March 8, 2010


Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

Edited 1/06/11: Though these are delicious hamburger buns, save yourself some time and try the equally delicious but far more simpler version found here: Muslim Wife 40 Min. Buns

Sorry for the long absence and just to soften the blow for another long-absence (I'll be out of town, insha'allah) here's a recipe for hamburger buns. Sounds boring? They're anything but! These are hands-down the BEST buns! Nothing more complicated than a regular dough recipe: it takes a couple rises and some extra kneading, but it's SO worth it. I've tried so many hamburger buns recipes in the past and they're is always something wrong; too plain, too dense, too hard, too yuck. But these are thick and light at the same time, sweet and soft yet sturdy enough to hold up a homemade Wendy's Spicy Chicken Sandwich. We used the left over buns for sandwhiches and the kids loved them too, alhamdulillah! (and the chicken was great too!)

KittenCal's Hamburger Buns


  1. Proof the yeast in 1 cup warm water with 1 teaspoon sugar; let sit for 10 minutes until foamy.
  2. In a heavy duty stand mixer, fitted with a kneader hook, add in the 3-1/2 cups flour, 4 tablespoons sugar, melted Crisco, warm milk and salt (and the malt powder if using).
  3. Add in the proofed yeast; mix to create a soft semi-sticky dough that holds around the blade, adding in more flour as needed (do not add in too much as it will create a heavy bun, dough should be semi-sticky.
  4. Knead dough for 7-8 minutes.
  5. Remove dough, and let rest on the counter, covered with a clean dish towel for 10 minutes (this is an important step!).
  6. Knead the dough gently for 30 seconds with hands.
  7. Place dough in a large well-greased/oiled bowl.
  8. Cover, and let rise in a warm spot for 60-90 minutes, or until double in size (I like to rise my dough in the oven, just set oven to 200 degrees and warm for 3 minutes, then turn off the heat while you are making the dough, this will create a perfect temperature to raise dough in, and usually takes only 1 hour to rise with oven method).
  9. Punch down dough.
  10. Shape into large balls, and place on a large greased cookie sheet (you should get 12 balls on the sheet).
  11. Cover with a light clean tea towel, and let rise in a warm place for 30-40 minutes, or until almost doubled (warm oven rise should take 30 minutes.
  12. Set oven to 375 degrees.
  13. In a small bowl, mix together 1 egg white with 1 tsp water; whisk/mix well.
  14. Carefully brush the tops and sides of the buns with the egg/water mixture.
  15. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  16. Bake for approx.22 minutes, or until golden brown.


  1. They look really goood, mashallah!!!!! =) Btw, do you have an email address i can contact you at? =)

  2. Thanks :) Yes, you can get to me at

  3. These look great! I have a bread machine, I wonder if I can use the same recipe. Can we have the chicken recipe please?

  4. I LOVE your blog, jazaki Allahu khayran and please keep posting!

  5. CC: the chicken recipe link is within the text, just click on the actual words 'Wendys Spicy Chicken Sandwich". I'm sure it'd be just fine in a bread machine..let me know how it turns out!

    Thanks Anonymous!

  6. Oooh masha'Allah you have been at it too! LOL... I made burgers and buns too yesterday (my latest post) - so much nicer than store bought don't you think?! ~Umm Ibrahim

  7. I saw your buns too, masha'allah, so nice! These are SOOOO much better than anything store bought, alhamdulillah. I think you'll agree that once you make homemade bread it's very hard to buy from a store again. These are by far my favorite recipe and you have to try the chicken patties (link within post) with it!

  8. What can I use if i don't get crisco shortening

  9. Anon: try this recipe that doesn't require shortening:


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