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Basic Hamburger Buns {in 40 minutes}


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There’s something about yeast that feels so homey. The sweet, warm smell of yeast breathing life into flour; the almost therapeutic, tactile experience of kneading the dough; the sweet, golden aroma as simple ingredients bake into magic.

But the problem is most people are scared of yeast. And kneading. And shaping dough. It seems weird, if you’re not used to it.

If yeast seems complicated or something that only “real” bakers use, please keep reading. These buns are a great introduction to bread baking – they come together from start to finish in well under an hour. And – extra bonus – they freeze beautifully. I make a big batch of regular and slider sizes and freeze them for quick, fun lunches.

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Let’s get started!

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Pour some warm (not hot) water into a bowl and sprinkle the yeast over the top. Gently whisk any lumps out, and add the oil and sugar. Let the mixture rest for 5 minutes.

This recipe is fool-proof because it uses SO. MUCH. YEAST. Finer, more finnicky bread recipes might use 1/2 teaspoon or no yeast at all, but will require much more time and babysitting. This recipe is a cinch because it uses a ton of yeast to get an immediate rise and soft, bun texture.

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Next, add the egg, salt, and flour.

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Stir the mixture together until the flour is fully incorporated. Add more flour if it seems overly sticky.

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Turn the dough out onto a floured surface to knead it.

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Kneading is basically massaging the dough until it’s smooth. Gently grab one end, fold it over the opposite end, and press down on it with your palm. Repeat for 3 to 5 minutes until it’s smooth and elastic.

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You should have a comparatively tight, smooth ball of dough.

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Grab a bench knife or something you can cut with, and divide the dough into quarters.

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Now we’re going to cut those quarters into thirds so you wind up with 12 pieces for regular sized buns. If you want to make sliders, divide each twelfth wedge in half so you have 24 pieces.

If you’re really really hungry, you can divide the quarters in half so you wind up with eight ‘Murica sized buns. You can see what those look like in the pictures of the baked buns with the bread knife.

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Shape each wedge into a circle by tucking the corners of the triangle under and pressing into a circle.

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I did half sliders, half regular sized.

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Put them on a greased cookie sheet to rise and let the yeast work its magic.

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Let them rest for 10 minutes, and then pop into a hot oven. Bake until they’re golden (about 8-12 minutes). Cool and use (or freeze for later).

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Yield: 12 rolls; 24 sliders

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

40 Minute Hamburger Buns

Easy, delicious, and fast hamburger buns.


  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • about 4 cups of unbleached, all-purpose flour*


  1. In a large bowl, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water. Make sure the water is only warm and not very hot or it could kill the yeast.
  2. Add oil and sugar; let stand for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the egg, salt and enough of the flour to form a soft dough. {Please see the note below on adding flour}
  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead (or massage) until it's very smooth and elastic, about 3-5 minutes. You can also use the bread hook of your stand mixer if you prefer.
  5. Do not let it rise - immediately divide into 12 pieces for "normal" buns, 24 for sliders, or 8 for 'Murica sized buns (see tutorial above); shape each into a ball. Place about 3 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  6. 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.

*Add 3 cups of flour first. If the dough seems sticky (it almost certainly will), add another half cup and try to knead it. If it's still unmanageably sticky, add the remaining half cup. Depending on the weather, the brand of flour I use, and how I measure (scooping the flour compacts it; pouring it doesn't), I usually add 3 1/2 cups, but sometimes have to add 4 cups total.

This recipe is an expanded version of Taste of Home 40 Minute Hamburger Buns , which I love. I normally don't repost recipes, but this one is pretty close to perfect and so simple, but it was missing pictures (which I thought people who had never baked with yeast before would need) and I thought the flour measurement was a bit off.

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4 Responses to “Basic Hamburger Buns {in 40 minutes}”

  1. Frances January 11, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Can I please get the measurements for the ingredients?

    • TeachEatLove January 11, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      It’s updated – so sorry about that. I forgot to include the command to add the printable recipe with the ingredients and method. Thanks! 🙂

  2. Courtney July 27, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    I’m loving these!!! Or I should say Jossiah is obsessed. No more store-bought buns for us!

    • TeachEatLove August 1, 2016 at 10:24 am


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