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Cheese Burger Buns

Author: PJ Hamel

Cheese Burger Buns Recipe

Soft, golden buns, with the merest hint cheese, are perfect for burgers (of course), or any kind of sandwich, from tuna salad to Italian cold cuts to grilled Portobellos.

Read our blog about these cheese buns, with additional photos, at Flourish.

At a glance

8 buns


Choose your measure:

  • 3/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup Vermont cheese powder OR 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese or the finely grated cheese of your choice
  • 3/4 to 1 1/4 teaspoons salt*
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder, optional but good
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • butter for brushing on top
  • *Use 3/4 teaspoon salt if you use cheese powder, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt if you use grated fresh cheese


  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, somewhat tacky dough.
  2. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl or other container large enough to allow it to at least double in bulk, cover, and let it rise for about 60 to 70 minutes, till it's just about doubled.
  3. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased work surface, and divide it into 8 pieces.
  4. Round each piece into a smooth ball, and place on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Gently flatten the balls to about 3" diameter.
  5. Cover the buns and let them rise till they've expanded nicely, about 1 hour. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  6. Brush each bun with melted butter.
  7. Bake the buns till they're a light, golden brown, about 18 minutes.
  8. Remove the buns from the oven, and brush them with butter again. Place them on a rack to cool.
  9. Yield: 8 big buns.