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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.


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.

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.

This post is linked at Real Food Wednesday on Kelly The Kitchen Kop, at Healthy 2Day Wednesday at Day2Day Joys, at Make Your Own Monday at Nourishing Treasures, at Under The Big Top at Hammock Tracks, and at What’s On Your Plate at Good Cheap Eats.

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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 two children, Annie (June 2009) and Andy (August 2012). 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, Twitter, Instagram and more to keep up with her daily antics.

  • Carrie

    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! :-D

    • Stacy

      :-) I usually make my pizza sauce in the crock pot for ease….but I do LOVE Julia Child. :-)

  • Leslie

    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!

    • Stacy

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

  • http://www.novicelife.blogspot.com Allison

    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 :)

    • Stacy

      You can do it! These are super easy….keep me posted. :-)

    • http://christianmommyblogger.com Nikki @ Christian Mommy Blogger

      Allison, have you made Stacy’s Oat Bread? Try that too. In fact, don’t bake any bread products unless they are Stacy’s! LOL Here is her recipe: http://www.stacymakescents.com/honey-oat-bread

      • Stacy

        You’re flattering me Nikki…..are you buttering me up for something? LOL :)

  • Amanda

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

    • Stacy

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

  • http://christianmommyblogger.com Nikki @ Christian Mommy Blogger

    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.

    • Stacy

      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?

  • http://thepurposedheart.com Mindy @ The Purposed Heart

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

    • Stacy

      Good luck!

  • http://www.thehumbledhomemaker.com Erin@TheHumbledHomemaker

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

    • Stacy

      Good grief…..we eat burgers ALL THE TIME!

  • http://familyfreshmeals.blogspot.com/ Corey @ Family Fresh Meals

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

    • Stacy

      :-) Good luck!

  • http://eclecticlvng.blogspot.com Beth

    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.

    • Stacy

      I’m glad you liked it Beth! We love them. :-) Thanks for the info on the bread maker.

  • http://eclecticlvng.blogspot.com Beth

    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!

    • Stacy

      Wow! That’s high praise! Thank you Beth! :-)

  • http://intentionalbygrace.com Leigh Ann @ Intentional By Grace

    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!

    • Stacy

      :-) He knows what he’s doing….you’re a huge blessing to me! Enjoy!

  • June

    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.

    • Stacy

      That just tickles me pink! :-)

  • Amy J.

    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!

    • Stacy

      I’m so glad you like them! :-) They’re a big hit here too.

  • http://www.nourishingtreasures.com Lea H @ Nourishing Treasures

    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! :)

  • kathy

    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/

    • Stacy

      Either one would work. :-)

  • kathy

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

    • Stacy

      Wow! That’s a great review…thanks a bunch! :-)

  • kathy

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

    • Stacy

      Yum! I’ve always just used them for burgers and sloppy joes! :-)

  • kathy

    can you just make this into a loaf of bread ?

    • Stacy

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

  • http://stormsstories.wordpress.com Faith Storms

    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.

    • Stacy

      LOL Your husband is FUNNY!!!! :-) I hope you enjoy them…they’re really good.

  • Heather

    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 :)

    • Stacy

      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?

  • Heather

    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!

    • Stacy

      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. :-)

  • kathy

    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

    • Stacy

      :-) Great! I freeze my hamburger buns too….then I don’t worry about them going bad.

  • Danielle

    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!

    • Stacy

      That’s great, Danielle! I’m glad you love it too!

  • Paul Rybak

    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.

    • Stacy

      :-) That makes me smile. I’m so glad you enjoyed them!