Sourdough hamburger buns are a delightful twist on the classic bun, combining the tangy and complex flavors of sourdough with the softness and lightness of a traditional burger bun.
These buns are made using a sourdough starter, which gives them a distinct taste and a slightly chewy texture. With their golden-brown crust and fluffy interior, sourdough hamburger buns add an extra layer of deliciousness to any burger, offering a delightful balance of flavors that elevate the overall burger experience. These fluffy sourdough buns will take your burger game to the next level!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- They are easy to make! They do take some time to make, but this sourdough hamburger bun recipe is incredibly easy to make!
- They are versatile! You can add whatever type of topping you would like to these hamburger buns, some options you might not even be able to find in the grocery store!
- They are delicious! Homemade hamburger buns are so much more delicious than the store bought ones in a bag!
What is Sourdough Bread?
Sourdough bread is a bread made from wild yeast, flour, water, and salt. There is no commercial yeast, only natural yeast from the environment. Sourdough bread requires a "starter" to rise the bread. A starter is filled with good bacteria and natural yeast that gives the bread that traditional sour taste.
During the fermentation process, phytic acid is broken down so it makes the sourdough bread easier to digest for a lot of people.
Ingredients To Gather
- Flour. All purpose flour or bread flour are the best options.
- Active sourdough starter. This means that is is active and bubbly and has been fed recently.
- Milk. Whole milk and melted butter give the buns their soft texture. Because this dough has milk, melted butter, and egg, this would be considered an enriched dough, just like these brioche dinner rolls.
- Honey. To sweeten the dough just a bit and help the wild yeast rise.
- Warm water. This will lighten up the dough so it is not so heavy with just the melted butter and milk.
Step By Step Instructions
Lynn's Tip! This dough is very wet in the stand mixer. Keep mixing until the dough comes together. It will not form a dough ball but it will look shiny and smooth when it's done.
Let the buns cool on a cooling rack for at least 30 minutes before you cut into them. Serve these sandwich buns with Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan, chicken burgers with feta and spinach, buffalo chicken, or Mexican shredded chicken.
- Friday 9pm- Feed your sourdough starter until it is active and bubbly.
- Saturday 9am (the next morning)- Mix together the ingredients and let it rise at room temperature until the dough has doubled in size. Replenish your starter.
- Saturday 4pm- Shape buns into equal portions and let them rest for 1 hour on a baking sheet.
- Saturday 5pm- Bake the buns until they are golden brown and serve them with your favorite burger recipe.
- Mix in other flours. A mixture of whole wheat flour and all purpose flour or bread flour would be a delicious sourdough hamburger bun!
- Make them into hot dog buns! Instead of shaping the dough into buns, make them elongated so they are in the shape of a hot dog bun.
- Change up the toppings! Sprinkle the tops of the buns with kosher salt, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or everything bagel seasoning for more flavor.
To make the dough ahead of time, mix the dough completely and let the dough rise. Once it has risen, place the bowl in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. This will also allow the dough to ferment more and will give the dough a more sourdough taste.
Once the homemade burger buns are baked, place them in an airtight container or a Ziploc bag. Keep them on the counter for up to 4 days. Do not refrigerate these buns, they will go stale quickly in the refrigerator since they do not have any preservatives in the dough.
To freeze the sourdough burger buns, allow them to cool to room temperature and then place them in a gallon sized Ziploc bag. Freeze them for 3 months. To defrost them, place them on the counter and let them come to room temperature.
If you don't have sourdough starter that is active, you will need to use some instant yeast or active dry yeast to help make the dough rise.
A kitchen scale is pretty inexpensive to buy on Amazon and it is very helpful when making bread. It gives you the most accurate amounts when baking bread.
More Sourdough Recipes
Soft Sourdough Hamburger Buns
- 240 g Warm Milk Whole or 2%
- 80 g Warm Water
- 56 g Butter Melted (4 tbsp)
- 1 Egg
- 210 g Active Starter Bubbly and active
- 30 g Honey
- 500 g Flour All Purpose Flour or Bread Flour
- 10 g Salt
- In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, add the egg, milk, water, melted butter, honey, and sourdough starter. Mix well.
- Add the flour and salt to the mixer and mix for 4-5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place the bowl in a warm spot. Let it rise for 6-8 hours until the dough is at least double in size.
- Once the dough has doubled in size, place ¼ cup of flour on your work surface and turn out the dough. Cut the dough with a bench scraper into 8 equal pieces for larger buns, 10 pieces for smaller buns.
- Shape the buns into a tight ball. Place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Let the dough rest for one hour. Pat down the tops of the dough so they are flatter. They will puff up again as they bake.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl mix together one egg and one tablespoon of water. Brush the tops of the shaped buns with the egg wash mixture. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if you prefer. Bake the buns for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.