a homemade hamburger bun sliced and a homemade hot dog bun sliced sitting next to each other on a wooden cutting board.
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How To Make Hamburger & Hot Dog Buns Crafted with Fresh Milled Flour!

I am going to show you how to make Sandwich Buns with Fresh Milled Flour. Let’s make both Hamburger and Hot Dog Bun Styles with one dough! So, get ready to elevate your culinary game with a homemade touch that will leave your taste buds dancing with delight. I want to teach the secret to crafting irresistibly fluffy, flavorful hamburger and hot dog buns using freshly milled flour. Say goodbye to store-bought preservatives, and embrace the satisfaction of creating these pillowy masterpieces from scratch. Whether you’re firing up the grill for a backyard barbecue or simply craving a gourmet sandwich experience, this easy-to-follow recipe will empower you to create bakery-quality buns that will take your culinary creations to new heights.

a homemade hamburger bun sliced and a homemade hot dog bun sliced sitting next to each other on a wooden cutting board.
I love these Fresh Milled Flour Hamburger & Hot Dog Buns, you can see the soft texture of the inside. Perfect for any sandwich! Choose any toppings or no toppings on these sandwich buns.

Fresh Milled Flour Hamburger Sandwich Buns

The recipe for Hamburger buns is the same as the Hot Dog Buns, but the shaping will be different. So, after the first rise, you will divide the dough into 12 equal portions (you could double this recipe and make 24 if you want.) After the dough is divided, shape the bun dough as you would for dinner rolls. Make sure to have surface tension on the top, and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet with the seam side down. Now, you have to go against what you have been taught about making bread and rolls. So, take your hand and flatten that roll shape into a disk. Then, cover and let them rise, and you can top as desired before baking.

seven fresh milled flour hamburger buns for sandwiches one sliced open in front all sitting on a wooden cutting board.
You can see how the egg wash gave these hamburger buns a nice shine as well as a beautiful golden color.

Although, I am calling these Hamburger Buns, they can be used for any delicious sandwich you are cooking up! These are a bit on the sweeter side, so it is ok to reduce the sugar amount if you prefer a less sweet bun. But, either way you make these, they are so good! Such a great way to elevate your hamburger or sandwich!

Fresh Milled Flour Hot Dog Buns

Firstly, I will reiterate, the Hot Dog Buns are made with the same recipe as the Hamburger buns. However, they differ in the shaping portion. So, to make the hot dog buns, after the first rise, divide the dough into 12 equal portions. (Again, you can double this to make 24 if you want.) Flatten each piece, and roll it up tightly to create surface tension. pinch the ends together, and roll to lengthen with your hand. Place seam side down on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Then, cover and allow to rise until puffy and smooth. (about 30-40 minutes.) Finish according to recipe below.

four fresh milled flour hot dog buns, one is sliced open in front next to a bread knife. all sitting on a wooden cutting borad.
These hot dog buns bake so well all next to each other, because it gives them a nice plump rise.

Ingredients To Make Hamburger and/or Hot Dog Buns With Fresh Milled Flour

  • 3&1/2 cups Fresh Milled Flour (420g) (I milled 340g hard white wheat and 80g spelt berries.)
  • 1 cup warm water (240g)
  • 4 TBSP softened butter (56g)
  • 1/3 cup sugar (74g)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2&1/2 tsp instant yeast

Instructions How To Make Fresh Milled Flour Hamburger & Hot Dog Buns

  1. Mill The Flour.
  2. Warm water & butter in microwave for about 60 seconds.
  3. Pour warmed butter/water mixture into a stand mixing bowl. Add sugar, egg, and salt, then mix until combined.
  4. Then add the flour and mix until incorporated, and no dry flour is left. This will appear to be a sticky dough at this stage.
  5. Cover the bowl, and let sit for at least 15 minutes to allow the fresh milled flour to absorb the liquids.
  6. After the dough rests, add in the yeast, and mix in.
  7. Knead dough until it passes the window pane test. (See my video HERE about the window pane test with any issues.)
  8. Spray dough with oil & cover for about 1 hour, until dough has doubled.
  9. On an oiled surface divide dough into 12 equal pieces.

Shaping The Buns

Shaping the Buns will vary depending on if you want hamburger/sandwich buns or hot dog buns. Also, you can make some of each if you prefer! That is what I like to do! Checkout the video below, I show you how to shape, and get surface tension.

