Easy Homemade Hamburger Rolls

I’m obsessed with making my own hamburger and sandwich buns! Finding an acceptable bun to buy at the market has become impossible. With ingredient lists a mile long full of all kinds of unhealthy sugars I’ve given up. I don’t understand why buns and breads are being bombarded with a ton of unnecessary sugars – some brands use three different kinds!

Just the thought of making my own rolls used to intimidate me. It only took one time to thoroughly hook me. And convince me I could never go back to buying them. Aside from the ease, they are far superior to any you can buy. Nothing beats a warm, soft, crusty roll straight out of the oven! All it takes is a little planning ahead.

I’ve professed my love for these very same buns before, a recipe that comes from King Arthur Flour. I’ve since made them using all white whole wheat (from King Arthur, of course!) and with bread flour, both successfully. They’re versatile and can be adapted to fit your specific needs and tastes.

For a soft(er) crust lightly brush melted butter over top; a beaten egg will produce a shinier, crustier finish. Use beaten egg to adhere poppy or sesame seeds over top, they stick better than with butter.

Easy Homemade Hamburger Rolls

Rating: 51

Cook Time: 16 minutes

Yield: 8 rolls

Easy Homemade Hamburger Rolls


1 package active dry yeast (7 grams)
1 cup lukewarm water (110-115 F.)
1/4 cup granulated sugar + 1 tablespoon
2 tablespoons butter
1 egg
3 + 1/2 cups flour (all-purpose, bread, white whole wheat or a combo)
1 + 1/4 teaspoons salt
for topping (optional):
1 egg
sesame or poppy seeds


  1. In a small bowl dissolve yeast in the warm water, stir in sugar and allow to sit until bubbly, 5-10 minutes.
  2. Mix all of the dough ingredients together including the yeast mixture. Knead either by hand (on a floured surface, adding flour as needed), mixer, or bread machine until you get a soft, smooth dough.
  3. Put the dough in an large, oiled bowl, cover and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  4. Gently deflate the dough. On a floured board or counter top divide dough into 8 equal pieces, shape each piece into a circle about 1? thick and flatten to about 3? across. Place the buns on a lightly greased baking sheet, cover, and let rise for about an hour or until very puffy.
  5. Preheat oven to 375°F. Beat egg with 1 tablespoon water, brush over tops and sprinkle with seeds.
  6. Bake for 12 to 16 minutes until lightly golden. Cool on wire racks.


Adapted from King Arthur Flour


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  1. Brenda says

     Reeni, my friend, these are my favourite burger buns!  I just made them last week.  Hey, I just took Portuguese Muffins out of the oven – KAF!  Have you made them?  This is my first time.  I’m so excited to use them in sandwiches tomorrow.  Have a great weekend!!!

    • Reeni says

      The Portugese Muffins sound familiar – I think I may have seen them on
      another blog recently. I am going to check them out – thanks! You are the
      closest thing I have to a food soul sister! Happy Weekend!

  2. Jill says

    Wow! Hamburger buns. I never would have thought to make my own but now…I’m reconsidering that….Do you know how long these last?

    • Reeni says

      Hi Jill! I’m sorry I don’t. They usually disappear pretty fast in my house.
      I’m going to say 4 or 5 days…I’m sure you can freeze the extras too.

  3. William Stoneman says

    As a child growing up in 1954 on a Central Michigan farm…I just couldn’t understnad why we couldn’t have “store bought” hamburger buns and/or hot dog buns like the rest of the kids had at the one room school we attended.   Now I know what my mom knew….

  4. BeadedTail says

    We will certainly have to try those!  I love homemade bread and like you have always been disappointed in store bought buns.  How many does this recipe make?  Can you freeze them?

    Smooches and nosetaps to handsome Moon!

  5. Pam Greer says

    This is almost identical to the moomies buns recipe that floats all over the internet!  It looks like the only difference is the +1 tablespoon of sugar. 

  6. Mari's Cakes says

    Reeni, these look just wonderful!! I have your recipe saved already, I soon as I try it I’ll let you know. Have a great weekend :)

  7. Nichol says

    Wow so easy.  I have wanted to make my own buns for a while now, gonna try this recipe, they look great!

  8. Pegauslegend24 says

    nice job they look great! I love the new layout of your blog wish you can come over and design mine too!

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