You’re only six ingredients and 45 minutes away from a family favorite recipe for Quick Homemade Burger Buns Without Yeast.
Years ago I tackled burger buns from scratch, and the result was nothing short of spectacular.
While I’m all for a yeasted bun that rises not once, but twice for 60+ minutes, sometimes we need hot, doughy burger bun satisfaction in a fraction of the time.
So how does one achieve a hamburger bun-like consistency, shape, size and crumb without yeast?
The answer comes in the form of the perfect ratio of flour, baking powder and milk.
The texture of burger buns made without yeast is definitely denser than their yeasted counterpart. The lack of yeast means a lack of a traditional rise, which creates the fluffy, pillowy nature of classic buns.
But that doesn’t mean these no-yeast buns are too far behind (pun intended) in the Ideal Crumb Department.
Warming the milk before mixing into the dry ingredients allows it to better incorporate with the flour, and that leads to a much softer dough.
With just a 15-minute resting period (to allow the gluten to relax a bit before getting rolled and flattened), you can whip up these golden brown beauties in a speedy 45 minutes.
The shape and size of your buns is entirely up to you. I’ve included instructions for traditional size burger patties, but I also tested this recipe as slider-sized buns and they were just as fantastic. (You’ll be able to get about 10 slider rolls.)
But don’t stop at classic beef or turkey burgers when it comes to utilizing these buns. They make fantastic sandwich rolls for endless fillings, and you can even omit the sesame seeds and treat them as a savory roll for morning toast or egg sandwiches.
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- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling out buns
- 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3/4 cup milk, warmed (See Kelly's Note)
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large egg white, mixed with 1 Tablespoon water
- Sesame seeds, for topping (optional)
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, garlic powder and salt.
- Add the milk and olive oil, and using a spatula, stir together until combined.
- Lightly flour your work surface then turn out the dough and knead it for 1 minute until it comes together into a smooth ball. (Do not over-knead the dough.)
- Place a damp towel over the dough and let it rest for 15 minutes.
- When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Lightly flour your work surface then divide the dough into 6 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and flatten it into a 4-inch disk.
- Transfer the buns onto the lined baking sheet, spacing them at least 2 inches apart.
- Brush the tops of the buns with the egg white wash then sprinkle them with sesame seeds (optional).
- Bake the buns until they are golden brown and no longer doughy, 18 to 22 minutes.
- Remove the buns from the oven and let them cool before slicing and serving.
- The milk should just be warm to the touch. You can warm it in the microwave for about 30 seconds or in a small saucepot on the stovetop.
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Recipe by Kelly Senyei of Just a Taste. Please do not reprint this recipe without my permission. If you'd like to feature this recipe on your site, please rewrite the method of preparation and link to this post as the original source.