Homemade Hamburger Bun Recipe

hamburger buns

Summer BBQ time is here.  I love walking around the neighborhood on a summer evening and smelling all the wonderful smells coming form my neighbor’s backyards as they fire up their grills!  One of our good old summer stand by dinners is hamburgers on the grill.  I keep hamburger patties frozen in the freezer and we can just grab how ever many we need for however many people are there for dinner.

Sometimes though the problem is I don’t have any buns.  I use to always run to the store to pick up a pack but I have discovered that mixing up a batch of homemade hamburger buns is almost as easy as making an extra trip to the store and oh so much tastier.

Making your own hamburger buns is really easy.  Honest!  Once you enjoy a homemade hamburger bun it’s a little hard to go back to the store bought kind.

I just mix up a batch of dough in my Kitchen aid and then form it into buns instead of rolls or a loaf of bread.  This recipe makes 8 good size buns.

homemade hamburger buns

Let the dough rise for about 45 minutes or so. Give them a nice egg wash and a sprinkle of poppy seeds or sesame seeds if desired and they are ready to go into the oven.

homemade hamburger buns

Aren’t they pretty!??  The best part is they are delicious too.  They are so good in fact you will probably be tempted to eat one or two without the hamburger!

homemade hamburger buns

If you are grilling hot dogs instead of hamburgers just shape the dough into a hot dog shape and you are good to go.

homemade hamburger buns

If you end up with a few extra they freeze well too so the next time you pull a few burgers out of the freezer you’ll have the buns to go with them!

homemade hamburger buns

For other delicious bread recipes try these:

30 Minute Rolls

Easy French Bread

Slider Bun Recipe

English Muffin Bread



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Homemade Hamburger Bun Recipe

Yield: 8 hamburger buns


  • 1 C warm water
  • 3 Tbsp warm milk
  • 1 pkg active dry yeast
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten and divided
  • 3 1/3 C bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • poppy seeds and/or sesame seeds for top if desired


  • In a bowl combine warm water, milk, yeast and sugar. Let sit until foamy.
  • In a bowl combine flour and salt.
  • Add in butter and rub into flour with your fingers. It will form crumbs.
  • Mix in yeast mixture and 1 egg.
  • Knead until smooth and elastic. Dough will be slightly sticky.
  • Allow dough to rise for 1 hour or until doubled.
  • Divide dough into 8 equal pieces and form each into a ball.
  • Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  • Cover loosely with plastic wrap sprayed with non stick spray and allow to rise for about 1 hour.
  • Brush tops with remaining beaten egg and sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds if desired
  • Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes or until golden brown


  1. 1
    Angela says:

    I totally agree! I discovered this when I didn’t want to run to the store to get some buns. A fresh warm bun with a hamburger or bbq beef, to. die. for.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe. I’ll have to try that egg wash and see what it does. :)
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    These look so yummy and simple to make! I have been looking for a hamburger recipe as an alternative to store bought as we try to eliminate processed foods from our diet. I’ll have to try these for our next cookout. Thanks for sharing!
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    Hi Leigh Anne!

    Homemade buns are the best!

    I have a vegan version I’d like to share in case you have any readers looking for vegan buns: http://thehealthyfamilyandhome.com/how-to-make-homemade-vegan-hamburger-buns/

    I love the poppy seeds on yours! : )

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    Crystal says:

    I’ve never made homemade buns, but I’m definitely going to try! These look amazing!! I’m always needing hamburger buns in the summer and these will be wonderful. Thanks for the recipe!!

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    Oh, wow, I can almost smell and taste them already! Going to have to try these. Store-bought ones are so tasteless.
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    Shelley says:

    These look AMAZING! I am pinning this recipe and will def be using it!
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  7. 7

    These look wonderful! I just pinned your recipe, and can’t wait to try. Thanks for posting!
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  8. 8

    These look way good and I’ve been wondering about making my own. Going to pin this and try it out later! Thanks for sharing!
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    Stopping by from the Southern Lovely Show & Share. I like the idea of making my own buns…can’t wait to try this recipe! I would love to have you share it at The Shady Porch Rock N Share link party too! Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch
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  10. 10

    Yum! These would make any burger better:) I can’t wait to try these!
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    YUM…I make homemade buns all of the time, but I cheat a little bit. I use my bread machine to do all of the hard work for me :) I’ll have to try them as hot dog buns, don’t know why I never thought about it. Have a wonderful day Leigh Anne :)
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    Maria says:

    Oh my goodness these look fabulous! I’m pinning them!!
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    Taylor says:

    These look so healthy and fabulous! Homemade is definitely better :)

  14. 14

    Those buns look soooo good. Hugs, Beverly
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    Jackie says:

    I saw you at wildly original, I have been looking for a new burger bun recipe. Pinning these!

