Homemade Hamburger Buns

Breads, Burgers, Sandwiches, Yeast Breads | 28 comments

A few weeks ago I was really craving a BBQ hamburger. I had everything to make them for dinner, except the buns. And I don’t really like a burger without the bun to go with it. I thought – I’ve got some time to spare and I’m totally capable. I’ll just make the my own Homemade Hamburger Buns!

Now you might be thinking: What kind of crazy person makes their own hamburger buns? Who has time for that?

Let me tell you. I used to think the same thing, but now I am totally hooked. I don’t think I’ll ever purchase hamburger buns at the grocery store again when I’ve got the craving for a BBQ dinner. No way. These taste so much better, and are likely better for you because you know exactly what’s going in them.

homemade hamburger buns

Even though that late afternoon I had some extra time, I didn’t have a ton of extra time to babysit yeast dough, so I turned to my favorite quick fix yeast breads book: Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. I’ve written about this book before when I made Caramel Pecan Brioche Rolls, Light Whole Wheat Baguette, and Totally Awesome Pizza at Home

Now, back to the crazy talk about who has time for this? That’s the great thing about this book’s dough method. You can make the dough a day or two ahead when you have time, and then just bake the buns the day of.

I’ve used the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day master recipe for Brioche Dough before when I made the Caramel Pecan Rolls. I really loved that dough’s flavor and workability so I knew I wanted to stick with that. I did a quick search on their blog and found instructions for how to use the brioche dough to make some amazing homemade hamburger buns.

I substituted a portion of the flour for freshly ground whole wheat (I use a Nutrimill Grain Mill to grind my own hard white wheat for whole wheat flour) in my buns for a little extra nutrition. I like to do this as often as possible.

We really enjoyed these Whole Wheat Brioche Hamburger Buns and have made them a few times. I hope you’ll give them a try next time you have a hamburger BBQ for dinner!

Whole Wheat Brioche Hamburger Buns

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Whole Wheat Brioche Dough

1 1/2 cups warm water
2 packets granulated yeast
1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
8 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup honey
1 1/2 cups melted butter
4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 cups freshly ground whole hard white wheat flour

For the Hamburger Buns:
18 ounces Whole Wheat Brioche Dough
Egg Wash (1 egg + 1 tablespoon water, whisked)
Sesame Seeds
Poppy Seeds


To Prepare the Whole Wheat Brioche Dough:

Dough is best prepared the day before.

Add the yeast, salt, eggs, honey, melted butter and water to a 5 quart bowl. Whisk to combine. Add the all purpose and whole wheat flour to the liquid mixture. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine, or use a stand mixer with a dough attachment.

Cover the dough and let rest for 2 hours, at room temperature, until doubled in bulk. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill. After chilled, remove a 1 1/2 lb. portion of the dough. Store the remaining dough covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, otherwise you can freeze it in 1 lb. increments for up to 4 weeks.

To Prepare the Hamburger Buns:

Divide the 18 ounces dough into 6 three ounce portions. A kitchen scale helps with this. Roll each portion into a ball.

Line a baking sheet with parchment. Place each ball onto the parchment paper and press into 1/4 inch thick rounds. Alternatively, for uniform buns, you can press each ball inside of greased English Muffin Rings.

Cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap and allow the buns to rise for 20-40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Place the oven rack on the middle position.

Brush the tops of each bun with the egg wash and then sprinkle with sesame seeds and poppy seeds, if desired. Bake rolls at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through and golden brown. Let cool before slicing in half and serving.

Katie Goodman

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  • 1
    kayla - May 16, 2011 @ 6:42 am

    Yum! I used to think the same thing, what kind of nut makes their own hamburger buns!? But I tried it for the first time recently too, and they were great! I make my own tortillas now too. :)


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    Mary in AZ - May 16, 2011 @ 7:55 am

    Your timing is perfect! I’m planning to make hamburger buns on Thursday. This recipe looks much simpler than the others I have been looking at to try. Thanks!


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    Amanda N - May 16, 2011 @ 7:56 am

    Bread of any sort intimidates me. But, these look easy enough. We’re big into BBQ at our house, so I think I’m going to brave these.


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    Erin - May 16, 2011 @ 8:47 am

    The rate I’ve been going with homemade versions of things I normally purchase from the store, I will never need anything! These look great.


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    Suzi - May 16, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    My husband invited a friend over for dinner the other day. “Nothing fancy,” he told our friend. “Just hamburgers with the fixin’s.”

