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These Homemade Hamburger Buns are incredibly fast, easy and delicious!  In less than an hour, you can have soft and fluffy hamburger buns without going to the store.  Make this 40 minute hamburger bun recipe for your next cookout!

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Anyone else baking up a storm lately?  I normally buy hamburger buns, but recently I had a craving for burgers and didn’t want to go to the store.  Instead, I whipped up this 40 minute hamburger bun recipe and I was astonished by how easy there were, not to mention delicious!

The best hamburger bun recipe

I was suspicious that a recipe with such a short rise time could be good, but I was in a pinch and needed burger buns fast.  After making these several times, and some other recipes with longer rise times, my husband swears up and down that this is the best hamburger bun recipe I have ever made.

Photo of yeast mixed with water, oil and sugar. Second photo showing the same mixture five minutes later. It is foamy.

How do you make hamburger buns from scratch?

This recipe for hamburger buns is surprisingly easy.  Simply mix the yeast with some warm water, sugar and oil.  Then let it sit for 5 minutes.  This step “wakes up” the yeast, and the sugar is food for the yeast to start creating gas. After five minutes, you will see that the mixture has become foamy.  This means your yeast is doing what it is supposed to do!

Step by step photos for making hamburger buns 1. Dough in a bowl 2. Dough shaped into a ball 3. cutting the dough in half 4. cutting the dough in fourths 5. the dough cut into 8 pieces 6. Each pieces rolled into a ball.

Next, you mix in an egg, the flour, and salt.  Continue to add flour until you have a soft dough.  You can do this step by kneading with your hands, or you can use your stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, which is what I did.

Then you will quickly shape the dough into a ball and divide into 8 pieces. I use a bench scraper to do this.  Shape each piece into a ball, then arrange on a greased or lined baking sheet.  Cover and allow rise for 10 minutes.  While the dough is rising, preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

Brushing an egg wash on to unbaked burger buns

How to make an egg wash

In order to make the most beautiful burger buns, I decided to use an egg wash for a nice shiny and golden top, sprinkled with sesame seeds.  To make an egg wash, simply mix one egg yolk with 1 tablespoon of water.  Brush the mixture over the tops of the burger buns, then sprinkle with sesame seeds.

After the 10 minute rise time, then being brushed with the egg wash and sesame seeds, the burger buns are ready to go into the oven.  After 8-12 minutes, you will have soft, fluffy and golden hamburger buns, fresh from the oven.

Unbaked hamburger buns ready to go into the oven

Next time you want to grill some burgers, be sure to make this 40 minute hamburger bun recipe first.  I suggest adding my Best Ever Grilled onions to your burger.  And speaking of burgers, have you tried my Shallot White Cheddar Burger?

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40 minute hamburger buns

4.47 from 468 votes
Prep 30 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Servings 8 buns


  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water about 110 degrees
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

For topping

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 TBSP water
  • 2 TBSP sesame seeds


  • Add yeast and warm water to a large bowl. Add oil and sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, mixture should be foamy.
  • Whisk in egg. Slowly mix in the salt and flour. Continue to add flour until you have a soft dough.
  • Using a dough hook, knead in a mixer for 3-5 minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic. (If you don't want to use a mixer, you can knead by hand on a lightly floured surface.) Do not let rise. Divide into 8 equal pieces; shape each into a ball. Do not let the dough rise.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place the dough balls on a greased or lined baking sheet. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rest for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, brush the buns with an egg was, then sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake until golden brown, 8-12 minutes.


Store buns in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Or, freeze for up to one month. 


Serving: 1bun | Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 302mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 62IU | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Baked Goods/Breads
Cuisine: American
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adapted from Taste of Home


Hello! I’m Meghan.

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  1. 5 stars
    These are so easy and quick to make. There so much better than store bought.
    I make them often. They’re not just good for burgers too good for any kind of sandwich. They’re even good toasted. You’ve got to try this recipe. It’s really worth it.

  2. How do you get yours to come out so toasty on top? I put the egg wash on my buns the air went out of them. And I wish I could post a picture of them. They uhumm… Got a little “out of hand”. 🤣

    1. Hi, if they deflated when you brushed on the egg wash, they were probably over proofed. This can happen when you allow them to rise too long or if you let them rise on top of a hot oven (warm temperature makes the yeast work faster). Once they deflate, they tend to be dense after baking.

  3. 5 stars
    Super easy, quick perfect burger buns. I go slightly lighter on the sugar and I divide the dough into ten even pieces (weigh them out to ~102 grams each). They fit the burgers I make better at this smaller size. I keep an eye on them but about 8 or so minutes in the oven. They freeze well too!

    Thanks for a great go to!

  4. These are incredible, I can’t believe I can make them!
    Have made around 6 times now, trying a few different things:
    1. Coconut sugar – excellent, can’t tell difference
    2. Grapeseed oil – fluffier than olive oil
    3. “Just egg” egg replacer – lighter, fluffier, bigger, taste better.
    THANK YOU for this amazing recipe!