Pretzel Hamburger Buns - Lady Behind The Curtain

Whenever there’s a pretzel hamburger bun on a menu I always order it.  Now I can have them at home too!  These pretzel hamburger buns were so easy to make.  BE BRAVE!  Don’t let making bread scare you.  It really is quite easy and well worth it.  These pretzel hamburger buns are so tender and add another layer of flavor to you burger.  Come on you can do it.  Try it.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.


Pretzel Hamburger Buns

Preparation 2 hours 2017-11-23T02:00:00+00:00 Cook Time 20 minutes 2017-11-23T00:20:00+00:00 Serves 8 Pretzel Hamburger Buns     adjust servings

Once you try making bread you'll be hooked!


  • I 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons or 1/4 ounce active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 4-1/4 cups all-purpose or bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • salt for sprinkling (pretzel or kosher)


  1. In the bowl of your stand up mixer fitted with the dough hook, add the water, yeast and sugar.
  2. Stir and let rest for 5 - 10 minutes or until foamy.
  3. Add the flour, salt and melted butter.
  4. Mix until well combined and forms a ball.
  5. Transfer to a medium bowl sprayed with non stick cooking spray, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  6. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  7. Pull dough out of bowl onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 8 equal portions (about 4.2 ounces each).
  8. Form each portion into and ball by first pinching the top to the bottom and then rolling in the palm of your hand.
  9. Place on prepared cookie sheet seam down in a staggered position.
  10. Cover with towel allow to rest in a warm place for 30 minutes or until they rise and double.
  11. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and place oven rack in the middle position.
  12. In a large saucepan, bring 2 quarts of water to a low boil.
  13. Remove from heat and slowly add the baking soda.
  14. Return to heat and continue with a steady boil.
  15. Place 2 - 3 of the rolls at a time in the poaching liquid, seam side down.
  16. Poach for 30 seconds and then carefully turn the roll over and poach for another 30 seconds.
  17. Remove with a slotted spoon to the same prepared sheet pan, seam side down.
  18. Repeat with the remaining rolls.
  19. Using a pastry brush, brush each roll with the beaten egg, making sure to coat all sides completely and then sprinkle each roll with salt.
  20. Using a sharp straight edged knife, cut a "X" shape in the top of each roll.
  21. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.



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Pretzel Hamburger Buns — 33 Comments

  1. Wow they came out beautiful delicious and I’m pretty sure I will never buy bread again.Great recipe and very thorough instructions.i thought i was gonna mess it up but it came out gorgeous.Thank you I’ve entered a whole new realm.

  2. I have made these a few times..I found I had to make a few adjustments, but the end result tasted awesome. Thank you for sharing it!!!

  3. I made these today. Beautiful!! Plan on serving them tomorrow at a party. What is the best way to store them overnight to ensure freshness tomorrow?

  4. I just took these out of the oven, and am so excited by how they turned out! I’ve already nibbled one and they are absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for this recipe! 🙂

  5. I just made the pretzel buns today and they turned out beautifully. Thank you for posting an amazing, no fail and tasty bun

  6. The bottom edges of mine turned a greyish black colour… I made them twice and it happened both times
    Any idea why? The top looked great though and they still tasted awesome.

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