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Potato Burger Buns

February 19th, 2016
4.77 from 17 votes
4.77 from 17 votes

Super light, fluffy, yet sturdy homemade Potato Burger Buns are made with fresh potato and taste SO much better than store-bought. Keep reading for tons of homemade bread baking tips and the full recipe.

Yield: 6 burger buns

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook: 30 minutes

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Taste: So starchy and carb-y and GOOOOOD. Texture: Somehow simultaneously light yet sturdy. These will stand up to any burger! Ease: Pretty easy, though this dough is slightly sticky. Appearance: Beautifully golden. Pros: So so so much better than store-bought. Cons: None. I make this again? Mmmhmm, we used up the first batch in a snap so I need to make another batch soon!

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Super light, fluffy, yet sturdy homemade Potato Burger Buns are made with fresh potato and taste SO much better than store-bought.

Recently I had a stellar breakfast sandwich. I ate the whole thing and I wasn’t even very hungry. That’s when you know something’s good.

Super light, fluffy, yet sturdy homemade Potato Burger Buns are made with fresh potato and taste SO much better than store-bought.

It happened the first morning after Jared had returned from touring the U.K. with his band. We both woke up super early (is jet lag contagious?!) and decided to go out for breakfast. There’s a place here in Phoenix called Matt’s Big Breakfast that has incredibly simple yet delicious food. The strange part is that the bun on their breakfast sandwich LOOKS like it would be crusty, but it’s actually an amazingly soft potato bun.

It fully inspired me to make my own potato buns, something I hadn’t done before. It took a bit of experimenting but I think I’ve got a pretty delightful recipe here that I hope you’ll make soon!

Super light, fluffy, yet sturdy homemade Potato Burger Buns are made with fresh potato and taste SO much better than store-bought.

Potato Burger Bun Recipe Tips

Here’s some behind-the-scenes info and tips so you can be sure to make beautiful potato buns. If you’d like to see more about how certain ingredients affect your buns, check out my Ultimate Dinner Roll Guide.

The Flours

This recipe calls for both all-purpose flour and bread flour. The bread flour helps create a nice chewy and well-structured bun that can stand up to the juiciest of burgers. However, if you don’t have bread flour you can get away with using only all-purpose (a total of 3 cups all-purpose flour in that case).

This dough is on the sticky side, which means our rolls will be nice and light. Too much flour can often lead to dense and tough bread, so be weary of adding too much additional flour to combat the stickiness.

The Yeast

I always use instant yeast (also called rapid-rise or quick-rise) because it’s so incredibly easy as it doesn’t require any proofing. You can literally just throw it in with the rest of the ingredients. If you don’t have it, you can always use regular active dry yeast. You’ll need to combine the active dry yeast with the warm water for 5 minutes, or until frothy, before you can add proceed with the recipe.

The Potato

When I was researching this recipe, I found most recipes called for strange potato ingredients, like potato flour or dry potato flakes. I have a difficult time locating either of those at the grocery store, and felt like using a fresh potato would not only be the simplest option (every store sells russet potatoes!) but also the freshest and most natural. So this recipe calls for 1/2 cup of mashed potato. Meaning, you simply cook a plain russet potato (or something similar) in the microwave, oven, or in boiling water, until very tender. Let the potato cool before peeling and mashing very well. Don’t add any milk or cream, or anything else.

The Sugar

This recipe calls for 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, which give the buns a beautiful and complex hint of sweetness. If you don’t like much sweetness in your bread (especially for my non-American readers!), feel free to reduce the sugar to 1 tablespoon.

Egg & Butter

The egg and the melted butter called for in this recipe help to add flavor, richness, and a soft and tender texture. You can also brush the baked rolls with a bit of melted butter for more flavor and sheen, if you’d like.

Make Ahead

You can always let the dough rise for the first time overnight in the fridge. Simply refrigerate the dough after kneading in a container wrapped in plastic. Once you’re ready to proceed with the recipe, remove the dough from the fridge. Punch it down and allow it to rest and warm up to room temperature before shaping into buns, about 1 hour. The final rise may take a bit longer since the dough might still be cool.

Although bread is always best eaten when it’s very fresh, you can also store the fully baked buns. Store buns, well-wrapped, at room temperature for several days or in the freeze for up to 2 months. Defrost to room temperature then reheat in a 300°F oven or toast (these buns are amazing toasted on a griddle with butter).

