Sourdough Hamburger Buns

Sourdough hamburger buns just add an extra oomph of flavor to any burger with that signature sourdough taste and light nuttiness from sesame seeds on top!

These are fluffy, golden, and so soft in the middle, making the perfect vessel for any burger or sandwich you love!

sourdough burger buns on a sheet after baking

Sourdough Hamburger Buns

Most people think the most important part of a burger is the meat. While that’s certainly a big factor, I happen to think the bun plays just as significant of a role! A soft, fluffy, puffy bun that can hold up to the fillings is what you need for a perfect hamburger. These sourdough buns achieve just that! Plus, the signature sour flavor adds something extra-delicious, and I love the addition of nutty sesame seeds on top.

They’re really easy to make, too, and only require one dough rise that is super flexible depending on how much time you have. You can let it rest/rise anywhere between 2 to 6 hours. Other than that, the dough comes together quickly and they bake for just about 15 minutes! Super simple, super soft, super delicious. Oh, and don’t think they’re just used for burgers. You can make pulled pork sandwiches or really any favorite sammy using these buns and it will be fabulous! Enjoy!

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Recipe Ingredients:

I love these fluffy, soft buns because they have the sourdough flavor and the perfect bun texture! Here’s what you need:

Sourdough starter: Using sourdough starter is what gives the buns the sour flavor, and the yeast in the starter helps them get nice and fluffy.

Light oil: Oil helps to keep the buns moist.

Milk: Milk adds nice rich flavor and keeps the buns moist.

Egg: You just need one egg to act as a binder and to help the buns rise.

Salt: Salt brings balance to the flavors.

Sugar: Sugar adds a light touch of sweetness that’s subtle and just enough to make these irresistible.

All-purpose flour: Flour is used in all bread recipes!

Egg white: Mix an egg white with 1 tablespoon of water to act as an egg wash on top of the buns before baking, helping them get extra-glossy and golden.

Sesame seeds: If you don’t have sesame seeds, don’t worry about it, but they do add a nice pretty finish, slight texture variation, and bit of nutty flavor.

sourdough burger buns on parchment paper after baking

How to Make Sourdough Hamburger Buns:

These hamburger buns are a cinch to make! Here’s how:

  1. Beat the sourdough starter, oil, milk, and egg.
  2. Add the salt, sugar, and 2 cups of flour.
  3. Mix with the dough hook on low speed for 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Dust a work surface with flour; move the dough to the work surface.
  5. Knead the dough lightly.
  6. Form the dough into a smooth ball.
  7. Lightly spray the mixing bowl with cooking spray; return the dough to the bowl.
  8. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap.
  9. Let the dough rest at room temperature 2 to 6 hours.
  10. Remove dough from the bowl and divide it into 8 pieces.
  11. Form each piece into a round ball; place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart, and flatten slightly.
  12. Cover the dough lightly; let it rest for 30 minutes or so while the oven preheats.
  13. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  14. Brush the top of the bun with egg wash; sprinkle the wet tops with sesame seeds.
  15. Bake until the buns are golden-brown, about 15 minutes.
  16. Remove from the oven, and let the buns cool 10 to 15 minutes minimum before slicing in half and serving with your favorite burger, pulled pork, or just about any other sandwich toppings.

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What to Serve On Sourdough Buns:

You can serve these buns with a traditional beef or turkey (or vegetarian) burger patty and burger toppings. You can also use them for:

You can also make them into bigger buns by dividing the dough into 6 larger balls (instead of 8), or turn it into slider buns by dividing the dough into 12 small buns.

How to Store Sourdough Buns:

Store cooled, leftover sourdough burger buns in an airtight bag at room temperature for 2 to 3 days, or in the fridge for up to 5 days.

sourdough buns after baking with sesame seeds on top

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sourdough burger buns on a sheet after baking

Sourdough Hamburger Buns


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 8 buns 1x

Description

Sourdough hamburger buns just add an extra oomph of flavor to any burger with that signature sourdough taste and light nuttiness from sesame seeds on top!


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup active bubbly sourdough starter
  • 3 tablespoons light oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg white + 1 tablespoon water
  • Sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, add the sourdough starter, oil, milk, and egg. Beat to combine.
  2. Add the salt, sugar, and 2 cups of flour.
  3. Mix with the dough hook on low speed for 3 to 5 minutes, until the dough comes together well but still sticks to the bottom of the bowl.
  4. Dust a work surface well with flour, and remove the dough from the bowl onto the work surface.
  5. Knead the dough lightly until it’s soft but not overly sticky.
  6. Form the dough into a smooth ball.
  7. Lightly spray the mixing bowl with cooking spray, and return the dough to the bowl. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel.
  8. Let the dough rest at room temperature 2 to 6 hours, depending on your timing.
  9. After the dough has rested, remove it from the bowl and divide it into 8 pieces.
  10. Form each piece into a round ball, and place on a baking mat or parchment-lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Gently use the palm of your hand to press the dough so that it’s 1 to 1.5 inches thick. This will help it be more bun-shaped when it cooks.
  11. Cover the dough lightly, and let it rest for 30 minutes or so while the oven preheats.
  12. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. When the oven is hot, brush the top of the bun with 1 egg white beat well with 1 tablespoon of water, and then sprinkle the wet tops with sesame seeds.
  13. Bake until the buns are golden-brown, about 15 minutes.
  14. Remove from the oven, and let the buns cool 10 to 15 minutes minimum before slicing in half and serving with your favorite burger, pulled pork, or just about any other sandwich toppings.

Notes

  • This makes 8 medium-sized buns. If you’d like large buns, divide the dough into 6 and make 6 large buns, or divide it into 12 to make slider-sized buns.
  • Category: sourdough
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 8 SERVING SIZE: 1 bun
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 185.1 Fat: 6.2g Cholesterol: 23.6mg Sodium: 306.6mg Carbohydrates: 27.8g Sugars: 4g Protein: 4.5g Vitamin A: 10.3µg Vitamin C: 0mg

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.