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40-Minute Hamburger Buns

Here on our ranch, I cook for three men who love burgers. These fluffy hamburger buns are just right for their big appetites. I also serve this homemade hamburger bun recipe plain with a meal. —Jessie McKenney, Twodot, Montana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + resting Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    1 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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. Preheat oven to 425°.
  • Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Bake until golden brown, 8-12 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
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Hamburger Bun Tips

What does it mean to proof yeast?

Before you can get to mixing and kneading, it’s important to proof the yeast, which means ensuring the yeast is still alive. To do this, let the yeast, oil and sugar mixture stand for a minimum of 5 minutes. This allows the yeast to feed from the sugar and become foamy. If this chemical reaction doesn’t happen, the yeast is no longer good. For more bread baking tips, check out our ultimate guide to baking bread.

How do you store leftover yeast?

When measuring for this recipe, you won’t use an even number of packets. Store any unused yeast in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 months. Wondering which type of yeast to use? We've broken it down in our yeast bread baking guide.

Want a heartier sandwich?

For a heartier sandwich, divide the dough into 8 portions instead of 12, then shape anyway you like. Don't forget to pile on the burger toppings once you're ready to dig in!

How can I customize this hamburger bun recipe?

These hamburger buns are ultra customizable. In the Taste of Home Test Kitchen, we like to add sesame or poppy seeds. To add seeds, brush warm buns with butter and add your favorite toppings. This recipe can also be used for slider buns or rolls. To make rolls, divide dough into 24 pieces, and bake until golden brown.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 195 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 204mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.
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  • Cristina
    Oct 14, 2020

    Made these for my family and this recipe was so good and simple.

  • Kathleen
    Sep 20, 2020

    A magical recipe. I made it exactly as written. I am an experienced bread maker and didn’t see how this could work. I thought I would end up with hockey pucks of dubious texture. But it works! Compared to most bun recipes requiring hours of rising, these are a breeze. They look perfect and are more delicious than store bought. They freeze well.

  • Tara
    Sep 19, 2020

    So easy to make and my kids loved them!!

  • Lynnette
    Sep 17, 2020

    This is a super simple, quick and easy bun recipe. I live in humid south Florida, so I had to use a bit more flour. I think flattening out the dough balls before the ten minute rest will make a wider bun. I made 12 bun that came out a bit small at 3 1/2 inches wide. Next time I’m dividing into 8 portions to make larger buns. Overall a great recipe.

  • Steph
    Sep 13, 2020

    My go to bun recipe! So easy and never fails to impress

  • Tyler
    Sep 7, 2020

    This is a solid quick bun recipe. Some of the questions here are answered by remembering the title of the recipe. These are 40-minute buns... buns from nothing in 40 minutes. So, that's why the amount of yeast used is higher than you would normally find, you need that boost to make them rise enough in the short amount of proof time. That is also why "you don't let them rest when they are significantly better when you do" if you did that, you wouldn't have buns in 40 minutes. You'd have normal buns, if it's normal buns you're after, it sounds like you already know how to make those. Though, I'd caution you to adjust your yeast amount if you're going to let them rise, that could be a hilarious dough disaster... a doughsaster... sorry. Happy Bunning.

  • Jules
    Sep 7, 2020

    Terrible. I added 2 tablespoons of yeast and it was an absolute disaster area so of course I had to add more flour and then after reading the comments I realized I should have done that in the beginning. Not a good recipe I'll stick with my own

  • Marlene
    Aug 20, 2020

    My family absolutely loves these rolls! but a question that I really would like answered is... Is this really supposed to use 2 tablespoons of yeast or is it supposed to be 2 teaspoons of yeast? Two tablespoons is an awful lot of yeast! We also like to add Lipton Onion soup mix to ours!

  • Lisa
    Aug 11, 2020

    Edit to my previous review - I meant to say increase the salt to 2 teaspoons ( which I did in subsequent batches and it was perfect). Also I only used the standard 2 1/4 Teaspoons of yeast (which is equal to one packet) NOT tablespoons, and again it came out perfect. This is now my go to for quick and easy bread!

  • Nicole
    Aug 8, 2020

    I've made this 10 times during COVID lock down. Personal favorite!