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4.77 from 17 votes

How to make
Potato Burger Buns

Yield: 6 burger buns
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Super light, fluffy, yet sturdy homemade Potato Burger Buns are made with fresh potato and taste SO much better than store-bought. Keep reading for tons of homemade bread baking tips and the full recipe.


For the dough:

  • 2 cups (255 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (128 grams) bread flour
  • 1/2 cup plain mashed potato
  • 1/4 cup (35 grams) nonfat dry milk
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 4 tablespoons (58 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup (227 grams) lukewarm water

For the topping:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine all the ingredients. Stir until combined. Turn the mixer on medium low speed and knead until a soft yet tacky dough forms, about 5 minutes.
  2. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until it’s almost doubled.
  3. Turn the dough onto a lightly greased surface, gently deflate it, and divide it into 6 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.
  4. Place the balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving about 2 to 3 inches between them and flatten gently. Cover and let rise until the buns have doubled in size 45 to 60 minutes minutes. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  5. Bake the buns for 25 to 30 minutes, or until they’re light golden brown. Remove them from the oven, and brush them with melted butter, if desired.
  6. Transfer the buns to a rack to cool. Store buns, well-wrapped, at room temperature for several days or in the freeze for up to 2 months. Defrost to room temperature then reheat in a 300°F oven or toast.
Course : Main Course
Cuisine : American

Tessa Arias
Author: Tessa Arias

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    jeff — July 28, 2022 at 9:18 am

    This recipe rocks! I made a few adjustments:
    I made the potatoes from flakes. These are a little soupier than regular potatoes, so I eliminated the melted butter ( a chance). I also let the dough rest 5 minutes in the middle of mixing. I mixed with a stand mixer and kneaded until only a small amount of dough was sticking to the bowl’s bottom. The small amount came out off the bottom of the bowl easily. After turning the dough on the counter, I used a scraper to make numerous turns until the dough was workable. Even without the melted butter, they were the best potato buns I ever had. Soft but strong enough to keep a burger and toppings from getting mushy. Larger buns make great sandwich rolls. Excellent recipe!!!!!!!!

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — July 29, 2022 at 11:33 am

      Woohoo! So glad to hear that these potato rolls were so great! 🙂

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    Rick — August 24, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    First attempt,turned out really nice very light and fluffy.Only used 2 tbls sugar probably could of got away with 1

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      Emily — August 25, 2021 at 7:44 am

      Glad you enjoyed this recipe, Rick!

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    L — July 26, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    Hi can I shape this into a loaf and bake as a loaf bread? Would I need to split the dough into two portions or would it all fit into one standard loaf pan? How long would you recommend baking it if I were to take this route.

    Many thanks,


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      Emily — July 27, 2021 at 11:31 am

      We haven’t tried that so I’m unable to give a specific how-to, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work! Please let us know what you find out! Good luck 🙂

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    Marcela — June 29, 2021 at 11:32 am

    These are delicious! Thanks!

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    E — May 16, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    Hey Handle the Heat,
    Love the recipe and the buns taste amazing, but, like one other commenter…the dough comes out like batter, doesn’t rise, and forms into one big round puddle.

    I’m following the recipe to a ‘T’ and wondering it that may be the problem…
    The problem in that I know there’s too much moisture given the extreme sticky texture of the dough.
    Given the flour ratios – should I add less water?
    Or if I stick to 1 cup of water and add more flour, which of the 2 flour types would it be better to add?

    Thanks a bunch for the great recipe and helping with the troubleshooting.

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      Tessa — May 17, 2021 at 1:42 pm

      Sorry you’ve had issues with your buns! I’ve tested this recipe extensively and would love to help you figure out what’s wrong. This dough is more like batter than a dough, and it is on the sticky side. Too much flour can lead to dense and tough bread, so I’d be a little leery of adding extra flour to combat the stickiness; however, you’re welcome to experiment on your own! I haven’t had any issues with these buns rising, did you check your yeast to make sure it’s still good? Were your mashed potatoes or melted butter too hot?

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        E — May 18, 2021 at 6:15 pm

        Thanks for getting back 🙂

        And you’re absolutely correct in saying that the dough is more like a batter as that’s basically what I get each time.

        Yeast is brand new and well within its expiration date.
        Mashed potatoes were cold and melted butter was as lukewarm as the water.

        So now that’s outta the way, the other big question I have is, how do you get your buns to form like you have in the pictures above? Because with the batter like consistency there’s no way I was able to form anything into something remotely looking like a ball. I did consider 4″ spring form pans…but any insight you have is most welcomed.

