburger Buns

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I’ve tried several different recipes for homemade hamburger buns, but we didn’t really like any of them. They weren’t light and fluffy. They were solid and dense – almost like me sometimes. Hahahah! Oh come on. You know that was funny.

I found a recipe that was okay, but I needed to switch the method around and the ingredients….and it was AWESOME! These are the best homemade hamburger buns I’ve ever had, so I want to share them with you. You’ve earned it – you need a burger. And a burger isn’t a burger without a bun. You can quote me on that.

Homemade Hamburger Buns. I finally found the perfect hamburger bun recipe! And they freeze wonderfully!

You’ll need warm water, melted butter, honey, yeast, salt, egg, and white wheat flour. I used freshly ground hard white wheat. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the warm water and yeast. Stir it around a bit and then let it sit for five minutes. It will get all foamy and cool looking.

Homemade Hamburger Buns. I finally found the perfect hamburger bun recipe! And they freeze wonderfully!

Now, add the melted butter (make sure it’s cooled off), honey, and egg. Turn the mixer to setting 1 and let it all combine. Add 2 cups of flour and beat until smooth (I usually use #2 on my mixer). Now, add the salt and the rest of the flour that you need to get a kneadable dough. Knead on setting #1 for 6 minutes.

Homemade Hamburger Buns. I finally found the perfect hamburger bun recipe! And they freeze wonderfully!

As usual, I wait before adding too much flour to avoid a dry bread. I ended up adding almost 3 cups of flour, but not until the very end when I could tell it needed it.

When you start making bread regularly, you’ll just learn what looks right. Your dough should look like this – holding together and springy….not doughy and stringy. Cover your mixer bowl and let the dough sit for about 10 minutes. 

Homemade Hamburger Buns. I finally found the perfect hamburger bun recipe! And they freeze wonderfully!

This recipe makes 8 hamburger buns. Divide your dough into 8 equal pieces and pat them into circles like shown. You could use a biscuit cutter, but why dirty it up?

Put them on a well greased cookie sheet, or cover a sheet with parchment paper. I used my Kitchen Aid silicone mat….I don’t use it often because I think it smells weird – but I do use it when I want to make sure something won’t stick. Now, flatten those babies out.

Remember, they’re going to raise so you want to make sure they aren’t too fat. It’s really hard to get a tall bun into your mouth. Think about a cookie….think about how tall you want them to be and divide that by half. Or, just be like me and wing it.

Homemade Hamburger Buns. I finally found the perfect hamburger bun recipe! And they freeze wonderfully!

Cover the pan with a dish towel and let them raise until doubled. Mine usually take about an hour, but it depends on the temperature of your kitchen.

Once they’re ready to go, you can pop them straight into a 350 degree oven or you can jazz them up a bit. If you want to make them look fancy, you can brush the tops with a beaten egg white and then sprinkle with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or even Italian seasoning. I like Italian seasoning, but I left this batch plain.

Homemade Hamburger Buns. I finally found the perfect hamburger bun recipe! And they freeze wonderfully!

Bake for about 15 minutes or until they are golden brown, like shown. Inhale. I love baking bread….it makes my house smell DIVINE.Use a serrated knife to cut them open and fill with a burger or sloppy joes.

After we have dinner, I freeze the rest of the batch so I have burger buns if I need them….and who knows when you might need a burger? I like to be prepared.

Homemade Hamburger Buns. I finally found the perfect hamburger bun recipe! And they freeze wonderfully!

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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.


  1. Oh! I just tried hamburger buns the other day for the very first time. It’s a trend! I used Julia Child’s recipe in “The Way To Cook” (from the Abingdon Main Branch Library). We really liked them. I liked that they weren’t at all sweet, almost like store-bought. I can’t be bothered with all the processing she does though. I’m a dissolve your yeast then throw the rest into the mixer and let that guy work for you kinda gal! May I also humbly recommend her “Fresh Tomato Sauce” (page 358) as the greatest and easiest pizza sauce ever. (I don’t do any fresh tomatoes, just 2 pints canned). Thanks for all your fun recipes and ideas! Happy Hamburgers! 😀

  2. I have to admit I like to print the whole article of your recipe instead of just the recipe because I always chuckle as I make it!

    Definitely trying these because all of my other attempts have been flops, aka dense and hard!

    • Good luck! That was my same experience, so that’s why I created this recipe. I hope it works out better for ya!

  3. I NEVER have success with any bread recipe requiring yeast :( But I won’t give up becasue I hate store bought bread….so, Looks like I will be trying these :)

  4. This is very close to the recipe I use. I love homemade buns.

    • Homemade buns are the best kind……buns are just a wonderful part of life. And plus, it’s just funny to say “buns.”

  5. I will have to try these…we are pretty good about eating hamburgers naked (the burger, not us, come on stay with me here) but occasionally like hamburger buns. And leftovers make great sandwiches.

    • Girl…..I’m not into naked burgers. However, I would eat a burger naked as long as I had a bun. Or buns. Wait, I have buns. I would eat a naked burger in my buns. Huh?

  6. Going to make these tomorrow, Stacy. I’ll let you know how they turn out. :-)

  7. You rock for making your own! We don’t ever eat burgers, but if we ever do, I know where I’m coming!!

  8. These are great! I have always wanted to try to make my own buns. Thanks for the great recipe :) Printing out now :)

  9. Great recipe. I put it all in the breadmaker on the dough cycle for about 10 minutes (after letting the yeast sit for 5 minutes in the water) and then shaped and baked.