  16. 16

    Thanks for posting this, I’m going to try making them tonight.

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    Samantha D says:

    These look soft and perfect. Going to try these for sure. Pinned it.

    Samantha D
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    (Visiting from Southern Lovely)
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    Crystal & Co says:

    These look amazing! I shared them over on my How to Meal Plan Facebook community.

    Thanks for linking the recipe up!

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    Laura says:

    These look fantastic! Thanks for sharing!
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    Hema says:

    These look awesome. Can someone plz give an actual measurement for 1 packet active dry yeast. Thank you

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    Rebecca says:

    These look amazing! I never thought of making these at home, pinning for later! I would love for you to link these up at my first link party!


    Have a great night!
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  22. 22

    Fantastic ! Simple and looks delicious I pinned this so I may reference back to it :-)
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    Crystal says:

    What a great post! Never thought about making these myself. Would love you to share it at our Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party which is a summer theme this week! Visiting from the Pin Junkie link party! :)

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  24. 24

    Love fresh bread and these buns look great. Will def give it a go! Thank you for the inspiration and please share your great creations with us! Best of days ~ Sharon and Denise
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    Karly says:

    Not sure these would make it until the burgers were grilled, so gorgeous! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

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    I just love making rolls. Yours look so light and fluffy, the perfect roll. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures. This will be a feature.
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    Crystal & Co says:

    My readers loved this recipe.

    See your feature here: http://www.crystalandcomp.com/2013/06/best-mom-advice-62413/
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    Christine says:

    CONGRATS!! You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer! Come on over and grab your featured button, you deserve it! :)
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    Rebecca says:

    Hey there!

    Just stopping by to let you know you’ve been featured at the TGIF Link Party! The party goes live at 8pm EST tonight, and I would love for you to stop by and link up again this week as well as grab that feature button! Have a great day!


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  30. 30

    These hamburger buns look delicious. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above’s Blog Hop. The party will be back this week starting Tuesday and 8:00PM mountain time. We can’t wait to see what you have to share this week.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly
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    Cho Meem says:

    It’s really great but what did u actually mean by 1 pkg yeast?

  32. 32
    fabio says:

    thank you for the recipe, i love hamburger and was looking for a long time for this buns.
    Now, i don’t see anyone that actually made this buns recipe so i tried and this is my suggestion: 3 tbsp of sugar is way to much, the buns are to sweet. My dough did not rise enough so a bit dense inside the roll. Maybe it was to cold or i did not put enough yeast. Dividing by 8 balls the buns are small so i recommend dividing by 6 so the stuffing stay inside the roll.
    otherwise it looks beautiful thank you again

  33. 33
    Debra says:

    When dough is rising first time before being made into buns do you cover it?
    Thanks, Deb

    • 33.1
      Leigh Anne says:

      You can just place a light cloth over it

      • 33.1.1
        Debra says:

        I did try them before my post and my family LOVED them…and I wasnt sure so just wanted to touch base about covering them …gonna make them again today, thank you for sharing!!!! My husband thanks you too he ABSOLUTELY loved them (truly the way to his heart is his stomach…lol) Debra

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    Candice says:

    Hi? These look so so delicious! But I use only whole wheat when baking. Have you tried these with a white whole wheat flour? Thanks

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    Kathy says:

    Thank you for an awesome recipe…I made it vegan…I didn’t use any egg…I used almond/coconut milk, smart balance instead of butter, unbleached all purpose flour, and added 3 tbs of vital wheat gluten…this is by far the best and easiest recipe for hard rolls…mine came out huge!!!! Just beautiful!!! The taste phenomenal!!!! Thank you!!!!

  36. 36
    Melanie says:

    Perfect recipe!! I, as one of the other members, used my bread maker. Added the ingredients according to the bread maker’s manufacturing suggestions. I used the dough cycle. And, of course, did the rest by hand. Soooo good. Tried another recipe because I didn’t have the milk once. And much preferred this recipe. So I am back!! Thanks again for sharing.

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    Kirsten Stevenson says:

    I made these buns today. I had never made homemade bread before so I was very nervous how these would turn out. They were absolutely delicious! They were very easy to make and I plan on making them over and over again!

  38. 38
    Kristine says:

    Thank you so much for posting this!! Came out awesome as buns and as a loaf of bread! Just wonderful!


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