Homemade Hamburger Buns

Would you believe I’ve been writing here for three years?  Three years! I can hardly believe it. So much has changed over these years both in the ‘real world’ and here at my home on the internet. We moved to an Amish farmhouse, grew a teenager out of a little boy*, saw the end of the diaper era in our home (and my teenager would appreciate it if I’d point out that it wasn’t him wearing diapers a mere three years ago.), published more than three hundred recipes here, learned a little bit about using a camera, and made a lot of great new friends.

*The fact that I have a teenager sends my brain reeling. It’s not because of the ‘fear of the teenage years’ because my teen is a really awesome human. What knocks me out is the fact that I’m old enough to have one. If you’ll pardon me just a moment, I’m going to go double over and hyperventilate for a bit.

Three years ago, I posted the recipe for my favorite homemade burger rolls. If you look at the old post, you’ll see what I mean about changes. And yet, with everything that has become different in one way or another, these buns have remained our favorite hamburger and sandwich roll for more than just my tenure here on the interwebs. They have the staying power of a recipe that will in all likelihood -judging by the prodigious quantities eaten at mealtime- be one my kids make when they’re out on their own. They are truly that good.

With Memorial Day weekend -and with it the start of “official” grilling season- starting in seventy-two hours, it is time to get busy with our best summer-esque, barbecue and grill friendly recipes. This one is going to be what elevates whatever you choose to serve, whether it be hamburgers, grilled chicken or ham sandwiches, or a sliced, ripe tomato with mayonnaise and a paper thin layer of Vidalia onion.

Because the old post was still in my “play with the format” era, I’ve updated the recipe here to use my handy-dandy, new-fangled printable recipes. The old post will remain up, crazy formatting and all, to keep the beautiful comments from people who have become great friends and to remind me of how far I’ve come.

If you’re into compare and contrast, you’ll notice that this recipe is nearly identical to my homemade hot dog buns. The hot dog buns are formed differently and brushed with buttermilk. And in the old post, I specified using a water/egg yolk wash before topping the buns. These days,  instead of a water and egg yolk wash on the buns, I’ve changed to an egg-only wash. This is a matter of personal preference. I like my buns (heh) with a little richer colour to them and I think the egg-only wash does that better. Besides, I’m awful at saving and using single leftover egg whites, so this is a two-birds-with-one-stone moment. Birds? Eggs?*

*Clearly one thing that has NOT changed is my love of really bad jokes.

5.0 from 6 reviews
Homemade Hamburger Buns
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Golden brown, shiny, soft but sturdy, these hamburger/sandwich buns are good enough to steal the show from whatever you put on them. Whether you use them for glorious grilled burgers or simple fresh tomato sandwiches, happiness is guaranteed!
Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 12
Ingredients for the dough:
  • 1¼ cups lukewarm milk
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature, cut into pieces
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 cups bread flour (You can substitute all-purpose flour if necessary.)
  • 3 tablespoons instant potato flakes
  • 1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten (optional, but it improves the final texture.)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
To glaze the rolls:
  • 1 large egg, beaten well
Optional toppings;
  • poppy seeds
  • sesame seeds
  • dehydrated garlic flakes (or minced garlic)
  • dehydrated onion flakes (or minced onion)
  • rosemary
  • coarse salt
  • caraway seeds
  • coarsely ground black pepper
To mix dough in a bread machine:
  1. Put all dough ingredients in the pan. Program bread machine for the dough cycle and hit start.
To mix dough in a stand mixer:
  1. Put all dough ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Mix on low speed for 10 minutes, or until a smooth, elastic dough is formed. Remove the bowl from the mixer, cover with a tea towel and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in bulk, about 1-2 hours.
To mix dough by hand:
  1. Add all dough ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Use a sturdy wooden spoon or your hand to stir until a shaggy dough forms. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until a smooth, elastic dough forms, about 15 minutes. Place in an oiled bowl, cover with a tea towel and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in bulk, about 1-2 hours.
  2. To form rolls:
  3. Lightly grease an 11-inch by 13-inch baking sheet or line with a silpat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  4. Divide dough into 3 equally sized pieces and form into logs.
  5. Divide each log into 4 equal pieces.
  6. Cup your hand over one piece at a time and roll in a clockwise motion until the surface of the roll is smooth and it has formed a tight ball.
  7. Transfer to the lined baking sheets, leaving about 3 inches between rolls.
  8. Flatten gently with the palm of your hand, and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until puffy, about 30 minutes.
  9. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  10. Brush the puffy dough generously with beaten egg and sprinkle with desired toppings.
  11. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until deep golden brown.
  12. Cool the rolls on a rack for at least 10 minutes before slicing.
To store leftovers:
  1. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature for up to two days. They can be wrapped tightly and frozen for storage up to a month.
Choose the toppings for your rolls based on what you plan to serve inside them. For hamburgers, the sky is the limit, top it with as many things as you'd like. For grilled chicken, try a combination of rosemary, coarse salt and black pepper. For ham sandwiches, top with minced onion. For pulled pork or beef, top with minced onion, minced garlic and black pepper. For beef-on-weck, top with coarse salt and caraway seeds.

