At a Glance

20 mins. to 40 mins.
15 mins. to 20 mins.
2 hrs 35 mins. to 3 hrs 10 mins.
Yield: 6 large buns
Soft buns, topped with crunchy seeds, are a perfect complement to grilled burgers.
Volume Ounces Grams


  • 3/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter or oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds whole golden flax seeds or Everything Bread and Bagel Topping
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder, optional
  • 2 3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour



  1. To make the dough: Combine all of the dough ingredients, and mix and knead them, by hand, mixer, or bread machine, to make a soft dough.
  2. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover, and let it rise in a warm place for an hour, until it's almost doubled in size.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly greased surface, flatten it slightly, and divide it into 6 pieces, each weighing about 3 1/2 to 4 ounces.
  4. Roll each piece into a ball.
  5. Place balls into the greased cups of a hamburger bun pan, flattening gently.
  6. Cover and let rise until the buns have doubled in size. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 375°F.
  7. Bake the buns for 10 minutes. Remove them from the oven, brush with lightly beaten egg white (or spray with Quick Shine) and sprinkle with seed topping; do this quickly, or the seeds won't stick!
  8. Return the buns to the oven and bake for 5 to 8 minutes, until they're golden brown. Remove from the oven, and cool on a rack.