Homemade light brioche buns are light and tender on the inside and golden crispy on the outside. Sturdy enough for a burger, yet soft enough for an every day dinner roll.

A key component to any great sandwich is the bun. You need a bun that can hold up the fillings, but doesn’t take away from the experience. (oh, insert the bun jokes here.) I’ve been known to throw away a bun if it’s too overpowering for the burger, or just takes away from the experience. Oh and if its too chewy or dry, its out.
So, needless to say, with all the burgers off the grill lately, there have been some brioche buns baking in this household. We’re not even going near the oven jokes – that just freaks me out.
My first batch of brioche buns looked wonderful, right up until they deflated (a second before being placed in the oven). They were good, but rather short for a burger. Danielle over at Runs with Spatulas mentioned these to me and I knew I had to try them after my other defeat.
Homemade light brioche buns are light and tender on the inside and golden crispy on the outside. Sturdy enough for a burger, yet soft enough for an every day dinner roll. \\ Recipe on PassTheSushi.com

Here’s the recipe for the brioche buns. Let me know what you think!


Light Brioche Burger Buns

Homemade light brioche buns are light and tender on the inside and golden crispy on the outside. Sturdy enough for a burger, yet soft enough for an every day dinner roll.Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons warm milk (105-115 degrees F)
  • 1 cup warm water (105-115 degrees F)
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • small egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds


Combine milk, 1 cup water, yeast, and sugar in a glass measuring cup, stirring well. Let sit for about 5 minutes, or until the top is foamy. In a small bowl, lightly beat one egg.

In the large work bowl of a mixer, stir together both flours and salt. Cut in butter until crumbs form. Add the egg and yeast mixture to the flour. Mix together with the dough hook attachment on low. Once combined, increase the speed to medium until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes (or 8-10 minutes if you are kneading by hand). The finished dough may be slightly sticky (do not add additional flour).

Transfer the dough to a clean work area and into a ball. Place the down in a greased bowl, flipping once to coat entirely. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm, draft-free location until doubled in size, 1-2 hours.

Remove dough from the bowl and place on a clean work area. Punch the dough down, then let rest for about 5 minutes. Divide the dough equally into 10 sections and shape each into a ball. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Transfer the dough balls to the baking sheet, spacing them out 2-3 inches. Cover with plastic wrap coated with cooking spray. Let rise for an additional 1-2 hours until doubled in size.

Set a large shallow pan of water on oven floor. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a small bowl, beat together 1 egg with 1 tablespoon water. Brush the egg wash on top of each bun. Sprinkle the buns with sesame seeds. Bake, turning sheet halfway through baking, until tops are golden brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.



Homemade Light Brioche Buns \\ Recipe on PassTheSushi.com

These brioche buns turn out beautifully, although, I may make a change next time. Because the brioche buns deflated the first time, I plan to bake them for 7 minutes before adding the egg wash, and then finish the baking. The suggestion is made by a friend of mine.

And on a serious note: when baking using steam, be very careful when opening the oven door.


  1. We want to start a new tradition this year for July 4 with a GIANT hamburger. Obviously, I will have to make the bun. Will give this a try! Thanks!

  2. Great buns! They’d be lovely with or without one of your testosterone laden meatfests that I adore so much. Well done! Buzzed 🙂

  3. She suggested these buns to me too. I need to make them soon!

  4. Very nice! I’m on a mission to make as many different burgers as I can this summer and these buns would be great for that! Thanks.

  5. This is my go-to recipe for burger buns too. They’re just the right balance of light and fluffy, and they’re substantial enough not to fall apart when they’re stuffed. I find that they do deflate a little bit when you brush on the egg, but they’ve always puffed right back up in the oven… never had a batch go bad on me yet (and I make these A LOT).

  6. I think I’ll make these buns for our next cook out.

  7. Picture perfect, Kita!

  8. Wonderful job on these. Nothing makes a burger or sandwich better than a fresh bun.

  9. those buns look so very very good! what a great alternative to those white bread rolls they sell at the store! I have always wanted to try and make a brioche bun, thanks so much for the inspiration!
    Your right about steam, some of my worst burns have come from steam!

  10. Wonderful and delicious buns Kita! I can almost smell the warm smell from your oven and ahh toasted sesame seeds..yummy addition! Awesome photos!!!

  11. Oh, wow, Kita! These look like the perfect burger buns. I’m picky about my bread, too…and I know I’d have no complaints with these!

  12. I’m in serious trouble now. I’m trying so hard to come up with vegan baked goodies, and here I’m drooling at your burger buns. Do you feel my pain?
    I have the feeling I’m gonna make these soon!
    Thanks for sharing Kita

  13. Kita, these are absolutely gorgeous… I hope mine will turn out as beautifully as yours! I have to make these!

  14. Sortachef says:

    Very nice, Kita. I’ve done a lot of playing to create buns like this, and that steam is sooo important to their finished rise. Way to go!

  15. Those look great! Thank you for sharing this, Kita! I have been looking for a good recipe for burger buns. I just made brioche knots a few days ago, and I am kicking myself for not thinking of turning them into buns! 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. Very nice! I bet my husband love to make those great looking brioche buns for me. Thank you fro sharing.

  17. oooo we’re having a cookout this weekend and I would love to try these out! following your site now!

    1. Awesome! I hope you enjoy them. 🙂

  18. These look perfect I have got to get over the intimidation factor with breads and just start making some.

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