40 minute rolls

Okay, now I’m going to share something special with you. Don’t take this lightly.

You know how you always buy those cheap hamburger buns at the grocery store and eat them? Hopefully some of you realize you don’t actually like those buns. In fact, there is no appeal to your taste-buds. Not to mention all the lovely extra ingredients like dough conditioners and preservatives that keep that bun bland and unnaturally fluffy in your mouth. What a waste of money.

Now, say you realize this but still haven’t done anything about it because you hate all the work homemade rolls or gourmet sourdough buns take-- which is a lot. (actually… make those gourmet hamburger bun recipes because they are way better, and making bread is therapeutic)

Well, now that your frustrated that something really good actually takes effort, I offer you the next option.

40 minute hamburger buns. That is 40 minutes in total. From mixing to hot out of the oven. It is true.

Let me tell you about this bread. It is super fast and quite easy. To work so fast it needs a lot of sugar and fat. Don’t gasp, those things make bread tender and rich--I’m telling you, you can’t get something for nothing. Plus the fact that it is homemade makes it healthy (If you feel guilty switch out 1/2 cup of white flour for wheat or something) They are fluffy, but have the density of homemade bread.

And, they are like 160 X better then those store bought buns.

Plus! they make a terrific sweet dough recipe for all your fancy breads. Since our family is only 2 I usually use half the recipe to experiment with. aka I usually make cinnamon rolls… In the photo below I used half the recipe to make two mini cinni-loaves for some lovely ladies. Easy-peasy, just roll the dough out in a rectangle, smother with softened butter, brown sugar and cinnamon (plus raisins if you feel you must) roll up and tuck in a well greased mini pan. Let these raise a little more (till doubled in size) and they will be delightfully fluffy and satisfyingly homemade.

‘nough words.

My beautiful picture 

40-Minute Rolls

makes 12 rolls

  • 2 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp warm water (110-115 degrees)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3-3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Directions

    1. In a large bowl dissolve yeast in water. Add oil and sugar, let stand for 5 minutes.
    2. Add the egg, salt and enough flour to form a soft dough.
    3. Turn onto a floured surface (or use your mixer) and knead until smooth and elastic, about 3-5 minutes.
    4. Do not let rise, divide dough into 12 pieces. Shape each into a ball
    5. Place on a greased baking sheet about 3” apart
    6. Cover with a towel and let rest for 10 minutes.
    7. Bake at 375 for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown.
    8. Cool on wire racks



    1. Shannon! Hi! I wanted to tell you that:

      1. I read your blog and I likey.

      2. I have already made these rolls twice since I saw them on here! Thank you for posting this. I am very new to the bread game, so this recipe is helping ease me in.


      1. thanks jill! I just made them yesterday! They are really easy.