Homemade Hamburger Buns
Soft, fluffy and hearty, these homemade hamburger buns are perfect for serving with hamburgers, black bean burgers, or even barbeque! Hamburger buns from the store often contain a laundry list of ingredients that are difficult to pronounce, but this recipe only contains 6 simple ingredients that are likely already in your pantry.
Throughout the summer, there seem to be a variety of cookouts, whether they be Fourth of July parties, graduation celebrations or church events. Everyone is having cookouts in the summer, and I have a feeling you probably have one coming up soon, if you haven’t already been to one! Now, I’ll be honest, I’m a carb-loving girl, so I typically go the chip bowl (or the desserts!) before I hit the burger table. I mean, the store-bought buns just aren’t super appealing to me anyway.
At least, the burgers weren’t that interesting until these homemade hamburger buns showed up.
These hamburger buns are soft and incredibly fluffy. Yet, they are sturdy enough to hold a juicy burger with a million different toppings. Because who just eats a plain burger?? Definitely not me! Not only are these hamburger buns delicious and perfect for all your summertime cookouts, but they are made with simple ingredients; no chemicals or preservatives needed!
(Oh, and just in case you’re wondering, the “burgers” in the photos are actually veggie burgers because I decided I didn’t want to spend money on ground beef just for a photo shoot 😉 )
Ingredients You Need
All-Purpose Flour~ For the best light, fluffy texture, white flour works best. Whole wheat flour will result in hamburger buns that are very dense, so I wouldn’t recommend substituting with that.
Warm Water~ You could also use milk if you prefer.
Olive Oil~ I love using olive oil, but another oil or melted butter or melted coconut oil would work.
Honey~ I like to add honey for just a touch of sweetness. You could substitute with another liquid or granulated sweetener if you wish.
Yeast~ I use instant yeast, but active dry yeast will work as well. The dough might just take a bit longer to rise.
Salt~ Don’t forget the salt! The hamburger buns will be flavorless without it.
To make the hamburger buns, whisk together the water, instant yeast and honey and let the mixture sit until it becomes foamy. Then, add the yeast mixture to a large bowl along with the flour, olive oil and salt. You could use a stand mixer fitted with a dough attachment and let the machine knead the dough, but I like to use my hands. Let the dough rise until it’s nice and puffy. Then you get to punch down the dough (my favorite part!).
To form the hamburger buns, split the dough into roughly eight equal pieces. Take a piece and shape it into a small circle. Fold the circle in half, then bring the other ends together to create a ball of dough. You can also gently roll the dough between your hands to help shape it into a ball. Repeat this process with the remaining dough and then brush the unbaked hamburger buns with egg wash. Egg wash gives the hamburger buns a shiny, golden color when baked. I also like to sprinkle them with everything bagel seasoning for extra flavor.
These hamburger buns smell heavenly when they come out of the oven; it’s hard not to eat them all right away! Homemade hamburger buns will definitely be on repeat in my house this summer….and fall….and winter….let’s just make that year-round 😀
Whether you serve for your family and friends, or maybe just to yourself, these homemade hamburger buns will be quickly devoured. You just might need to make a double batch!
Oh, and if you love this recipe, make sure to check out my Honey Wheat Sandwich Bread too! Hope you enjoy 🙂
Homemade Hamburger Buns
- 1 1/4 cups warm water or milk between 100 °F and 110 °F
- 2 1/4 tsp instant or active dry yeast one standard packet
- 2 tbsp honey or sweetener of choice
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 large egg
- 1 tbsp milk
- sesame seeds or everything bagel seasoning optional
- In a small bowl, whisk together the warm water or milk, instant or active dry yeast and honey. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture is bubbly.
- To a large bowl, add the foamy yeast/water mixture, olive oil and salt. Whisk to combine before adding the flour. Stir until a shaggy dough forms, then dump the dough out onto a floured work surface. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes. If the dough gets sticky, you may need to add an additional 1/4 cup of flour.
- Grease a large bowl with olive oil and then place the dough into the bowl. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise at room temperature for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until double in size.
- Once the dough has risen, punch it down and knead for about a minute. Transfer the dough to a clean work surface and roll it into a thick log shape. Divide the dough into roughly eight equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover the pan with a kitchen towel and let rise 30 minutes or until the dough is puffy.
- In the meantime, whisk together the egg and 1 tbsp of milk to make an egg wash, and preheat the oven to 350 °F.
- Once the unbaked hamburger buns are done rising, brush each one with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds or everything bagel seasoning if desired. Bake the hamburger buns for 30 minutes or until puffy and golden brown. Allow to cool before slicing each one in half and serving. Enjoy!