Homemade Hamburger Buns

Deliciously soft hamburger buns that are quick and easy to make.

Homemade Hamburger Buns

  • Servings: 12 servings

These buns are not only easy and quick to make but also taste deliciously soft, just like eating cotton candy. They can be served as a snack, eaten plain or with jams. The recipe was adapted from Sara’s Hamburger Buns recipe.


  • 4 cups all purposed flour
  • 2 tsp SAF instant yeast
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
  • Sesame seeds for topping, optional
  • 1-2 tbsp additional milk for brushing


  • In a bowl, combine milk and egg together. Set aside.
  • In a mixer bowl fitted with dough hook attachment, add flour, SAF yeast, sugar, and salt. Mix with wooden spoon just to incorporate the ingredients. Make a well in the center. Pour milk-egg mixture into the well. Knead on low speed for about a minute.
  • Increase the speed to medium, knead for 3 minutes, add butter in 4 addition, kneading well in each addition before you adding the next. Continue to knead until you have a soft, and elastic dough, about 3 more minutes. Turn off the machine. Form the dough into ball, transfer to a lightly oiled container. Cover, and let rest until double in volume, about an hour.
  • Lay a pieces of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Turn the dough onto a kitchen counter top. Divide into 12 equal pieces, working with one piece of dough at a time, form into a round bun. Place the round in a baking sheet. Repeat. Cover the baking sheet with clean kitchen towel. Let it rest at room temperature (draft free) for 30 minutes.
  • Brush, each round with milk, sprinkle with sesame seeds. bake in the middle oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, transfer to a wire rack to cool.

  • Sara’s recipe uses 4 1/2 tsp active dry yeast. I used 2 tsp SAF-instant yeast, the only yeast I have in hand. I also like using this yeast, since it doesn’t require to dissolve it first with liquid. In other words, you can mix it directly into dry ingredients.
  • Instead of brushing the buns, I actually spray the buns using a clean spray bottle filled with about 2 tbs of milk.
  • If you want to shape your buns into squares like what Sara did on hers, please visit her blog for the instruction.