Whole-Wheat Hamburger Buns


It only takes 20 minutes of prep to make your own whole-wheat buns for burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, and more.

Whole-Wheat Hamburger Buns
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
20 mins
Rise Time:
2 hrs
Bake Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
8 (4-inch) buns


  • 2 cup whole wheat flour

  • 1 cup warm water (110°F to 115°F)

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 pkg. active dry yeast

  • 2 eggs

  • 3 tablespoon butter, melted

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds (optional)


  1. In a large bowl stir together 1/2 cup of the whole wheat flour, the warm water, sugar, and yeast until smooth. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes or until foamy. Add remaining 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, one of the eggs, the melted butter, and salt. Beat with a mixer on medium 3 minutes. Gradually stir in as much of the all-purpose flour as you can.

  2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in remaining all-purpose flour to make a moderately soft dough that is smooth and elastic (3 to 5 minutes). Shape into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning to grease surface of dough. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size (1 hour).

  3. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Punch dough down. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Pat dough into a 10x6-inch rectangle. Cut into eight pieces and shape into balls, tucking edges underneath. Flatten balls to 1/2-inch thickness. Arrange 1/2 inch apart on prepared baking sheet. Dust with additional flour. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size (1 hour.)

  4. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a small bowl whisk together remaining egg and the milk. Gently brush tops of buns with egg mixture. If desired, sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake 20 minutes or until tops are light brown (buns will stick together slightly where they touch). Remove; cool on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

254 Calories
7g Fat
42g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 254
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 346mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 9g
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 2.4mg 13%
Potassium 166mg 4%
Folate, total 88.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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