40 Minute Homemade Brioche Hamburger Buns

40 Minute Homemade Brioche Hamburger BunsI never imagined myself to be someone who made homemade hamburger buns, but I think once you do, you can almost never go back. I have a few hamburger bun recipes on the blog, but this is now my go to because it is incredibly easy, and most importantly fast. They take about 40 minutes or less from start to finish which is always a good thing! These buns freeze really well so one batch is enough for three meals for our family which makes it much easier for meals to come.

These buns are what I would consider a light brioche bun, not light as in diet (I wish :) ), but light as in they are still enriched with eggs, butter, and milk, just not as much as a traditional brioche. The eggs, butter, and milk transform an ordinary hamburger bun into something soft and tender which make them perfect for hamburgers, sliders, and even sandwiches.
40 Minute Homemade Brioche Hamburger BunsHave a fabulous weekend, friends!

40 Minute Homemade Brioche Hamburger Buns

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: About 8 to 12 buns

A quick and easy light brioche homemade hamburger bun.


  • 1 1/4 cups milk, warmed (about 110F)
  • 2 tablespoons instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 1/4 cups to 3 1/2 cups flour (I needed 3 1/4 + 2 tbsp)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg plus 1 teaspoon water for egg wash
  • poppy seeds, sesame seeds, etc for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, gently stir together the milk, yeast, sugar, melted butter, and egg.
  3. Add in 3 1/4 cups flour and the salt. Mix with the paddle attachment on low speed until combined then switch to the dough hook. Knead on low speed for about 5 to 7 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. Add in more flour within the first few minutes if it appears too wet and sticky, 1 tablespoon at a time. I needed an extra 2 tablespoons. The dough should stretch without breaking but will still be very slightly sticky to the touch.
  4. Divide the dough into about 12 pieces (about 3.5" buns) or less for larger buns, and shape into a ball. Place the dough balls on the baking sheet about 3 inches apart. Once all are rolled, cover lightly with plastic wrap and let rise for 10 minutes. Whisk the extra egg and water together and brush the dough balls with the egg wash. Sprinkle with toppings if desired. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes until golden.
  5. Buns may be frozen in a ziploc bag or airtight container.
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Heavily adapted from Taste Of Home.

  • Sarah

    I really like this recipe! They are super light and delicious. However, when I made these my browned pretty quickly. Can I leave the egg wash off? Or replace it with something? Thanks for the advice!

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Hi Sarah,
      I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe. Yes, you can certainly leave the egg wash completely off, I’ve done it in the past myself. Your finished product simply won’t have the shiny outer, just browned and a bit softer. Hope that helps!

  • Andrea

    For the yeast, ‘instant’ yeast is the type called out in the recipe, Do you mean quick rising or just not the cake type?

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Hi Andrea, instant or quick rise yeast is what you are looking for. It’s usually in a bottle or package. Hope that helps. Enjoy!

  • Janetta D

    I made these for the first time and they are delicious! I do have one issue though that hoping I can get assistance with. When rising, my buns spread out a good deal in addition to rising, so I end up with a wider, flatter variation. How do you get them to rise more up instead of out? (hopefully that makes sense)

  • Kit

    I have a few questions:

    1. The dough is SO sticky and there is no mention of this being true when shaping or cutting into pieces. Can I add more flour? It’s stuck to my table, hand, everything.

    2. How can all 12 buns fit on one cookie sheet if they need to be 3″ apart from one another?

    3. The plastic wrap sticks to the buns! It rips off the tops and ruins the shape and smoothness.

    Any tips? I want these to work. They are in oven now, but these little things are annoying and always seems to not be addressed in recipes.

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Hi Kit,

      Yes, you can use additional flour to shape the buns. I usually use a 13×18 cookie sheet and put 3×4 rows of buns and have no problem fitting them on the sheet. As for the sticking plastic wrap once the buns are shaped they should be fairly smooth and haven’t had much issue with sticking, but I would recommend maybe spraying the plastic wrap with a bit of cooking spray.
      Hope that helps and I’m sorry you had some issues! I hope they turn out well and you enjoy them!

  • Wendy Gaechter

    What is the trick to shaping this sticky dough? Any tips?

  • Nazneen

    Holy life-changing burger bun, Batman! These are insane!….Insanely delicious and insanely easy! I’m a brioche addict, but a novice baker. I followed your instructions step by step, and on my first try, these came out perfectly! Thank you SO MUCH for coming up with and sharing this recipe. I’m making a double batch of these in two days for our BBQ with friends on Sun. Thank you, and fingers crossed for the same results!!

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Nazneen, so happy to hear you enjoyed the buns! I’m sure everything will work out perfectly for your bbq! Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback. Have a great weekend! :)

  • http://www.ingoodflavor.com In Good Flavor

    These buns look amazing! I love quick rise yeast bread recipes. This one is a must try.

  • ElderAmbassador

    Have you ever used this recipe to make hot dog buns? I like hot dogs sometimes and a really tasty bun would be a big Plus.

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Hi, I haven’t tried it, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. I would just shape them and bake the same way. Hope that helps and let me know how it goes. :)

      • ElderAmbassador

        Thanks, I will. I want to try and form the hot dog buns into the old fashioned style with the opening in the top and the other 3 sides lightly toasted.

        • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

          That sounds awesome! Enjoy!!

  • PDXTom

    I have tried about a half of a dozen different recipes for hamburger buns but these are by far the best! On my first try I ended up with a nice hamburger bun that would rival that of any upscale burgers I’ve had in restaurants. Tasty and light. The ONLY variation I made was in letting the buns rise for about 30 minutes prior to baking.

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      PDXTom, thanks so much for the great feedback. Happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Claudia Roitman

    OMG these brioche buns were incredible.. I say they were because they are already gone.. super soft dough not a yeast flavor at all, for those who were wondering if the excess yeast was a tad too much.. Thank you so much Jessica Dasilva for sharing super yummi and easy recipes. I have made this recipe twice and they are a hit at home. Happy Baking!!

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Hi Claudia,

      Thanks so much for the great feedback! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed them :) Happy baking!

      • Claudia Roitman

        You are welcome! I want to make all of the coffee cakes that you have posted on your blog. I must admit that I have also made your chocolate pancakes and they are to die for. You truly rock! Happy Easter!

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  • Donna

    isn’t it supposed to be 2 tsp and not 2 tbsp of yeast?

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Hi Donna, 2 TBSP is correct. It’s a very fast rise so the need that much yeast. Hope that helps :)

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  • marie

    can I double the recipe, I need like 32 of them for a baby shower! I am going to make some chicken salad sandwiches and think these would make it great??????

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Hi Marie, I don’t think it should be an issue to double the recipe, I haven’t doubled it myself but generally do with bread. I think chicken salad with these would be fabulous! Enjoy the shower! :)

  • Kim

    I thought the Taste of Home buns were good, these are great! Just made them to go with vegetable tortellini soup – perfect :)

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Kim, so happy to hear you enjoyed them and your dinner sounds like perfection! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment :)

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  • Deanna Bushman

    These were great, even though I messed up measuring my flour (I was sure I had a 1/4 measure, but I actually had 1/3 ovo). I don’t keep instant yeast around, so I used dry active and let it sit with just the milk and sugar for 15 min to start, then I proceeded. Next time I will be a lot more careful about my measuring cup (if any of my 1 cup measures had been clean…). We topped ours with black sesame seeds and used them for Half Baked Harvest’s Chipotle Cheddar Burgers. So good.

    With a recipe this easy, I don’t think I’ll ever want to buy hamburger buns again.

  • Ashlyn

    Ahhh! I could not be more excited about this recipe! It was perfect for last minute burgers at my house. I let my dough rise for 20 minutes instead of 10 and I could not be happier with the results! Definitely saving this recipe for future use :). Thank you!

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Yay!! So happy that you enjoyed them, it makes me so happy :) Thank you for the comment!

  • Tina Poole Fosnot

    Is it really 2 Tbsp of yeast??? That seems like a lot

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Hi Tina. Yes, that’s correct. The large amount of yeast is what contributes to the extremely fast rise of then dough.

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  • Lyn

    These look so yummy can I check if it’s bread flour you use? Or plain flour? Thanks!!

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Hi Lyn, I just used regur all-purpose flour. Hope that helps!

  • Kate@Diethood

    Daaaayyyyummm! They look so, so good! AND are so beautiful! Homemade 4evah! 😉

  • http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/ Joanne (eats well with others)

    I can’t not make my own buns anymore either! It’s kind of sad. But also kind of awesome. I actually need to make some for tomorrow’s dinner and love that these are so quick!! Totally making them.

  • http://livefaithfully.blogspot.com/ Urban Wife

    All I can say is, wow. I’ve just baked these up and cannot wait to have them with our burgers tonight (and freeze the rest). Thanks for an awesome and QUICK brioche recipe, just what this busy momma needs! I’ve finally found my go-to recipe. :)

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Yay!! So happy you made them and enjoyed them!
      Thank you for taking the time to let me know. Have a great evening!!

  • ami@naivecookcooks

    Gosh I love homemade buns! These look so beautiful.

  • Livie Silva

    I made them on the weekend – ea

  • grandbabycakes

    OMG I want to make homemade buns now! These are so amazing!!

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Thanks Jocelyn! Go for it!!

  • http://philosophyandcake.blogspot.com BabyJune

    Woah those look awesome! I love making homemade bread like this, especially brioche. Poppyseeds make them look so much better too! :)

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Thanks so much baby June!

  • http://mysavoryspoon.blogspot.com/ cheri

    What a delicious looking bun, love the fact they are ready in 40 minutes. Happy week-end!

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Thank you, Cheri! I hope you have a great weekend too!

  • http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/ Denise @ Sweet Peas & Saffron

    Your photography is so stunning, and these buns look amazing! I’ve never even thought to try baking my own hamburger buns, but these look so easy that I am inspired to give it a try :)

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Thank you so much Denise, you are too sweet! I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  • Tutti Dolci

    These are so gorgeous and I love that they’re ready in only 40 minutes!

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Thank you, Laura!

  • http://www.averiecooks.com/ Averie Cooks

    Brioche in 40 mins with these kind of amazing results!? You’re a genius! pinned

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Thank you so much, Averie!