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Hamburger Buns

January 23, 2015 (Last Updated: June 1, 2020)

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Homemade hamburger buns are so much better than anything you can buy in the store.  

Hamburger buns are so versatile. You can use them for dinner rolls (before you slice them), sandwich rolls, Sloppy Joes, and yes, hamburgers.  I made these hamburger buns with Sloppy Joes in mind. I don’t like my buns too big. These are somewhere between a regular hamburger bun and a slider sized bun.  

Round rolls topped with sesame seeds.

I often use these buns when making Baked Ham and Cheese Sandwiches and  BBQ Pulled Pork. They are a perfect match.

Three hamburger buns topped with white sesame seeds.


A basket full of rolls with wedges of watermelon and orange soda behind the basket.

I may be the only one in my family who loves sesame seeds on my buns.  It’s not that they don’t like them, but if they had their choice, they would go with no seeds.  You can decide…with or without.

I would still use the egg wash if you decide to go without.  The egg wash gives the buns a beautiful color and sheen.

Sesame seeds on top of rounds buns.

I often make a batch of the hamburger buns for dinner and freeze any leftover buns. To freeze, make certain buns are fully cooled.  Place in a single layer in a freezer bag. Place bag flat in your freezer.

To thaw, simply remove bag and let sit at room temperature until thawed. 

If you love baking your own bread, you might want to try these recipes too – homemade bagels, honey oat bread, hot dog buns and homemade pita bread. 

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A basket full of hamburger buns with sesame seeds.

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Homemade Hamburger Buns

Hamburger Buns

Homemade hamburger buns
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 18 Buns
Calories 34 kcal


  • 1 1/2 Cups Water
  • 2 packages yeast
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter (softened)
  • 1 whole Egg and 1 Egg Yolk (save white for glazing buns)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/2 - 5 1/2 Cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

Egg Wash

  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup water


  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame seeds for top of buns.


  • Mix water, yeast and 1 cup flour together. Let sit for 10 minutes until mixture becomes bubbly. Mix in remaining ingredients except for sesame seeds and egg wash. Always start with the lower amount of flour. Continue adding the remaining flour as needed.
  • Knead in a stand mixer for 5 minutes, or for 10 minutes by hand.
  • Cover and let rise until doubled.
  • Gently deflate and divide dough in half. Working with one half at a time, divide into thirds and then each into thirds again.
  • Each original half will be cut into 9 equal pieces.
  • Roll each piece into a round shape.
  • Place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper, or lightly sprayed with a non-stick spray. After placing on sheet, gently press down on the top to create the hamburger bun shape. I usually let the buns rest for a couple of minutes and then press again. They seem to give a bit more and also hold their shape better.
  • Cover and let rise again for 30 minutes.
  • Use a pastry brush and brush buns with the egg wash. Sprinkle sesame seeds across the top.
  • Heat oven to 350 and bake for 20-22 minutes.


Calories: 34kcalCarbohydrates: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 214mgPotassium: 8mgSugar: 2gVitamin A: 60IUCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.1mg
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  • Reply
    March 6, 2017 at 1:16 am

    I’ve always been too intimidated to make my own hamburger buns but this seems totally do-able. I’ll have to try these out this grilling season!

    • Reply
      March 7, 2017 at 5:23 am

      Very doable! Give them a try!

  • Reply
    March 5, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    These look better than store brought! Will have to try my hand at making these.

    • Reply
      March 7, 2017 at 5:23 am

      I make these whenever I can! You just can’t go wrong with homemade.

  • Reply
    Sue Ringsdorf
    March 5, 2017 at 9:47 am

    5 stars
    What is better than making homemade hamburger buns?! These look delicious and I can’t wait to try them!

    • Reply
      March 7, 2017 at 5:21 am

      I hope you give them a try!

  • Reply
    Michelle @ The Last Food Blog
    March 4, 2017 at 5:09 am

    These are perfect! I’m all for sesame seeds 😉

    • Reply
      March 4, 2017 at 8:50 am

      I agree….I love sesame seeds!

  • Reply
    Katie Crenshaw
    March 3, 2017 at 4:36 am

    5 stars
    These look lovely, Kathy! I have never had homemade hamburger buns. Now I think I need to! YUM!

    • Reply
      March 4, 2017 at 8:51 am

      They will take your burger to a whole new level!

  • Reply
    Elaine @ Dishes Delish
    March 1, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I know this is probably funny but I’ve never thought of making my own hamburger buns! You have inspired me!

    • Reply
      March 1, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      I hope you give them a try! They are so worth the little bit of effort!

  • Reply
    February 27, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    5 stars
    I think you have just made my husbands day! He will love the homemade buns… he always complains that the store-bought taste like paper…

    • Reply
      February 28, 2017 at 5:11 am

      These are definitely full of flavor! I hope he love these homemade buns!

  • Reply
    Heather - Butter&Burlap
    March 18, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Whaaa?! Homemade hamburger buns?! My burgers just took a giant leap forward to flavor town! I’ve never attempted homemade buns before but these look like real winners! This recipe will without a doubt come in handy this summer. Mmmm can’t wait!

    • Reply
      March 18, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      Just think how impressed everyone will be with you!

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    February 16, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Made these on our snow/sleet day! I didn’t have sesame seeds, so I used Chia seeds on top instead. Can’t wait until tonight’s burgers!

    • Reply
      February 16, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      Chia seeds! What a clever idea. Let me know how they turn out. Hope you enjoy your snow day!

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        February 17, 2015 at 1:37 am

        The buns were the BEST ever! A hit with everyone! I’m already thinking of what kind of sandwich I can make with them for tomorrow’s lunch. And I used the bread machine to knead the dough, so they were easy to make.

        • Reply
          February 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm

          So glad they turned out. I love that you used the bread machine!

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