This brings me to my giveaway. I’d like to give away a jar of my semi-demi-hemi famous Candied Jalapenos to two readers here plus one to a Facebook or Twitter follower. (Speaking of things that make burgers and sandwiches better…) It’s a two-birds-with-one-stone moment, too.



  1. says

    I would LOVE some Cowboy Candy! My Handsome is a fanatic for candied jalapenos and I haven’t been able to try making them just yet. Thanks for the chance! And I’d be all for some more awesome frugal recipes or anything Mexican-inspired.

  2. Amy S. says

    I’d LOVE to try these. I’m wanting to try my hand at canning some this summer, so maybe they’d make me want to even more. I already enjoy the mix of recipes you give us. I’m all about variety!

  3. kate C. says

    I would love to try these too! I like the recipes you post a lot – I really especially enjoy these types… making something really great that most people would just buy. :)

  4. Lillie says

    New to your blog, and I like what I see! I like your recipes for homemade items that are superior to grocery store ones, like these buns. :) I have gotten where I hate store bread, but I’m not that confident finding recipes for replacements on my own.

  5. says

    Oh, pick me! Pick me! Ya, okay. I know it’s random, but hell. I want to win so badly. I would pay for a jar of those. Really. Everyone raves. I need to just make them…

  6. Yasmin says

    Yay! I’d love some Cowboy Candy. I keep dreaming of the taste but, alas, have not made any myself. I figure I should try the original first! As far as this blog, I love it. I wouldn’t mind seeing more step-by-step info for the more complicated foods. Okay, fine, I’ll admit it. I have bread-making anxiety but want to try all the yummy recipes you post (ahem, pretzels and hot dog buns). Also, I’m a fan of foods that can be prepared in advance.
    Keep up the great work!

  7. says

    Hmmm… what do I want… I don’t know. It’s all good. Really good. Reallyreallyreally good. More rice, I guess. Because you can’t ever have enough rice. Or short, incomplete sentences. Yeah.

  8. says

    I’d love some candied jalapenos! (And I follow you on Facebook, too.)

    I love your blog. What would I want to see more of? Great (and sometime healthy) snacks and simple meals.


  9. Pat says

    I feel guilty posting since I won the last jalapeño giveaway, but they were so good that I can’t help it.

    What I would like to see more of is money-saving tips and low-budget recipes.

    Thanks! =)

  10. says

    I would LOVE to try some of that and share it with friends that love spicy food as much as I do! I really enjoy your recipes, especially the ones regarding canning and the do-it-yourself things like buttermilk. Great stuff!

  11. Christi P. says

    The candied Jalapenos look amazing…wouldn’t those go good with a big fat hamburger on the amazing bun that you have posted!!

