Homemade Buns and Rolls

January 18, 2018

Homemade Hamburger Buns/RollsThis recipe makes hamburger buns that are as soft as the ones you can find in the store, but more flavorful. I like to make a large batch, and freeze what I don't use in a day. I doubled the original recipe for this post.


Prep Time: 3 1/2 hours

Cook Time: 15-17 minutes

Total Time: about 4 hours, with rising time.

Yield: 20 standard hamburger buns

Source: Chef John at

Link: Homemade Hamburger Buns


  • 4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 7 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 Tbsp oil
  • 6 Tbsp white sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • sesame seeds


  1. Mix the yeast, 1 cup flour, and warm water in a large bowl until smooth. Let stand until the starter mixture is foamy, or about 10 minutes.
  2. whisking yeast and water
    yeast water bubbling
  3. Lightly beat two eggs in a separate dish and then whisk them into the starter. After the eggs are fully incorporated, whisk in the oil and sugar. Add the salt last, whisking thoroughly.
  4. mixing egg

  5. Add about 4 cups flour until the mixture becomes more stiff and doughy (switch to a big spoon!).
  6. adding flour to yeast
  7. Turn over onto a floured surface and top with about 1/2 cup flour. You will use your hands to knead in the flour until the mass of dough holds it's shape as a soft ball.
  8. adding flour to dough
    kneading flour into dough
  9. Continue kneading the dough until smooth and elastic (about 6 minutes) adding just enough flour to prevent it from sticking to the counter. You should see small bubbles forming under the surface.
  10. dough ball on board

  11. Coat a large bowl* with oil and transfer the dough into it. Let rise until doubled in bulk (about 2 hours).
  12. dough rising
  13. Gently transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface (don't punch it down). Pat to flatten bubbles and form into a slightly rounded 5 x 10 inch rectangle about 1/2 inch thick.
  14. risen dough on board
    flattened risen dough
  15. Cut into 16 equal-ish pieces. You will still need to trim off bits of dough here and there to make equal sized buns or rolls; ending up with about 20 pieces for buns or more for rolls.
  16. cutting rolls from flattened dough
    cut rolls from flattened dough

  17. To make rolls, think of making each piece of dough into a pillow. Tuck the long sides down under, and repeat with the short sides.
  18. bun shapped dough
    bun shaped dough
    bun on cookie sheet
  19. To make hamburger buns, first form each piece into a roll, then gently pat and stretch the rounds into flat disk shapes about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick.
  20. buns on cookie sheet
  21. Arrange the buns/rolls about 1/2 inch apart on a baking sheet and let rise until they are twice their original size (45 minutes to an hour). While the buns are rising, make an egg wash by whisking together 1 egg and 1 Tbsp. milk.
  22. risen rolls on cookie sheet

  23. Gently brush the buns with the egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake in a 375 F oven for 15-17 minutes; until the tops are a rich golden brown. Let the buns set on the baking sheet for a couple minutes before transferring to a cooling rack (you do need to put them on a cooling rack or else the bottoms will become soggy). Have fun with these!
  24. baked Rolls

*Note: always use a steel, glass, or ceramic bowl for bread making. For some reason, plastic doesn't work as well.

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September 13, 2011

These are yummy and sweet. Love the cinnamon and ginger in them.

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July 16, 2007

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October 3, 2006

Bring sour cream to a boil and add soda. Add remaining ingredients. Knead and let set for 5 minutes in a warm place. . .

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