Homemade Hamburger Buns – Easier Than You Think!

By Texas Homesteader ~ 

I’ve all but quit buying commercially-produced hamburger buns wrapped in disposable plastic. I’d much rather bake them fresh in my own kitchen. It’s healthier, it’s lower waste, it’s cheaper and (thankfully) it’s easier than you think!

I typically use my standard Honey/Oat Sandwich Bread recipe. And I like to use my bread machine to do most of the work for me, it’s a tremendous shortcut y’all. But a bread machine’s not necessarily needed.

Homemade Hamburger buns are simple to make. And who doesn't love homemade bread??! #TexasHomesteader

If NOT Using A Bread Machine

If I’m not using my bread machine I start by pulling out a large stainless steel bowl. Then I combine the wet ingredients – room temp honey, milk, water and a small amount of fat, either butter or bacon grease.

Oh who am I kidding? Bacon grease is king in my homestead kitchen. It’s almost always bacon grease I use! It adds a little flavor and it’s a free byproduct that I often put to use in my kitchen.

Then into the bowl I add in the dry ingredients including oat flour. By the way, it’s easy to make your own Cheap Oat Flour simply by grinding plain oatmeal. Fast. Cheap. Healthy.

Oat flour can be made quickly, easily and cheaply by grinding whole oats into a coarse powder. #TexasHomesteader

Other dry ingredients to add are all purpose flour, salt and yeast. Then I knead it until smooth, place it in a greased bowl and set it in a warm place to rise for an hour.

Then I punch down the dough, knead a bit to make smooth again and form my hamburger buns.

Super-Duper Shortcut!

But I’m not gonna lie, using a bread machine is a huge shortcut! I mean, since I make homemade bread a couple of times each week I even have several jars of Homemade Bread Mix just waiting in my pantry. It really doesn’t get any easier than this!

I place homemade bread's dry ingredients in a jar to make my own bread kit. #TexasHomesteader

It goes something like this: I dump in the wet ingredients into the breadmaker’s pan followed by the jar of dry ingredients. Then I set my bread machine to the dough cycle and walk away.

It’ll knead, rise and punch down the dough for me. Then I’ll take it from there to finish making the hamburger buns.

Cutting The Dough

Regardless whether you’ve done all of the above by hand or used the oh-so-handy bread machine shortcut, from here on the procedure is the same. Let’s finish up our hamburger buns.

I place the punched-down, kneaded smooth dough ball onto lightly flour-dusted counter. Then using a dough scraper I cut the whole dough ball in half.

Cut bread dough in half using dough scraper - red repurposed coffee can flour canister in background. #TexasHomesteader

Each half is then further sectioned off. I’ll cut each half into 4 pieces if I want to end up with 8 jumbo-sized buns, or 6 pieces if I prefer a dozen smaller-sized buns.

I actually prefer to bake the smaller buns that are not quite as tall as commercial buns. A smaller burger is easier to hold and eat than a mammoth one where the toppings are spilling out from all sides. But, you know, that’s just me. And I can be a messy eater. Eh hemmm…

Forming The Hamburger Buns

Now I’ll roll each section of dough into a smooth ball. If needed I’ll gently stretch and tuck the dough ends underneath so the tops are pretty and smooth. Mama always says presentation is half the meal, and mama’s always right!

If you leave them as-is and don’t press them they’ll be SUPER tall! It’s kinda hard to get that much homemade bread into your mouth in each bite. 

So with my clean hands I’ll gently press each dough ball to about 1/2 inch thickness. Even though it seems I’m smooshing my homemade hamburger buns too far, I have faith and take ’em down to about 1/2 inch. They’ll rise beautifully. 

Hamburger bun dough pressed into buns and placed on greased cookie sheet. #TexasHomesteader

Options For Size & Shape Of Buns

These buns end up about 1.5″ tall and about 4.5″ – 5″ across with only a light dome, which is perfect for me. I’m not a fan of the taller buns.

If you want them taller just press them to about 3/4″ instead of the 1/2″ I’m always shooting for. Your hamburger buns will be slightly smaller across but with a slightly taller dome. Whatever you prefer – your choice!

I place the pressed dough buns about 1/2″ apart on a baking sheet that has been brushed with olive oil.

Sometimes I’ll finish up with a  rolling pin just to make them a little neater. The dough always tries to spring back the first few times I press it down, so I typically give them another press before placing them in the oven to rise the final time.

Final Rise Time

Now we need a final rising time before baking up my delicious hamburger buns. 

So I place the baking sheet in a warm (but turned off) oven for about 45-55 minutes to rise that final time.

