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Best Buns for Burgers

Burgers are a great All-American BBQ classic! There are so many ways to spice up the basic burger by adding different toppings, spreads, and even choosing different kinds of buns!

In this post, I am going to go over all of the different types of buns that you can use to up your burger game. Let’s get into the best buns for burgers!

Cheese burger with ketchup, lettuce, tomatoes and mayo on a brioche bun.

What are the best buns for burgers? There are so many options to choose from. The classic white burger bun, pretzel buns, brioche buns, sesame buns, or even English muffins.

The best burger buns are soft, tender, and squishy with a hint of sweetness You can really change up a burger by switching up the bun that you serve your burger on.

7 Best buns for burgers

When you are looking for the best bun for your burgers you want to look for a few particular characteristics. Burger buns should be soft and sturdy enough to be able to handle the patty and all the toppings.

Tough or really chewy buns like a ciabatta bun, for example, are not ideal for burgers as you want to be able to sink your teeth into the whole burger and get every layer without having to tear at the bun.

Here are the top 7 burger buns and why they are a great choice for your next BBQ! You can also check out my post on how to tell if a burger is done.

1. Classic white bun

2 classic hamburger buns and a vine of grape tomatoes next to them and coarse salt sprinkled around them.

You really can’t go wrong with a classic white plain bun. It is most people’s go-to bun when making burgers. They are light, soft, and hold up well.

Classic white buns are bready but also sturdy enough to allow you to be able to handle your burger in your hands without it falling apart. The bread melds together with the burger and all of its contents making it easy to eat without the mess.

2. Brioche bun

2 brioche buns on a cutting board.

Brioche buns are one of my favorite buns for so many things like burgers and pulled pork sandwiches! They are a great choice for burgers as they are airy and soft on the inside with a slightly crusty shell on the outside.

This french pastry bun has a crust that is buttery and tender that can hold up to all of the juices of the burger.

Not only can it hold up to the juices but it soaks them up with the soft bread on the inside keeping all of those delicious flavors in.

3. Potato bun

Potato buns are great with any burger. They are similar to a classic bun as far as their softness and texture but they add a hint of sweetness.

They are pillowy soft, sweet, and hold up really well when stacked with toppings and spreads. Potato buns become one when they squish down with the burger instead of making it an obstacle to work around when you are trying to enjoy your juicy burger.

4. Sesame bun

A classic sesame hamburger bun

The toasted sesame seeds on these buns add flavor. Similar to the classic roll and the potato bun they are light and soft making them a great choice for a burger bun.

If you enjoy a little crunch with your burger, sesame buns can offer that for you. Although because the seeds are so small and tend to fall off while you are eating it only adds a small crunch.

Adding sesame seeds to your burger is like the classic look of a burger. But other than its looks you will taste that little toasted seed flavor for something different.

5. Kaiser roll

3 Kaiser rolls on a wicker basket with a blue cloth napkin.

Kaiser rolls are larger than traditional burger buns but they are a great bun for burgers. They offer a soft fluffy inside with a crusty outside. The extra crisp on the outside adds great texture to your burger.

They have a neutral flavor to them and hold up to a big juicy burger which is why these are a good choice when looking for a new bun choice for your burgers.

A fun little fact about the Kaiser rolls also known as the emperor roll in German, you will notice they have a pinwheel look on the tops of them which is to emulate a crown.

If you really enjoy grilling burgers, you want to make sure you know how to prevent burgers from falling apart on the grill.

6. Pretzel bun

7 Pretzel buns stacked on a white plate  with a light blue cloth napkin under the plate

If you have never tried a pretzel bun with a burger you are surely missing out. The salty and tender outside matched with the soft fluffy inside makes for great burger buns.

The pretzel bun can hold up to the greatest of patties, because of its chewy crust. The juices don’t make the bun soggy and cause them to fall apart.

However, the one downfalls are that the chewy crust can cause the burger and topping to slide out of the back when you go in for a bite. So hang out to the backside so you don’t lose everything.

7. Onion roll

English muffin with a pat of butter melting into it.

Ok, ok before you think “No Way” that is breakfast food, hear me out. These are great if you are in a bind and don’t have buns on hand. Or even when you aren’t in a bind really. They are actually pretty good as a burger bun!

Toasted English muffins for burger buns are good as they are tender, crunchy and all of the nooks and crannies that they are known for are great for soaking up all of those tasty juices.

I’ll be honest, these aren’t my go-to buns but they are really good when you are in a bind and you should give them a try.


When choosing your buns for your burgers you want to choose a bun that is soft and airy yet can hold up the burger and all of its juices without getting soggy and falling apart.

Switching up the buns for your burgers can enhance your burger and add to its flavor. What is your favorite go-to burger bun?

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