Easy Bread Machine Sandwich Rolls

A recipe for super simple bread machine sandwich rolls. Versatile, easy, and popular with everyone

There aren’t too many ingredients, and the dough rises beautifully, especially with the help of the bread machine. No bread machine? That’s fine; it’s still a great recipe 😊.

And they are so versatile! Make them as instructed as sandwich rolls, or divide into 12 and brush with an egg wash and poppy seeds to serve with dinner.

These roll freeze beautifully so you can make a batch on the weekends and have fresh homemade bread for sandwiches all week, no grocery store runs needed.

crusty rolls topped with flour

Bread Machine Sandwich Rolls

Easy yet impressive, this recipe uses your bread machine to help you bake sandwich rolls with a soft interior and crisp crust.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
rising time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Serving Size 12 rolls



  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • pinch cornmeal for dusting the baking sheet


  • Add all ingredients (except the cornmeal) to the bucket of a bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select the DOUGH cycle and press start. Watch the dough for the first few minutes of mixing, adding 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.
    correct bread dough
  • Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and dust cornmeal on top. 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.
  • Dust flour on top of the rolls and rub in. Place the rolls on the baking sheet and 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 425° with a rimmed metal baking sheet on a lower rack.
    fully risen rolls on baking sheet
  • When the oven is hot, pour 1 cup of water on the baking sheet to create steam. Immediately place the rolls inside. Bake for 15-19 minutes until golden brown. Remove and cool on a wire rack. Serve warm as dinner rolls or slice when cool for sandwiches. Eat within 2 days or freeze.
    finished bread machine rolls


Rolls freeze VERY well!  Simply let them cool and place in a freezer bag.  They will stay fresh a few months and can be defrosted one at a time.
Make sure you use a metal baking sheet for the steam; glass will shatter.
I recommend SAF instant yeast for bread machine baking, and this basic bread machine, perfect for kneading.

Why you’ll love this recipe


  • 4 cups all purpose flour (bread flour will work well too!)
  • 1 ½ cups water (you may need to add more, especially if using bread flour)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast (SAF brand is the best)
  • pinch cornmeal for dusting the baking sheet

Step by step bread machine rolls

grid of images: bread machine with ingredients, kneading, and fully risen dough

This recipe is easy as can be. Begin by simply putting all the ingredients into your bread machine. Some manufacturers recommend you add liquids first, some say to add them last. I don’t think it really matters. Just put them in and select the dough cycle.

You can’t walk away just yet. You’ll need to keep an eye on the dough for the first few minutes to make sure the consistency is correct. If the dough seems dry, crumbly, and is not coming together in a ball, add more water a little at a time. If it is wet and sticky, add a bit more flour.

What you are looking for is a smooth dough that clears the sides and bottom of the bread machine, but it should not seem too dense and your machine should not be straining to knead it.

Once the dough looks right, close the lid and let the bread machine run its cycle. When it beeps, your dough should be beautifully puffy. This this recipe has no fat so it rises very well.

grid of images: dough cut into eighths, shaped into rolls, covered to rise

Prepare a cookie sheet by placing a sheet of parchment paper on top and dusting it with cornmeal.

Turn the dough out from the bread machine pan onto a lightly floured surface and divide into eight pieces (or twelve if you want smaller bread rolls). To shape the dough into rolls, pinch the bottoms and allow the tops to smooth out on their own. Don’t mash the rolls down trying to make them smooth. As you shape the rolls, place them onto the prepared cookie sheet.

risen rolls. fully baked, and cooling sandwich rolls

Cover the rolls with heavily greased plastic wrap and place them somewhere warm to rise, ideally around 90 degrees. A slightly warmed and turned-off oven works great.

Keep an eye on them during this second rise, as they can sometimes rise quickly. Check the rolls at 30 minutes and then again at 45.

Towards the end of the rising time, get the oven ready. Make sure you have two racks in, one a third of the way up and the second a third of the way down. On the lower rack, place a rimmed baking sheet. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

When the oven is hot, pour a cup of water on the sheet to create steam. This helps give the rolls a great crust. Immediately place the rolls inside and bake them for 15-19 minutes. The baking time varies a lot because a lot depends on how quickly your oven gets back up to temperature after the steam brings it down.

Once the crust is golden brown, remove the rolls and place them on a wire rack to cool.

7 sandwich rolls on cooling rack

Tips for success

Prefer to knead in a mixer? No problem. See these instructions on using a stand mixer to get great results kneading dough.

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Easy Bread Machine Sandwich Rolls

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  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe! I added one egg and 2 TBS of butter to make it a richer dough, greased a lasagna pan and made sub rolls with them! After they rose, I brushed them lightly with butter and added everything seasoning. Delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! Tried it today and it turned out great.
    Question, if my dough cycle includes a Second rise, is it better get the dough out before that so the second rise happens after I shape the rolls? Thanks! 😊

  3. 5 stars
    Excellent, super easy, delish recipe!
    Have another batch in the oven now..
    Highly recommend..β™₯️

  4. Are you suppose to pour the water on the sheet (baking pan) the rolls are on? Or do you use a separate sheet?

  5. 5 stars
    Delicious rolls, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside! It was just the recipe I was looking for. We enjoyed them tonight with sausage, peppers and onions. Will definitely make them again! They would be great with eggplant parm, egg salad, kielbasa and kraut, or any kind of deli meat. Easy and enjoyable to make.πŸ‘

  6. 5 stars
    I made these rolls and they came out really great.
    There is nothing like a really FRESH roll for a sandwich.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. πŸ™‚