These little kitchen miracles will have you eating your burger of choice on homemade, fresh-from-the oven hamburger buns in under an hour, start to finish. Also great for sloppy joes, pulled chicken, and all manner of dinner sandwich. No special ingredients, equipment, or baking skills required.
I wouldn't believe these hamburger buns if I hadn't made them, like, over and over. They belie everything you think you know about bread, such as that it needs lots of time to rise, it needs to develop flavor, it can't be a last-minute thing. Sure, there are venerable breads that fit that description, but these buns are not among them. These guys are delicious, perfectly crumbed, and ready in under an hour. They slice obligingly and make a nice, round dozen of burger-sized rolls.
This hamburger bun dough is lightly enriched with egg and oil, and it has what might seem like a large amount of sugar in it proportionately, ¼ cup. Most of the sugar is destined to become yeast food and it won't make the finished bread sweet, promise.
A short rise
Because this dough has a relatively large amount of yeast in it, it doesn't need more than about 15 minutes rise time, total. As you can see in the photos, it will rise substantially, though not double, in 10 minutes. The remaining five minutes' rise is after dividing the dough and shaping it.
Shaping the buns
Shaping the buns is easy. I like to divide the dough in half, then cut each half into 6 pieces, for a total of 12. The pieces turn out squarish, and then I tug the points to the center bottom, forming a roll with a taught top.
If you like your burger buns seeded, you could brush the tops with egg wash and sprinkle on sesame seeds. I leave mine plain and bake them without any wash. They go in the oven for just 12 minutes, until they're lightly golden on top.
So, 10 minutes to mix + 15 minutes rise (total) + 5 minutes to shape + 12 minutes to bake = under an hour hamburger buns!
Looking for more homemade bakery breads?
- Homemade Sub Rolls - Also easy, and such an upgrade from your Jersey sub.
- Homemade Kaiser Rolls - The shaping is more intricate on these, but they're amazing homemade.
- Homemade Bagels - Definitely a project bake, but a fun and satisfying one.
Under-an-Hour Hamburger Buns (parve)
- 2 Tbs yeast
- 1 cup + 2 Tbs warm water
- ⅓ cup oil
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 to 3 ½ cups flour
- In the stand mixer bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water, then whisk in the oil and sugar. Leave to stand and get foamy for 5 minutes.
- To the bowl, add the egg, salt and 3 cups of flour.
- Begin to knead using the dough hook on low speed, until a soft dough forms. Continue to knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, adding more flour if it is too sticky.
- Immediately divide the dough into 12 even pieces. Place 3" apart on two lined baking sheets. Cover with a clean towel and leave to rise for 10 minutes.
- In the meantime, preheat the oven to 425F. Bake for 8-12 min, until golden.