Easy Buns Recipe: Homemade Breadmaker (No-Knead) Hamburger Buns

Updated on June 25, 2014
Making hamburgers for dinner?  Try making your own buns too!  Our easy and delicious buns recipe includes step-by-step photos and yields 6  large buns hearty enough to hold your juicy burgers.
Making hamburgers for dinner? Try making your own buns too! Our easy and delicious buns recipe includes step-by-step photos and yields 6 large buns hearty enough to hold your juicy burgers. | Source

Did You Know?

During the Second World War, some Americans referred to hamburgers as "liberty steaks."

Homemade Buns: Trial and Error No More!

When you think about it, a hamburger bun is really just a soft roll sliced horizontally. If you have made rolls before, you can make buns too! If you have never tried, this is the perfect recipe for you! I have tried several hamburger buns recipes, but they either turned out too dry, too small, or too dark. This recipe turns out perfectly every time I have made it. I've tweaked it a little and am confident you will be successful too.

Pre-Made Total?

At about $1.00 for a generic bag of eight buns, pre-made costs about $0.13 per bun.

Homemade vs. Pre-Made Buns

The main advantage to making your own hamburger buns is that you control the ingredients. If you want to substitute some wheat flour for white, you can! If you want to substitute vegetable oil for the butter, you can! If you want to sprinkle sesame seeds or poppy seeds to the top, you can! A secondary advantage is that homemade tastes so good!

In contrast, the main advantage to buying pre-made hamburger buns is convenience. Simply drive to store, place buns in cart, check out, drive home. A secondary advantage is that they are a little less expensive than homemade, if you purchase the least expensive kind you can find, a bag of eight costs about a dollar or about $0.13 per bun.



Packaged Homemade Buns

Homemade breadmaker buns cost about 23 cents per bun compared to about 13 cents of a generic brand.
Homemade breadmaker buns cost about 23 cents per bun compared to about 13 cents of a generic brand. | Source

Homemade Total?

Using generic ingredients it costs about $1.37 for six buns or about $0.23 per bun!

Is It Cheaper To Make Your Own Hamburger Buns?

When I first started making my own buns, I was curious about this as well. So, I decided to do the math. Here's what I found:

  • Flour: I buy generic at about $2.00 for a 5 pound bag (20 cups) or $0.10 per cup. For this recipe you'll need 3 1/4 cups = $0.33.
  • Sugar: I buy generic at $2.50 for a 4 pound bag (8 cups) or $0.31 per cup. For this recipe you'll need 1/4 cup = $0.08.
  • Eggs: I buy eggs at $1 for a dozen (12 eggs) or $0.08 per egg. For this recipe you'll need one egg = $0.08.
  • Butter: I buy butter at $3.50 for 1 pound (32 Tablespoons) or $0.11 per Tablespoon. For this recipe you'll need 2 T = $0.22.
  • Yeast: I buy a jar at $4.50 for 4 ounces (8 Tablespoons) or $0.56 per Tablespoon. You'll need 1 T = $0.56.
  • Salt: Too small amount to calculate = less than $0.01.
  • Water: Free!

Note: There is the additional cost of the electricity for running the breadmaker as well as the oven. I did not calculate this.

Hamburger Buns Comparison

 
Generic Store Bought
Our Homemade Recipe
Approximate Cost
13 cents per bun
23 cents per bun (* see explanation above)
Servings
8
6
Ingredients
Unbleached Enriched Wheat Flour, Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Yeast, Wheat Gluten, Vegetable Oil, Salt, Dough Conditioners, Soy Flour, Calcium Sulfate, Calcium Proprionate, Monocalcium Phosphate, and Yeast Food.
All Purpose White Flour, Water, Granulated Sugar, Egg, Unsalted Butter, Salt, and Yeast.
Time
Drive time to and from the store plus checkout time (for me that would be about 1 hour).
2 hours 30 minutes (Hands on time: 15 mins)

Ready To Begin? Let's Grab Our Ingredients...

To make breadmaker buns you'll need melted butter, water, egg, flour, salt, sugar, and yeast.
To make breadmaker buns you'll need melted butter, water, egg, flour, salt, sugar, and yeast. | Source

You'll Need:

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon yeast

This recipe isn't complicated! You probably have all the ingredients you need on hand. Of course, feel free to substitute some wheat flour for the white flour or honey for sugar.

In addition to these, you'll also need another tablespoon of butter or olive oil to spread on top of the buns later. If desired, you might also like to have sesame seeds or poppy seeds for sprinkling on top.

Step 1: Measure ingredients into breadmaker. Set dough cycle.

