Sesame Seed Hamburger Buns

Sesame Seed Hamburger Buns

Sesame Seed Hamburger Buns

Be sure the egg and oil are at room temperature and always aerate your flour before measuring. Egg wash can be either one egg, an egg white, or an egg yolk mixed with a teaspoon of water. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Makes: 8 buns

Sesame Seed Hamburger Buns


  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose or bread flour (Aerate Flour Before Measuring - See How)
  • 2 teaspoons (1 packet / 7g) instant yeast (or active dry yeast)
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup milk (reduced fat or whole milk), heated to 120-130° F for instant yeast (or 110-120°F for active dry)
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil (I use avocado oil)
  • 1 egg
  • about 1/4 cup additional flour

  • 1 additional egg, beaten
  • 3-4 Tablespoons sesame seeds


  1. Place flour, yeast, sugar & salt in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Stir in milk, followed by oil and egg.
  3. Beat on high for 2 minutes.
  4. On low speed add about 1/4 cup flour until dough forms a mass.
  5. Place dough on floured surface and knead 50 turns.
  6. Cover and let rest 10 minutes. Meantime, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Cut dough into 8 pieces. Shape each into a ball and place on baking sheet.
  8. Flatten each ball to about 1/2-inch thickness / about 3 1/2-inches across.
  9. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm spot until they double in size, about 30-35 minutes.
  10. Meantime, preheat oven to 375° F.
  11. Brush each bun with beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  12. Bake for 12 minutes.

No mixer? Just mix it in a bowl by hand but knead longer, about 150 turns.

43 Comments on "Sesame Seed Hamburger Buns"

  1. Leslie

    Just pulled these out of the oven and they smell wonderful!! Can’t wait for my burgers to cook! Very easy recipe! Thanks Jenny! Can’t wait to try the hotdog buns!! I may never buy buns again!

  2. Ally Ismail

    Jenny thank you so much for your recipes, I have made bread and buns and will continue to look for recipes by you. My family enjoys too. Love you

  3. Lorrie

    I have made these amazing buns so many times now, that I have lost count. However, I have had to substitute the milk a few times as I didn’t have any, but I have used both table cream or whipping cream with a little water in lieu of the milk, and they have turned out perfectly each time!

    Thanks so much, Jenny … I stopped buying bread and buns this past spring once I discovered your recipes. Absolutely wonderful!

  4. Babushka2three

    Great results! I made these for pulled pork sandwiches and was concerned about that texture…would they be substantial enough to hold together with all sauce we like to use – we like to slather it on. Well, they were great. They held up much better than store-bought. Everyone loved them. I want to try these buns with burgers, store-bought always fall apart for me. Instead of sesame seeds I sprinkled on Everything Bagel seasoning.

    • Babushka2three

      I forgot to mention…because my granddaughter is lactose intolerant, I substituted unsweetened almond milk for the milk in this recipe. It worked out just fine.

  5. CarolD

    Although the hamburger buns were very nice. They didn’t
    brown verymuch on top. What did I do wrong?

  6. Gina

    I made these yesterday morning so we could have them for our burgers at dinner. Well. They are so delicious that when my grandkids popped in for a visit they ate them all. Next time I’ll make them shortly before the meal. And by next time I mean today 🙂 Oh and I saw a lot of people saying the dough was sticky. I just added extra flour a bit at a time till they were manageable while kneading it. It’s an excellent recipe!

  7. Lynda

    I have made several of your recipes, today I made these buns and could not wait for them to cool. Hmm so delicious. I have been making bread for several years now and this recipe grab my heart and will use it often. Thanks Jenny

  8. Kathrin Lancelle

    This dough is the worst. I am getting 7 buns because so much of the dough stuck to the table, my hands, the dough scraper, you name it. How do I prevent this from happening?

    I am still holding out hope that the buns will be delicious.

