Homemade Burger Buns

No fail, easy to make 6 ingredients homemade burger buns with a secret ingredient to keep them soft and fluffy longer. You will never buy burger buns from the store once you try these!
No fail, easy to make 6 ingredients homemade burger buns with a secret ingredient to keep them soft and fluffy longer. You will never buy burger buns from the store once you try these!

My husband’s favorite season is here! Grilling season that is!

As soon as the temperature hits 85ish, he’s all ready to show his grilling skills. And of course, no matter how good you are, and how juice your burger is going to be, your cookout will be memorable only if you have right burger bun! And this easy, no fail recipe for homemade burger buns has been made in my kitchen over and over again for the past 3 years! Yeah, it’s s keeper!

The buns are light and fluffy with a crusty exterior just like a burger bun should be! Store-bought can’t even begin to compare! 

No fail, easy to make 6 ingredients homemade burger buns with a secret ingredient to keep them soft and fluffy longer. You will never buy burger buns from the store once you try these!

Why is recipe my favorite (and soon to be yours?) Because it calls only for 6 ingredients! And i’m sure you have them in your kitchen already.

Bread flour, active dry yeast, egg, mashed potatoes (you can use leftover mashed potatoes or a boiled potato mashed), butter and water. That’s it!

It may sound weird to add mashed potatoes to the dough, but in fact, it’s the starch in the potatoes that gives these buns the light, tender, and moist texture. And not only that, but they help the dough rise faster and prevents the bun to go stale.
No fail, easy to make 6 ingredients homemade burger buns with a secret ingredient to keep them soft and fluffy longer. You will never buy burger buns from the store once you try these!

To make them start by proofing the yeast. You can either proof the yeast with just lukewarm water in a separate bowl and add it to the flour or by making a well into the flour and let the yeast proof in there (one less dish to wash!)

The kneading process is done by your stand-up mixer. It takes about 8-10 minutes total, from the moment you start adding the remaining ingredients (salt, egg, mashed potatoes, water, butter) and it’s best if you knead the dough for few more minutes after it cleans itself from the sides of the dough.

Time to let the dough rest. You can either place the dough overnight in the fridge or, if pressed by time, at room temperature.

Giving your dough enough time to rise is crucial in bread baking. Rising times vary, but usually it takes about 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes if the dough is left at room temperature and about 8-9 hours if the dough is placed int he fridge.

Once the dough is doubled in volume, give it a gentle knead and divide it into 12 buns. It’s best if you have a kitchen scale. Weigh each bun so that they’re all the same size. Do so by weighting the entire ball of dough first and divide by 12. It should be about 77 grams of dough in each ball.

Let the buns rest again while the oven is heating up.

I love brushing the buns with a lightly beaten egg. It gives that shiny crust, but you can completely skip this step. The same goes for poppy or sesame seeds. It’s a personal preference.

These buns can also be frozen! Bonus points! If you live in an area where the temperature gets so hot you don’t want to heat up your oven, make a bunch of buns early in the season (like right now!) and freeze them for later.

Bake the buns as directed, let cool completely, then place in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month. Let defrost at room temperature before reheating in a 350°F oven until warmed.

Homemade burger buns recipe with step by step video

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 12 burger buns

Homemade burger buns recipe with step by step video

No fail, easy to make 6 ingredients homemade burger buns with a secret ingredient to keep them soft and fluffy longer. You will never buy burger buns from the store once you try these!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups (480 grams) bread flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp (7 grams) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/2 cup mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • Optional
  • 1 egg lightly beaten, for brushing the buns
  • poppy seeds
  • sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, add the flour. Make a well in the middle and pour 1/4 cup lukewarm water. Sprinkle the yeast and leave at room temperature until the yeast is dissolved and it foams, like a sponge.
  2. When the yeast is proofed, fit your stand-up mixer with the dough hook and turn it on to the lowest speed.
  3. Add the salt, egg, mashed potatoes, water and the melted butter.
  4. Mix the dough until it comes together and cleans itself from the sides of the bowl.
  5. Continue to knead it for an additional 3-5 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  6. With your hand, remove the dough from the mixing bowl and place it into a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap or a clean tea towel and leave at room temperature until doubled in volume.
  7. Take the dough out of the bowl and knead it gently for 30 seconds.
  8. Divide it into 12 buns. If you have a kitchen scale, weight each bun to make sure they are all the same size. Do so by weighting the entire ball of dough at first and divide in by 12. Each burger buns should weigh about 77grams.
  9. Place the buns on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with a tea towel and leave at room temperature until almost doubled in size. (Do not cover the buns with plastic wrap at this point since the plastic tends to stick to the top of the buns)
  10. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 375F.
  11. Just before baking the buns, brush them with the lightly beaten egg.
  12. Sprinkle sesame seeds or poppy seeds on top.
  13. Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden. Leave to cool slightly before removing them from the baking sheet.
  14. Enjoy!
  15. You can store the buns in the freezer in an airtight container or a freezer safe bag. When ready to use again, just heat the oven to 350F and place the buns in the oven for few minutes until warm. Or you can microwave them for few seconds
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No fail, easy to make 6 ingredients homemade burger buns with a secret ingredient to keep them soft and fluffy longer. You will never buy burger buns from the store once you try these!

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Happy baking,

Roxana

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Comments

  1. Jodi Hall says

    Will be making these for Memorial Day weekend…

    Love you’re recipes. ..
    Thank you for sharing :) :) :) :)

  2. Kevin says

    For all the germans:

    480g Mehl
    7g Trockenhefe
    60ml lauwarmes Wasser
    1 Teelöffel Salz
    1 Ei
    125g Kartoffelbrei
    120ml lauwarmes Wasser
    60g geschmolzene Butter

  3. Sarah says

    Roxana,
    These look fabulous! I was wondering, for the mashed potatoes, could instant be substituted? I’ve made mashed potatoes (following the directions on the box, adding milk/butter/water so they’re at the same consistency as regular mashed potatoes) and I was wondering if those would work, or would it ruin the recipe.
    I know it’s weird to use pre-pakaged food in a homemade recipe, but as I have some on hand already, it would be a time saver.
    Thanks for your lovely recipe! I’d love to make these soon.

    • says

      Hi Sarah,

      I’m sure you can use mashed potatoes from a box in this recipe. Just make sure you watch the dough so you don’t add to much water since the cinsistency might be slightly different.
      Roxana

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