Always follow the manufacturer's directions, but generally it is wet first, then dry, then make a small well on top for the yeast.
Always follow the manufacturer's directions, but generally it is wet first, then dry, then make a small well on top for the yeast. | Source

Essential Tool: Breadmaker

Sunbeam Programmable Bread Maker, 2 Pound, White (005891-000-000)
Sunbeam Programmable Bread Maker, 2 Pound, White (005891-000-000)

This is the breadmaker I use! Mine has lasted 4 years (I use it at least once a week) and was definitely worth the investment!

 

Using a breadmaker makes these buns easy! No kneading is required as the machine does it for you. It is so nice to just pour in the ingredients and leave it be for an hour and a half. If you do not have a breadmaker, you can still make the recipe, but will need to activate the yeast with the sugar and warm water first. Then, mix the remaining dry ingredients and remaining wet ingredients separately. Pour the wet into dry along with the yeast mixture. Mix. Knead on counter. Let rise for 45 minutes to an hour in a warm place. Then continue on with the recipe as follows.

Step 2: Form dough into buns.

How to shape dough into buns.
How to shape dough into buns. | Source
Remember to grease the tray.
Remember to grease the tray. | Source

Alternative Dough-Shaping Idea:

Roll the dough with a rolling pin, then using a greased or floured glass or biscuit cutter, cut the dough and let rise.  You will not get quite as much height on the rolls, but you should be able to make 1 or 2 more using this method.
Roll the dough with a rolling pin, then using a greased or floured glass or biscuit cutter, cut the dough and let rise. You will not get quite as much height on the rolls, but you should be able to make 1 or 2 more using this method. | Source

How To Form Buns

An hour and a half later when the dough is done, punch the dough down. Spray a large cookie tray or sheet pan with nonstick spray. Divide the dough into 6 pieces (I do this by cutting the dough in half, then each half into thirds). Then begin the dough-shaping process.

  1. Stretch one piece of the dough into a flattened round disc by gently pinching and pulling.
  2. Wrap the edges underneath to create a smooth-topped ball.
  3. Pinch and twist the base.
  4. Gently plop onto the prepared tray three times to flatten the base a little.

Repeat these steps for all 6 rolls. When finished, brush 1 Tablespoon melted butter over the tops with a pastry brush. If desired, you could substitute olive oil or cooking spray.

Step 3: Cover and let rise 30 minutes.

Use a light towel to cover the dough for 30 minutes.
Use a light towel to cover the dough for 30 minutes. | Source

If you are pressed for time, you can skip this step. However, I do not recommend it. This gives the buns a little extra rise while baking. If you use whole wheat or wheat germ for some of the white flour you will notice your buns will not rise quite so much.

I set a timer for 20 minutes instead of 30. Then, when the timer goes off I preheat my oven to 375. When the oven is preheated 10 minutes later, the buns have had their 30 minutes to rise and the oven is already set to go.

Step 4: Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.

The dough has doubled in size and is ready for the oven.
The dough has doubled in size and is ready for the oven. | Source

It really does take just 15 minutes. You do not need to worry about checking on the buns unless you know your oven bakes quickly, in which case you might want to check on them at about 13 minutes. The tops will be golden brown and firm to the touch. As they cool, the tops will become soft again.

Step 5: Let cool and slice.

These golden brown hamburger buns will cool in about 15 minutes.
These golden brown hamburger buns will cool in about 15 minutes. | Source
Hollowed out hamburger buns.
Hollowed out hamburger buns. | Source

While it has taken two and a half hours from start to finish, the hands-on time is really just around fifteen minutes. Not too difficult, after all! This is a basic recipe and can be modified to your liking. You could add sesame seeds or poppy seeds to the tops before baking the buns, for example. If the buns are too big for you, you could try forming eight instead of six. I have done this before and the buns were a bit too small for us. To help reduce some of the bread a bit, I like to use my fingers to gently hollow out the top and bottom. I then save the "guts" of the bun to dry for bread crumbs.

Finished Bun Ready to Serve

Homemade hamburger buns are sturdy, easy to make, and taste delicious!
Homemade hamburger buns are sturdy, easy to make, and taste delicious! | Source

Have you ever made hamburger buns?

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You can serve these buns with pride. Please do let your family know YOU made these YOURSELF! And now I am clapping for you. You did it!

While it does take more effort than picking them up at the store, homemade buns are a delicious--dare I say--treat for your hamburger or sloppy joe dinner.