    • Kathrin

      Update: The buns turned out beautiful. They were very tasty. I will definitely make this recipe again and try to figure out how to get the dough to be less sticky.

      Thank you for all your amazing recipes, Jenny.

      • Anita

        Just add a little more flour until its manageable. I usually add to the bowl until the dough JUST starts pulling away from the sides (after the 2 min mix). Still need just a little bit more on the countertop to be able to knead it.

  9. Barb A

    Soooo good! Thank you once again, Jenny!

  10. Chery F from Texas

    Thank you for your amazing recipes !!!!!
    Do you use a hand mixer or a stand mixer ?

    • Leslee

      Use a stand mixer. I started by using a hand mixer and it was a mess so I transferred the dough to a stand mixer to finish the process. The rolls still turned out great.

  11. Arlew

    I didn’t have milk so I made this recipe with water and it still turned out perfectly.

  12. Nita

    Just tried this recipe – AMAZING – burger buns. I cut back on the sugar. Thank you Jenny !

  13. Eileen

    This looks amazing. I will try them. Loved your bread recipe and have made that several times. I miss you so much on YouTube. Would you consider making this recipe into a video?

    • Maureen

      I too miss you on YouTube, I loved watching your enthusiasm, smile 😃, come back❤

  14. Deb M

    Such an easy recipe. Made a simple lunch with what I had at home. It’s been forever since I had Sloppy Joes on buttery, toasted hamburger buns. It sure brought back memories. Jenny, thanks for the recipe 🙂

    • Grannyrsh

      Great idea! It’s been forever since I’ve had sloppy joes. You made me crave them! My hamburger buns are rising now and I’ve found a simple sloppy joe recipe. Love making buns from scratch!

  15. elizabeth Naomi

    I like my buns to have a little crispiness on top. Does the egg wash on top just prior to baking also make this happen?

    Thank you always for your amazing breads, Jenny! I love to keep going to your web page…..If this isn’t addiction, I don’t know what is.

  16. Charity

    These are so Awesome!!! I made them tonight for smoked shredded pork and coleslaw. They were so easy to make and turned out soft and everyone in my house loved them!! Thank you, Jenny! I love your website!

  17. Lorna

    Hi Jenny
    I love the buns!
    The dough is sticky this time. I used EVOO for the oil. Do you think that’s what made the dough sticky? I’m sure they’ll turnout just fine.
    Thank you!

    P.S. love the chicken pot pie recipe.

  18. Jewel Troy

    Thank you Jenny for your wonderful recipes, you have been a blessing to me many times. Have tried many of them and never disappointed

  19. Lisa Parmenter

    Perfect, easy and actually really fun to make!! Score with the family!!

  20. Carol

    I’ve been baking with yeast for decades but am always open to trying new recipes. Your recipes are the best! My husband and I just had bratwurst on your 1-Hour Hot Dog Buns and I can tell you that I’ll be making them again as soon as we run out. Thanks so much for sharing your recipes with all of us. I’m looking forward to trying more of them.

  21. Mary Anne

    I made your most EXCELLENT hamburger rolls this evening.

    My Husband said that he has NEVER tasted a hamburger roll as good as the rolls your hamburger roll recipe yielded

    It has changed our lives.

  22. David Parish

    During this pandemic, I decided to make some dishes I could share with some very senior members at our church. I bought a Dutch oven in order to make quantities of soups, stews, sauces and chili. A friend of mine noted she used her to make bread, so I went on a hunt and found your recipe for no-knead bread and tried it. I was stunned at the result and so were my friends!. I was amazed how simple it was and have now made it several times. I then went to your website..what a bonanza! I have made the meatloaf twice( I bought a loaf pan with an insert to drain off the fat…works great!) the stuffed peppers..but the biggest success with the cinnamon-raisin bread. Still warm…It was the best I have ever tasted! Once I gave a slab to my best friend to taste, she requested I make her a loaf for her birthday! (which I did and it was devoured by her family) I am about to make the hamburger buns and the hotdog rolls over the next two nights. Thanks for opening up a whole new world for me! I look forward to making many of your recipes. And I love your videos..not just the additional tips, but the humor you deliver them with.

