The Spotted Pig's Hamburger Buns Recipe

Freshly made hamburger buns on a cutting board.

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Note: These buns are great for any burger, but go best with our recipe for The Spotted Pig's Chargrilled Burger.

Recipe Details

The Spotted Pig's Hamburger Buns Recipe

Prep 35 mins
Cook 25 mins
Proof 4 hrs
Total 5 hrs
Serves 8 buns


  • 1/2 cup warm whole milk

  • 3/4 cup warm water

  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 3 large eggs

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened


  1. Combine milk, water, yeast, and sugar in small bowl or 2-cup glass measure. Let stand 5 minutes until foamy.

  2. Combine flour and salt in bowl of stand mixer fitted with dough hook attachment (or whisk together in large bowl if mixing by hand). Add water/milk mixture and mix on medium-low speed until combined. With mixer running, add two eggs, one at a time, waiting for eggs to become fully incorporated between additions. Add butter one tablespoon at a time until fully incorporated.

  3. Continue to mix on medium-low speed for 2-3 minutes. If dough appears too sticky, add flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it pulls away from sides of mixer (it will still stick to bottom). Continue kneading until dough is smooth and elastic, 5-6 minutes longer.

  4. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in volume (about 2 hours at room temperature, or 8 hours in the refrigerator). Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface, and using bench scraper or sharp knife, cut into 8 equal pieces approximately 4 ounces each.

  5. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Form each dough chunk into a ball and place on baking sheets, four per sheet, about 3 inches apart. Spray with non-stick cooking spray (or brush with oil), cover loosely with plastic wrap, and allow to rise at room temperature until approximately doubled in volume (about two hours).

  6. Adjust oven racks to lower-middle and upper-middle positions and preheat oven to 400°F. Gently press dough balls down until approximately 4 inches wide and 2 inches high. Beat remaining egg with one tablespoon water and brush entire exposed surface of bun. Bake for 7 minutes. Remove buns from oven, brush with remaining egg wash, and bake until deep, shiny, golden brown, rotating pans top to bottom and front to back half way through baking, 10-15 minutes longer. Transfer buns to rack and allow to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
298 Calories
9g Fat
45g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 298
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 565mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 39mg 3%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 116mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)