sliced hamburger buns on cutting board

For most foods, my motto is homemade is always better! These buns are no exception and are fluffy, hearty, and delicious! The best part? The don’t have to rise! I’ve been making them for years and love using them for hamburgers, but also enjoy using them for pulled pork sandwiches.

up close shot of a hamburger


// makes 8-12 buns //

1 cup + 2 tbsp warm water
2 tbsp active dry yeast
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 large egg
1 tsp salt
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp salted butter
2 tsp sesame seeds


  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, a silicon baking mat, or spray with cooking spray.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer (with the dough hook attached), dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Add the sugar and oil, then mix. Let sit for 5 minutes until frothy on top.

    bowl filled with frothy yeast mixture

  3. Add the egg, then mix until combined.

  4. Add the salt and 2 cups of the flour. Mix until flour is mostly combined, then add another cup. The dough will come together but stay fairly sticky. Add the last 1/2 cup of flour and once combined, allow the dough hook to knead your dough for 5 minutes. The dough should be smooth and elastic.

  5. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface (I like using a silicon mat) and knead a few times into a ball.

    ball of dough on silicon mat

  6. Divide the dough into 8-12 pieces (the bigger, the heartier the bun). Gently shape each one into a ball, lightly flatten, and evenly space on each prepared pan.

    round balls of dough on a cookie sheet

  7. Lay a clean towel over the pans and allow the buns to rest for 10 minutes.

  8. While the buns are resting, preheat your oven to 425 degrees F and melt the butter in a small dish.

  9. After the 10 minutes, use a sharp knife to slash the top of each bun 3 times, brush with melted butter, then sprinkle sesame seeds on top.

    round balls of dough on a cookie sheet

  10. Bake buns for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown on top and slightly golden brown on bottom.

    baked hamburger buns on a cookie sheet

    baked hamburger buns on a cookie sheet

  11. Allow buns to cool, then slice and serve! Enjoy!

    up close shot of a sliced hamburger bun on a cutting board

    up close shot of a hamburger bun

    up close shot of hamburger buns in a basket

// Adapted from a recipe by Taste of Home //