  12. Lynda Clark says

    I would love some candied jalapenos. The first time I ever tried them was in Tombstone AZ and they were awesome! I love your blog and your tutorials have been very helpful. I am also following you on Twitter @lyndacooks and I am a fan on Facebook (Lynda Clark).

  13. says

    I have been hoarding a jar of candied jalapenos since the last time I was home (down South) last summer. I’d love another jar. What I really need to do is learn to make my own so I can stop hoarding and entering free-candied-jalapeno contests.

    I follow you on Twitter which is how I discovered your blog. I enjoy reading it — no need to change.

    BTW, summer in Traverse City is a beautiful thing.

  14. Sam says

    Everything on your site looks FABULOUS, and the ones I’ve tried so far really were! What I would like to see more of is meatless casseroles and main dishes that are tofu-less. (I am one vegetarian who wouldn’t touch the stuff with a 10-foot fork!). Beans are cool, cheese is great, even salmon (for my boyfriend) would be nice. Most of all, keep posting those unique, quirky, unusual (bacon and egg candy???), and homey recipes you pull out of that brilliant brain of yours.

  15. Rita says

    I would love to win these! My boyfriend loves them. I like the variety of recipes you post. I wouldn’t mind seeing some more frugal recipes.

  16. says

    Hoo-freaking-ray for three years. I don’t think I need to tell you how happy I am you started your page…

    I do want to try these buns, but it will take a move to Dallas – PRE-finding a good bakery – for me to do so. I’ve told you, the ones I get right now from my local shop are so good that when I open the bag I just want to stick my face and there and breathe the aroma for a while. Now that’s good bread.

    (though yours STILL look better!)

    Anyway, I’d love a jar of your juh-la-puh-noze, even if I do already make ’em myself!

  17. Cara M says

    Yum! I first found your blog while I was searching for a candied jalapeno recipe, and these are da bomb!

    I love the DIY recipes – buttermilk, yogurt, ricotta cheese, etc., but it’s all great. :)

  18. says

    Wow, congrats on 3 years. It sounds like we started on almost the exact same time, mine is the first week in June. I love looking at old posts and seeing how far “we” (us bloggers) have come!

    These buns look awesome. I don’t make bread often, but for some reason you have instilled some confidence in me and have me thinking I might be able to make these. They look so impressive. I would love to brag that I made them 😉

    And the jalapenos…yes please!!

  19. Ed says

    I have been CRAVING these ever since I first saw your recipe in my inbox. I live in a tiny apartment so cooking ANYTHING is a challenge, never mind canning anything. A friend of mine always does the cooking and invites me to try her latest discovery, but just once I’d like to surprise HER! I look forward to your wit and wisdom daily. Oh, and the recipes. Pesonally, I can’t think of a thing I’d change or add more of. I like things just they way they are. ( except a jar of those jalapenos sitting in my cupboard. Enough sucking up?) Jalapenos, PLEASE?!?

  20. jenny says

    My hubby would love these! i love DIY recipes that are better than you can buy at the store. Canning ones are great too!

  21. says

    I would love a jar of YOURS. I canned a batch last summer and wonder if they turned out the same. Well, that and the fact that I’m down to the last couple in my last jar and it will be quite awhile until jalapenos are in season here in Delaware.

    Oh! And I drizzled some of the extra sauce onto a dish of Breyers Vanilla Bean ice cream – BEYOND DESCRIPTION!!!! I can’t wait to can more!

  22. Llamabean says

    I love coming to your site and reading the great recipes and all the fun stories of your family. I think my favorite thing is seeing all the stuff you could buy at the store but choose to make from scratch instead. I can’t wait to try making candied jalapenos sometime but like others above need a benchmark to check them by!
    The buns look delicious too and will be trying them soon this summer. Thanks!

