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Homemade Whole Wheat Burger Buns

If you love burgers and why wouldn’t you, you’re maybe looking for a way to make them a bit more wholesome. And the best way to do so, is with these homemade whole wheat burger buns. 

Whole wheat flour adds a nice fiber boost as well as a delicious rustic flavor to our burgers. And you can easily make a whole bunch of them at once and freeze the leftover ones for your next burger nights. 

If burgers are your jam, check out my easy salmon burger recipeI think, you’re going to love it.

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homemade whole wheat burger buns on a cooling rack
The best way to upgrade your burgers is by making your own whole wheat buns!

About this Recipe

Classically, burgers are served with soft brioche buns or sourdough buns. Sadly, both are made with white flour which is extremely poor in vitamins, fiber, and minerals. But on the other hand, whole wheat flour is rich in all those valuable ingredients and therefore comes with numerous health benefits. 

In case you’re interested in more information about the advantage of whole grains and why you should eat them on a regular basis, I recommend reading this article since it shows the most important fact in a comprehensive way. 

So, whether you prefer baking your own buns or because there are no whole wheat alternatives available at your local grocery store, I’ve got you covered with this simple whole wheat burger bun recipe. 


The quantities in this recipe are for six buns. If you don’t need them all at once, then you can freeze the leftover ones and defrost them for your next burger night. If you need some more buns, you can easily double the amounts.

  • whole wheat flour 
  • lukewarm milk and water – it’s important that it’s neither too cold nor too warm so that the yeast can develop its power properly 
  • 21 grams of Fleischmann`s fresh active yeast for fluffy rolls
  • a pinch of sugar to feed the yeast
  • a little salt for flavor
  • butter and egg for a smooth, soft dough
  • one egg yolk, a dash of milk and some sesame or poppy seeds for the glaze
ingredients for whole wheat burger buns
ingredients for our whole wheat burger buns

Substitutions and Variations 

Instead of active yeast you can also use 2.5 teaspoons of instant yeast. Furthermore, you can omit the sesame or poopy seeds for plain burger buns. But even if you skip the seeds, make sure to brush the rolls with the milk-egg-mixture anyway. As an alternative to sugar, you can also use a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup.

By the way, you can save the remaining egg white and use it in egg dishes like my sweet omelet with banana and cinnamon. This way, nothing has to be thrown away.

How to Make this Recipe

First, we need to mix a pre-dough, which is quite simple. To do this, we heat the milk and water just a little, so that it gets lukewarm. This can be done either in the microwave or in a pot.

Next, crumble the yeast into the milk mixture, add the sugar and stir until the yeast has dissolved. Stir in a tablespoon of flour and leave the mixture covered in a warm place for about 10 to 15 minutes.

After those 15 minutes there should be a few bubbles on the surface of this pre-dough. And now it’s time to make the dough. So put the remaining flour and the salt in a bowl and slowly stir in the yeast mixture. 

yeast mixture in a milk jug
After 10 to 15 minutes there should be a few bubbles on top of the yeast mixture.

Once it has combined add the egg and butter. And now it’s time to knead this dough for at least 10 minutes. If it’s too sticky, add a little more flour, if it’s to dry add a splash of milk. 

Then shape your dough into a ball, place it back in the bowl, cover it with a towel, and let it rise in a warm place for an hour.

After one hour, you can transfer the dough on a lightly floured work surface and divide it into six equal-sized pieces. Form those individual pieces into a ball and then into relatively flat patties. Place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and let them rise for another 30 minutes.

After these 30 minutes you can preheat your convection oven to 180°C or 350°F. Then mix the egg yolk with two tablespoons of milk and brush your buns with it. Sprinkle some sesame or poppy seeds on the surface and put them in the oven for 18 to 20 minutes. 

Afterwards, let the buns cool on a cooling rack before you cut and toast them on the inside and serve them with your burger recipe of choice. 

six burger buns on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper

How to Serve

In case you’re in the need of some burger inspiration, here are some of my favorite burger recipes:

  • How about a easy salmon burger served with a spicy sriracha mayo? Hands down, this one my most favorite burger recipe!
  • Grilled cheese served in a burger? Oh yeah! Spread a little bit of homemade pesto on your toasted bun, put some salad or spinach, some tomato slices and a grilled cheese like some halloumi cheese on top and you’re good to go.
  • And of course, there are some much more burger recipes out there in the world wide web. But just to name a few, I recommend to check out pinch of yum’s spicy tofu burger, or some of these healthy burger recipes.
salmon burger served with whole wheat buns, salmon patties and a spicy sriracha mayo
My easy salmon burger is still one of my most favorite burger recipes!

