No need to buy store-bought when you can make the best homemade hamburger buns right at home!

These hamburger buns are light and fluffy like the small Hawaiian buns you see at the market, and they’re made with wholesome ingredients. 

And if you’re watching your calories, just alter the size of the burger to fit into your dietary plan. Make bread machine hamburger buns for a BBQ, a party, or even to freeze ahead for whenever burgers or sliders are on the menu!

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Types of Hamburger Buns

This recipe for homemade hamburger buns can be so versatile for any kind of meal! Modify according to personal preferences. These burger buns are soft yet hold up well to a juicy burger. There are sure some great choices for delish burger buns!

  • Brioche buns are eggy and dense, perfect for burgers with dressing. They are a little smaller, perfect for kids, or people watching their caloric intake!
  • Kaiser rolls are great burger buns because they are lighter and a little more fluffy than average burger buns. They usually have a sprinkle of sesame seeds on top for looks.
  • Ciabatta rolls are usually square and very dense. Perfect for presentation and burgers that have multiple toppings or add-ins!
  • Potato buns use a little potato flour in addition to the whole wheat flour and makes for a dense, almost spongy bun. These are great for thick and juicy burgers!

Make mini-buns for sliders, or use whole wheat for a healthy twist. Baking hamburger buns at home is super easy!

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How to Make Hamburger Buns from Scratch

The ingredients are super simple! All you have to do is shape the rolls, allow them to rise, then pop them in the oven!

  1. Place recipe ingredients into a bread machine (or bowl if using mixer or hand kneading).
  2. Follow bread machine instructions (or mix and thoroughly knead by hand).
  3. Gently remove dough and form into balls on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover with a damp towel and let rise.
  4. Reshape balls of bread dough to remove air and replace. Spray with lukewarm water and allow to rise again (per recipe below).
  5. Brush rolls with egg wash and bake in a preheated oven!

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How to Toast Hamburger Buns

Hamburger buns are the best when they are toasted! Here’re a few tips to get a perfectly toasted bun every time.

  • On the grill: Brush cut side of buns with oil or butter and place cut sides down on grill until toasted and browned.
  • Under the broiler: Place oven rack at top of the oven. Heat broiler, place the cut side of buns on a baking sheet. Broil close to the heat source until browned.
    • Set the timer for a minute and check so they don’t burn! (Don’t forget about them!)

Once toasted, take a raw clove of garlic and rub it on the toasted part for a little extra flavor!

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Storing Homemade Hamburger Buns

Once buns are fully cooled, they can be kept at room temperature in a zippered bag, Stasher Bag, or airtight container. They should last on the countertop for about four days.

Because the ingredients don’t include chemical preservatives, homemade hamburger buns should be used fairly quickly.

However, hamburger buns can be refrigerated or even frozen! Just put them in a Stasher Bag or zippered bag labeled with the date and pop them in the freezer. When ready to use, allow to thaw at room temperature.

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These homemade hamburger buns are also terrific with chicken burgers, pulled pork, dijon chicken or sloppy joes.

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Homemade Hamburger Buns

These homemade buns are fresh, fluffy and full of flavor. They're perfect for burgers or pulled pork sandwiches!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 12 buns
Author Candace

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour or all purpose flour
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ cup dry milk
  • 2 teaspoons dry yeast

Egg Wash:

  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon water

Topping:

Instructions 

  • To the bread pan, with the mixing blade in, add water, egg, flour, salt, sugar, butter, dry milk, and yeast. *See Notes for mixing with mixer or by hand
  • With bread pan installed, close lid and choose “Knead and First Rise” or similar option on your breadmaker. This cycle takes 1 hour and 40 minutes for my machine. *See Notes for mixing with mixer or by hand
  • Once the dough is ready, remove from bread maker (or bowl) and gently knead 4-5 times.
  • Divide into 12 pieces and roll into balls. Place on parchment lined baking tray. Cover with a damp (clean) tea towel and allow to rise for 20 minutes. Reroll and flatten slightly, placing about half an inch apart on the parchment.
  • Spray lightly with water and allow to rise about 45-60 minutes, or until doubled in size. Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Beat together egg and water. Brush top with egg mixture and sprinkle with sesame seeds if using. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Notes

*To make using a mixer, place all ingredients in the bowl of stand mixer. Mix on low using dough hook until dough is well mixed and coming away from the sides, about 10 minutes. Place in an oiled bowl and allow to rest for 90 minutes, or until doubled in size.
*To make by hand, mix ingredients together well and knead about 15 minutes or until dough is smooth and no longer sticky. Place in an oiled bowl and allow to rest for 90 minutes, or until doubled in size.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 240 | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 478mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 301IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Bread
Cuisine American

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