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Burger Buns

Burger Buns
Burger Buns are easy to make and delicious with grilled hamburgers and other meats. Makes great hot dog buns, too!
Yield 6 to 8 buns



  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Red Star Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • Egg wash: 1 egg plus 1 Tbsp water (whisk together)
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds (optional, for topping)


  • Add 1 cup flour, yeast, salt and sugar to a stand mixer bowl; whisk to combine and set aside.
  • In a saucepan or microwave-safe dish, heat water, milk and oil to 120-130°F.
  • Add warm liquids to flour mixture; mix with paddle attachment for 4 minutes on medium speed. Add egg; beat 1 minute.
  • Switch to dough hook attachment. Gradually add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough, and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 to 7 minutes.
    (NOTE: For hand mixing: following above steps, mix ingredients in large mixing bowl using a wooden spoon or dough whisk. Knead on floured surface until smooth and elastic.)
  • Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until indentation remains after poking dough with finger down to second knuckle, about 60-90 minutes.
  • Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; punch down to remove air bubbles. Divide into two equal pieces. Divide each half into 3 or 4 pieces. (See Note for hotdog buns option.) Shape each piece into a smooth ball. Place on large greased baking pan. Flatten each ball to a 4-inch diameter, allowing one inch between buns. Cover; let rise until indentation remains after touching, about 20 minutes.
  • Brush egg wash over buns. Sprinkle tops with sesame seeds (optional).
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from baking pan and let cool on wire rack.


Get Bread Machine Method here.
To keep buns tender and fresh, do not pull apart until ready to use.
Hot Dog Variation: Shape each piece into a 6×4-inch rectangle. Starting with longer side, roll up tightly, pressing dough into roll with each turn. Pinch edges and ends to seal. Place on greased baking pan. Let rise and bake as directed above.

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Review & Comments

Donna Pierangeli | Reply

Could I sub brown rice flour for bread flour?My doctor only wants me to have brown rice flour mixed with tapioca and cornstarch is ok.

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Donna – Substituting gluten-free flours for wheat flour is not recommended. We have a gluten-free section that you may like to browse:
Happy baking!

Sherry | Reply

can you use a sourdough yeast package in place of regular yeast?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Sherry – Yes, you can substitute the full packet of Platinum Instant Sourdough for one standard (7g) packet of dry yeast in any recipe.
Happy baking!

Laurel | Reply

Is the 7gm yeast also your active yeast that comes in the packet?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Laurel – Yes, our active dry yeast is sold in the 7-gram packets (strips of 3) or the 4-ounce jars.
Happy baking!

Mary Foegen | Reply

I have made this recipe and used two of these pans and froze the rest. They freeze beautiful and when you thaw them out and use them, they’re almost like fresh. Recommend these to anybody who enjoys great buns. Don’t forget the sesame seeds.

JoseeM | Reply

5 stars
This makes a beautiful soft raw dough and is easy to shape. I’ve used this recipe countless times, and not only for hamburger buns, but have also shaped the dough as Kaiser buns to use for sandwiches or a snack on its own. I have to freeze them as I live alone, but warmed up in aluminum foil in the oven makes them just as good as freshly baked. This recipe is a keeper. 🙂

Nigel | Reply

4 stars
Tried this recipe a few times using a bread machine. Overall, the rolls are quite tasty. My minor changes are simply to heat the liquids to about 100 degrees before mixing in the dry ingredients. And bake for at least 14 minutes. My oven is pretty accurate and 10-12 minutes is definitely not enough time. Also, the rise time will vary quite a bit depending on air temperature.

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