  23. CourtneyEliz says

    Love the hamburger bun recipe. I’ve come to absolutely hate the store bought buns. I recently moved to Sweden and I can’t get a decent burger anywhere except out of my kitchen! Oh-and the cowboy candy looks wickedly addictive! I’d like to enter, and I figure they cant be shipped to Sweden and that is OK. Since I moved, my father doesn’t get any home made food anymore. I figure he is living off frozen pizza and I’d like to enter this as a present to him at home so he gets something special even though I’ve moved too far away now :) We both love spicy food a little too much. I’m gonna have to make these for myself for sure..

    Oh! I would love to see frugal delicious meal options/tips. I’m always looking for ideas since I’m newly married and we don’t have any money to spare! Trying to get my husband to learn to enjoy food as much as I do without breaking the bank! :)

  24. Kim in MD says

    I stumbled upon your blog from your comment on PW’s site. First of all, congratulations on your win! Can I just say how jealous I am that you are going to the ranch? You must be so excited! That said, I am so excited to find your blog. Your recipes look amazing, and I love your sense of humor! I can’t wait to explore all of your recipes!

    I bookmarked your candied jalapeno recipe, and then saw that you are giving a jar away! I would love to give a jar of this to my young daughter, who loves anything spicy! If I don’t win a jar (and probably even if I do), I am going to make this recipe as soon as my crop of jalapenos comes in this summer! The buns look scrumptious, too!

    What would I like to see more of? Anything you create! :-) Thanks for sharing!

  25. Lynn says

    I just would love some so my mouth can water and be really, really happy at the taste of sweet and hot, which is my favorite combination in the world. And I would make them last a long time so whenever my taste buds need a song I can eat one :)

    I love your site just the way it is.

  26. Chrisi says

    I saw these and thought about making them. I’ve ready things that have intimidated me about making my own hamburger or hot dog buns, so it was only a thought. Well, we were to have hamburgers for supper yesterday (hubby’s favorite) and we had used up our hamburger buns. I didn’t want to go to the store so I thought, this is a good time to try to make my own and I knew where to find the recipe. The dough is absolutely beautiful to work with and the finished product was beautiful (even though I forgot to brush them with egg). Hubby enjoyed them as a hamburger bun, and so did I. I even made his sandwich for lunch on one instead of bread. I rolled part of the dough to be used for hot dog buns for later. Thank you so much for sharing this, can’t believe I waited to try it.

  27. Cherie says

    Me too… me too… me too!! My husband would go ape over those candied peppers. I am so very new to your site and have already fallen in love. As for what I’d like to see more of… ethnic recipes are great for something new. I love trying new recipes – I constantly tease my newlywed husband that he will never get bored with my dinners… never know what I’ll come up with next. Meanwhile, I just today told my in-laws I’d like to have a gathering for Memorial Day – your peppers would be perfect to surprise them.

  28. Cherie says

    Well, I do believe I am a little late! LOL I just figured out this is actually an old post that I just stumbled upon. Maybe you will have another give away this year?? :o)

  29. says

    I made these for a barbecue last weekend. I altered it by making each bun 1-1/2 times bigger to hold a bigger patty. They turned out perfect the first time! The texture was great – light yet substantial enough to hold up to the burger. I’ve even been using the left-overs for toast in the mornings. Thank you for the recipe!

  30. Melinda says

    I just found your blog by google-ing homemade hotdog and hamburger buns! I am excited to add it to my list of frequently used recipe blogs and try these out. I do have a question, and forgive me if you’ve already answered this. A lot. But I was wondering about the mat that I’ve seen in your pictures. Is it a silicone baking mat? And if so, does it really work as well as parchment or would you only use it for things like breads? I have been trying to decide if it worth getting one. Or two. Thanks for the info and thank you for sharing your wonderful talent of recipe wonderfulness with all of us out on the internet!

    • says

      Hi Melinda!

      That is a silpat baking mat. I absolutely, unequivocally recommend having a couple of these handy. I love them. Madly. I use it for candy making, too, around the holidays. It’s significantly easier to remove once molten sugar from them than from anything else. And thank YOU for being so sweet!

  31. Joan says

    These are absolutely the best burger/sandwich buns! I don’t think I’ll ever go back to store bought rolls again! Love them with the topping of sea salt and minced dried onions.

