Bread Machine Burger Buns

Make shiny, beautiful burger buns with a soft crumb. It's easy to get perfect dough when you use your bread machine!
3.64 from 19 votes

A recipe for bread machine burger buns that comes together quickly and easily in your bread maker. Soft, golden brown, and lovely.

3 burger buns on cooling rack

Burger buns can be tricky. But these are not. Using a bread machine for your dough guarantees that it knead and rises perfectly. This recipe gives you a bun with a deep, shiny golden brown exterior, a soft and tender crumb, and a bun that’s sturdy enough for your biggest burger.

No bread machine? No problem. You can knead the dough in your stand mixer, or by hand. The only adjustment you’ll make to the recipe is you’ll need to have the dough rise in a warm place, in a clean lightly oil bowl, before you move on to shaping the buns.

Let’s get to it.


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For the Dough

  • 3 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cups water
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 2¼ teaspoons instant yeast

For Topping

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds or poppy seeds optional

Step by step burger buns

Making the dough

4 images showing process of bread machine kneading and rising dough
this Oster bread machine is affordable and perfect if you mostly use your machine for making dough.

My friends, this recipe is easy! The bread machine does all the hard work.

We begin by adding all the dough ingredients to the bread machine and starting the dough cycle. I never, ever worry about the order the ingredients go in, but if your manufacturer recommends a specific order you might want to use that.

Before you walk away, check the consistency of the dough. You want the dough to be smooth and elastic, not sticking to the bread machine bucket. If it’s too dry and crumbly, add a bit more water. If it’s too wet and sticky, a bit more flour.

When the machine beeps, you’ll have lovely, risen dough. All that’s left to do it shape, rise again, and bake!

Shaping and baking the buns

four images showing process of dividing, shaping, and rising buns

Once the dough is ready, divide it up into eight equal sized pieces. You can use a scale if you want to be sure they’re exactly the same, or you just divide in half and keep going. Of course, if you want smaller buns you could make 12 or even 16.

To shape them, pinch the bottoms so that the top becomes round and smooth. Don’t try to squish them down from the top. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and very gently flatten them out, just a little.

For a pretty shine and professional look, brush the burger buns with an egg wash and then sprinkle with sesame seeds or poppy seeds. You can also do this after the second rise, but I like to do it first to avoid deflating them later.

Cover the baking tray with plastic wrap that’s been generously sprayed with cooking spray. You don’t want the buns rising up to the plastic wrap and getting stuck!

Tuck them into a warm place, like a slightly warmed but turned-off oven and let them rise until they are very puffy. Towards the end of the rising, preheat your oven (but make sure the rolls aren’t still in there!) to 375 degrees.

When the oven is bake, bake for about 15 minutes until the rolls are baked through, with deep golden brown exteriors.

homemade burger buns on parchment lined baking sheet

Let them cool completely on a wire rack before you use them. If you want to toast them, try buttering a skillet and letting them toast there for a few minutes.

They are delicious with homemade pulled pork, deep fried chicken sandwiches, and of course, burgers.

the recipe

3.64 from 19 votes

Bread Machine Burger Buns

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Make shiny, beautiful burger buns with a soft crumb. It's easy to get perfect dough when you use your bread machine!
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
rising time:2 hrs
Total Time:2 hrs 35 mins
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For the Dough

  • 3 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cups water
  • teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • teaspoons instant yeast

For Topping

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds or poppy seeds optional


  • Add all ingredients to the bucket of a bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select the DOUGH cycle and press start. Keep an eye on the dough for the first few minutes of mixing. Add more water if it is dry and crumbly, and more flour if it is too sticky. The dough should be smooth and slightly sticky to the touch but should completely clear the sides and bottom of the bread machine bucket. Allow the cycle to finish.
  • Remove the dough when the machine beeps and cut into eighths with a sharp knife. (It is easiest to divide into half, then quarters, etc.). Gently shape into rolls by pulling down the bottoms of the dough to smooth out the tops.
  • Place the rolls on the baking sheet and flatten them slightly. Cover with heavily greased plastic wrap. Place the baking sheet in a warm place for the rolls to rise, until they are very puffy, about 45 minutes. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat your oven to 375° with the rack in the center
  • Bake for 14-17 minutes until deep golden brown. Rolls will appear very browned due to the egg wash. Remove and cool on a wire rack. Allow to fully cool before slicing and serving with burgers. For best results, toast with butter on a hot skillet turrned to low. Eat within a day, or freeze for longer storage.


Don’t limit yourself to burgers; these buns are great for pulled pork, chicken sandwiches, and more.
Try topping with poppy seeds or everything bagel seasoning.
I recommend SAF instant yeast for bread machine baking, and this basic bread machine, perfect for kneading.


Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 460mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 66IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: bread
Cuisine: American, european
Keyword: bread machine burger buns, homemade burger buns
Servings: 8 rolls
Calories: 246kcal
Author: Katie Shaw
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By on March 13th, 2021

10 thoughts on “Bread Machine Burger Buns”

    • i would reduce the rising time during the second rise. to help them puff up more in the oven, try creating steam (use an empty metal rimmed baking sheet while you’re pre-heating, then pour in 1 cup of water right before you bake)

  1. You forgot to add instructions for brushing the buns with a beaten egg mixed with tablespoon of water..or just the egg and adding the seeds?


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