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MotherBee’s Ultimate Homemade Burger Buns: A Fluffy, Delicious Treat

Updated: Sep 17, 2023

Elevate your burger game with MotherBee’s Homemade Burger Buns! Made with a blend of high-grade flour and infused with buttery richness, these buns are fluffy, tasty, and perfect for any burger.

Growing up in the Philippines, I’ve always been in love with good food. Who can resist the smell of freshly baked bread wafting through the air? Well, I couldn’t! That’s why I decided to create this homemade burger bun recipe to satisfy those very cravings—and I’m thrilled to share it with you!


Origin, Inventor, Historical Background

Burger buns have a fascinating history. While burgers themselves can be traced back to Germany, the concept of using buns became popular in America. As burgers gained prominence at fairs and community events, the need for an easy-to-hold “container” led to the invention of the burger bun. These buns have evolved through time, adopting regional twists and turns, from sesame seeds to brioche, potato buns to pretzel buns!


Preparation Time: 2.5 hours

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Number of Servings: 14 buns


Tools and Equipment Needed

  • Mixing bowl

  • Baking trays

  • Oven

  • Pastry brush


Storage, Packaging, and Shelf Life

  • Room Temperature: 2-3 days

  • Chilled: 1 week

  • Frozen: 6 months


Food Safety Tips:

  • Always check the yeast expiration date.

  • Keep raw and ready-to-eat foods separate.


Science Behind Processes

The yeast helps in fermentation, releasing CO2 to make the dough rise.


10 Tips for Success

  1. Use warm milk for better yeast activation.

  2. Make sure the dough is smooth and elastic before proofing.

  3. Use a damp cloth to cover the dough while proofing.

  4. Preheat the oven for accurate cooking time.

  5. Use a thermometer to check doneness.

  6. Use high-quality flour for better texture.

  7. Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature.

  8. Knead the dough thoroughly.

  9. Use only fresh sesame seeds.

  10. Egg wash gives the buns a glossy finish.


10 Common Mistakes and Troubleshooting

  1. Dough not rising? Check yeast freshness.

  2. Buns too dense? Over-kneading might be the issue.

  3. Uneven browning? Rotate the baking tray.

  4. Dry buns? Measure ingredients carefully.

  5. Sesame seeds falling off? Press them lightly into the dough.

  6. Sticky dough? Add a little more flour.

  7. Buns spread out? Over-proofing may be the reason.

  8. Buns not glossy? Apply another layer of egg wash.

  9. Bitter taste? Reduce salt or sugar.

  10. Buns too crumbly? Check your milk-to-flour ratio.


10 Common Questions and Answers

🟣Question: Can I use just all-purpose flour?

🟢Answer: Yes, but the texture will differ.


🟣Question:What can I use instead of milk powder?

🟢Answer: Substitute with equal parts liquid milk.


🟣Question: Can I use margarine instead of butter?

🟢Answer: Yes, but it will alter the flavor.


🟣Question: How do I know if the buns are cooked?

🟢Answer: Tap the bottom; a hollow sound means they’re done.


🟣Question: Can I freeze these buns?

🟢Answer: Yes, but best consumed within a month.


🟣Question: Why use both bread and all-purpose flour?

🟢Answer: It balances texture and fluffiness.


🟣Question: Can I skip the egg wash?

🟢Answer: Yes, but you’ll miss the glossy finish.


🟣Question: What’s the role of sugar?

🟢Answer: It adds flavor and aids in browning.


🟣Question: Why use milk powder?

🟢Answer: It enhances flavor and texture.


🟣Question: Can I use active dry yeast instead of fresh yeast?

🟢Answer: Yes, but you’ll need to adjust the quantity.


Ingredient Functionality:

  • Bread Flour: Provides gluten for structure.

  • All-Purpose Flour: Adds softness.

  • Milk Powder: Enhances flavor.

  • Sugar: Sweetens and aids in browning.

  • Salt: Flavor enhancer.

  • Yeast: For fermentation and rising.

  • Milk: Provides moisture.

  • Butter: Adds richness.

  • Egg: For glazing and color.


Ingredient Substitutions:

  • Milk Powder: Equal parts liquid milk

  • Bread Flour: Whole wheat flour

  • Butter: Margarine

  • Sugar: Honey


Suggested Serving or Variations:

  • Add poppy seeds for a different twist.

  • Use these buns for pulled pork sandwiches.


Nutrition per servings:

  • Calories: 200

  • Carbohydrates: 30g

  • Protein: 5g


Health and Nutrition

These buns are not low-calorie but provide some protein and are free of trans fats.



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