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How to Bake Homemade Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns

How to Bake Hamburger Buns - CookingWithKimberly.comAs I was grocery shopping yesterday afternoon, I was about to purchase some hamburger and hot dog buns for the BBQ I intended on doing that evening.

Each bag was easily over $3.00 for 6 hamburger buns, and 8 hot dog buns.

It then hit me…Why haven’t I ever tried to make my own hamburger and hot dog buns for not only a fraction of the cost, but with no preservatives and they’ll be extremely fresh.

So, I refused to purchase them, forcing me to go home and create this recipe that I’d like to share with you all.

Type: Bread Recipe
Serve With: burgers or hot dogs
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 10-12 mins
Yield: 1 dozen

How to Bake Hot Dog Buns - CookingWithKimberly.comIngredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup tea or water – lukewarm
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup butter – softened
  • 1 pkg yeast – I prefer Fleischmann’s.
  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar or honey
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • sesame seeds or poppy seeds – * optional


  1. In a small bowl, combine yeast with 1 tbsp sugar and 4 tbsp warm, but not hot, water, and allow yeast to proof/bubble.
  2. On the stove, in a medium saucepan on medium heat, combine milk, tea/water, and butter until it just about hits the boiling point. Turn off and allow to sit momentarily.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, sift half of the flour required, salt and 1 tbsp sugar.
  4. Add yeast mixture to bowl and start adding milk mixture slowly, being sure to incorporate the liquid completely into the dough before adding more, until all milk mixture is added and combined.
  5. Add remaining flour into dough 1/2 cup or so at a time and combine evenly before adding more, until all flour is incorporated into dough.
  6. On a lightly floured, flat surface or counter top, knead the dough for 6-8 minutes or until the dough is very smooth and elastic.
  7. Form dough into a ball and cut into 4 equal parts. Then, cut each of those parts into 3 individual, even sized pieces to create 1 dozen buns.
  8. For hamburger buns: Form each piece of dough into a smooth ball and place onto a cookie sheet, 6 on each sheet, and slightly flatten each piece of dough. Press sesame seeds or poppy seeds onto the top of the buns.
  9. For hot dog buns: Form each piece of dough into a smooth ball and then roll between your hands to create a cylindrical shape. Arrange 6 dough balls per cookie sheet.
  10. Allow the dough to rise in a warm, non-breezy area covered with linen tea towels, for approximately 30 mins or until they have doubled in size.
  11. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake, on convection setting if possible, for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  12. Allow to cool for 5 mins before cutting and serving with hamburgers and hot dogs.


I hope you enjoy this Bread Recipe on Cooking with Kimberly. Until next time…

Eat Deliciously!

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Author: Kimberly Turner

Kimberly Turner is the web-chef behind CookingWithKimberly.com. Food writer, food consultant and general lover of the delicious treats on our planet, Kimberly brings you hearty content, delicious offerings, fun antics, and some down-home cooked love with her mom making cameos. Internet entrepreneur and marketer, International model, and Editor-in-Chief of a number of online publications. Be a Champion in Your Kitchen & Eat Deliciously!

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