Everything Burger Buns

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Take your summer grilling to a whole new level with these Everything Burger Buns!I ate a lot of bagels back when I was in college.  You see, bagels weren’t on the regular menu in our house growing up.  So once I discovered the joy of a lightly toasted bagel with cream cheese, I was hooked.  That, and the bagel shop on campus was conveniently located right next to the bus stop.

I’d often grab a blueberry bagel with plain cream cheese after my 9:00am Econ class.  That is, whenever I’d actually make it to my 9:00am Econ class.  Hah…I kid.  I went to class…most of the time.  I just didn’t find Economics very interesting.  That blueberry bagel would be a good brunch, and I’d head off to my next class.  Sometimes I’d get wild and crazy and go with a cinnamon raisin bagel.  But only on Fridays.

Take your summer grilling to a whole new level with these Everything Burger Buns!And then I met my wife.  Every once in a while, we’d go out on Saturday morning for a bagel and a coffee date.  But she’d always order an everything bagel.  I remember thinking who in the world would want something savory so early in the morning?  I’d stick with my classic lightly toasted blueberry.

But one day I was feeling a tad adventurous, and I took a nibble of her everything bagel.  Hmmm.  Not too bad.  I kinda liked it.  But I went back to my blueberry bagel.  Over time, my taste buds have changed, though.  And now I love a good everything bagel with a nice hot dark roast coffee in the morning.  Lightly toasted with plain cream cheese, please.  None of that crazy new-aged flavored cream cheese for me.

Take your summer grilling to a whole new level with these Everything Burger Buns!I love to bake.  I guess you could call it a passion.  There’s something so relaxing and satisfying about baking.  And I really love baking yeasted breads.  Probably because I love eating bread, and it’s hard to beat a good loaf of homemade bread!  I also love to grill.  In the summer, our grill pretty much stays lit for months on end.  (And then it goes into hibernation mode once the winter snows arrive.)  So making homemade hamburger buns is a natural fit here.  Grilling and baking combined?  Sign me up for that one!

Take your summer grilling to a whole new level with these Everything Burger Buns!Earlier this week, I grabbed a box of Johnsonville Grillers at the grocery store.  The weather has been warming up nicely here, and I knew I’d want to get out and grill up dinner one night.  I picked up the Cheddar Cheese & Bacon variety because, well, cheddar and bacon.  I love me a good burger, but Grillers are a nice alternative to hamburgers.  They are 100% pork…think bratwurst in a patty form…and they come in 6 different flavors.  All ready to go straight onto the grill.  Nice and easy dinner right there!

But with a delicious savory dinner, I knew I needed a delicious savory bun.  I almost grabbed a pack of onion buns from the store, but then it hit me.  Why not make my standard burger buns with an everything bagel topping.  Everything Burger Buns.  Why is this not a thing yet?  It totally needs to be!  And honestly these weren’t difficult at all to make.  I normally go with just the classic sesame seed topping, but I just pulled out the minced onion and garlic along with some poppy seeds and salt.  Everything burger buns coming right up!

Take your summer grilling to a whole new level with these Everything Burger Buns!While the buns were baking in the oven, I tossed the Johnsonville Grillers on the grill.  I was pretty proud of my timing on this one.  The Grillers were coming off the grill right as I was slicing open the Everything Burger Buns.  Laura walked in the door with Robbie, and dinner was basically done.  We served these sausages up with a batch of macaroni salad that I had made earlier in the week.  Needless to say, dinner on the grill was nice.  I’m ready for the summer grilling season to arrive in full force now!

Take your summer grilling to a whole new level with these Everything Burger Buns!

Everything Burger Buns

Take your summer grilling to a whole new level with these Everything Burger Buns!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Rising Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 32 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 253kcal


For the Buns

For the Everything Topping


  • Using a countertop mixer, add flour, yeast, salt and sugar; stir until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, oil, egg and additional egg yolk until well combined. (Tip: Save extra egg white as it will be used later!)
  • Pour liquid mixture into bowl of countertop mixer. Using dough hook attachment, mix for 3-4 minutes on medium-high speed. (Note: The dough should pull away from the sides of the bowl. If it does not, add more flour 1 Tbsp at a time until it does. Likewise, if there is flour still at the bottom of the bowl, add more milk 1 Tbsp at a time until dough comes together.)
  • Transfer dough into a large oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm location until dough has doubled in size (~60-75 minutes).
  • Turn dough out onto floured countertop and fold several times. Divide dough into 10 equal pieces. (Note: A kitchen scale is a great way to ensure equal sizes.)
  • Shape each piece into a tight ball and then flatten each ball into a 3” disk. Place disks on parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover and place in a warm location to rise until almost doubled in size (~45-60 minutes).
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • In a small bowl, combine onion flakes, garlic flakes, poppy seeds, sesame seeds and kosher salt. Stir until well combined.
  • Whisk together egg and water to create egg wash. Brush tops of buns lightly with egg wash and sprinkle with Everything Topping mixture.
  • Bake buns at 375° for 12-14 minutes, or until tops of buns turn light golden brown.
  • Remove buns from oven and immediately brush with melted butter. Let buns cool completely before slicing.

