These Easy Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns are soft, fluffy and tasty, while still providing the health benefits of whole grains. Homemade burger buns are easy and can be ready in just a few hours!
A healthier homemade hamburger bun
We love burgers, and the only thing that can make a juicy, grilled cheeseburger better is a fluffy homemade bun. My 40 minute hamburger bun recipe has been a go to for years, but I wanted to try my hand at a healthy burger bun recipe. I tested this recipe several times to make sure it would yield a soft and fluffy hamburger bun that is also healthy and full of fiber and whole grains.
How to make Healthy Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns
Sometimes baking with yeast can be a bit tricky, especially if you are new to baking. I’m going to share some tips to make it easier and you will have fluffy homemade hamburger buns before you know it! Use the photos in this post as a guide to see how things should look every step of the way.
- Bloom the yeast by mixing lukewarm milk (about 100 degrees F), honey and the yeast. I use Dry Active Yeast in this recipe. Mix the yeast with the milk and honey, then allow it to sit for 5 minutes. After five minutes, the mixture will look different. It will be foamy and you might even see a few bubbles moving to the surface. This is the sign of active yeast. If the mixture is not foamy, the yeast is probably dead and your buns won’t rise. Get some new yeast and start again.
2. After you have bloomed the yeast, add the oil and egg, stir to mix. Then add the flour and salt. Mix until no dry spots remain. Then knead for 5 minutes. This is easiest to do in a stand mixer as the dough is sticky. However, it can be done by hand. Do not be tempted to add much more flour or the buns will be dense. Use as little flour as possible on the kneading surface and your hands. Once mixed, place in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rise at room temperature for 1-2 hours. Dough should double in size.
3. Remove dough from bowl and transfer to a floured surface. Turn the dough once to lightly coat in flour. Form the dough ball into a disk and cut into 8 equal pieces. This is easiest if you use a bench scraper, but if you don’t have one you can use a knife. Form each piece into a ball and place on a lined baking sheet (I use silpat), seam side down.
4. Lightly press the tops of each bun to flatten slightly. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise for about one hour. Buns should be puffy at this time. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush the buns with an egg wash made of egg and water, then sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown.
Helpful Equipment for making Whole Wheat Burger Buns
What goes well with Whole Wheat Burger Buns?
- Juicy Turkey Burger
- Grilled BBQ Burger
- Asian Bison Burger
- Baked Sweet Potato Fries
- Watermelon Feta Salad
- Summer Corn Salad
- 200 grams Whole Wheat Flour approximately 1.5 cups plus 1 tablespoon
- 200 grams All Purpouse flour approximately 1 and 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon
- 300 grams milk, lukewarm (100 degrees) about 1 and 1/4 cup
- 14 grams canola oil 1 tablespoon
- 1 large egg
- 21 grams honey 1 tablespoon
- 9 grams kosher salt 1 and a half teaspoons
- 7 grams yeast 1 packet or 2 and 1/4 teaspoons
- 1 large egg beaten
- 1 tablespoon water
- Sesame seeds
- In a bowl, add the milk, honey, and yeast. Stir to mix and allow to sit for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, the mixture should be frothy and bubbly. Whisk in the , oil and egg to combine. Then add flours and salt.
- Mix until soft dough forms, knead 5 minutes. The dough is sticky and this is easiest in a stand mixer. However, if you don't have a stand mixer, it can also be done by hand. Don't be tempted to add much more flour or the buns will be dense.
- After kneading, place in a slightly oiled bowl and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Allow to rise at room temperature for 1-2 hours.
- When dough has doubled in size, carefully remove from bowl onto a floured surface. Turn to lightly coat the dough ball in flour which will make it easier to handle. Form a disk and cut the disk into 8 equal pieces. This is easiest to do with a bench scraper.
- Shape each piece into a ball and place on a lined baking sheet, seam side down. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise for another hour. After about an hour, buns should be puffed up.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. in a small bowl, whisk together one egg with 1 tablespoon of water. Gently brush the tops of the buns with the egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Bake at 375 degrees F for 15-18 minutes. Buns should be golden brown. Allow to cool before slicing and serving.