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How to Make Burger Buns

There is only one type of bun in the world that matters, and that's burger buns.

Homemade Burger Buns

How to Make Buns from Scratch

Unlike sourdough, making burger buns is fairly straightforward. Not only that, but you probably won't even have to shop for ingredients!

Step one: combine ingredients. Step two: shape dough. Step three: bake dough into buns. And that's all there is to it.

Burger buns are the perfect place to start if you're trying to get into the bread baking hobby (spoiler alert: this hobby will make you fat). Enjoy your buns!

Prep: 1 hr 30 min | Cooking: 15 min | Total: 1 hr 45 min

Yields 10 buns

Burger Buns


  • Active dry yeast (2 tbsp)

  • Warm water (1 1/4 cup)

  • Honey* (3 tbsp)

  • Olive oil (1/4 cup)

  • Egg (1)

  • Salt (1/2 tsp)

  • Flour (3 cups)

  • Butter, melted (4 tbsp)

*Replace honey with white granulated sugar for vegetarian-friendly diets.


  1. To a large bowl, add yeast, water, honey, and olive oil. Stir until yeast is dissolved. Let sit in the open for 10 minutes. Whisk in the egg yolk and salt.

  2. Add 2 cups of flour and mix, then slowly add the last cup until the dough only lightly sticks to your fingers (you may not need the whole cup).

  3. Plop the dough ball down on a smooth, flour-dusted surface. Knead and fold the dough for a good 6-8 minutes. The more you knead, the better. Try to avoid adding excess flour.

  4. Place the dough in a clean bowl, cover securely with plastic wrap, and let sit for 1 hour.

  5. Preheat oven to 400 °F. Divide the dough into 10 equal portions, then mold each portion into a sphere. Place dough balls with 3-inch separation between two greased baking sheets.

  6. Paint each ball with a light coat of melted butter. Place in oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool buns on a rack for at least 15 minutes.

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