Hamburger and Hotdog Bun Recipe

I decided that my messed-with Peter Reinhart recipe was a little too weird to put up. Fortunately, my new favorite cookbook, Happy in the Kitchen has one that’s pretty darn good. I fiddled with it a tad of course (I can’t help myself), and here is the result. It works very, very well and makes a dough which, while still rather wet, isn’t terribly challenging to handle.

16 ounces bread flour
1 ounce sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon plus one teaspoon active dry yeast
12 ounces cups lukewarm water
2 ounces extra virgin olive oil
1 egg well beaten for egg wash

Combine dry ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine. With the machine running, pour in the water and then the oil, stopping when everything is well combined. Scoop the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise for 1 hour (or until doubled in size). Turn the dough out onto a well-floured pastry board. Cut the dough into 2-ounce pieces (you should have roughly 15 of them). Roll each piece into a ball (as directed in the below post!). When all the dough has been rolled, cover the balls with a kitchen towel and let them rest for ten minutes to relax the gluten. Shape as desired into either hamburger or hot dog buns, lay out on parchment-lined sheet pans, and cover with oiled plastic wrap. Proof for about an hour.

In the meantime, preheat your oven to 450. When the buns are puffy, and feel almost hollow to the touch, put them in the oven on the middle and lower racks. After five minutes, take them out of the oven and paint them gently with egg wash. Return them to the oven for 5-7 more minutes until golden brown.

8 thoughts on “Hamburger and Hotdog Bun Recipe”

  1. Hi Joe, when you say “wet dough” you weren’t kidding, well, probably not as wet as I got till I remembered that USA cup is smaller than metric cup size. By about 50 ml. That slight extra made a sloppy mess, but fixed it with a bit more flour.

    I got asked to bring some hamburger buns to the staff barbque, on short notice, I knew you’d have something that could be knocked up quickly 🙂

    They came up well, added sesame seeds to the egg wash, compliments from everyone at work.


    Warren (still milking cows in New Zealand)

    1. Hope the bovines are treating you with the respect you deserve, Warren!

      And I’m very glad the rolls (eventually) worked out. Thanks for the report!

      – Joe

  2. Just made these — incredible! Thanks for your blog; some of these recipes are now family favorites!

  3. Joe, I just took burger buns out of oven-tasted -so tender and delicious!!!
    I am so happy your website is back —and you too! When site not available I ventured to some interesting places on the web to try and notify someone —met a nice pastry chef who also admires your blog. Thank you for your generosity. Hilda

    1. Hey Hilda!

      Home made burger buns…are they not wonderful?? I like them a day old too! Glad they worked so well! And it is my very great pleasure. Thank you for checking in with me!

      – Joe

  4. It would be so much better if grams (or oz) were used consistently. Cups are different depending on country. Grams are grams, all over!

    1. Hello Cinzia!

      Yes, some of these older recipes on the site are a bit inconsistent. As time passed I went over to a system of using ounces, usually with a volume measurement for those who prefer volume (very small amounts, such as teaspoons, are always American volume). At once point I tried adding gram measurements to the recipes as well, but that was so much information people got confused. The columns on the site are so narrow that it didn’t work visually. The system is imperfect, but it’s the best I can do.



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