        Thanks so much again!

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    Mary S — May 13, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    I know that you really hate the idea of substituting ingredients. However, powdered milk is not a product that I ever have. The last time I purchased it for a recipe, I ended up throwing most of it out. I really do hate waste. Any suggestions on how I can make this recipe??

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      Tessa — May 14, 2021 at 12:58 pm

      I haven’t tried substituting, but I’m thinking you could try using regular milk (same amount) instead. You’ll either need to increase the flour to balance the extra moisture or reduce the water. Again, not sure the exact amounts because I haven’t tested this, but it should work. Let me know how it goes!

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    Mary — April 19, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    ‍♀️! Can I use full fat dry milk? That’s what I have on hand. Don’t want to buy more before I use up of what I have. TIA

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      Tessa — April 20, 2021 at 8:43 am

      I honestly haven’t tried that, but you’re welcome to! Let me know how it goes!

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    Rena — April 15, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    Hi can you use wheat flour instead of all purpose flour?

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      Tessa — April 16, 2021 at 9:28 am

      I haven’t tried that, so I can’t say for sure! I talk about why I use the specific flours I chose in the Tips section above the recipe 🙂

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    Barb — March 28, 2021 at 10:33 am

    Do u put the 4 tblap of butter in the buns or is it for greasing the tops of bun? I didn’t put it in , could I add the second rising.?

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      Tessa — March 29, 2021 at 12:14 pm

      Hi Barb, you are supposed to combine ALL of the ingredients together in the beginning of the recipe, as directed 🙂 The butter needs to be mixed in fully with the other ingredients at the beginning, and you definitely don’t want to mess with the rise of your buns. If you add the butter after the second rising, not only might you have a difficult time mixing it in fully, but it will deflate your buns completely, and they will have a hard time rising again. Let me know how it goes!

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    Rachel — February 17, 2021 at 3:36 pm

    These look great! Would love to give them a try, but was wondering if I could substitute the same amount of fresh milk for the dry milk, then reduce the water by 1/4 cup to account for the additional liquid. What do you think?

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      Tessa — February 18, 2021 at 12:19 pm

      I haven’t tested that, but I believe that should work! Let me know how your burger buns turn out!

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      Paco — February 20, 2021 at 11:35 am

      You can use fresh milk as a substitute for the dry milk. Just be sure to heat the milk and then let it cool. The technique is to ‘scald’ the milk.

    • #
      Paco — February 20, 2021 at 11:38 am

      In bread making, scalding the milk serves a more scientific purpose. The whey protein in milk can weaken gluten and prevent the dough from rising properly. Scalding the milk deactivates the protein so this doesn’t happen.

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    Eva — January 12, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    My dough was SO sticky even after the first proofing. My buns did not rise in the oven at all. Even with second proofing they seemed to spread more flat than up. Any tips? My second proof was only 45 min so maybe that’s why? Was worried about over proofing.

  12. #
    Theresa Rush — January 8, 2021 at 9:53 am

    These are the best burger/sandwich/anything buns I’ve made!

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      Tessa — January 8, 2021 at 10:56 am

      So glad to hear that!

  13. #
    Anil — January 3, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Hi! Thank you so much for the recipe.
    Is there anything I can replace the egg with? Or can I just skip the egg?

  14. #
    Ama — December 9, 2020 at 8:09 am

    These are outstanding. Lovely soft squishy burger buns. Haven’t bought a pack of buns since I found this recipe. I tend to make 8 instead of 6 because I like a smaller burger. 🙂

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      Tessa — December 9, 2020 at 9:00 am

      So happy to hear this!

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    florence butler — December 4, 2020 at 2:19 pm


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    Michelle Berke — November 21, 2020 at 10:19 am

    This is a great recipe. I have made this recipe 10 times now. They are great, and work well with pulled pork, burgers, sloppy joes, or just a need for a delicious bread. As other cooks have said, the dough is more like a batter. I usually add more flour until it comes together into a soft dough. I do this 2 tablespoons at a time and it usually take about a half a cup (8 tbls total). I also use whey protein.

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      Tessa — November 23, 2020 at 4:40 pm

      Yay! I’m so glad you love these burger buns!!

  17. #
    Nada — August 24, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Would like to make 1-1/2 the recipe..can I use 2 eggs??

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      Eleanor Wilson — April 7, 2021 at 4:55 am

      I have done this with many brioche recipes with success. My rule: when in doubt round up.

