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Homemade Hamburger Buns Recipe


Homemade Hamburger Buns

Homemade Hamburger Buns

Photo and Recipe: Diana Rattray
I make small 3-inch hamburger buns with this recipe, but you can make any size you like. Before baking sprinkle the buns with sesame seeds or poppy seeds or leave them plain with the egg wash.
Serve these great-tasting homemade buns with pulled pork, burgers, beef barbecue, chicken salad, or other sandwich fillings.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Rising Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: 12 to 14 3-Inch Hamburger Buns


  • 1 cup water, warm, about 95° to 105°
  • 1/4 cup milk, warm
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 cups bread flour, about 14 ounces
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour, about 3 ounces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • ***Topping***
  • 1 large egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
  • white or black sesame seeds or poppy seeds


  • In a 2-cup measure or small bowl, combine the warm water and milk. Stir in the yeast and sugar and let stand for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the flours and salt, whisking to blend thoroughly. Add the pieces of butter and work in with a pastry blender or fingers until the mixture is crumbly.
  • In another bowl, beat 1 egg. Add to the flour mixture along with the yeast mixture. Stir until moistened.
  • Remove the dough to a floured surface and knead for 8 to 10 minutes, adding more flour if needed. You want the sdough to be soft but not too sticky to handle. Use a stand mixer with a dough hook if you have one.
  • Shape the dough into a ball and put in a large buttered bowl. Turn the dough so it is buttered all over. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm, draft-free place until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Divide the dough into about 12 to 14 portions around 2 ounces each and shape into balls. Arrange on parchment-lined baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Cover loosely with a clean dish towel or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 1 hour.
  • Place a pan on the oven floor and fill with about an inch of hot water. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  • Before baking, brush the buns with the beaten egg and water mixture. Sprinkle with sesame seeds or poppy seeds, if desired.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Cool on racks.
  • To serve, cut the buns in half crosswise and toast lightly, if desired. Serve with burgers, pulled pork, beef barbecue, sloppy Joes, or other sandwich fillings.
  • Makes 12 to 14 hamburger buns.


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