Soft and Fluffy Brioche Burger Buns


Brioche Burger Buns are light and fluffy, perfect for any kind of burger. These buns will be the best addition to your next cookout!

They’re also great for sandwiches, french toast, or (honestly!) just as bread with butter. If you’ve always wondered how restaurants get those delicious buns, you can now make your own.

large fluffy brioche buns on baking sheet

Light and Soft Brioche Burger Buns

Soft and fluffy burger buns made right at home. If you've never found a bun recipe that you love, it's because you haven't tried these!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
rising time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Serving Size 8 large buns


For the dough

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup milk whole is best, but any kind is fine
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter equivalent to 1/2 stick
  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 4¼-4½ cups all-purpose flour
  • teaspoon salt
  • teaspoons yeast instant or active dry

For topping the buns

  • 1 egg for egg wash
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds or poppy seeds


  • Warm the milk, water, and butter. In a glass measuring cup, put the water, milk, and unsalted butter.  Microwave on low for 45 seconds to soften the butter and slightly warm the milk and water.
  • Mix all ingredients. Add the contents of the measuring cup to your bread machine bucket or stand mixer bowl.  Then add the remaining dough ingredients in the order listed. Start with the lesser amount of flour, adding more as needed. The dough will be sticky but should form a ball.
  • Knead. Set machine for DOUGH cycle, or knead in the stand mixer 8-10 minutes on low. It is difficult to knead brioche by hand, so use a machine if you have one.
    brioche dough in stand mixer.
  • The first rise. Allow the dough to rise for two hours, tightly covered, until very puffy.  
    dough in mixing bowl. before and after rising
  • Divide and shape. Divide dough into 8-12 pieces, using electric scale if you are particular. You will get 8 very large buns or 12 medium buns. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Shape dough pieces into balls and place them on a baking sheet.  Brush rolls with egg wash and sprinkle with seeds if desired. Cover tightly with greased plastic wrap.
  • The second rise. Allow the buns to rise for one hour at warm room temperature.  Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Bake. Bake for 16-18 minutes, until very golden brown. Cool on wire rack.  If you'd like, toast before using as burger buns
    finished brioche buns on cooling rack.
brioche hamburger buns on parchment-lined baking sheet

How to make perfect brioche hamburger buns.

What is brioche, exactly?

Brioche is a type of enriched bread. The dough contains high levels of butter, sugar, and eggs, although some lighter variations exist. All these additions to your bread make it soft, fluffy and help it stay fresh longer.

The downside? Brioche dough is a sticky dough and is notoriously difficult to work with. Luckily, if you have a stand mixer with a dough hook, you’ll have no trouble. This dough also does great in the bread machine.

The softness of brioche makes it perfect for burger buns but it’s also delicious in chocolate chip brioche, a sweet breakfast treat.

What you’ll need

flour, instant yeast, butter, flour, water, and sugar on marble counter
  • water
  • whole milk 
  • butter
  • eggs 
  • sugar
  • all-purpose flour (if you prefer bread flour, you’ll use slightly less)
  • salt
  • yeast 

If you want to top your brioche buns with seeds or coarse salt, you’ll need that as well.

And if you have a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment, this recipe will be much easier.

Step by step

To warm the milk, water, and butter in a glass measuring cup put all three ingredients together then microwave on low for 45 seconds.

Mixing the ingredients together is a simple process. Just add everything into either a bread machine bucket or a stand mixer bowl. There’s no need to get weird about mixing the yeast with water to make a yeast mixture. Just throw them all in.

Knead the dough. Set machine for dough cycle, or knead in the stand mixer 8-10 minutes on low. It is difficult to knead brioche by hand, so use a machine if you have one.

2 images showing brioche burger bun dough in mixer: it has formed a ball but it still sticky

Shape the dough into a ball. Place in an oiled bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Cover and let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1-1/2- 2 hours.

dough in large bowl-shaped into a ball, then shown fully risen and puffy

Once the bread dough is very puffy, it’s time to divide and shape. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Divide the dough in half, then quarters, then eighths. (This will make very large hamburger buns, perfect for a juicy burger. For small buns, divide into 12 or 15 pieces.)

Shape the hamburger buns by pinching the bottoms to smooth out the top. Place them on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

dividing and shaping dough on counter

Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with seeds.

hand brushing silicone brush on top of dough to brush on egg wash

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Shape each piece of brioche dough into a round ball, then flatten slightly. Place on greased baking sheet about 1 inch apart from one another. Bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Switch the baking sheets halfway through.

Remove the brioche buns from the oven and let cool completely on wire racks.

full baked brioche hamburger buns on wire cooling rack

Can I use whole wheat flour in homemade brioche buns?

Sure you can, but your final product won’t be as light or fluffy. I always recommend substituting 1/4 of the flour and then increasing from there.

What if I don’t have a mixer with a dough hook or a bread maker?

I’d recommend a different recipe for hamburger buns for now. And go treat yourself to one!

Does brioche bread taste sweet?

Not really. There is no noticeable sweetness while you’re eating your burger.

More homemade buns to try

close up view of 4 very large hamburger buns on baking sheet

Brioche buns recipe

They will remind you of the burger buns you get at nicer restaurants. Easy to make, they freeze well and elevate a simple homemade burger into something special.

brioche buns with sesame seeds on top of red tea towel in wooden bowl.  small hand reaching in to grab one.

Soft and Fluffy Brioche Burger Buns

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  1. These were awesome! Turned out puffy and soft. Recipe worked so much better than 2 I tried before. Those came out flat and firm. Next time I’ll go for 10 or 12. 8 turned out big but beautiful.

  2. Maybe I’m losing my mind but this recipe has instructions yet no ingredients list? Would love to make but can’t see the ingredients!

  3. Thank you! I will try this recipe. I have tried making sandwich buns, but they never turn out right. I started making pretzel buns because they seem to turn out better. ???????

    1. I hope you like it! Sandwich buns and “grocery store style” sandwich bread is hard. Probably because they are filled with weird softening agents and we are just used to it!