Hamburger Buns

The all-American backyard barbeque is taken to new heights with these homemade buns. You’ll be the envy of the block party.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 3 hours 25 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 6


  • 3⁄4 cup water
  • 2 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 3⁄4 tsp. active dry yeast (1 package)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1⁄4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. plus 1⁄8 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds


  • In a large bowl, combine water, sugar, and yeast. Stir to dissolve and let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.
  • Add 1 egg, butter, 1 teaspoon salt, and enough bread flour to create a firm dough. Add flour only to reduce stickiness. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead 8 to 10 minutes. Return to bowl, dust the top with flour, and cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap. Rise at room temperature until doubled in volume, about 2 hours.
  • Line 2 baking pans with parchment. Turn risen dough onto a floured surface. Shape into a rope, about 2 inches thick. Slice 3-inch pieces off the rope, then roll each into a tight ball. Place on prepared pan, dust with flour, cover loosely with plastic wrap, and proof for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Mix remaining egg with remaining salt and brush lightly across proofed rolls. Top with sesame seeds and bake until golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. Cool completely.