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Zesty Buns for Your Burgs

Published online: May 02, 2024 Dining Jessica Hallam
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May is here and I’m ready for grilling season. Hamburgers are a staple in our house all summer long, but sometimes we’re out of buns and I don’t realize it until I go to start dinner. I found this recipe a few years ago online and we changed it a little but it has remained a staple in our home. They are so soft and the optional sesame seeds on top provide a nice crunch. They are done in less than 40 minutes, which is the best part. Use these for sloppy joes, burgers, sandwiches, mini pizzas, breadsticks and more. 


2 ½ tbsp. instant yeast

1c. +  1 tbsp. hot water 

1/3 c. melted butter, or vegetable oil

2 tbsp. sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. salt 

3 – 3 ½ c. flour


1 tbsp. sesame seeds

1 egg + 1 tbsp. water


  1. In a large bowl of a stand mixer combine yeast, water, butter, sugar, egg, salt and 3 cups of flour.

  2. Mix on low until dough is combined. If the dough seems too wet add ¼ c. of mor flour. Mix for 3-5 minutes until dough is elastic and no longer sticky to the touch. If it seems to be a little too sticky add the remainder ¼ c. of flour and mix one more minute. Cover and let rest.

  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

  4. Let the dough rest for 10-15 minutes. Scoop dough onto floured surface and divide into 8-10 even pieces. Roll into balls and then slightly flatten into a bun shape. 

  5. In a small bowl mix the egg and water together. Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of all the buns. Then sprinkle with a pinch of sesame seeds. 

  6. Cover and let the buns raise for 10-15 more minutes. 

  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the tops are golden. 

Recipe can easily be doubled.


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