Baking Hamburger Buns

When it’s time to bake them I usually don’t remove the baking sheets to preheat the oven. I just turn the oven to 350 degrees F. and start the timer. Then I bake the buns for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. 

I like to bring them out at the final 5 minutes baking time and brush them with melted butter before returning them to the oven to finish baking. Not only does this add a delightful butter flavor to the buns, but it helps soften the tops as well.

Homemade Hamburger buns are simple to make. And who doesn't love homemade bread??! #TexasHomesteader

When the buns are finished baking I’ll bring them out of the oven and place them on a wire rack to cool. During this cooling process I’ll cover them with a clean kitchen towel. This also helps keep the crust softer.

Then I simply slice them horizontally to make the top & bottom bun and start filling that bad boy up. Whether I’m stacking a burger or piling on some Homemade BBQ, these buns can take it.

Hamburger bun piled high with pulled pork BBQ, sauce and sliced onions and peppers. #TexasHomesteader

Go Ahead, Make Your Own Hamburger Buns!

So don’t despair if you wanted to grill out tonight but don’t have hamburger buns. No need to run to the store, delicious hamburger buns can be made in your very own kitchen and for mere pennies. Plus who, WHO I ask, doesn’t love homemade bread??!!

Here’s my 2-pound sandwich bread recipe that I easily turn into hamburger buns when needed.

Honey/Oat Hamburger Buns

No need to run to the store to plunk down your hard-earned money for hamburger buns. Impress your family by making your own honey/oat hamburger buns. Everyone loves homemade bread! TexasHomesteader.com

Course bread
Cuisine American
Keyword bread, hamburger buns, honey, oats
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Rise time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 12 Hamburger Buns

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoons bacon grease
  • 1/2 cup coarse oat flour
  • 3 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons dry yeast

Instructions

Instructions

  1. Lightly heat milk, honey, salt & butter until butter melts & stir to combine. Cool to lukewarm.

  2. Dissolve yeast in warm water, pour into KitchenAid bowl and add lukewarm milk mixture and the whole wheat & oat flour as well as 2.5 cups of the all-purpose flour. Attach dough hook and mix on Speed 2 for about one minute or until all ingredients are incorporated.
  3. Continuing on speed 2 add remaining flour as needed, 1/2 cup at a time and mix until dough clings to hook and cleans the sides of the bowl (about 2 minutes) Continue kneading on Speed 2 for about two minutes longer or until dough is smooth and elastic. (Dough will be slightly sticky)
  4. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place free from drafts until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  5. Punch dough down and knead by hand on a floured surface for about two minutes.

  6. Place the dough ball on lightly-flour-dusted counter and cut dough ball in half. Then cut each half into 4 (for 8 regular-sized buns) to 6 (for a dozen smaller-sized buns) equal sections.

  7. Roll each section of dough into a smooth ball. If needed gently tuck ends underneath.

  8. With clean hands gently press each dough ball to about 1/2 inch thickness.

  9. Place each pressed dough about 1/2" apart on a baking sheet that has been brushed with olive oil.

  10. Cover the dough with a kitchen towel and place in warmed (but turned off) oven for about 45 minutes to rise a final time.
  11. To bake: preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  12. Bake hamburger buns for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Recipe Notes

If desired, bring out buns when only 5 minutes baking time remains, brush them with melted butter and return them to the oven to finish baking. This will further flavor & soften the bun's surface.

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3 thoughts on “Homemade Hamburger Buns – Easier Than You Think!

  1. Laurinda

    Oh man, those sound & look amazing! We’ve had a cooling trend here, so all I can think of is baking

    Reply
    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      When I pulled them out of the oven to cool, RancherMan was hovering, asking if he could have one. A hamburger bun? By itself? oooookayyyy… With his mouth full he mumbled over & over again how delicious they were. That man can eat some bread! Give it a try Laurinda. And if you think you’ll be doing it often take a tip from me and use the pre-measured dry ingredient jar. (the link in this post gives you shortcuts to even that!) Having those jars on hand there’s zero reason to buy bread at our Homestead. Better, fresher, tastier and less expensive. ~TxH~

      Reply
      1. Laurinda

        I’ll bet he was! 😀 Back when I first started baking bread, I tried sourdough by capturing wild yeast & baking with it. I didn’t like the bread because it didn’t rise much, & the crust was super thick & hard. He & the kids demolished both loaves while I was at work!
        So even a bread ‘fail’ is still delicious! But I’m doing to try your recipe, it sounds delicious

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