Wheat burger buns, Whole wheat burger buns

This is an ideal recipe for whole wheat burger buns which makes that rustic soft bun that toasts well, takes in all the juices without becoming mushy.

To me an ideal burger bun is

Soft but not a foamy pillow
Holds up to the juices
It needs to be a little sweet. Hell yeah! Good Balance….
Should be hearty, has some character
Absolutely no dry buns

This recipe is all that. Now lets get to work. Here are the things you will need


First lets get the yeast working.
Add quarter cup of warm water plus a pinch of sugar to the yeast and leave it aside for 5 minutes so it becomes foamy. If it doesn’t foam, discard and start again with a fresh batch of yeast.
PicMonkey CollageI store my yeast in the freezer at all times and it stays for a long period.

Once the yeast has proved that its kicking and alive, dump all the ingredients – the proved yeast mixture, water, sugar, butter, all purpose flour, whole wheat flour mixed with salt into a bowl and mix with a wooden spoon. We are not trying to knead yet. We are just combining everything together. Once its kinda looks mixed, move away for 15 minutes. Don’t do anything. It hydrates the dough and it becomes a lot easier later to knead.


Now start kneading. I did it by hand for a good 5 minutes. The trick in kneading is to avoid the temptation of adding flour. Too much flour alters the moisture content and will result in a dry burger. Dry bread is a sin. so do not add too much flour while kneading. Promise me you wont!.

BENCH SCRAPER is my best friend. I use it all the time to get the dough off the surface while kneading. It will stick to your hands like mad. After 5 minutes, it will still be very very tacky and that’s how it should be.

kneading process

Transfer it to a clean bowl and cover and keep it in a warm place for about an hour. It should have doubled in volume.Take the dough and gently deflate. Divide into 6 equal balls.Shape it into a very smooth ball using the cup of your hands. Any imperfection at this stage is going to be reflected in the final bun. so take your time. Place it in an oiled sheet pan and gently press the tops and brush the tops with butter and sprinkle the seeds generously.

Now let them rise again for about an hour. In the mean time preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C. Bake the buns for about 15-18 minutes, turning the pans once to help aid even baking. Cool the buns in a rack for 30 minutes.
Now, Here is the recipe for whole wheat burger buns !

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This is an ideal recipe which makes that rustic soft bun that toasts well, takes in all the juices without becoming mushy. Its a soft whole wheat healthy bun. Whole wheat healthy bread.

  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 1/2 cup water plus 1/4 cup barely warm water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon melted butter to brush the buns
  • 2 tablespoon all purpose flour for kneading- Bench flour



Prove the yeast

  1. Mix in the yeast, warm water and a pinch of sugar and set aside for 5 minutes to foam

Flour mixture

  1. Mix salt, whole wheat flour and all purpose flour with a whisk to combine

Kneading and baking

  1. In a big bowl combine the yeast mixture, water, sugar, butter and the flour mixture briefly and set aside for 15 minutes to hydrate the dough.
  2. Now knead the dough for a good 5 minutes by hand until the dough comes together and forms a rough ball. It will still be very very tacky.
  3. Place the dough in a clean bowl ,cover it and let it rise in a warm place for one hour until doubled.
  4. After risen, deflate the dough gently and divide it into 6 equal parts.
  5. Shape it into 6 smooth balls using the cup of your hands.
  6. Place it in an oiled sheet pan, gently press the tops, brush the tops with butter and sprinkle the seeds generously.
  7. Now let them rise again for about an hour. In the mean time preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C. Bake the buns for about 15-18 minutes, turning the pans once to help in even baking. Once out of the oven cool the buns on a rack.
  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Bread
  • Cuisine: American

Number of servings in this recipe : 6

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41 thoughts on “Wheat burger buns, Whole wheat burger buns”

  1. Learning to Bake

    Thank you for your photos showing how very sticky the dough is at first; at least that tells me it’s normal. My question is, when it is that sticky, how do you even knead it? My experience has been that it sticks to the kneading surface so badly that I can hardly even make it move. I end up with more of it stuck to my fingers than what is left on the kneading surface. Do you have any suggestions?

  2. Devi alagappan

    Hi kannamma,

    I tried this recipe today.. my dough inflated both times perfectly but when I put it in the oven the buns were flat.. almost like your top half of the bun.. what could have gone wrong.. thanks in advance.. I am a regular visitor to your website. And love all your recipes..

  3. Looks lovely!!! Can i use instant dry yeast ..if yes can i know how much i shld use 🙂

  4. Hi! I am a beginner and this recipe is just so motivating!
    I just wanted to check if I can make this in a convection microwave too??
    Thanks !

  5. Hi kannamma.. I have a very basic doubt but I’m a newbie in cooking so please bear with me. In my oven there s a setting in which we get to choose which filaments we turn on.. upper, lower or both.. can u tell me which settings to use here.. I use a Cornell brand and it doesn’t have a fan

  6. Elizabeth in Canada

    Just made these — they were super easy & well worth the time. Fantastic recipe I will use again. Thanks.

  7. Can you pl tell me when to turn the buns and how, as you have mentioned in the last step

  8. kannamma your burger buns look awesome.. i would like to give it a try, but have a couple of questions:
    1. can i use king arthur’s white whole wheat flour instead of atta?
    2. can i bake as a loaf instead of individual buns?
    3. may i use instant yeast in place of the regular?

    please let me know.. thanks in advance and my best wishes for all the great work you do 🙂

    1. Thanks Lav.
      #1. You can use white whole wheat. No problem. KAF is my fav flour.
      Whole-wheat flour is made from hard red spring or winter wheat, which has a nutty, hearty taste.
      White whole-wheat flour is made from hard white spring or winter wheat, which has the exact same nutritional value of whole-wheat flour, but because of the variety used, has a milder flavor and paler color.
      #2. If you want a whole wheat bread in loaf form. There is a separate recipe that i posted. Please check that.
      #3. Yes. You can use instant yeast.

  9. Hi… How long would i have to bake if i made the burger buns very small like mini burger buns? Thanks.

  10. These whole wheat burger buns were very soft and fluffy. Thank for an amazing whole wheat burger bun recipe.

  11. Maithra Jadhav

    This reciepe of Whole Wheat Burger buns is very good. Comes out very soft and is extremely tasty

  12. Gokulakrishnan

    I tried the Whole wheat burger buns and it was very good. It has become one of my favourite evening snack

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  14. Thanks Kannamma for the great recipe… Pls share your product idea as well.. where to buy? wat’s ur experience… etc… Looking for forward… All the Best…

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