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Making the Best Hamburger Buns from Scratch

Would you like to impress your family and friends with homemade burger buns?  You'll be delightfully surprised to see how easy it is to make homemade hamburger buns in your bread maker.

I've been making this recipe for hamburger buns in my bread machine since 2011.  Have you noticed how the hamburger buns in the grocery store have gotten smaller and smaller?  

How to Make Bread Machine Burger Buns

Bread Machine Hamburger Buns
Homemade Hamburger Buns
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Making your own hamburger buns from scratch means you control the size and the quality.  Once you start making your own burger buns you won't want the buns from the grocery store ever again.

Making hamburger buns at home is easier than you may think, especially if you are using a bread machine.  I use my Hamilton Beach bread machine to prepare the dough for these hamburger buns using the dough setting. This recipe will work in any 2-pound bread maker.

Once the dough is ready I shape it into rolls and then bake the rolls in the oven.  It couldn't be easier. All you need to do is add the ingredients to the bread machine in the order listed in the recipe.  Your dough will be ready to shape into buns in 120 minutes.

I recommend these kitchen tools when making these buns: my bread machine and my kitchen scale. These links are for the same models I use in my kitchen and love.
Make Perfect Hamburger Buns with Your Bread Machine

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Tips for Baking Burger Buns

Hamburger Bun Ingredients
Burger Bun Ingredients
First, measure out the lukewarm water.  You'll want to decide on the right amount of water depending on the time of year and humidity.  Use 3/4 of a cup in very humid conditions.  

I also like to measure my flour by weight.  If you don't have a kitchen scale yet, please consider getting one.  I use mine several times a week and wouldn't want to be without it.

Measure Flour with a Kitchen Scale
Weigh Your Flour
When using a bread machine, add all the ingredients to the machine in the order they are listed in the recipe and select the dough cycle.  

After 120 minutes, the dough will have been kneaded and will have completed its first rise.  

Divide the dough into eight portions and roll each into smooth round balls by cupping your fingers lightly around the dough and rolling it on the counter.

Form Your Hamburger Buns
Roll the Dough on the Counter

Place the dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  If you want a flatter burger bun, gently flatten each bun using the bottom of a measuring cup. I usually don't flatten my buns.  

Cover the dough with a kitchen towel and let it rise for one hour.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F near the end of the hour.

Flatten the Dough
Flatten the Dough
 After the hour, brush each piece of dough with melted butter. If you'd like to add some seeds to the tops of your buns, use egg white instead of melted butter then sprinkle with the seeds.

Brush Hamburger Buns with Butter
Brush with Butter
Bake for 15-18 minutes, until the buns are nicely browned.  Brush the tops of the buns again with melted butter.  This makes the tops of your buns soft.  Remove the buns from the pan to cool on a wire rack.

Soften the Crust with Butter
Brush Hamburger Buns Again with Butter to Soften the Crust

Once cooled, slice the buns and top them with your favorite burger.  These buns are terrific for sandwiches, sloppy Joe's, or pulled pork, too.

These buns freeze nicely.  Cool completely and store in a single layer in a zip-closure freezer bag.

Other Bread Machine Recipes

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burger buns, sandwich buns, bread machine buns
Yield: 8 large buns
Author: Donna Urso
Bread Machine Hamburger Buns

Bread Machine Hamburger Buns

Prep time: 25 MinCook time: 18 MinInactive time: 2 H & 20 MTotal time: 3 H & 3 M
You'll love these homemade burger buns you make in your bread machine.



  1. First, measure out the lukewarm water. You'll want to decide on the right amount based on the time of year and humidity. Use 3/4 of a cup in very humid conditions.
  2. Add all the ingredients to the machine in the order they are listed in the recipe and select the dough cycle.
  3. After 120 minutes, the dough will have been kneaded and have completed its first rise. Divide the dough into eight portions and roll each into smooth round balls by cupping your fingers lightly around the dough and rolling it on the counter.
  4. Place the dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet, then gently flatten each bun using the bottom of a measuring cup, cover the dough, and let rise for one hour. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F near the end of the hour.
  5. Brush the tops of each bun with melted butter. If you are topping with seeds brush the tops of the dough with egg whites before adding the seeds.
  6. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until the buns are nicely browned. Brush the tops of the buns again with melted butter. This makes the tops of your buns soft.
  7. Remove the buns from the pan to cool on a wire rack.


Check your dough in the bread machine after a few minutes to make sure you've added enough water. You want the dough to be smooth and spring back when you poke it,

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