Whole Wheat Buns Recipe

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There is nothing like homemade buns to really up your burger night meal. These whole wheat buns are perfect for burgers but you can use them for any type of sandwich or even as a roll.

Why use whole wheat flour?

Whole wheat flour has more fiber and protein than a typical refined flour. This gives it nutritional benefits and makes for a more filling sandwich. This recipe just swaps out half of the flour for whole wheat so the taste is still delicious, but you feel a little better about eating it.

whole wheat buns in a bowl on a white background

Can I make these with 100% whole wheat flour?

This recipe has half whole what and half all purpose flour. Having 100% whole wheat can make for a very dense bun that isn’t as nice to eat. With that said you can make it with all whole wheat is you want, just make sure to add a little extra water because whole wheat flour tends to soak up water a little more than all purpose.

How to make whole wheat buns?

To start, you want to mix all of the ingredients together to create a smooth dough. I use a stand mixer with a dough attachment. You can also do tis with your hands, it just takes a little more effort. Once the dough in finished, cover the dough in an airtight container and let it rise for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Once the first rise is done, you can start shaping the buns. Cut the dough into 8 pieces. To shape each piece, I fold in the edges to stretch the dough over itself. Here is a video showing how I do that.

Once the buns are shaped, place them on a lined baking sheet (you can line it with parchment paper or a baking mat). Here you want them to rise another hour to puff up. Make sure to cover them with a tea towel or plastic wrap so they don’t dry out while rising.

buns rising on a baking sheet

After they have rested, you are ready to bake them! Brush the top of them with melted butter and place them in a preheated oven for 15-17 minutes.

buns on a baking sheet after they have been baked

How to use whole wheat buns?

The most obvious way to use these buns are for burger. You can also use them for any type of sandwich, breakfast sandwich, with jam and butter, or as a roll with your soup. Here are a few of my favorite recipes to pair with these buns.

2 burgers on parchment paper next to fries


Favorite Veggie Burgers - Cookie and Kate

Vegan Pulled Pork Mushroom Sandwich - My Pure Plants

The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich - Pinch of Yum


Three Bean Veggie Chili - Sigsbee Street

Creamy Vegetarian Potato Soup - Sigsbee Street

How do I store homemade whole what buns?

These buns are best when served fresh. If you have extra, you can store them in a sealed container for 1-2 days. After 2 days the bun get really hard and they aren’t very good to eat.

I typically keep them in the fridge. You can reheat them in the microwave or in the oven at 300°F for 5-8 minutes. You can also store them in the freezer if you want them to stay longer.

Can these be vegan whole wheat buns?

You can make this recipe vegan! Swap out the butter for canola or coconut oil. Instead of an egg, make a flax egg (mix 1 tbsp ground flaxseed and 2 1/2 tbsp water and let sit for 5 minutes).

Whole Wheat Buns Recipe

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Bun Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups (210g) whole wheat flour
  • 1 3/4 cups (210g) all purpose
  • 1 cup (235g) lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp (12g) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 (8g) teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon (9g) instant yeast


  • 1 tablespoon (14g) butter, melted


  1. Place all bun ingredients into a stand mixer with a dough hook. Mix for about 6 minutes or until a smooth dough forms. Alternatively, kneed by hand for about 8 minutes.
  2. Cover the dough and let it rise until it has doubled in size. About 1-1.5 hours.
  3. Divide into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.
  4. Slightly flatten the balls so they are 3-4inches wide. Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover with a towel and let rest for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  5. When they are getting close to done rising, preheat the oven to 375°F.
  6. Brush the buns with melted butter (optional) and place in the oven for 15-17 minutes.
  7. Place the finished buns on a cooling rack and let cool before cutting into them.


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