  32. Marguerite V. says

    My family loves these rolls. I, too, don’t buy burger rolls anymore. And,they are so easy to make. I was making them today to freeze for Thanksgiving sandwiches, when I noticed that I used water in place of the milk. Since my family would taste any changes, I decided to make a loaf of bread from the dough made with water and make a new batch with the milk. I formed the dough into an italian bread shape and baked it for 30 minutes. It was delicious. I had to hide it so we didn’t eat the whole loaf tonight.

    Thanks for some wonderful recipes, my family and I love them.

  33. Chrissi says

    I stumbled across this recipe looking for hamburger buns that use bread flour. I had everything except the vital wheat gluten so I decided to give it a try. I managed to find some sesame seeds to sprinkle the buns with before baking.

    Did I forget to mention that I ground up some sirloin, chuck, & rib eye? The buns were amazing! Hubby told me that this was the best combination I’ve made from scratch in a long time! Thanks for sharing the recipe. This one is definitely a keeper :)

  34. says

    Oh help me! I was so inspired by the pics of these buns that I just had to try making them. I am NOT a bread maker. The recipe looked easy though and I was going to get my 2 boys to help me (2 and 5 yrs) but thought I’d give it a try solo first.

    They came out looking good BUT… (1) the crust was super crunchy (so much so that when we tried to take a bite of the bean burger – also from your site: de-lish btw! – that the burger squished out the other side and it was difficult to get our teeth into) and (2) they were super dense. Each one felt like a brick.

    So now I’m slicing them thinly and using for toast. They’re nice as toast but I so wanted the yummy buns for burgers.

    Any thoughts on what I did wrong? I cooked for the min amount of time, they seemed to have risen ok. Did I handle them too much when rolling (the dough seemed a bit tough)? Was my instant yeast no good? It’s the first time I’ve tried instant yeast.

    Any thoughts you may have will be so appreciated! I’d really like to try again but don’t want to end up with what I got last time.

    • says

      Hi Kate- It sounds to me like perhaps you had too much flour in the mixture. (The density and tough dough are both real giveaways!) I know what I’m about to say might sound fussy, but it’s the truth! Dipping your measuring cup in the bag or canister of flour yields wildly different weights and amounts of flour which effects the final product much in the way you described it. I can help! The next time you try it, measure your flour the way professional bakers do!

      When you measure your flour you should use the following steps:
      1.) Measure by weight OR
      2.) Fluff the flour in the bag or canister with a fork to aerate it, use a spoon to sprinkle the flour over the cup (without shaking the cup because that compacts the flour and throws off accurate measurements), then use the flat end of the spoon to scrape off and level the flour in the measuring cup.

      It’s important to note that the bread dough should feel silky and elastic, ideally, not so tough it’s hard to knead or form. We’ll get you baking perfect bread in no time, Kate! 😀

      • says

        OK, thanks! I will definitely try method 2. I have a kitchen scale that I use for soap making but it’s kinda “iffy” so maybe not great for this. I also used all purpose flour instead of bread flour so maybe that was another minor issue.

        The boys will enjoy the fluffing and sprinkling (although the mess may be more than I can handle) so maybe I’ll let them in on the fun next time. I’ll let you know how it works out if I work up the courage to try again.

  35. daina says

    For some reason, I’ve been craving burgers lately. Every time I get in the car, I have thoughts of stopping at a drive through. But I cringe at paying bucks for one burger when the same dollars at home could made a bunch. So I decided to make them at home, but I didn’t have any buns. I have a batch of these in the oven right now topped with onion and garlic and I can’t WAIT for them to be done. I might even forgo the burger part and just knosh on the bun because they smell delicious!!

  36. says

    oh my, your Candied Jalapenos sound wonderful and I would love to have a jar to use with burgers on these buns. How did you know I’ve been on a bread and roll making kick lately! Made a new recipe (to me) for French Bread the other day and hubby loved it. Thanks for the recipes


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