The Ultimate Burger Buns The Ultimate Burger Buns

Food styling by Claire Stubbs | Prop styling by Lara McGraw Image by: Maya Visnyei

Fresh and fluffy, these homemade buns will elevate your burgers to the next level.

  • Prep time 35 minutes
  • Total time 2 hours & 30 minutes




In small bowl, stir together water, milk and 1 tsp of the sugar until sugar is dissolved; sprinkle in yeast. Let stand until frothy, about 10 minutes.

In stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat yeast mixture with egg on medium-low speed until combined; beat in flour, salt and remaining sugar on medium-low speed until dough begins to come together. Beat in butter, a few cubes at a time, until combined. Fit stand mixer with dough hook attachment; beat on medium speed until dough is smooth and elastic, 6 to 8 minutes.

Transfer dough to greased large bowl; cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in warm draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Turn out dough onto lightly floured work surface; divide dough evenly into 10 pieces. Shape each into ball, folding ends underneath and pinching at bottom; roll each on work surface in circular motion, seam side down, into smooth ball. Arrange, 3 inches apart, on prepared pans; cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in warm draft-free place until doubled in size (about 3 inches wide), about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, position racks in top and bottom thirds of oven; preheat to 375°F.

Topping: In small bowl, whisk egg with 1 tsp water; brush each bun with 2 coats of egg wash. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

To finish: Bake, switching and rotating pans halfway through, until tops are golden, about 20 minutes. Let cool on pans on racks for 10 minutes; serve warm or transfer directly to racks to cool completely.

Test Kitchen Make-Ahead: Store the cooled buns in a resealable plastic bag for up to two days or freeze for up to two weeks; bring to room temperature before serving.

Makes 10 buns.

Nutritional facts Per bun: about

  • Fibre 2 g
  • Sodium 306
  • Sugars 4 g
  • Protein 9 g
  • Calories 266
  • Total fat 10 g
  • Potassium 105 mg
  • Cholesterol 54 mg
  • Saturated fat 4 g
  • Total carbohydrate 36 g


  • Iron 20
  • Folate 43
  • Calcium 2
  • Vitamin A 8
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