One Bowl Buns

Did a tornado just hit my kitchen?! I often think this after doing any baking. Okay, I’ve always thought this when I cook. Somehow I end up using every mixing bowl, spatula, and whatever other utensil I can use as a makeshift tool. Let’s just say the farmhouse style sink we have doesn’t seem very big after all. The big kitchen island…not an empty spot left to scoot a dish onto.

However, these buns only require a single large bowl. I may just get a break from doing a load of dishes after all. Maybe we should eat burgers more often. Way more often.

One bowl, one bowl,  and you’re on your way to a gourmet burger or, if you prefer, hot dog! These buns work for any sandwich really.

In a large bowl stir the yeast and sugar into warm water. (No more than 110°F) Let stand until activated. There should be some foam on top, then add one egg and the oil. Mix together well.

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Add salt, stir.

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Slowly add flour and combine thoroughly.

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Knead on a floured surface about 10 times, or until most flower is absorbed.

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Divide into ~10 balls. Let rise on a baking sheet for 20-30 minutes. Make sure to cover with a moist towel while they rise, otherwise the outside will dry out and become tough.

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Brush the bun with melted butter and sprinkle with coarse sea salt or sesame buns, if desired. You can use any number of things to top…black pepper, hot red pepper, mustard seeds, or Italian herbs.

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Bake at 425°F for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.

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Sprinkled with coarse sea salt.

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One Bowl Buns

Rating: 51

Yield: 10 Buns


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup light oil
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter, for topping
  • coarse sea salt, for topping


  1. In large bowl heat 1 cup water in microwave to 100-110°F, add sugar and stir until dissolved then add yeast and let activate, about 5-10 minutes.
  2. In same bowl add large egg, oil, and salt, mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Once combined stir in flour slowly until mixed well.
  4. Knead on floured surface 10-15 times.
  5. Divide into 10 equal pieces.
  6. Turn oven to 425°F
  7. Let rise on a baking sheet for 30 minutes, cover with moist towel while rising.
  8. Before placing into oven, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.