    • David Parish

      The hamburger buns were soft and delicious. I made half with sesame seeds and half with poppy seeds. They look stunning with the egg wash on top. I only have 2 left, so I think its tuna salad sandwiches for lunch!

    • Joanne nice of you to do so much for your church family. I made the cinnamon raisin bread and I too had the same outcome…next time I’m doubling up😄

  23. Dotty

    Unbelievable but true, ready in an hour! I made them with coconut milk since my granddaughter doesn’t consume dairy and my husband was worried they would taste like coconut, but I didn’t hear any complaints at dinner time! Thank you for a great recipe!!!

  24. Geri

    Jenny, you’re amazing. I Have made many of your recipes successfully and easily. Your crispy rolls are my family’s new favorite. I’m 80 now and love to continue baking but without all the hassle and YOU are letting that happen. I will make your hot dog buns tomorrow. Can’t wait. Thanks dear girl. Big hug and Much love. Geri

  25. Faith

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipes
    So far all the recipes I tried are successful
    It took covid 19 to find you on YouTube 😃
    My favorites are lemon brownies, baked ziti, meatloaf, meat sauce And the no knead bread which I make twice a week. And now these humberger
    God bless

  26. Roger Sarow

    Hi, Jenny . I was a frustrated bread maker. Wound up baking two products….2×4’s and bricks. Then I tried your no knead bread a few weeks ago…..and it works like a charm! Fresh bread several times a week and a most welcome respite from Covid. Also great because it stretches our available yeast supply. Very hard to find year in stores now. I also use the recipe in a French baguette pan. Also in a small springform for a French boule. Works great!

    • Ronnie Good

      Hi Roger. Thought I’d mention for anyone not finding yeast at the stores. I have always been a big baker but never tried sourdough. Thought I would & I was nervous because I thought it was a big deal. I’ve only been baking with it a couple months & have found it is fun & basically, pretty easy. With all the help on YouTube & google, I can now bake without paying a fortune online for yeast, when I can find it. I learnt alot watching Joshua Weissman SourDough on YouTube….he is Awesome & makes it simple to learn! Google has all kinds of info! Bake on & Stay Safe, friend.

  27. Sarah

    First, I’m delighted that you are well.
    You recipes cut out the unnecessary steps and elevate the dishes. It makes bread making part of our everyday routine.

    Take care!


  28. Donna E.

    Hi Jenny, I hope all is well . I just made your Easy pan pizza it is my to go to pizza recipe . Just love it. I will have to try these hamburger buns. Than you for posting your wonderful recipes!

  29. Louise Belair

    Never buying store bread again. Thanks !

  30. Julie

    I just found Jenny’s site- I made the lemon brownies, and crusty rolls so far and have both been amazing! Trying these buns next!

  31. CJ

    These burger buns taste amazing and are so easy to make even for a beginner baker. My family doesn’t want store-bought buns anymore.
    Thank you!

  32. Allan

    Hi JCC,
    Just tried making these ahead of Friday night burger night and they turned out great. We even had them toasted with egg and cheese. My good friend living in France even wanted to have the recipe… how good is that. Cheers from Canada.

  33. Susan

    Made these wonderful texture made 1/2 hamburger and 1/2 long for hotdogs or sausage! Thank you

  34. duffy 49

    i make bread several times a week for my wife and I…rustic, whole wheat, 60%, and ‘white’ (unbleached) with Jenny’s no fail recipes. So good…first time with the buns for tonight’s pulled pork and slaw. They turned out great. So much appreciate your perfected recipes. They make baking a joy and so easy. We gave up on store bread several years ago when I found your YouTube channel.
    Thanks Jenny………………… Duffy

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