Homemade Hamburger Bun Recipe for a Bread Machine

by | Feb 24, 2018 | Recipes

Making Hamburger Buns: My Burger Bun Story

What was it that motivated me to start baking my own bread products?  It was a study I read listing all the additives that bread manufacturers put in their products (including hamburger buns). The one additive that caught my attention was azodicarbonamide (also known as ‘ADA’ or the ‘Yoga Mat Additive’). This additive has no nutritional value whatsoever; and, it’s used in over 500 bread products (such as buns, tortillas, sliced bread, pizzas, bagels, etc…) by 130 companies (including Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Little Debbie, Earth Grains, Starbucks and McDonald’s). The reason ADA is called the ‘yoga mat additive’ is because it’s also used during the manufacturing process of Yoga Mats and flip-flops to aerate the products’ plastic, making them lighter and spongy. Read the WHO report on ADA.  The report’s Executive Summary says it all.

Bottom-line, if a bread product has a shelf-life longer than a week, then it’s likely it has an artificial ingredient that a reasonable person (or a family dog) wouldn’t acknowledge as food. Since commonsense tells me not to eat things with ingredients that aren’t food, I came up with several bread-product recipes for Foodie Post. After many months of testing, the following is my ‘Burger Bun Recipe’. 


Oster bread machine homemade hamburger buns
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Easy Homemade Hamburger Bun Recipe

This is a home-cook friendly hamburger bun recipe! After baking these buns, you'll stop buying them from the store.
Author: Peter La Fond


  • 1 1/4 cups milk just above room temperature
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 3/4 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/8 teaspoons active dry yeast


  • Place all ingredients in bread machine pan.
  • Select 'Dough' setting on bread machine and run.
  • When bread machine has completed dough cycle, pull out dough and place on a flat floured work surface.
  • Roll out dough to a 1/2" thickness and use inverted water glass to cut out rounds. Then place rounds on greased baking sheet. Re-roll excess dough that didn't make into a round when cutting, and repeat this step until there is no more excess dough.
  • Once all rounds are on cookie sheets, cover and let rounds rise until they double in size; it usually takes 60-90 minutes.
  • Bake at 350F for 9-12 minutes, or until top of rolls are a deep golden brown.


This recipe will make a minimum of 12 rolls; however, I can get up to 16 rolls depending on how thick I roll the dough and the size of water glass I use to cut out the rounds. Unused buns can be kept in freezer for months.

Tips for Hamburger Bun Recipe

The steps in recipe are layout so the dough is made in a bread machine and the buns are baked in the oven. Which bread machine do I use? I use the popular Oster ExpressBake breadmaker, which can be found new on Amazon for $65.00. Or if you don’t mind purchasing used equipment, keep an eye out for one on Craig’s List. I bought mine from a seller on Craig’s List for $18.00; and it works just fine.
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Written by Peter La Fond

I'm food- and- wine obsessed. Discovering a new recipe is a delight; refining a classic one is my all-consuming idée fixe.

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    Yum!!! I’ll have to try this! I’ve recently discovered two-ingriedient dough and it is amazing! No bread maker needed.

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      5 stars
      Great recipe! Worked well in my Oster Expressbake Breadmaker that I found at a resale shop for $5. What a deal!


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