  18. #
    Linda Baehr — August 7, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    I was looking for a potato bun recipe but all I was finding were recipes with potato flakes, until I found this. These are SOOOO good! Pillowy, cloud-like potato bun goodness! I made a smash burger, and the bun was just as good or better than the meat!

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    anthony whiting — June 29, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    Should be burned at the stake for those cup measurements 😉 x

  20. #
    George — April 25, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    These came out delicious but larger than I intended. The texture is great. I used a quarter buckwheat flour.

  21. #
    nathan — April 16, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    Can we sub out the dry milk for regular?

  22. #
    Blair — April 5, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    The total time is incorrect? Had a late dinner!

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    Robert Stockton — September 14, 2019 at 12:35 am

    I’ve made this many times over the years and it blows people away every time. I absolutely love it. I smoke a lot of brisket so this is the perfect bun for that. I made them long the other day and it was perfect for loading up in.

  24. #
    Kathi — January 14, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    I made these tonite. Totally amazing – best buns I’ve ever made!!!

  25. #
    Isa — June 13, 2018 at 6:48 am

    used sweet potatoes and left out the milk completely (because i had non at home… lol) and they turned out great.

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    Karin — March 14, 2018 at 5:19 am

    These are delicious! Made them last night and they are now my “go to” burger bun. Agree with Alicia, and would make 8 next time… my dough was also more batter-like, but they turned out amazing. Love the delicate crispy crust… had misted them with water first.

  27. #
    Michelle — March 4, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    I have made these buns about 5 times now. The dough is more like a batter than a dough, and the buns come out very well. They are sturdy, moist and everything that anyone could ask for in a burger bun. I made 8 this time because I was having a few extra people over and the size was much more like a traditional size (the big ones are amazing too). The only thing that I do different from the recipe is that I use whey protein instead of dried milk. Thanks for this recipe.

  28. #
    Dee — January 3, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    FYI What I have used following my Mom’s example use the left over potato water for the liquid in the bread making. sure tastes great!!

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    mariam — December 17, 2016 at 5:31 am

    Really to ur site its educating
    Pls wats u ask a question.
    Am living in nigeria and only hv all purpose flour here.
    Is it okay is use it only in make the potatoes burger burns?

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    Irene K — November 24, 2016 at 1:40 am

    Can I ask about the dry milk. Is that the same as a milk powder?

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    Karl — November 15, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Why do americans always add sugar to bread?

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      Tessa — November 15, 2016 at 9:20 am

      Tastes here are very accustomed to things being on the sweet side. Sugar can also help to activate the yeast in a recipe. However, feel free to leave it out!

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    Alisa — October 14, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Tessa.. I made another batch today. It has become second nature for me to add more flour or less moisture since moving to the west coast from Denver (dry climate) This is probably why my buns were so much bigger. With todays batch I held back water as it mixed. The weight of the batch of dough was much less and my bun size is smaller. So your recommendation was likely spot on.

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    Alisa — October 13, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    These are the absolute best buns I have ever made. It has officially bumped my previous recipe. The buns do turn out to be huge. I think anywhere between 8 to 10 buns would be more standard size. I also have used this to make cinnamon rolls and they are out of this world! Thank you!

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      Tessa — October 14, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      Wonderful, Alisa! I’m so happy to hear that! And thanks for providing your feedback on the size 🙂

  34. #
    naye — May 13, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    very nice, Tessa. Thank You.

  35. #
    Hazel Adams — May 10, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    I have never thought of using potatoes for my bread. I think that using potatoes is a great way to make your flour last longer. I appreciate how simple you made this recipe.

  36. #
    Eli — March 3, 2016 at 2:57 am

    This was really useful, thank you!

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    Jean — February 28, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Can I use potato flakes instead of mashed potato and milk instead of water?

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    Basg — February 22, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Hi. I love your site – and this recipe looks amazing. Two questions: I live abroad and can’t get bread flour or nonfat dry milk. Any way I could still make these, or should I add it to my “oh well” list? Thanks!

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      Tessa — February 23, 2016 at 10:45 am

      You can use regular flour if you can’t get bread flour. And you can use regular milk (same amount), but you may need to increase the flour to balance the extra moisture. Good luck!

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    Ginger Walters — February 21, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    When it says,1/4 cup nonfat dry milk, is that flakes or liquid?

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    taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — February 19, 2016 at 4:23 am

    Love all your detail on this! Also love your inspiration coming from a restaurant! It happens to us all at one point or a million 😉 and it’s the best!

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