    Our friend went into what burger buns he liked and where we could buy them. Little did he know I’ve been making my own hamburger buns for years. So much better than store bought. Our friend agrees.


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    Karly - May 16, 2011 @ 9:17 am

    I have to agree…homemade hamburger buns are AMAZING. These look way better than the standard (read: boring) recipe I usually use.


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    Amy @ A Little Nosh - May 16, 2011 @ 10:22 am

    Is granulated yeast different than the little packets?


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    SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen - May 16, 2011 @ 11:16 am

    We make our hamburger and hotdog buns too — and we will never go back! Your recipe looks great. What I love about ours is that it is ready in 40 minutes from start to finish! These have been a life saver for us.


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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum - May 16, 2011 @ 11:29 am

    Awesome idea! I love it – usually store bought buns are way too … mushy… for my liking! These look perfect.


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    sara - May 16, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

    Yum, love it! Great idea of make your own buns – love that you can customize exactly which types of toppings you like! :)


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    chris woods - May 16, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

    While this is a good recipe I must tell you that after years of baking both professionally and privately, I’ve made thousands of hamburger buns from a recipe found 35+years ago in a Fleischmann’s Yeast booklet that was handed out with my first KitchenAid mixer. It’s the simplest, best tasting, best textured hambuger bun you’d ever want the pleasure of making, baking & feeding to your family. I’d be glad to share it with you if you’d like me to send it to you. Just let me know. BTW, sorry I missed the yogurt machine giveway. I was traveling from FL to MN taking my 80 yr old Mom north for the summer. We eat tons of yogurt & w/girls in college I just decided 2 weeks ago to start making my own. I sure could use a yogurt maker but for now I’ll be making it in some of my empty canning jars w/ my trusty thermometer. Good eating to you-)


    • Julie Perona replied: — April 13th, 2015 @ 2:41 PM

      I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOUR HAMBURGER BUN RECIPE. Is this a whole wheat bun recipe?

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    Lisa N - May 16, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

    i love artisan bread in 5! their brioche dough is great. i will have to try this :)


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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - May 16, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

    These look lovely! I love making my own hamburger buns!


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    Aimee @ Simple Bites - May 16, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

    Love these, Katie. They are on my list for this summer. I can’t stand store bought hamburger buns – but we always end up using them. How do you think they would freeze?


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    Heather - May 16, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

    These look fabulous Katie! I’m not a fan of store bought hamburger buns, but have never gotten the nerve to make my own. But you have changed my mind! :) And I love that they are whole wheat. Looking forward to trying these soon.


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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - May 16, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

    Love that book! I’ve made their brioche dough before and it’s so buttery, yum!


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    Tickled Red - May 16, 2011 @ 10:59 pm

    Love these!! I’ll never buy store bought again you have inspired me :)


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    katrina - May 17, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    Stop it, your killing me with yummy-ness-es!


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    Jan - May 17, 2011 @ 10:17 am

    I have a hankering for homemade burgers and I was looking for a recipe for buns yesterday. I had no luck so I refrigerated my patties & figured to buy some buns today. But you’ve saved the day. I’m going straight to the kitchen to get these started now.
    Thanks so much! I’m going to put that book on my wish list.


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    Brenda - May 18, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    I’m wondering how many lbs. the brioche dough recipe makes? I’m wanting more buns than 6 for the weekend.


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — May 18th, 2011 @ 11:22 AM

      The full dough recipe is 4 lbs. of dough, so that would be about 20 hamburger buns.

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    Jamie | My Baking Addiction - May 18, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

    I have never tried to make homemade hamburger buns, but these sound pretty awesome!


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    Lynn J - May 20, 2011 @ 11:16 pm

    I am going to make these tomorrow as I just put Jamie’s pulled pork recipe in my crock pot. I love homemade hamburger buns and they are pretty simple to make. Thanks


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    Keri - May 21, 2011 @ 8:48 pm

    Katie, If I cannot get the three cups whole hard white wheat what can I use?? I would like to use something other than all purpose flour.


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — May 22nd, 2011 @ 9:07 AM

      I would look for a whole wheat baking flour at the grocery store. I know king Arthur brand sells an already ground white hard wheat on their website, not sure in store but I have seen some of their stuff in my grocery store.

  • 24
    Carolyn - June 11, 2011 @ 6:34 pm

    I’ve been wanting a good burger bun recipe.



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    ellen malloy - May 11, 2014 @ 4:27 pm

    these buns were ridiculously easy to make and are so unreasonably delicious that I seriously am eating one even though I just ate dinner. Thank you!!!!


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