Potato Burger Buns

Yield: 6 burger buns

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook: 30 minutes

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.

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

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!

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).

How to make
Potato Burger Buns

Recipe By Tessa Arias, Handle the Heat
Yield: 6 burger buns
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes


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


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.

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.

Turn the dough onto a lightly greased surface, gently deflate it, and divide it into 6 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.

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.

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.

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.

About Tessa...

Tessa is a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. She loves to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. She's on a mission to make the world a more unapologetically DELICIOUS place. Tessa lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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17 Responses to “Potato Burger Buns”

  1. #
    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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    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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    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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    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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    Eli — March 3, 2016 at 2:57 am

    This was really useful, thank you!

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    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.

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    naye — May 13, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    very nice, Tessa. Thank You.

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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 🙂

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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.

  10. #
    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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    Irene K — November 24, 2016 at 1:40 am

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

  12. #
    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?

  13. #
    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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