Homemade Breadmaker Hamburger Buns

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 bun
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Carbohydrates 61 g20%
Sugar 8 g
Protein 9 g18%
Sodium 401 mg17%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
5 stars from 3 ratings of Breadmaker Hamburger Buns

Cook Time

Prep time: 2 hours 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 2 hours 30 min
Yields: 6 hamburger buns

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 1/4 cup all purpose flour, (can substitute 1 1/4 cups with wheat)
  • 1/4 cup sugar, (can substitute with other sweeteners)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted (for tops, can substitute olive oil)

Instructions

  1. Place ingredients in order listed into breadmaker (wet, dry, and yeast in a well on top). Select dough setting! This will take 1 hour 30 minutes.
  2. When done, punch the dough down. Spray a large cookie tray or sheet pan with nonstick spray. Divide the dough into 6 pieces (cut in half, then each half into thirds). Gently form the buns by stretching each piece a little, wrap the edges underneath to create a ball. Pinch and twist the base. Gently plop onto the prepared tray three times to flatten the base a little. Repeat for all 6 rolls. Brush 1 Tablespoon melted butter over the tops with a pastry brush.
  3. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes. (Tip: Set a timer for 20 minutes and then preheat your oven to 375 degrees while the dough is rising for the last 10 minutes).
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake buns for 15 minutes until golden brown. Let cool. Slice in half. Serve!

Breadmaker Hamburger Buns

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        Holly Cependa 3 months ago

        Made this recipe today - added cinnamon & raisins for hot cross buns. The best I've ever made! They won't last the week

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        thefedorows 3 years ago from the Midwest

        @Perspycacious, haha! I appreciate your play on words. Thank you for taking the time to read this hub.

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        Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

        I can think that everyone can need these, even if there is no knead!

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        thefedorows 3 years ago from the Midwest

        @SRPowell -- I am touched this will be your go-to recipe! Thank you! It is ours as well. I am going to be experimenting with different kinds of flours this summer and see what happens! It's such a great recipe to experiment with.

        @Phyllis Doyle -- I am confident it will be a purchase you won't regret! Thank you for your kind words.

        @Kathryn Stratford -- I hope it works well for you!

        @daborn7-- It is quite a lovely smell, isn't it! Perhaps you will be making some hamburger buns soon...you can do it!

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        thefedorows 3 years ago from the Midwest

        Thank you for all the congratulations on HOTD! I have only been on Hubpages a few months and was honored to have been chosen! I wish I could give you all hugs for your kind words!

        @Millionaire Tips-- I am glad the pictures were helpful!

        @lobobrandon -- I am touched that you took the time to comment! Thank you!

        @Ellebee -- I would highly recommend a breadmaker, they are fantastic! I use it weekly! Thank you for your congratulations.

        @janshares -- I can eat the buns alone too, especially right out of the oven with butter. Oh my! I am so happy to hear you enjoyed reading it. Thank you for your votes!

        @LarryRankin -- I agree. Homemade is so much better!

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        Rosalie 4 years ago from California

        Great stuff! I remember my step-mother had a bread maker when I was growing up and she would use it often to make different kinds of breads. I would come home from school and the whole house would smell like fresh bread. It was always a comforting feeling. This reminded me of those times. Perhaps I will bake some hamburger buns soon, thanks for sharing :)

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        Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

        What a great idea! I just recently thought of trying to make hamburger buns, since I don't hear about a whole lot of people making it homemade. Now I know how! Thanks for sharing this informative hub with us, and congrats on winning HOTD.

        Have a great Summer.

        ~ Kathryn

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        Phyllis Doyle Burns 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

        Very useful hub, thank you. I have often wished that I had a bread maker, now, I am going to get one. This recipe will be perfect for our family bbq potlucks this summer.

        Congrats on the HOTD award, it is well-deserved.

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        Shannon Powell 4 years ago from USA

        This sounds delicious. Our family is concentrating on homemade vs. store bought and this is going to be a go-to recipe. Thanks!

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        Wow, this article is the single largest breadmaker advertisement I have seen yet. Keep it up!

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        Larry Rankin 4 years ago from Oklahoma

        I'll have to try that. Congratulations on HOTD. Homemade bread is so much better than store bought.

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        Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

        WOW and OMG! First of all, congrats on HOTD. This is an amazing-looking hub. I'm impressed with the beautiful formatting and detail. I think I could eat the buns alone, they look sooooo good. I enjoyed this, extremely well-done and well-deserved HOTD. Voted 5 stars, up, useful, and awesome.

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        ElleBee 4 years ago

        Yet another reason I need to purchase a bread maker! And as Millionaire Tips and lobobrandon said above congrats on HOTD - well earned.

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        Brandon Lobo 4 years ago

        Nice been a while since I'm commenting on the HOTD. This one deserved it. Loved the pics too.

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        Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

        Mmmm you're making me hungry. Congratulations on HOTD. Very nicely explained with great photos.

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        thefedorows 4 years ago from the Midwest

        Thank you, choosetolive! Good to see you again! I appreciate your vote.

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        Ravi and Swastha 4 years ago from London, Canada

        Awesome hub. Nicely explained with all the pictures. Voted up & useful information.

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