I’ve tried several different recipes for homemade hamburger buns, but we didn’t really like any of them. They weren’t light and fluffy. They were solid and dense – almost like me sometimes. Hahahah! Oh come on. You know that was funny.
I found a recipe that was okay, but I needed to switch the method around and the ingredients….and it was AWESOME! These are the best homemade hamburger buns I’ve ever had, so I want to share them with you. You’ve earned it – you need a burger. And a burger isn’t a burger without a bun. You can quote me on that.
You’ll need warm water, melted butter, honey, yeast, salt, egg, and white wheat flour. I used freshly ground hard white wheat. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the warm water and yeast. Stir it around a bit and then let it sit for five minutes. It will get all foamy and cool looking.
Now, add the melted butter (make sure it’s cooled off), honey, and egg. Turn the mixer to setting 1 and let it all combine. Add 2 cups of flour and beat until smooth (I usually use #2 on my mixer). Now, add the salt and the rest of the flour that you need to get a kneadable dough. Knead on setting #1 for 6 minutes.
As usual, I wait before adding too much flour to avoid a dry bread. I ended up adding almost 3 cups of flour, but not until the very end when I could tell it needed it.
When you start making bread regularly, you’ll just learn what looks right. Your dough should look like this – holding together and springy….not doughy and stringy. Cover your mixer bowl and let the dough sit for about 10 minutes.
This recipe makes 8 hamburger buns. Divide your dough into 8 equal pieces and pat them into circles like shown. You could use a biscuit cutter, but why dirty it up?
Put them on a well greased cookie sheet, or cover a sheet with parchment paper. I used my Kitchen Aid silicone mat….I don’t use it often because I think it smells weird – but I do use it when I want to make sure something won’t stick. Now, flatten those babies out.
Remember, they’re going to raise so you want to make sure they aren’t too fat. It’s really hard to get a tall bun into your mouth. Think about a cookie….think about how tall you want them to be and divide that by half. Or, just be like me and wing it.
Cover the pan with a dish towel and let them raise until doubled. Mine usually take about an hour, but it depends on the temperature of your kitchen.
Once they’re ready to go, you can pop them straight into a 350 degree oven or you can jazz them up a bit. If you want to make them look fancy, you can brush the tops with a beaten egg white and then sprinkle with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or even Italian seasoning. I like Italian seasoning, but I left this batch plain.
Bake for about 15 minutes or until they are golden brown, like shown. Inhale. I love baking bread….it makes my house smell DIVINE.Use a serrated knife to cut them open and fill with a burger or sloppy joes.
After we have dinner, I freeze the rest of the batch so I have burger buns if I need them….and who knows when you might need a burger? I like to be prepared.
Homemade Hamburger Buns
- ¾ cup warm water
- 3 teaspoons yeast
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 ½ – 3 cups white wheat flour (hard white wheat, ground)
- In the bowl your stand mixer, combine the warm water and yeast. Let sit for 5 minutes.
- Add the honey, melted butter, and egg. Beat until smooth.
- Add 2 cups of flour. Beat until smooth.
- Add salt and remaining flour until you get a kneadable dough. Knead on setting 1 for 6 minutes.
- Cover dough and let it rest for 10 minutes.
- Divide dough into 8 pieces and shape into buns. Place buns on a greased/parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Flatten.
- Let buns rise until doubled. If desired, brush with beaten egg white and sprinkle with Italian seasoning, poppy seeds, or sesame seeds.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Slice with a serrated knife.
Stores wonderfully in the freezer.