40 Minute Hamburger Buns

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Hamburgers are a summer staple for us. When we got our ¼ cow of beef we requested quite a bit of it to be processed into burgers for us. I love eating them plain even or as a wrap for a lower carb version. The best way though is on a toasted bun with a lot of ketchup. When we took up homesteading I decided to stop buying store bought buns though. That made our hamburger nights a little more work but also a lot better. I realized right away I was going to need a quick way to make buns. In fact, these 40 minute hamburger buns have saved my behind several times when we wanted hamburgers but I didn’t plan ahead. 

Most of the normal bun recipes require more time. They take about 2 hours for the dough to rise. When I’m working from home, this is a more reasonable request. I can mix them up at lunch time and let them rise while I work my afternoon away. This only works when I plan out our dinners though. There are a lot of nights that I don’t plan them out. I fly by the seat of my pants. 

Dinner Timeline

Flying by my pants also includes throwing the meat in warm water to let it thaw out before dinner. This 40 minute recipe is actually pretty perfect. If I put the burgers in to thaw before I start making the buns the burgers are thawed out in perfect timing. You can either throw them on before the buns are done and get them done at the same time. Or you can wait until the buns are done and put them on the grill with your burgers! Personally, this is my favorite way to have them. They are a little bit crispy which just adds to the flavor. Even better, throw some mayo on the buns and then put them on the grill for even more crispy flavor. 

Creative Burger Ideas

Burgers can get really boring really quickly. It helps to get creative so that you don’t get worn out on them and can keep them in your menu rotation. My husband gets sick of food really easily. I could eat the same thing every day for weeks on end and still not have an issue. For him, though, I have to get more creative. Sometimes the normal burger topics just won’t cut it. I like to use different toppings like guacamole, sweet potatoes, mac and cheese, or an over-easy egg. Don’t be afraid to get creative with it!

Ingredients Needed for 40 Minute Hamburger Buns

2 Tbsp Active Dry Yeast

1 Cup and 2 Tbsp Warm Water

⅓ Cup Oil (I use avocado or olive)

¼ Cup Sugar

1 egg

1 tsp Salt

3 to 3 ½ Cup Flour


Mix the yeast in the warm water and let sit for 5 minutes dissolving. Add the remaining ingredients. Mix to form a soft dough. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface. Divide into 12 pieces and shape into a ball. Place 3 inches apart on a greased sheet pan.  Heat oven to 425. Cover your buns and let them rest for 10 minutes while the oven is heating. Bake until golden brown, 8-10 minutes. 

40 Minute Hamburger Buns

Tips and Tricks

The first tip that I have is that you don’t have to put sugar in this recipe. I rarely actually put the sugar in unless I am making them for a crowd.

The 2nd is that you can easily halve this recipe for a smaller batch. This is something that I quite frequently do for just my husband and I. We will use a few of them for the hamburgers and make sandwiches with the rest. 

The 3rd tip is that I prefer to press mine down a little bit. They are rolled into balls but then I press them into small pucks. 

Lastly, if you want them to have a nice crispy brown top you can use an egg wash before baking. Just like a pie crust it will give them a nice brown coloring and a little bit of an extra crisp with each bite. 

As always, my ingredients came from Azure Standard. It’s my favorite way to get healthy organic ingredients to feed our family. It’s also budget friendly and a great way for you to stock up for months at a time so you don’t have to visit the grocery store. 

I hope you enjoy these 40 minute hamburger buns! Whip them out when your family is craving burgers and you are in a hurry. They will love them and be equally impressed with how quickly you can get dinner made. 

40 minute hamburger buns.

40 Minute Hamburger Buns

Make dinner time easy with these quick buns.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • 2 Tbsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 cup & 2Tbsp Warm Water
  • 1/3 cup Oil Use the oil of your choice. We use avocado or olive.
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3-3.5 cups Flour


  • Mix yeast and water.
  • Allow to sit for 5 minutes until foamy.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix to form a soft dough.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface or a silicone mat.
  • Divide into 12 pieces.
  • Roll into balls then press down into a bun shape.
  • Place 3 inches apart on a greased baking sheet.
  • Cover buns and allow them to rest while the oven is preheating.
  • Preheat oven to 425.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown.


If you want a good shiny tip for your buns you can brush them with butter or an egg wash before baking. 
You can also sprinkle with sesame seeds if that is more your style. 
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