Hamburger/Sandwich Bun Shaping

  • Roll each dough ball into a sphere shape, making sure to gently pull some surface tension onto the top of the dough ball. Then flatten with your hand to make it into a disk shape.
  • Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and repeat this with the rest of the hamburger/sandwich buns.
  • Cover and let rise for 30-40 minutes, until they look smooth and puffy.
  • Preheat the oven to 350*F towards the end of this second rise.
  • Bake Buns for 20-25 minutes until the internal temperature of the buns reach 190*F.

Hot Dog Bun Shaping

  • Flatten each piece and roll it up longwise, then pinch the ends.
  • Roll each dough stick until about 5 to 6 inches long.
  • Place, seam side down on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and repeat this with the rest of the hot dog buns.
  • Cover and let rise for 30-40 minutes, until they look smooth and puffy.
  • Preheat the oven to 350*F towards the end of this second rise.
  • Bake Buns for 20-25 minutes until the internal temperature of the buns reach 190*F
4 hotdog buns and 8 hamburger buns all on a wire cooling rack
I baked all 8 of my hamburger buns and 4 hot dog buns all together on one 9×13 baking sheet.

Freezing Hamburger & Hotdog Buns

These Buns can be frozen for later use. Just make sure they have cooled completely, then put them in a freezer safe container.  Pull them out on the counter a couple hours before you want to use them to thaw.

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a homemade hamburger bun sliced and a homemade hot dog bun sliced sitting next to each other on a wooden cutting board.

Hamburger or Hot Dog Buns – Fresh Milled Flour

I am going to show you how to make Sandwich Buns with Fresh Milled Flour. Let's make both Hamburger and Hot Dog Bun Styles with one dough! So, get ready to elevate your culinary game with a homemade touch that will leave your taste buds dancing with delight.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
rise time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 42 minutes
Course bread, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 12 buns

Ingredients
  

  • 3&1/2 cups Fresh Milled Flour 420g (I milled about 340g hard white wheat and 80g spelt berries.)
  • 1 cup warm water 240g
  • 4 TBSP softened butter 56g
  • 1/3 cup sugar 74g
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2&1/2 tsp instant yeast

Instructions
 

  • Mill The Flour.
  • Warm water & butter in microwave for about 60 seconds.
  • Pour warmed butter/water mixture into a stand mixing bowl. Add sugar, egg, and salt, then mix until combined.
  • Then add the flour and mix until incorporated, and no dry flour is left. This will appear to be a sticky dough at this stage.
  • Cover the bowl, and let sit for at least 15 minutes to allow the fresh milled flour to absorb the liquids.
  • After the dough rests, add in the yeast, and mix in.
  • Knead dough until it passes the window pane test. (See my video about the window pane test with any issues.)
  • Spray dough with oil & cover for about 1 hour, until dough has doubled.
  • On an oiled surface divide dough into 12 equal pieces.

Shaping Will Depend on the type of bun you want to make

  • *Hamburger Bun Style- Roll each dough ball into a sphere shape, making sure to gently pull some surface tension onto the top of the dough ball. Then flatten with your hand to make it into a disk shape. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and repeat this with the rest of the hamburger/sandwich buns.
  • *Hot Dog Buns Style- Flatten each piece and roll it up longwise, then pinch the ends. Roll each dough stick until about 5 to 6 inches long. Place, seam side down on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and repeat this with the rest of the hot dog buns.

Finish The Buns

  • Cover and let rise for 30-40 minutes, until they look smooth and puffy.
  • Preheat the oven to 350*F towards the end of this second rise.
  • Bake Buns for 20-25 minutes until the internal temperature of the buns reach 190*F.

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Notes

This recipe can be doubled to make 24 buns.
These Buns can be frozen for later use. Just make sure they have cooled completely, then put them in a freezer safe container.  Pull them out on the counter a couple hours before you want to use them to thaw.
Keyword fresh milled flour, hamburger bun, hard white wheat bun, hot dog bun, sandwich bun, spelt buns, whole wheat

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38 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I only have active dry yeast on hand. I’m fairly new to bread baking, mostly use sourdough. How would I make this recipe since I don’t have instant yeast?
    Thank you! Also, I’m so thankful for your site. I recently found it and it’s given me the confidence to do more fresh milled grains. 😊

    1. You can take a small amount of the liquid, and sugar out of the recipe. Then use that to activate your yeast during the first 15 minute rest, let the yeast bloom for 5-10 minutes during this time. (It should get frothy or foamy at the top, this is how you know your yeast is good and active.) Then, add in the yeast mixture to the dough and continue the recipe as is with the kneading.

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for your content. I’m new to baking with freshly milled flour and this recipe and techniques you showed helped so much. My first time making buns was a success.