  10. For their birthdays I always make dc whatever they want for dinner. Today was youngest dd’s birthday and she had requested Polish sausage and… specifically these buns to go with them :). I found some nitrate-free Polish sausage, made *4* batches of your recipe (might as well, eh? 2 are in the freezer already baked and 1 batch is waiting for sandwiches or something), and enjoyed your recipe with sausage and “live” sauerkraut. Thanks again for this recipe.

    BTW, dh ate 3 throughout the afternoon and was stuffed before we had dinner!

  11. I needed burger buns, and just knew you’d provide one for me. Trying these tonight! :) I’m so glad I found you. Or rather, God found you for me, and then, told me who you were. hehe!

  12. I tried these hamburger rolls,they were the best that i’ve had. they beat out the bakery ones. Yes.
    I made the dough in my bread machine and it worked great.
    Can’t wait to make ‘Joe’s’ for dinner tonite.
    Thanx Stacy.

  13. Hi Stacy. I’m a newbie to your site. I’ve been looking for awhile for a healthy hamburger bun that my family will actually eat. I made yours yesterday and they were awesome! My family loved them! :) They’ll definitely be our ‘go to’ hamburger buns. Thanks!

  14. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back later tonight when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  15. dont have white wheat flour. ive never even heard of it. i have white flour and bread flour. which of these do you think would work better. thanks/

  16. these were fantastic. first time ive made them, not even going to try other recipes. quick, easy delicious

  17. thank you stacy. by the way they were delicious the next day for sandwiches

  18. can you just make this into a loaf of bread ?

    • I have never tried….the texture is a bit lighter than regular bread. When I want to make bread, I just make Honey Oat. :-)

  19. We are slowly adding wheat back into our lives and I am craving a burger. I tried serving lettuce wrapped burgers a few weeks ago and my husband said he couldn’t eat it without surrendering his “man card”. LOL! Looking forward to trying these out.

  20. Hey! I tried making these yesterday and today using different yeast and they are not rising. I read that white wheat flour doesn’t rise the same as white flour so I just wanted to check with you to see if this is normal. They also feel heavy. Any advice will be helpful. Thank you :)

    • Heather, I’m not sure what to tell you – mine always raise nicely…and kinda fast so I have to watch them closely. :( I only use white wheat flour (the equivalent of hard white wheat berries). What kind of yeast did you use?

  21. I use Red Star active dry yeast, I also have the quick rising but don’t use it unless the recipe specifies. I’m not yet comfortable going outside of a bread recipe!

    • I’ve never had any luck using Red Star. I bought several packs and could never get anything to raise. I threw them out and went back to Fleischmann’s and haven’t had a problem since. :-)

  22. stacy, just have to tell what a great all round recipe this is. i had e mailed you awhile back to ask if this made a good bread recipe. well it does. its a delicious sandwich bread. i made rolls out of it, made biscuits for biscuits and gravy. i haven frozen the dough and it has worked fine. i have frozen the hamburger buns, already baked, just as good as fresh. i really dont need another recipe. whatever i have made with this dough has bee fantastic, fresh or frozen. thanks so muck. kathy

  23. Danielle says:

    I too had trouble with hamburger rolls after a few attmept.. moslty too dense. I just tried these and this recipie is a keeper! Great results, almost like store bought only better :) I am so pleased! Thank you so very much for sharing! I used my breadmaker and put all the ingredients in, wet then dry, and put it on the dough setting, then I seperated the dough in 8 balls and smashed thinly as you said. I let them rise about 10 min and then baked as you said, and they are perfect!

  24. Paul Rybak says:

    I have one recipe that I use for buns. They always turn out pretty dense. My wife asked if I could find a ‘lighter’ bun for hamburgers tonight. I found your recipe from the Google description about other recipes being too dense. Anyway, used about 3 cups regular white flour and made 6 instead of 8. Baked for 18 minutes @350 electric oven. WOW! We have never had such tasty and perfect buns, bought or otherwise. Thank you so much! Unfortunately I’ll probably be asked to make them more often. But it’s so simple as to not be a chore.

  25. How would I make these without a bread machine? I don’t have one, but I really want to try this recipe. Thanks!

  26. Countrylivingmama says:

    I can’t believe I missed this recipe somewhere! I am a faithful reader too! 😀
    Anyway, I am sooooo glad I found this. Like REALLY glad! Do you know how much hamburger buns cost at the store these days?

    We’ve got 11 kids plus my beef loving husband. :)

    I try to get mine from the Bread Outlet where every bread is $1 but even still, the buns are dry and crumbly. Not cool when you have a beautiful burger on there with all the trimmings. You take one or two bites and it falls apart in your hands.

    I have already printed this out and will have to wait until this weekend when I go shopping for some BEEF!

    I so wish I had a steer in our back field…. sigh…..

    Janet… mamachildress

  27. What kind of yeast do you use for this? Regular or quick rising? Sorry if that’s a dumb question. I’m a baking newbie :)

    • I use instant yeast. I buy it in the double pack from Sam’s club and I store it in the freezer. :-) Not a dumb question at all!

  28. JoAnna Mobley says:

    Have you ever tried mixing these in the bread machine? If so, do you alter the recipe any?

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