30-Minute 6 Ingredient Hamburger Bun Recipe!

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Today, we’re focusing on a recipe that seems almost too good to be true – Hamburger Buns that come together in just 30 minutes! This quick and easy recipe is a game-changer for anyone who loves homemade buns but doesn’t have hours to spare.

The Origin and Popularity of Hamburger Buns

Hamburger buns, a staple in American cuisine, originally gained popularity as the perfect accompaniment to the classic hamburger. Their soft texture and neutral flavor make them ideal for a variety of fillings, not just burgers. This 30-minute recipe offers a homemade alternative to store-bought buns, ensuring freshness and flavor that can’t be beaten.

The Recipe: From Mixing to Munching in Half an Hour

Here’s how to whip up these quick hamburger buns:

  1. Starting the Yeast: Mix 2 tablespoons of instant yeast with 1 cup of warm water in a bowl.
  2. Adding Wet Ingredients: Incorporate ⅓ cup vegetable oil, 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup, and 1 egg into the yeast mixture.
  3. Kneading the Dough: Gradually add in flour, kneading for 3-5 minutes. Add more flour if the dough is too sticky.
  4. Shaping the Buns: Without letting the dough rise, divide it into 8 pieces, shape each into a ball, and brush with egg wash. Optionally, sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
  5. Baking: Preheat the oven to 425°F and let the buns sit for 5-10 minutes. Bake for 8-15 minutes until golden.

Vegan and Gluten-Free Alternatives

  • Vegan Version: Replace the egg in the dough and egg wash with a flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons water, set aside for 15 minutes). Use agave syrup instead of maple syrup if preferred.
  • Gluten-Free Adaptation: Use a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend appropriate for baking bread. Gluten-free doughs may require additional binding agents like xanthan gum if not included in the blend.

Why These Buns Are a Must-Try

  • Speedy Preparation: Perfect for impromptu gatherings or when time is short.
  • Versatility: Ideal for burgers, sandwiches, or even as dinner rolls.
  • Homemade Quality: Freshly baked buns always trump store-bought in flavor and texture.

Baking Tips

  • Consistency of Dough: Aim for a soft, manageable dough. It should be slightly sticky but not overly wet.
  • Yeast Activation: Ensure the water is warm (not hot) to activate the yeast without killing it.
  • Oven Readiness: Make sure your oven is fully preheated before baking for even cooking.

The Joy of Quick Baking

Making these hamburger buns isn’t just about saving time; it’s about enjoying the process of creating something delicious and homemade in a fraction of the usual time. It’s perfect for those days when you crave the satisfaction of baking but need to keep it quick and simple.

30 minute 6 ingredient Hamburger Buns!

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 Buns


  • 2 Tbsp Instant Yeast
  • 1 Cup Warm Water
  • Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 Cups All Purpose Flour (or 3 ½)
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • Sesame Seeds (optional)


  • Add instant yeast and warm water to a bowl, and give it a quick mix. Add in vegetable oil, maple syrup, and 1 egg. Mix that all together.
  • Add in flour and salt, mix and then transfer to a flat surface and knead for 3-5 minutes. If your dough is sticky add another 1-2 tbsp of flour.
  • Do not let your dough rise AT ALL. Divide into 8 pieces, and shape each dough into a ball. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet. Quickly brush with some egg wash and top with sesame seeds (optional).
  • The only time your dough will sit (for 5-10 minutes) is while you preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Bake for 8-15 minutes, until golden. Allow to cool and enjoy!!!
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


  1. 5 stars
    Omg. I’ve yet to make the hamburger buns… but I have made her bagel and focaccia!!!!! So easy! So good!!! I’m thankful for your sharing your recipes!!!!

    1. Hi Kim!!

      Thank you so much for this sweet comment (: Lot’s more recipes coming your way soon… and I can’t wait to hear how your hamburger buns go.

    1. They’re the best for breakfast! Especially because they’re so light and fluffy. I love how versatile this recipe is. I’m going to try a chocolate version or a cinnamon raisin version next time (:

  2. 5 stars
    We are snowed in and out of hamburger buns. I didn’t have the instant yeast, but did it anyways. Went together pretty easy. Came out beautiful.

    1. Hi Andrea!!

      So glad you liked the hamburger buns. You can replace instant yeast with active dry yeast anytime. Just add your water yeast and sugar first, let it sit for 10 minutes and continue with the rest of the ingredients (: Thanks for trying out my recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    Made them twice and they taste so good! I must be forming the balls wrong though because I keep getting splitting and they don’t look like the picture. How do you fix this?

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