Here’s How to Save this Recipe or Make It in Advance

If you don’t need all six burger buns right away, you can freeze the remaining buns. Just put them in a freezer bag and store them in your freezer. 

When your next burger night comes around, defrost them a few hours before at room temperature and toast them in a pan or on the grill before topping them with your burger ingredients.

Or you can use the leftover buns for my panzanella salad. This is a healthy Tuscan bread salad that is perfect for using up stale bread in the most delicious way.

Your Common Questions Answered

In case there are any questions left, I hope these FAQ will help you. If not, feel free to drop your question in the comments below.

Which kind of flour should I use for whole wheat burger buns?

You can use either spelt or wheat flour.

At how many degrees should I bake burger buns?

Bake your homemade buns at 180°C or 350°F (convection oven) for 18 to 20 minutes or until they are nicely golden brown. If you don’t have a convection setting, I would try 200°C or 400°F. 

Can I bake burger buns on a grill?

According to my research you should be able to bake burger buns at 200°C or 400°F indirect heat on your gas grill. 

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I hope you like this homemade whole wheat burger buns recipe and that you give it a try soon. If you have any further questions or suggestions, feel free to drop them in the comments, or send me a massage via email at contact@julesbalancedrecipes.com or Instagram (@julesbalancedrecipes). 

In case, you’ve tried this recipe, I’d appreciate your comment and rating for this recipe. It’s easy to do via the comments section below this post and it would mean the world to me.

And if you loved this recipe, you may also link some of my other whole wheat recipes! 

Have fun trying it out and bon appétit,

homemade whole wheat burger buns on a cooling rack

Whole Wheat Burger Buns

Julia Schmitt
These healthy burger buns are fluffy, soft and loaded with fiber. Thanks to the whole wheat flour they have a nice rustic flavor which goes perfectly with classic and fancy burger recipes.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Rising Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 buns
Calories 260 kcal


  • kitchen machine optional
  • 1 baking tray lined with parchment paper


  • 100 ml lukewarm milk (3.4 fl. oz.) fat-reduced milk or a dairy-free milk of choice
  • 100 ml lukewarm water (3.4 fl. oz.)
  • 21 g Fleischmann's fresh active yeast or 2.5 tsp of instant yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 400 g whole wheat flour (~2 ⅔ cups or 14 oz) 
  • 30 g butter (room temperature) (2 tbsp)
  • 1 egg


  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • poppy or sesame seeds



  • In a bowl, mix the milk, water, yeast, sugar, and a tablespoon of the flour and let it rise, covered, for about 10 to 15 minutes. 
    yeast mixture in a milk jug
  • In a mixing bowl or your kitchen maschine, place the flour, butter, salt, egg, and the yeast mixture and knead it for about 10 to 15 minutes to form a smooth, non-sticky dough. Form the dough into a ball and let it rise, covered, in a warm place for one hour.
    whole wheat burger bun dough in a silver mixing bowl

Shape the Buns

  • Knead the dough on a floured work surface, shape it into a ball and divide it into six equal pieces. Shape the dough pieces into balls first, then into a relatively flat patties, and place them on the baking sheet. Cover them with a kitchen towel and allow them to rise for another 30 minutes.
    six burger buns on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper


  • Preheat your convection oven to 180°C/350°F (alternatively 200°C/400°F). In a bowl, mix the egg yolk with the milk and brush the buns with this mixture, and them sprinkle some poppy or sesame seeds on top. Bake the buns in the oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until they are nicely golden-brown on the top.
    homemade whole wheat burger buns on a cooling rack


Nutritional Values per Serving:
  • calories: 260 kcal
  • fat: 6.7 g
    • unsaturated fatty acids: 2.7 g
  • carbohydrates: 39 g
    • sugar: 1.6 g
    • fiber: 7.6 g
  • protein: 10.9 g


Calories: 260kcal
Keyword burger buns, healthy burger recipe, whole grain, whole wheat flour
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