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Whole wheat hamburger buns in a straw basket nestled in cheesecloth
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5 from 36 votes

Whole Wheat Burger Buns

These homemade vegan whole wheat burger buns are fluffy, soft and healthy, and they are perfect for that delicious veggie burger you just grilled up. Vegan, soy-free and nut-free recipe.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Rise time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 40 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Vegan
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Hamburger Buns, Vegan Burger Buns, Whole Wheat Burger Buns
Servings: 8 buns
Calories: 188kcal


  • 1 ½ teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 ½ cups warm water (sub ½ cup water with nondairy milk for softer buns)
  • 1 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (sub with 1 tablespoon room temperature, softened vegan butter for softer crust)


  • Mix the sugar, ½ cup warm water and the yeast in a mixing bowl and set aside for five minutes or until the mixture starts to froth, indicating the yeast is alive and well.
  • Sift all the flours, salt, and baking soda into the bowl. Knead on low speed in a stand mixer or by hand for about 3 minutes, trickling in 1 cup of water until you have a dough that's smooth and supple. You might not need all of the water.
  • Add the oil and continue to knead until the oil has been absorbed by the dough, about 1 more minute.
  • Place the dough in an oiled bowl, turning over once to coat all over with oil, cover with a kitchen towel, and set aside in a warm spot for 1 ½ hours until the dough has more than doubled.
    Burger bun dough rising in bowl
  • Fold the dough over itself to deflate. Form into a ball again, then divide into 8 equal sized pieces. Shape each piece into a smooth ball.
    Burger buns rising on baking sheet
  • Place the buns on a baking sheet that's either been lightly greased or is lined with parchment. Space the buns at least a couple of inches apart. Flatten the tops slightly with your fingers, if you like. Cover the buns loosely with a kitchen towel and set them in a warm spot to rise for an hour.
    Burger buns rising on baking sheet
  • Preheat the oven to 370 degrees.
  • Before the buns go into the oven, you can sprinkle seeds on the tops of the buns if you like. To do this, mix 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon nondairy milk and ¼ teaspoon maple syrup in a bowl. Brush the tops with this mixture, then sprinkle sesame seeds or poppy seeds on the tops.
    Burger buns brushed with oil and milk
  • Place the buns in the oven and bake 25 minutes. Remove the buns to a rack and allow them to cool thoroughly before serving.


Serving: 1bun | Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 361mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 2mg