  3. Thank you for all your recipes. Is there a way to use sourdough starter instead of yeast in your recipes. Love the fresh milled flour but I want to use my starter in baking. Is there a ratio/ recipe to convert yeast to starter in baking.

    1. Hi! You can either add a small amount of starter into the recipes along with the yeast for the tang. But, if you want the full sourdough benefits, you would leave the yeast out, and add in about 1/2 cup of sourdough starter. Then, the rise times would be 4-6 hours for the first rise, until about doubled. And, once they look puffy for the second rise. Hope that helps. I do have some sourdough recipes as well, here is that link.
      https://grainsinsmallplaces.net/category/sourdough-recipes/

    2. Hey Valerie, did you try making this with just sourdough starter and not using yeast? Just wondering how it turned out before I try it!

  4. 5 stars
    Made these yesterday. First time I’ve ever successfully made buns – usually mine are flat and hard. Also first time using a mix of grains. My husband and I both agreed that these were the fluffiest and most delicious buns we’ve ever tasted!

    1. Yes, you can sub honey for sugar 1:1 in any of my bread product recipes. Typically you don’t have to change anything else. Occasionally I will add a tiny bit more flour if using a larger amount of honey, but not normally necessary, just keep an eye on the dough texture and consistency. (Cookies and desserts might need a little more tweaking to get right.)

    1. Hi! I am so happy you enjoyed them! The 3&1/2 cups is for the milled berries (the flour amount). Yes, you are correct the total grains for that weight are a little over 2 cups. I try to put both in there, so different types of bakers can use it too! Thanks! Happy Baking!

    1. Millet flour would not give the gluten formation necessary to get the stretchy dough. You would need a hard wheat to obtain this. You could add a little millet flour in the recipe, but it wouldn’t be the right texture with all millet. I hope that helps!

    1. Yes, you can use an egg replacer in the dough, and just skip the egg wash. They may not be as golden brown and shiny, but they will still taste super yummy! Let me know how they turn out! Happy Baking!

  5. 5 stars
    I only had hard white wheat, but I made these today and they are great! Can you just use this recipe to make regular rolls?

    1. Yay! I am so happy to hear that. Yes, you can make these into dinner rolls! Most of my bread product recipes are versatile and can be used as loafs, buns, or rolls! Happy Baking!

  6. 5 stars
    You mean I can make a loaf with this dough? I made the hamburger buns and they were so good that I was wishing I could make a loaf that tasted that good!

  7. Hi Kara! I’m wondering if I could make this recipe using a combination of kamut and spelt. If so, would I use 50/50? Thanks for your help!

    1. Without the hard wheat they will be a bit more dense. Kamut and spelt do develop gluten, but it is a weak gluten. I like to make these with hard white and a little Kamut or spelt. You can make them with 50/50 Kamut and spelt, but expect a slightly denser bun. Just knead until they are nice and stretchy dough, it probably won’t give a windowpane because of the lower gluten formation. They will still be super yummy though! Let me know what you decide to do, and how it turns out! Happy Baking!

  8. Newbie baker here! If I wanted to make the dough the day before, or in the morning, and bake later, how would you suggest I do that?

    1. Hi! Welcome! I like to make the dough per the recipe, let it do it’s first rise. Then shape the buns, place them on a lined baking sheet, spray with a little oil, then cover with plastic wrap. Place the covered tray in the fridge overnight. Then the next day, place the tray on the counter for 1-2 hours until it comes up to room temperature. Then, bake as the recipe indicates. I hope that helps! Happy Baking!

    1. Yes, you can use your bread maker to mix and knead the dough. It may need a double kneading cycle, just check the dough for stretchiness. Let me know what you think! Happy Baking!

    1. If you have active dry yeast, you may need to activate it before using. Try taking a bit of the water from the recipe, and a pinch of sugar, then add the yeast during the first autolyze rest period. It should get nice and foamy during this 10-15 minutes. Then, when the recipe says to add the yeast, add the whole mixture. If the yeast doesn’t get nice and foamy, then there may be an issue with the yeast. I hope that helps! Let me know how it goes! Happy Baking!

  9. 5 stars
    These were excellent! I was nervous that they’d be dense but they were airy and fluffy! Super easy dough to work with when shaping post rise. Best eaten day of. I had some leftover the next day and they were tougher (not sure if that’s the right word lol). Great recipe!

    1. Yay! I am so happy to hear they were a hit! Nice job! I like to freeze my leftover buns, I think it keeps them fresh for the next time we want to use them. Thanks so much! 😊

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