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Halved light brioche hamburger bun on a sheet pan

Light Brioche Hamburger Buns

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  • Author: Emilie Raffa
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Rise Time: ~4 hours @ 70 F:
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours and 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 buns
  • Category: Yeast Bread
  • Method: Oven-Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Adapted from the NY Times, this recipe for light brioche hamburger buns is perfect for BBQ fare, sandwiches (try bacon, egg & cheese!) and so much more. You’ll never buy from the store again!



  • 1 cup warm water, about 7585 F
  • 3 tablespoons warm milk (I prefer whole milk)
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cups bread flour 
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 

Egg wash

  • 1 large egg
  • splash of water


  • sesame seeds (optional)


  1. Whisk together the warm water, milk, yeast and sugar; set aside. Beat the egg in a separate bowl.
  2. Add the flours, salt, and butter to the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, mix the ingredients until the butter is the size of pebbles.
  3. Add the yeast mixture and the beaten egg. Run the mixer on medium-low speed (I used #3 on my Kitchen Aid) until a dough forms, about 5-8 minutes.
  4. Scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary, and shape the dough into a ball. It will be sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap or a very damp kitchen towel, and let the dough rise until it has doubled is size, about 1- 3 hours @ 70 F. *See notes below.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a floured dough scraper (or chef’s knife), divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. If you have a scale, weigh each piece to guarantee that they’re all the same size.
  6. To shape the dough into balls, gently flatten each piece like a pancake. Gather the ends and pinch the dough to seal in the center. Flip the dough over, cup the surface with your palm, and roll into a ball. Transfer to your baking sheet, placing them a few inches inches apart. Cover and rest for 1-2 hours, or until puffy and slightly risen.
  7. To make the egg wash, beat the egg with a splash of water. When the buns are finished with the 2nd rise, gently brush each one with egg wash. At this point, you could add sesame seeds to the top of your rolls.
  8. Preheat your oven to 400 F. and place a skillet or metal baking dish on the oven floor. Before the dough goes in, add about 1/2 cup of water to the pan to create steam. This will help keep the bread nice and moist. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


Giving your dough enough time to rise is crucial in bread baking. Rise times will vary depending on temperature, so be patient. Remember to watch your dough and not the clock!