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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

4.48 from 488 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 the best burger buns recipe EVER!! Thank you so much for sharing this. My kitchen was a touch cold, so the yeast hadn’t frothed up after 5 mins, but I place in a warm spot and it just took another 5 minutes, otherwise the instructions were seamless and so easy to follow. Fluffy on the inside and perfectly crisp on the outside

  2. Note, the proportion of flour to liquid is very wrong in the 2x version.

    Follow the 1x version and double if you want. Recipe is great.

  3. 4 stars
    Is the dough really supposed to be that sticky/wet?
    Or did I miss something?
    And, can you include measurements in grams please?
    I’ve been looking for a soft HB bun recipe for a while. Hoping this one will work.

  4. 5 stars
    What a great recipe! I didn’t had any dry yeast at home so I used 2 packages of fresh yeast (which is quiet common here in Germany) and it turned out so good. The buns are huge, fluffy and tasty.
    Thank you so much! This recipe is a keeper for sure.

  5. 2 stars
    I do not know how on earth this recipe is meant to be successful with only a 10 minute proofing time? I followed all directions as stated and mine were incredibly dense, as well as cracking while cooking, a sign of underproofing. They were also still raw after 12 minutes. Buns usually proof for an hour and after seeing these results I definitely will be doing that in the future

    1. Hi Pepper – they proof quickly because they have such a large amount of yeast in them. Did you use the 2 tablespoons that was called for? If so, they do normally proof in that short time.

  6. In the instructions pre-heating the oven should be the first step.
    I had to wait for my oven to get hot and the buns over proofed leaving my buns dry.
    Kinda a let down.

  7. 5 stars
    I have been wanting to make hamburger buns for a long time and yesterday I decided to go for it. I found this recipe and man, am I glad I did!
    These were so easy and taste delicious.
    I’m definitely saving this for future use!

    1. Hi Barbara – one packet of yeast is 2 and 1/4 teaspoons. 1 tablespoon is 3 teaspoons. So for 2 tablespoons, you would need 5-6 packets (5 would be a little less than 2 tablespoons which is probably fine, 6 would be a little more so you would need to measure and remove the extra.)

      1. If one packet of yeast has 2.25 tsp and you need 6 tsp for 2 T, I believe you would need just under 3 packets, and not 5 or 6, right?

  8. The buns became a family favorite after the first bite. I make them at least once a week. I will never buy hamburger buns again. Thank you for sharing!!!

  9. 5 stars
    I made hot dog buns from this recipe and they turned out so good! I used about 75% home milled whole wheat flour (mix of hard red wheat, kamut, white wheat) and 25% white flour and they were so soft and delicious! This is my go to bun recipe! Thanks so much for the recipe.

  10. 5 stars
    Hey! Just made this yesterday with a mix of Einkorn AP flour and Italian 00 flour. I did have to add extra flour as usual when working with einkorn and 00 flour but they turned out great! So fluffy and delicious. My husband absolutely loved it too but it got me curious. Can this recipe possibly be used for making a loaf of bread too? I’m not very familiar with baking but everytime I’ve tried to make a loaf of bread with einkorn it doesn’t rise well or ends up crumby. Since the flour works well with this recipe for buns I’m wondering if it will work well with the same recipe for bread.

    1. Hi, I am so glad to hear they turned out well with einkorn flour! That can be a tricky flour to work with, I have not tested this recipe with einkorn. If you make a loaf of bread, I would suggest using a loaf pan to help the bread rise and hold its shape. I personally have not made this recipe in a loaf pan so I am not sure how it will turn out. But it could be a fun experiment! If you try it, let us know how it goes!

  11. 5 stars
    I can’t believe how good these turned out. First hamburger bun recipe I’ve ever tried and I will be sticking with it.
    For those asking how to get the buns so golden brown, adjust your rack to the position just above center, so the buns are just a bit closer to the top of the oven. The heat bouncing off the top of the oven will help the egg wash brown them nicely, and will prevent the bottoms from being too hard.

  12. 5 stars
    Made these today for Sloppy Joe’s we are having for dinner. Used Everything Bagel seasoning on the top. They came out wonderful! Recipe makes 8 large buns. If you want smaller ones..divide into 16. May do that next time. Thanks for posting this. This is definitely a keeper. 😀

      1. Hi Elleen – I have not tried that so I can’t be sure. Let us know if you try it!

  13. 5 stars
    These turned out beautiful and delicious! Just the right texture and flavor. I sprinkled the tops with flaky salt and sesame seeds. Yum! The only change I would make is to make 10 buns instead of 8. They were huge! So it depends on what size patties you are making.