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You can have the best homemade burger buns in just 40 minutes. Seriously. This quick and easy, small batch hamburger bun recipe makes perfectly soft burger buns that are way better than store bought. They’re exactly what you want to hold burgers or cheeseburgers, sloppy joes, shredded beef or pulled pork sandwiches, and more.

40 Minute Hamburger Buns
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QUICK AND EASY SMALL BATCH HAMBURGER BUNS

I discovered this soft hamburger bun recipe a few years ago (from A Taste of Home) and shared it in a weekly dinner menu. Since then I’ve made a few modifications to the original recipe to make it even better!

They are perfect for enjoying homemade burgers however you like, from classic beef patties and cheeseburgers to healthy grilled turkey burgers and even veggie burgers.

What Makes THIS the Best Hamburger Bun RECIPE

There are a number of reasons that these quick 40 minute burger buns are simply amazing, and are sure to be your favorite go-to hamburger roll recipe:

  • The dough is very soft and elastic, which makes it ideal for kneading in a mixer with a dough hook.
  • Your house will smell of freshly baking bread.
  • Homemade burger buns can be enjoyed fresh, or frozen and saved for later.

Follow my simple steps below to make the best, softest small batch hamburger buns recipe in under an hour.

sheet pan of freshly baked hamburger buns

Ingredients

  • bread flour (can use all purpose flour)
  • active dry yeast
  • vegetable oil
  • egg
  • sugar
  • salt

Optional: sesame seeds

Although this recipe calls for bread flour (I recommend King Arthur bread flour), but you can easily substitute all-purpose flour. I find that bread flour yields a smoother bun that looks exactly like store bought buns.

But don’t skip the sugar! Since these buns have very little rise time, the sugar in the recipe helps provide a boost to the yeast.

How to shape HOMEMADE hamburger buns

  • After cutting the dough into 8 pieces, roll each piece into a ball.
  • To smooth the top, pinch the bottom of the dough repeatedly until the top of the ball is smooth.
  • Gently flatten the roll in your hand.
  • Place rolls 3 inches apart on a greased or parchment paper lined baking sheet or hamburger roll pan.
A baking sheet with 8 pieces of dough and a tea towel in the background

Tips for making PERFECTLY SOFT burger buns

  • Be sure to combine the yeast with warm water – not cold or too hot.
  • Let the shaped bun dough rest for the full suggested 20 minutes to fully proof and get the best rise.
  • When the rolls come out of the oven, immediately brush them with some melted butter and sprinkle on sesame seeds for delicious flavor.

suggestions for how to enjoy hamburger buns

These quick and easy homemade burger buns are perfect for serving traditional beef burgers or cheeseburgers, or your favorite veggie or turkey burgers.

Turkey Burgers and buns with roasted sweet potato fries ready to serve

They are also delicious to enjoy with sloppy joes, pulled pork or chicken, shredded chuck roast, or other saucy main dishes.

Or use them to jazz up classic sandwiches by swapping slices of bread with soft hamburger rolls.

Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t have a stand mixer. Can I knead this by hand?

Yes you can. Watch the video in this post to see how to properly knead dough. This dough is soft and pliable, so flour your countertop and hands well before kneading.

How will I know if the dough has been kneaded long enough?

The signs that dough has been kneaded long enough. The dough should feel smooth, like the inside of your cheek. It should be tacky but not sticky. And, you should be able to stretch the dough several inches without it tearing.

This recipe is for active dry yeast. I have instant yeast. Can I use that?

Yes, you can. Skip adding the yeast to the warm water, and add it to the flour. Go ahead and mix the dough together as in step 2 of the recipe.

How long will homemade burger buns keep well?

Store hamburger rolls in a sealed bag at room temperature for up to 4 or 5 days. These buns are great for freezing! Transfer cooled burger buns to an airtight bag, and keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

grilled turkey burger and bun ready to serve

HERE’S THE Best QUICK BURGER Bun Recipe:

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Hamburger Buns

These quick and easy buns take just 40 minutes to make. Plus they're freshly baked and taste amazing.
Course Bread, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword easy burger buns, homemade burger buns, homemade hamburger buns, quick hamburger buns, soft hamburger buns
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 8 buns
Calories 289kcal

Equipment

  • Baking Sheet

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water 95° to 105°
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups bread flour (all purpose flour can be substituted)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add oil and sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Add beaten egg, salt and 3 cups of flour and make a soft dough. If dough is too runny, add the rest of flour, 1/4 cup at a time.
  • Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead (by hand or using a dough hook in a stand mixer) until smooth and elastic, about 3-5 minutes. Immediately divide into 8 pieces and shape each into a ball. Place 3 in. apart on baking sheet (non-stick, greased, or cover with parchment paper). 
  • Cover and let rest for 20 minutes*. Bake for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Cut in half to serve.

Notes

*You can let the hamburger bun dough rise 10 minutes, but I have found that 20 minutes is optimal for the lightest buns.
Keep homemade burger buns at room temperature in an airtight bag for up to 4-5 days. To freeze, seal in a bag and keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
This recipe was inspired by Taste of Home

Nutrition

Serving: 1bun | Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 303mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

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