How to Make Your Own Hamburger Buns (or Sandwich Rolls)

Hamburger bun recipeFor that next picnic or family outing, consider making your own hamburger buns or sandwich rolls. They are easy and so much better than what you buy from the stores.

Take any bread mix. (We like Golden Honey Wheat Hamburger Buns.) Be adventuresome and consider a savory bread like Tuscany Tomato or Sour Cream Onion. We make mixes specifically for rolls and they are a little richer than loaf mixes.

Mix the bread according to the package directions or recipe. If you are using your bread machine, set the machine on the “dough” setting so that the machine will mix your bread for you, let it rise and then beep when it is time to bake. If you are making bread the old-fashioned way, let the bread rise in an oiled bowl as you would for other bread recipes.

Remove the dough and divide it with a knife into eight equal pieces. If you are using a one-loaf mix, divide the dough into eight or nine pieces and twice that for a two loaf mix. Form a round or oval roll with each. Place them on a greased baking sheet with room to expand. Using the heel of your hand, flatten each roll. The elasticity in the dough will tend to make the rolls spring back. Let the dough relax for a few minutes and repeat the process. Cover the rolls with plastic wrap and let the rolls rise until doubled—an hour or so depending on the mix and the room temperature.

If you care to put sesame seeds or poppy seeds on your rolls, mix one egg white with one tablespoon of water. Just before baking, brush the mixture onto the tops of the rolls and then sprinkle with seeds. The egg white will keep the seeds in place.

Bake the rolls at 375 degrees for about fifteen to eighteen minutes or until done. Remove them to a wire rack to cool.

Would you like to bake your buns on the grill? Check out our instructions for baking bread on a grill.