My ultimate guide to making soft and fluffy Brioche Burger Buns that don’t fall apart with that juicy burger.
They take a little bit of patience, but they’re so worth it for the ultimate burger!

stack of 4 brioche buns on top of each other
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Oh how I love these Soft and Light Brioche Burger Buns! With a good burger!

More and more often fashionable burger restaurants in the UK are taking the lead from the US and using brioche rolls to serve their burgers on.  I’ve seen it in Byron burger (the classic Byron burger is delicious), Gourmet burger (I could eat a million of their skinny fries with garlic mayo) and Five Guys (hooray! so glad they’ve finally branched out to the UK).

I love the subtle sweetness of a good brioche. It’s got to be shiny, dark golden and soft enough on the outside to wrinkle when you bite into it. The inside has of course got to be soft, light and fluffy, but gently toasted to ensure that all of that lovely sauce and cheese doesn’t completely sink in.

The only problem with brioche, is that they can be so rich and soft, that they start to fall apart halfway through eating that juicy burger. Disaster!

So I’ve been working on a brioche recipe that’s a little less rich (fewer eggs and less sugar) than regular brioche, still lovely and fluffy, but won’t dissolve the moment your pick up your burger.

I had a few trials (with numerous errors) and then I came across this recipe from The Clever Carrot (she originally got the recipe from the NY Times).  I made them (with just a couple of tweaks) and they’re perfect!

What do we need?

Ingredients for making brioche buns on a wooden table

How to make them

Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.

  • Mix the yeast with water, milk and sugar, and then leave for 5 minutes until it starts to foam.
  • Meanwhile mix bread flour, all-purpose (plain) flour, salt and butter in a mixer, then beat in the yeast mixture along with 1 egg.  Yes, only 1 egg is needed – which is a little unusual with brioche (usually you’d use at least 3), but trust me, is all you need to get a perfect, light-textured brioche.  Beat the dough in the mixer for 10 minutes and then place in a bowl:
brioche dough in a bowl
  • Cover with clingfilm and leave to prove in a warm room for 1-2 hours until doubled in size:
Risen Brioche Dough in a bowl
  • Then knock the air out of the dough on a floured surface and split the dough into 8 pieces. Form each piece into a ball and place on a baking tray, cover (Pro tip: I like to use a bag or a damp tea towel over the top. I place my salt and pepper shaker on the tin to prop the bag/tea towel up, so they don’t touch the rolls). Prove again until almost doubled in size (1.5-2 hours):
Brioche Dough in portions on a tray on the left and risen dough on a tray on the right
  • Remove the cover, brush each roll with egg-wash. Use the egg wash sparingly – if it runs down the sides and pools under the bread, you’ll end up with a ring of crispy egg wash around the buns.
  • At this point, you can leave the buns plain or you can sprinkle with sesame seeds. If you fancy something extra special, sprinkle with everything spice blend (<–affiliate link).
  • Bake for 15 minutes until dark golden brown:
tall image of seeded brioche buns on a tray

Leave to cool and then enjoy (trying not to slather the warm rolls in butter and eat them all before your burgers are ready).

What to put in your brioche buns

seeded brioche buns on a tray with one bun being opened by two hands

Are brioche buns good for burgers?

Brioche buns can be so rich and soft that they often fall apart when they come into contact with the juices from a meaty burger, as well as being squished when picking up that burger.

These buns are a little more substantial, but still lovely and soft with a fantastic flavour.

What makes a brioche bun different to a regular bun?

Brioche often contains several eggs (at least 3, sometimes up to 6) plus more sugar than a usual bread recipe. This recipe contains 2 eggs – one to go in the rolls, and one for the egg wash. It also contains just a little more sugar than usual brioche recipes. I find this is just right to make a richer, slightly sweet tasting roll, without it falling apart.

