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Homemade Bread Machine Dinner Buns

Let your bread machine do all the mixing and kneading for these Homemade Dinner Buns!  Then shape the dough into buns and bake them in your oven.This is a great recipe for dinner rolls, tray buns and hamburger buns.

Is there anything more mouthwatering and delicious than home baked bread?  Seriously, the smell of bread baking in your oven, then warm bread from the oven slathered in butter?  This is one of the greatest joys in life.

Homemade Bread Machine Dinner Buns

Let your bread machine do all the hard work!

And want to know a little secret?  I have a bread machine and I love it.  I use it to make ALL of my yeast breads, and I make no apologies about it.  I love that I can dump all of the ingredients into the machine, and let it do all of the mixing, kneading and most of the rising.  It’s the best.

Homemade Bread Machine Dinner Buns

Shape your dough the way you want!

BUT I don’t let the bread machine do the baking…admittedly I don’t love the shape of bread when it’s baked in the bread machine.  Instead, I let the bread machine do all the hard steps, then I take over and do the fun stuff like the dough shaping, final rises and baking.  It’s SO easy.

Homemade Bread Machine Dinner Buns

For these dinner buns, I made the dough in the bread machine, then when the dough cycle was done, I finished the rest of the process.  I let the dough rise, then I shaped them into these tray buns, let them rise again, then baked them…the smell of bread baking is the best.

Homemade Bread Machine Dinner Buns

Butter those buns!

And as soon as the buns come out of the oven I rub them with butter…mmmmmm  This makes the tops nice and buttery and shiny.  So good.

Homemade Bread Machine Dinner Buns

Just look at those shiny buns!  All.  The.  Heart.  Eyes.

Homemade Bread Machine Dinner Buns

And the butter dripping down between the buns, oh my.  Are you inspired to make these yet?  I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Homemade Bread Machine Dinner Buns

Recipe Tips for Homemade Bread Machine Dinner Buns:

Here are some tips to help you make the best buns!

  • Make sure your milk and butter are at room temperature.  Cold ingredients do not stimulate yeast growth, so your dough won’t rise properly.
  • To make these buns like tray buns, use an 8 x 8 baking pan.
  • You don’t have to bake these buns in a baking pan.  You can also bake them on a baking sheet (spread the dough balls fare apart)…this will give you buns that are shaped more like a hamburger bun instead of tray buns.
  • If you want fresh buns ready for dinner (say 5:30), start this process around 2:30 in the afternoon.
  • When the buns are done baking, immediately brush them with butter.  This will give them nice buttery, shiny tops.

Homemade Bread Machine Dinner Buns

Let your bread machine do all the mixing and kneading for these Homemade Dinner Buns!  Then shape the dough into buns and bake them in your oven.This is a great recipe for dinner rolls, tray buns and hamburger buns.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Rising Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 buns 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking


  • 1 1/3 cup milk (at room temperature)
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter (at room temperature)
  • 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp bread machine or instant yeast


  1. Measure all of the ingredients above, in the order they are listed, into your bread machine.
  2. Choose the Dough Cycle.
  3. Once the dough cycle has completed, remove the dough to a lightly floured surface and cover with a clean tea towel.  Let rise for 15 minutes.
  4. After this time, divide the dough into 12 portions.
  5. Now it’s time to shape the dough into buns.
  6. Make sure your hands are lightly floured.
  7. Shape each portion of dough into a ball.
  8. You want the tops of the buns to be taut, so while keeping the dough in a ball shape, you need to tuck the dough at the bottom of each bun, underneath as you roll.  You’ll get the hang of it as you roll them!
  9. Grease an 8 x 8 baking pan with oil.
  10. Then place the buns into the baking pan, in 3 rows of 4, spacing them out evenly.
  11. Cover with a clean tea towel and let rest and rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.
  12. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  13. When the buns are done rising, bake for 25 minutes. When the bread is done, it will sound hollow when you tap on it.
  14. As soon as you take the buns out of the oven, brush the tops with butter.
  15. Let the buns rest in the pan for about 20 minutes, then remove to a plate.

