Recipe for Sourdough Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns

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These Sourdough Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns are a delicious choice when you want an alternative to store-bought products. 

Have you ever made a hamburger, only to have the bun fall apart while you’re eating it? Or maybe it gets soppy from too much barbecue sauce in the pulled pork? Or maybe you just want a sturdier bun to hold your sandwich together?

Removing Baked Buns from the Oven

Whatever the case, these buns are tasty, crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. And although they take a while to make due to the rising process, they are relatively easy to make in the bread-making world. Plus, you can conform them to whatever size you desire–mini, regular, or mega.

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Ingredients for Sourdough Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns

(See the full recipe at the bottom of this post.)

  • sourdough starter (fed and active)
  • warm water
  • large eggs
  • softened butter
  • brown sugar
  • kosher salt
  • vital wheat gluten (Purchase Here)
  • instant yeast (Purchase Here)
  • Whole Wheat Flour
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Egg + water (for egg wash)
  • sesame seeds (for topping)

Instructions for Making this Recipe

Begin by gathering all your ingredients on the counter or table. Your sourdough starter should be fed and active.

In a large mixing bowl, mix with a dough whisk the sourdough starter, warm water, large eggs, softened butter, brown sugar, kosher salt, vital wheat gluten, and instant yeast.

The wheat gluten mentioned in the recipe is not necessary, but it will help you get a faster and fuller rise. I use it every time I add whole wheat to my bread recipes. It really does help. Plus, I like to use instant yeast, especially when working with whole grains, to help with the rising time.

Place Dough in a Greased Bowl to Rise

Add whole wheat flour, and 2 cups of all-purpose flour. Knead for 5-7 minutes until dough comes together, adding remaining flour as needed to form a firm ball.

If desired, you may use a stand mixer and dough hook for the prior two steps. Sometimes I just like to knead dough with my hands. There’s something very satisfying in the manual work. 

Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place in a warm area to rise for 60-90 minutes, until doubled.

Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and punch 2-3 times. Divide the dough into ten equal pieces. Roll each into a ball and flatten to about 1-inch thick. Place flattened balls on baking sheets lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

Cover with a clean tea towel and let rise for another 30-40 minutes until puffy. Near the end of the rising time, preheat oven to 400°F.

Brush Tops of Buns with Egg Wash and Sprinkle with Sesame Seeds
Bake Buns until Golden Brown

In a small bowl, combine one egg and water to make an egg wash. Gently brush egg wash over the buns and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Cool on wire racks and slice before using.

Place Baked Buns on a Wire Cooling Rack

If you’ve never tried making your own buns, you should give it a go. My husband loves these Sourdough Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns and wishes that I’d make them every time we have burgers. This recipe makes 10-12 buns. Use them warm from the oven or store in a plastic bag and freeze for later use.

Assemble the Burgers - Sourdough Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns

Serve these buns with grilled burgers or Barbecued Pork.

Recipe for Sourdough Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns

Sourdough Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns

Here's a delicious recipe to make when you want to make homemade hamburger buns with a sourdough starter.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rising Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Serving Size 12 buns

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Ingredients 

Instructions

  • Gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Your sourdough starter needs to be fed and active for this recipe.

Prepare the Dough

  • In a large mixing bowl, mix with a dough hook (or stand mixer and kneading hook) the sourdough starter, warm water, large eggs, softened butter, brown sugar, kosher salt, wheat gluten, and instant yeast.
  • Mix in the whole wheat flour, and 2 cups of all-purpose flour. Knead for 5-7 minutes until dough comes together, adding remaining flour as needed to form a firm ball.
  • Transfer dough to a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place in a warm area to rise for 60-90 minutes, until doubled.

Make the Hamburger Buns

  • Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and punch 2-3 times. Divide the dough into ten equal pieces. Roll each into a ball and flatten to about 1-inch thick.
  • Place flattened balls on a baking sheets lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Cover with a clean tea towel and let rise for another 30-40 minutes until puffy. Near the end of the rising time, preheat oven to 400℉.
  • In a small bowl, combine egg and water to make egg wash. Gently brush egg wash over the buns and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Cool on wire racks and slice before using. Makes 10-12 buns.

Notes

*Unless otherwise indicated, all butter used on this recipe site is salted.

Nutrition

Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 232mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 127IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. Recipe calls for 1.5 cups AP Flour but in step 2 in the dough prep it says to add 2 cups AP flour. Is there a typo somewhere?

    1. Hi Kevin, Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention. I checked the recipe and have made corrections. What it should say is to add the whole wheat flour (1 1/2 cups) and then add 2 cups of all-purpose flour, plus more of the remaining 1/2 cup to make a nice firm dough. Sorry for the trouble. I hope this didn’t mess you up and that you will enjoy the hamburger buns. They are really quite wonderful.