40 minute dinner rolls


We generally make all of our bread at home.  Not because I’m all fancy and stuff, but because it’s cheaper than store-bought.  Having a good repertoire of bread recipes is essential if you make bread at home.  Sandwich bread, rolls, english muffins, pizza, bagels, pretzels, no knead bread, a french loaf, and the list goes on… There’s so many different types of bread it can be a little overwhelming.  But if you start to experiment and make your own, you might find some of the recipes can be used for more than 1 purpose.

As I was eating a roll one night with dinner, it occurred to me, “these would be the perfect hamburger bun.”  Or hotdog bun for that matter (just shape them differently).  So I made yet another batch.  From the time you add all the ingredients to a bowl, until the time the rolls come out of the oven, it only takes 40 minutes.  Awesome, right?  I took my 4th batch of rolls out of the oven, let them cool for a few minutes, then I used a sharp serrated knife and sliced them in half.  CHA-Freaking-CHING!  Hamburger buns!!!!! 1 recipe, 2 purposes: rolls and buns.


40 minute rolls


I will for sure be making these rolls for our Thanksgiving dinner… and then we’ll use them as buns for leftover sandwiches the day after.


40 Minute Dinner Rolls (or Hamburger Buns)


  • 3 packets active dry yeast (just about 2 tbsp)
  • 1 cup warm water (from the tap is fine)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups bread flour (all purpose works too)


In a large bowl, sprinkle the yeast in warm water. Add oil and sugar, let stand 5 minutes. Add the egg and salt and enough flour to form a soft dough.

*This can all be done in your stand mixer with a hook attachment, or in a large bowl using a wooden spoon.

If using a stand mixer: knead until smooth and elastic, about 3-5 minutes.

If mixing by hand: dump dough onto lightly floured surface and knead with your hands for 3-5 minutes.

Do not let rise.

Divide dough into 12 pieces (or 16 for small rolls or sliders). Place 2-3 inches apart on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425°F.

Bake the rolls 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven to wire racks to cool.