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    1. Hi Loretta! It depends on how long you want to refrigerate the dough for, as it will still rise in the fridge. I would bake them as soon as the dough is ready and freeze the baked buns.

  1. Holy cow, this is the best thing that’s ever come out of my bread machine! I actually divided the dough into 6 portions and gently rolled them into the shape of a hot dog bun and they came out perfect. I just used a rectangular dish to bake them in instead of a square one. Thanks so much for this recipe.

    1. I began using this recipe summer 2023 and they’ve been a hit in my house ever since! I use this recipe for dinner rolls and burger buns (I split the dough into 8 portions and cook in x2 glass pie pans). I always get comments from family members and friends how good they are! Thank-you for sharing 😊

  2. Really delicious and easy! I made 16 rolls instead of 12 and was very happy with the texture and taste. This is definitely one of my new go-to recipes.

  3. Delicious. I made them into hamburger buns and they were amazing. So soft and just like they were from a bakery. Thank you

  4. The best buns I have had. My family loves them and we make them weekly now. Took them to a bbq last night and they were a hit! Thank you

  5. This recipe is amazing, the buns turned out perfect. I love that it shows how to double it.

  6. I tried these a week and a half ago and have made five batches since. I don’t normally submit reviews but these rolls come out absolutely perfect! Every batch has quickly disappeared between my family, friends and neighbors. We’ve eaten them plain, we’ve had them with honey butter melted on top, and we’ve also eaten them as pepperoni sliders with melted butter/garlic/parsley on top. If you are looking for an easy dinner roll recipe, this is it!

  7. Absolutely the best dough to work with. Made these for a group of children I cook for in a child care centre. They loved them!

  8. They are amazing! I made these twice already in the past 2 weeks (Christmas and New Year holidays). I’m wondering whether you have a recipe that is like the Hawaiian rolls copy cat. Thanks

  9. I made these for Christmas dinner with prime rib, and they were wonderful. The only change I made was to cut the dough in 12 pieces, roll them into balls, then split each ball in half, and put 2 of the facing halves in each indent of a 12 biscuit pan. They were beautiful with the spit down the center, and the easily split in half after serving.

  10. I tried these buns last week and they were amazing!!! I love cheese topping on buns; do you have suggestions as to how I would do that?

    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed them! For a cheese topping I would just add a couple tablespoons of shredded cheese to the top of each of the buns before they go into the oven and bake as directed in the recipe card. That should work!

  11. These are my go-to and I make them all the time. I’m visiting relatives this week and I’m wondering if they would work without a bread machine.

      1. I’m very excited to make this recipe and serve them as part of my Thanksgiving meal. I’m thinking of making a double batch. Not that there would be any leftovers, but if there were, would they still be fresh the next day?

  12. I’ve tried so many different recipes for these rolls and I’m done looking because I’ve found the absolute best. These are so light, fluffy and taste so good. I did however add a half teaspoon of garlic powder, rosemary and Italian seasoning. I wish I could share the picture with you but I don’t see a way to attach them. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe 😁

  13. I do this with my whole wheat bread, except I let them rise in the oven for 30 minutes, then turn the oven on and bake for 30 minutes. I have my machine set at 2lbs, so it makes 2 large loaves and I use glass pans buttered and floured [whole wheat].

  14. AMAZING! These have the perfect texture and I love that I had all the ingredients on hand. I can’t wait to make them for Thanksgiving. I made mine into 12 rolls in an 8×8 as directed, they are huge (and I love that!!).

  15. My first batch turned out beautiful, second batch in the bread maker right now. I will be bringing these to Christmas dinner.

  16. I’m having a lot of people for Christmas dinner. If I make ahead and freeze them, how do I reheat in my oven? Will they still taste as good?

  17. These are the best dinner rolls ever. I Make them all the time and my family loves them.

    Thank you,for sharing