Featured Recipe: Hamburger Buns

Jessi Sat, Jul 23 2011

Let’s get something straight. In my opinion, store bought hamburger buns are not worth the convenience factor. When you put your heart and soul into a delicious hamburger patty, your time is wasted as soon as it touches a stale bun you bought a week ago. 

I know what you are thinking, “But I don’t have time” or “I don’t know how to make my own hamburger buns.”  Here is my rebuttal to this argument:

A) I am a college student who works and I have a full social calendar and I still have time to make homemade hamburger buns.

B) It is so simple to make your own buns, anyone can do it.

C) Homemade hamburger buns are so delicious it will complete your burger experience. Be fair to your burger and make the buns. It will quite possibly change your life.

Here is the recipe as listed on RhodesBread.com:



6 Rhodes Texas™ Rolls or 12 Rhodes™ Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold
1 egg, beaten
sesame seeds



Flatten one Texas roll or two dinner rolls combined into a 4-inch circle. Place on a large sprayed baking sheet. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap. Let rise until double in size. Remove wrap and bake at 350°F 15-20 minutes.




Something I like to do with my buns is to coat the bottoms with some Semolina flour or cornmeal works as well.  It gives them a little more gourmet texture and also makes the bottom slightly firmer to hold up to a hearty burger.




Hamburger buns are very versatile, use whatever kind of seeds you like or use none at all.  I made a dozen with flax seeds and a dozen without.  Yes, I made 24 buns.  This is because I am having a barbeque with some friends (remember the full social calendar?)  Which brings up another reason to make your own buns, you can make as many or as few as you need. No odd bun left out like the store bought bags.




Some people don’t like the idea of letting rolls thaw, rise and then bake because they assume it will take up massive amounts of time.

Time saving tip #1:

Put the rolls in your fridge in the morning.  When I made these I put them out on their pans, 12 to each pan, covered them with sprayed plastic wrap, and put them in the fridge.  This was about 9:00am.  I got home at 5:30 and the rolls were perfectly thawed.  (This step only involved about two minutes of my personal attention.)

I proceeded to flatten the rolls, brushed them with egg whites and put on the seeds. (This was the most time consuming step taking a whopping 5 minutes.)




Time saving tip #2:

Take advantage of the summer heat and multi-task.  To speed up the rising process to only 15-20 minutes, I put the covered pans on my porch, in the shade.  While the rolls were rising, to double in size, I prepared my hamburger patties and vegetables, set the table, and preheated the oven.




Time saving tip #3:

Did I mention multi-tasking?  Grill up the burgers and veggies while the rolls are baking.  These rolls will only take 15-20 minutes to bake.  If you put them in the oven, then heat the grill and cook the burgers, the rolls and burgers should be done around the same time.




Use Caution Ahead:  This next photo will inspire you to make more hamburger buns than you have ever made in your entire life.


These hamburger buns are simply fantastic!  I decided to make fajita burgers with them.  Use 2 lbs of meat, 2 finely chopped jalapeños (seeded or unseeded depending on the desired heat index), 2 cloves of minced garlic and grill up some bell peppers and onions to put on top.  Seriously, I cannot tell you how amazing these were.  My mouth is still watering!  So go ahead, give in to temptation and make your own hamburger buns this week.  I promise you will not be disappointed.

Hamburger Buns

Servings: 6 Skills: Beginning Prep Time: 5-10 min (not including thaw time) Bake Time: 15-20 min

Fresh and so easy, try our amazing homemade hamburger buns recipe at your next cookout. Delicious!

5.0 / 5  (1 vote, 3 reviews )


  1. 6 Rhodes Texas™ Rolls or 12 Rhodes™ Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold

  2. 1 egg, beaten

  3. sesame seeds


  1. Flatten one Texas roll or two dinner rolls combined into a 4-inch circle.

  2. Place on a large sprayed baking sheet.

  3. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

  4. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap.

  5. Let rise until double in size.

  6. Remove wrap and bake at 350°F 15-20 minutes.


Jessi Maddock has worked for Rhodes for nearly 10 years. Currently, she works in the Art Department and Human Resources. In addition to working at Rhodes, she is a senior in college studying Mass Communication. Jessi is a free spirit who loves hanging out with friends, eating honey (she loves honey so much she named her dog Honey), taking random adventures, and creating new types of grilled cheese (her most recent involved Rhodes White Bread, honey, freshly shredded Monterey jack cheese, and a squirt of lime juice). She is the main cook in her family, cooking for her mom, dad, and sister. Jessi has two rules in the kitchen: ingredients that smell good together will taste good together and honey goes well with EVERYTHING!

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Candi K said on Sep 13, 2011 Reply
Love this recipe! No one in our family can agree on which hamburger rolls they like best (onion-topped, sesame-topped, plain, etc.), so I can never please everyone when I have to buy a whole package of a specific kind of buns. This recipe will allow me to please everyone by being able to make a few of each kind! Thanks!
Pamela T. said on Sep 14, 2011 Reply
Never thought of trying as hamburger buns. Will definitely try this recipe.
Mary said on May 29, 2012 Reply
This solves the problem of buying a whole pack of buns for just the two of us. Thanks Rhodes

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