What to serve with your burger

Watch how to make it

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Soft and Light Brioche Burgers Buns

These brioche buns are light, not overly sweet, and the perfect vessel for a homemade juicy burger
Prep Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 8 rolls
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American


  • 240 ml (1 cup) warm water
  • 3 tbsp warm milk I used whole milk, but half-fat is fine
  • 2 tsp dry active yeast
  • 2 ½ tbsp caster sugar
  • 360 g (3 cups) strong bread flour
  • 60 g (1/2 cup) plain (all-purpose) flour plus extra for rolling
  • 2 ½ tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds or everything spice (optional)
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  • Place the warm water, milk, yeast, and sugar in a jug, give it a stir and leave for 5 minutes until the top of the liquid starts to foam slightly. If it doesn't foam then your yeast isn't active and you'll need to start again with a new packet of yeast.
    240 ml (1 cup) warm water, 3 tbsp warm milk, 2 tsp dry active yeast, 2 1/2 tbsp caster sugar
  • Place the two flours, the butter, and salt into a mixer and mix together using the beater attachment for a minute – until you can no longer see lumps of butter.
    360 g (3 cups) strong bread flour, 60 g (1/2 cup) plain (all-purpose) flour, 2 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter, 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • Add in the water/yeast mixture and one of the eggs, then beat again (using the beater attachment) for 10 minutes on medium speed. The dough will be sticky but will come together in a soft, slightly sticky ball towards the end.
    2 large eggs
  • Place the dough in a large bowl and cover with clingfilm. Leave to rise in a warm room until doubled in sized (usually 1-2 hours).
  • Line a large baking tray with baking parchment or a silicone mat.
  • Once the dough has doubled in sized, tip it out onto a floured (plain /all-purpose flour) surface and punch the air out of it.
  • Cut the dough as evenly as you can into 8 pieces. I weighed each of mine – they were 97g/3.4oz each.
  • Pat both of your hands in the flour and then pick up a piece of dough, flatten it slightly in your hands and then put it on the work surface and pull the edges into the centre so you have a rough ball shape.
  • Turn the ball over and gently roll it into more of a ball shape and place onto a large baking tray with the smoothest side at the top. Cup your hands around the sides of the ball and give it a little squeeze to add a tiny bit of height.
  • Repeat with the remaining dough – ensuring there are at least a couple of inches between each ball – as they will expand.
  • Place the tray in a large carrier bag (or 2 – one at each end of the tray so they meet in the middle) – making sure none of the bag touches the dough. If the dough touches it, it will stick. Leave to prove again until almost doubled in size – about 1.5-2 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 200C/400F (fan). Whisk your remaining egg with a tsp of cold water.
    2 large eggs
  • Take the tray out of the bag and gently brush each of the buns all over the top and sides with egg wash. Make sure you don't have too much egg wash on your brush or it will run down the sides of the buns and pool at the bottom – leaving a crispy-eggy edge to the buns.
  • You can leave the buns plain, or if you prefer, sprinkle with 1 tbsp of sesame seeds or 1 tbsp everything spice.
    1 tbsp sesame seeds or everything spice
  • Place the buns in the oven and cook for 15 minutes until dark golden brown.
  • Take out of the oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes on the tray, before removing from the tray on cooling further on a cooling rack.


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Trying serving warm with butter (forget the burger!)

These buns are delicious served slightly warm (don’t serve them straight from the oven though, as they’re still cooking inside as they’re cooling, and will be doughy if you eat them hot). Slather in a little salted butter and eat. Or slice then place them in the toaster for breakfast with some butter and jam.

How long do brioche buns last?

The buns will keep for 1-2 days in a sealed container at room temperature. They will last for 3 days if, before you serve them, you split them open, brush with a little oil then grill/griddle them before placing your burger on (my favourite way to serve them).

Can I freeze brioche buns?

Yes, cool the buns, then cover and freeze. Defrost at room temperate for a couple of hours. They should still be soft, but I find it’s best to split them open, brush with a little oil then grill/griddle them before placing your burger on.
Nutritional information is per bun.


Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 490mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

This post was first published in March 2015. Updated in June 2019 with new photos, tips and serving suggestions. Updated again in November 2020 with additional photos and video.

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  1. russell hookway says:

    5 stars
    OMG how easy was that and brought huge grins from all at the first bite.

  2. Jacqueline Randall says:

    5 stars
    Made these today, lovely recipe, although I also had the issue of a very batter like dough, but an extra table spoon of plain flour resolved the problem. They were amazing with a halloumi burger

  3. Mary Walraven says:

    5 stars
    Excellent buns!

  4. Naomi says:

    5 stars
    THE BEST burger buns! Definitely worth the wait! It was like eating a cloud! Will be making them again soon!

  5. RL says:

    Quantities are out, had to add loads of flour to get it to a none liquid consistency, I checked the measurements and followed the instructions bit disappointing, thank goodness I check my dough in the machine.

  6. Asra says:

    5 stars
    Came out beautiful. Love this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing

  7. Vickie says:

    5 stars
    This is the best buns I have ever made.