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Homemade Burger Buns


homemade burger buns

Homemade Burger Buns


Home Made Burger Buns. You know they really aren’t that hard to make. Even if you are new to bread making. Most of the hassle lies in the waiting for the dough to rise. I have made these buns over a dozen times, and they have never failed. I made them in different sizes. With and without sesame seeds, because Nunu is allergic to sesame seeds. The girls like these buns freshly baked with butter too! The buns are soft and chewy with the perfect crumb.

And here’s how my Burger looks, homemade bun and all.

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Homemade Burger Buns


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Recipe Name: Homemade Burger Buns 
Recipe Type:  Breads  
Author: Shana c/o Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Prep  time: 
Inactive time: 1 hour 30 min
Cook time:
Total time: 
Yield: (4 buns)

Ingredients:  This recipe yields 4 Burger Buns – Double as necessary

  • 250 gms plain flour
  • 50 ml skimmed milk / low fat milk
  • 70 ml water
  • 2 ½ Tbsp sugar
  • a little less than ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp instant yeast
  • 3 Tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil
  • 1 egg white, whisked – optional, sesame seeds – optional

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  • Warm the milk and water together. Add the yeast and sugar. Stir and allow to ‘prove’ for 15 minutes. The mixture should be very frothy.
    Homemade Burger Buns milk and water


    Homemade Burger Buns - yeast


  • Add this yeast solution to bowl containing the flour, salt and oil.
  • Homemade Burger Buns - add yeast solution
  • Mix at first with a wooden spoon till the dough holds together. Continue to knead by hand for 15  minutes till you get a nice bouncy dough. You can also use the hook attachment of your mixer.
  • Homemade Burger Buns - knead
  • Now add the margarine or shortening and knead again, till the dough becomes uniformly glossy.
Homemade Burger Buns - margerine : shortening

MARGERINE OR Vegetable Shortening

Homemade Burger Buns - add margerine Homemade Burger Buns - till glossy

  • Leave in a draft free area covered, till doubled in size . About 1 hour.
  • Homemade Burger Buns - dough after rising
  • Knock down the dough and divide into 4 equal portions.
  • Homemade Burger Buns - divide dough
  • You can weigh the dough  and divide them equally using a scale.
  • Homemade Burger Buns - measure to make equal
  • Roll each ball and stretch gently to get a smooth surface. Pinch the bottom  and smoothen the crease as much as possible.  Lay the buns, seam side down, with enough space between them to allow for rising.
  • Homemade Burger Buns - form into buns 3 Homemade Burger Buns - form into buns Homemade Burger Buns - form into buns 2
  • It’s a good idea to place the buns directly onto the baking tray, lined with greaseproof sheet.
  • Homemade Burger Buns - baking tray
  • OPTIONAL: You can make foil rings to make the buns rise vertically, this will take some practice to get the foil rings the precise diameter to achieve the desired bun size. If they are too small, they will act as a constraint and peeling them off might ruin the shape of the risen bun.
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  • Place the buns on the baking tray lined with baking sheet.
  • Homemade Burger Buns - with rings
  • Brush with egg wash. (This is optional and gives us a slightly glazed bun).
  • Homemade Burger Buns - egg wash
  • Sprinkle some sesame seeds, if desired
  • Homemade Burger Buns - sesame
  • Cover the buns placed on the tray with a large inverted bowl/basin, to prevent any drafts.
  • Homemade Burger Buns - with sesame seeds
  • Homemade Burger Buns - dome to rise
  • Allow to rise for another 30 minutes.
  • Homemade Burger Buns - to bake
  • Preheat the oven 5 minutes before baking to 220 ºc/ 428 º F.
  • BAKE on an oven rack that is closer to the bottom heat source than the top, also with some space below the rack to place the ice tray later.
  • 1o minutes into baking, add a few ice cubes to the oven in a small dish below the baking tray. Continue for the 5 more minutes. (15 minutes total).
  • The buns should be nice and golden and they will feel ‘tight’ to the touch.
  • Remove from oven and cool oven wire rack. Cool completely. They will soften up as they do so.
  • Homemade Burger Buns - baked

Homemade Burger Buns

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  • I have used margarine and vegetable shortening for these buns on separate occasions, I found, I preferred the vegetable shortening. It has less of a scent and yellow color. The results were otherwise the same.

Key Ingredients: Flour, Sugar, Yeast, Salt, Margarine or Vegetable shortening, Eggwash (optional)

Do leave a comment if you tried the recipe- Homemade Burger Buns 

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  1. Avatar Afrah 1 year ago

    Thank you so much for this recipe it always turns out great for me 👍and can I use this same dough for the submarine bun?

    • Hi. This makes a great burger bun, or hot dog bun. For subs, I would prefer a slightly harder crust. I will experiment with my sub recipe and post it soon, once perfected. I made it last a while ago. Thank you for supporting Recipes R Simple!

  2. i am going to try this recipe soon… loved the idea of the tin foil..will write back once i have tried it:) Thanks so much for the recipe:)

    • I make these buns regularly because the girls love burgers for their lunch box.I try to make everything from scratch for them. Happy you liked the recipe. Have fun making it Shubha 🙂

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