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Quick and Easy Homemade Hamburger Buns

There are times when I just forget to get a sourdough bread recipe going in time for dinner. These quick and easy homemade hamburger buns are a go to for me when I fail to plan. Don’t let the simplicity of this recipe fool you, these are very soft and delicious! A regular in our home!

Summertime is the perfect opportunity to take the cooking outside. Whether it be burgers or dogs, a fresh soft bun is the perfect accompaniment to your next backyard barbecue!

hamburger bun with sesame seeds on top

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During the summer months, we love to have burgers and fries at least once a month. Usually, I plan ahead and make my sourdough hamburger buns https://therosehomestead.com/sourdough-hamburger-buns/

However, there are times when I am in a pinch and need a quick hamburger bun recipe. This quick and easy hamburger bun recipe is a real hit in our home.

These hamburger buns are soft and delicious! Since we are using instant yeast, they are also quick and easy to make!

I think we all have those times when we get busy doing things and dinner time comes to mind after it’s too late to make something long fermented.

When this happens, I don’t sweat it. I just throw together a quick yeasted bread product so we will have what we need for that particular meal.

a hamburger with lettuce and carrot fries on the side

Why you will love this recipe for quick and easy homemade hamburger buns:

This recipe can be made start to finish in under 2 hours.

There is only one rise making it super quick to make.

These hamburger buns are made with a combination of whole wheat and all-purpose flour.

They are so soft and delicious making them the perfect vessel for burgers and sandwiches.

What you will need to make this recipe:

Flour:

I use a combination of freshly milled Kamut and all-purpose Kamut. You can make these with all all-purpose flour, 1/2 whole wheat, all whole wheat or any combination you choose.

Tip for using all freshly milled flour

If you want to use all freshly milled flour, mix the water and flour together and allow to soak for 30 minutes. This will soften the bran and germ. It’s harder to develop gluten and knead properly if these are not softened.

wheat berries in a bowl

Yeast:

This recipe is made with instant yeast. However, if you only have active dry yeast on hand, you can use that as well.

To proof active dry yeast add 2 1/4 tsp of active dry yeast to 1/2 cup of warm water. Cover and let sit for 5-10 minutes or until foamy.

If it doesn’t foam after 10 minutes the yeast may be dead and you will need to buy a fresh batch.

Salt:

I prefer to use Redmond’s real salt.

Water:

Use a filtered, non-chlorinated water. Well water works great as well.

Olive Oil:

The olive oil gives the buns their soft texture. I like to use a high quality organic extra virgin olive oil.

You can use melted butter, coconut oil, or avocado oil if you want.

crumb of hamburger bun

Equipment used to make this recipe:

If you choose to use freshly milled flour, you will need a grain mill. There are so many to choose from. There are impact mills and stone mills. I have used both and always go back to the Nutrimill impact mill.

Wheat berries with grain mill in sight

I always recommend the Nutrimill Classic. It’s easy to use and one of the most inexpensive high powered electric grain mills you can buy. https://collabs.shop/rxide2

For kneading, I use a stand mixer. Of course, you can knead by hand and it can be very relaxing.

In my kitchen, I like using a stand mixer because of the volume of bread products I make. This little stand mixer is my favorite! After using several, I have always come back to the Nutrimill Artiste: https://collabs.shop/xmipvy

It is relatively inexpensive compared to other mixers and does an amazing job!

Step by step instructions for making quick and easy homemade hamburger buns:

Mixing the dough

In the bowl of a stand mixer add 1 1/4 cups of lukewarm water.

Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 3 teaspoons of instant yeast.

Mix until combined.

hand holding hamburger bun pressing in to show softness

Add 1 cup whole grain flour and 2 cups all-purpose flour along with 1 teaspoon of salt.

Kneading the dough

Mix until to combined and knead on speed 2 for 10 minutes or until the dough is soft and stretchy.

shaped hamburger bun dough on a baking sheet

Shaping the dough

Turn dough onto a work surface and divide into 8 equal portions.

Shape each portion into the shape of a hamburger bun.

Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

hamburger bun dough with egg wash and sesame seeds on top

Rising time

Cover with a damp tea towel or plastic wrap.

Allow to rise for about an hour or until puffy. This varies based on the temperature and humidity of your home. Allow 45 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes for rising.

Baking the hamburger buns

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Brust tops with an egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until lightly golden brown and internal temperature is at least 195 degrees F.

Storage tips

These easy homemade hamburger buns store well at room temperature in a bread bag for 5-7 days.

Alternatively, you can freeze them in a freezer safe container or bag for up to 6 months.

Make sure the buns are completely cooled before storing.

Can I use all all-purpose flour or bread flour?

Yes, this recipe will work great with any flour. If using all freshly milled flour, soak the flour in the water for 30 minutes before adding the other ingredients and kneading.

Is there a sourdough version of this hamburger bun?

Yes! Here is my recipe for sourdough hamburger buns: https://therosehomestead.com/sourdough-hamburger-buns/

Can I make these into hot dog buns?

Absolutely! Just shape into hot dog bun shapes before rising.

hand holding hamburger bun pressing in to show softness

Quick and Easy Homemade Hamburger Buns

Yield: 8 buns
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 28 minutes

Soft and fluffy homemade hamburger buns in less than 2 hours!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup whole grain flour
  • 2 cups all purpose flour

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the water, oil, and yeast. Mix until combined.
  2. Add the flour and salt.
  3. Mix until combine and knead a speed 2 for 10 minutes or until soft and stretchy.
  4. Turn dough onto a work surface.
  5. Divide into 8 equal parts.
  6. Shape each part into a hamburger shape.
  7. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and cover with a damp tea towel or plastic wrap.
  8. Allow to rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes. You want to buns to be puffy and double in size.
  9. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  10. Brush tops of buns with an egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  11. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until they are lightly golden brown. The internal temperature should be at least 195 degrees F.

Notes

This recipe can be made with a combination of flours or all all-purpose flour.

The olive oil in this recipe gives the buns their soft texture. You can substitute with Avocado oil.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 205Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 294mgCarbohydrates 36gFiber 2gSugar 0gProtein 5g

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