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    1. You can totally bake these buns, Helene! I know folks are scared of yeast, but just jump in there and give it a try. I bet you’ll be surprised! 🙂

  1. Hi David! These sound fabulous and all I need to make your burgers are the sausage patties! Gary practically lived on coffee and bagels in law school and I agree with you about flavored cream cheese, not for me! Our grills never go into hibernation as they are in the carport and living here in TN we usually don’t get much snow. Have a good weekend!

    1. Ok, are you just trying to make me jealous with the year-round grilling stuff, Dorothy?? I’ve been seriously missing the south lately, and you’re not helping here! 🙂 I would say happy grilling season…but for you, it’s more like happy continuation of grilling season. Either way, these buns are awesome! Laura and I have been eating them the past few days in all sorts of yummy ways.

  2. David-these are genius!! I love myself a good toasted bagel in the morning. I remember when I still lived on campus I would always get myself either a plain bagel with nutella, a blueberry bagel with PB, or get real fancy and order to bagels that come with hummus, avocado, tomato and salmon. That everything bun would probably taste amazing in a burger!

    1. Woah woah woah there, Joleen. A bagel with hummus, avocado, tomato AND salmon? Now that is one fancy bagel. Haha! 🙂 I’m with ya though, I love a good bagel in the morning…so why not take the everything concept and transfer it to a bun? It goes great with the grill!!

  3. These buns look amazing! I love the toppings that you added to the buns. I too love baking and making bread. I started making bread when I was in my teens and have been making bread ever since. The everything burger is something that I would really enjoy for dinner.

    1. We definitely share a love for homemade bread, Dawn! I wish I could say that I made all of the bread we eat here…but I just run out of time. I did do that for a while though, and it was pretty fun. Either way, the everything topping on these burger buns = delicious! Try it out sometime, and happy grilling! 🙂

  4. Mate, you are a whiz. Baking, freezing (the new term for making ice cream) and grilling, it’s a mixed bag.

    Bagels are one of the best baked breads out there (outside Ciabatta, sourdough, potato bread…okay a ton) and the everything is the best one- The textures and flavors are epic. These look delicious!

    1. Haha…you’re right, mate! You never know what you’re gonna get in this house. 🙂 These buns are seriously epic…and I don’t say that lightly. Make a batch this afternoon. I dare you to eat just one of them! No, in fact, I double-dog dare you.

  5. Burgers are my favorite. and this burger and the pictures have made me hungry and feel iam starving for quite long time. i could gulp two of those at this moment right now 🙂

  6. WOW! These buns looks so gorgeous. I love each and every ingredients added here, specially the toppings. Another recipe added in my to do list. Thank you for such a lovely share.

    1. Thank you so much, Kushi! The toppings on these buns were delicious. I kinda wanted to just lick the tops of the buns. You know, just to claim them all as my own! (just kidding!) 🙂

    1. Same here! I love a good everything bagel, Kathy. So it only stands to reason that an everything hamburger bun would be tasty, too, right? We devoured these buns this weekend…delicious! 🙂

  7. Duuuude – you are onto something with these ” Everything Burger Buns” – They definitely NEED to be a thing!!!
    Have you tried marketing these yet?
    Like you, bagels came into my life later too – but I’ve always been partial to those sweet ones (recently had a cinnamon sugar one and WOA) but Lil Shashi sure does love her savory ones – like Mrs Spiced, she too adores everything bagels – though she likes hers toasted with eggs and bacon – talk about savory overload eh?!

    1. They absolutely need to be a thing, Shashi! Toasted everything bagel with eggs and bacon? Now that sounds like my kind of breakfast! I wonder if we could do everything bagels in the morning and then everything buns for lunch and dinner? 🙂

  8. Your problem is not thinking about the times of day. Breakfast is blueberry (or in my case) cinnamon raisin bagels. LUNCH is an everything bagel with lots of cool stuff on top, like cream cheese and lox and lettuce and tomato. Maybe be extra crazy and add some more cheese on top. You know?
    But hey, burger buns are also a rockin’ lunch. And I like where your head’s at with the meat, my friend!

    1. Ok, I like where you are going with this one, Mir. Blueberry bagel for breakfast. Everything bagel for lunch. Everything bagel for dinner. Cinnamon raisin bagel for dessert. Are we on the same page now? 🙂 Haha! But yes, these buns were awesome! They’ll definitely be making many, many appearances in our kitchen this summer.

  9. This is a genius idea, so good. I love to bake as you know and these are just perfect.
    I myself have always been a savory type of bagel guy and the fruit flavored ones I just always seem to pass on. As for the patties, all pork? Count me in. I’ll need to be on th elookout for these, thanks! #WolfpackBakers

    1. I do know that you love to bake! How about making some sourdough everything bagel hamburger buns? That sounds like a pretty epic way to start the summer, right? 🙂 Thanks, Kevin!

  10. Ironically, one of the few things I don’t care for is “everything.” It seems so confusing. However, I do love your buns, David! I have some nice, juicy burgers in mind for sometime next week, and this (in my case, with a streamlined flavor profile) will be perfect for those.

    1. Hmmm, that just means for buns for me, Jeff! Seriously, though, this bun recipe is amazing…so just make it with some sesame or poppy seeds on top, and you’ll be all set. I often make this one with “plain” toppings, but the everything topping is a fun twist for sure.

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