40-Minute Hamburger Buns Recipe
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40-Minute Hamburger Buns Recipe

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Here on our ranch, I cook for three men who love hamburgers. These fluffy yet hearty buns are just right for their big appetites. I also serve the buns plain with a meal. —Jessie McKenney, Twodot, Montana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + resting Bake: 10 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + resting Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 195 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 204mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add oil and sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the egg, salt and enough flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 3-5 minutes. Do not let rise. Divide into 12 pieces; shape each into a ball. Place 3 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  3. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Bake at 425° for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 1 dozen.
Test Kitchen Tip
  • Want a heartier sandwich? Divide the dough into 8 portions instead of 12, then shape anyway you like.
  • These are ultra customizable. We like to add sesame or poppy seeds. Just brush warm buns with butter and add your favorite toppings.
  • This recipe can also be used for slider buns or rolls. Divide dough into 24 pieces, and bake until golden brown.
  • To add a golden sheen, whisk one egg yolk with 2-3 teaspoons water, then brush buns before baking.
  • Originally published as 40-Minute Hamburger Buns in Best of Country Breads 2000, p45

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    L User ID: 9169544 266046
    Reviewed May. 16, 2017

    "Love this recipe! so soft, quick, and easy! perfect for a time pinch."

    Lee User ID: 9132487 264416
    Reviewed Apr. 7, 2017

    "Not a review but a question - can anyone tell me if this recipe can be halved successfully? I don't need that many rolls and don't want to freeze them. Thanks!"

    Keith User ID: 9087182 261638
    Reviewed Feb. 21, 2017

    "5 stars for result 3 1/2 stars for recipe as written. I made this yesterday and it was excellent. However the written details need to be updated. As many have pointed out the size if making 12 will be too small. I made 8 and they were perfect for burgers. Also I did shape them between a ball as written and an actual bun. Also as suggested I let them proof on the baking sheet in a just warm oven for about 25 minutes. Used the ingredients exactly as stated. For me and my flour the 3 1/2 cups of flour was perfect. Cook time at 425 was 12 minutes. Yummy tasting. About the same density as bakery buns but they are more dense than the junk 99c 8 pack you buy in the bread isle of the supermarket. Thats a good thing!!"

    Bob User ID: 8972538 257073
    Reviewed Nov. 21, 2016



    Reese User ID: 8972101 257040
    Reviewed Nov. 20, 2016

    "I first made this recipe a few months ago. The first batch hung around and the last two buns ended up getting mouldy. It was mid summer and hot and steamy! Ever since then, I make them at least once a week and haven't lost one since! They are perfect for hamburger buns, and garlic bread rolls, or just for a snack.

    My son loves to spread butter and brown sugar on them, stick them in the "nukerator" for a minute to let it all warm up and melt together inside and he eats them for lunch and midnight snacks. I recently considered doubling up the recipe but then realized... They are so easy to fix... barely more than half an hour... why bother doubling up when they are so easy, they practically make themselves!
    Heck! If I get off work at four thirty, get home by five, I can start to work on the buns beforef I start on the rest of dinner and I can serve fresh rolls with dinner that night! They are definitely a staple in my kitchen!"

    ZiaMtz User ID: 8937860 254419
    Reviewed Sep. 21, 2016

    "Hi, has anyone tried halving the recipe? Was it still successful? Thank you."

    Uhmanda6 User ID: 8928540 253769
    Reviewed Sep. 6, 2016

    "I followed the recipe and did not like these at all. They were very heavy, dry on the outside and seemed almost undercooked inside. And the flavor was not good. Also if you make 12 they will be very small. I made 8 and they were almost the right size"

    duckmichelle User ID: 7095674 253378
    Reviewed Aug. 30, 2016

    "Is this really 2 tablespoons of yeast or 2 teaspoons?"

    Vickylynn00 User ID: 8921093 253165
    Reviewed Aug. 25, 2016 Edited Nov. 12, 2016

    "Jvallas - yes, 2T of yeast is correct. That's the secret to the fast recipe. The added yeast gives a very quick rise and has no ill effect on flavor.

    This is my second time to make these and they're great. Very easy to do and has a big impact. I look forward to making these many times in the future.
    Updated 11/12/16: I still love these rolls. I make them at least once a week. I've adapted the recipe slightly to suit my needs. First, I use SAF yeast, which doesn't need sugar to proof. I try to cut back on sugar in nearly everything so I included it the first time or two but eliminated it after that. DON'T do that. While the sugar isn't necessary for the proof, it helps with the beautiful browning. And though I'm not sure why, it effects texture too. They're much better rolls with the sugar.
    I also divide these into 8 rolls, not 12. We really like the larger buns. Finally, I let them rise for 20 min. These are practically perfect and never last long. They make an excellent on-the-go egg & cheese sandwich, burger bun, dinner roll, etc."

    ehadlington User ID: 5931937 253163
    Reviewed Aug. 25, 2016

    "This is my new go to recipe for buns. quick, easy and so yummy. I don't often have time to make buns from scratch, but can't eat store bought buns. I'm so grateful for this recipe. Thank you!"

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