Tangzhong burger buns - super soft burger buns made using the tangzhong method (Hokkaido milk bread)

Tangzhong Burger Buns

Servings 8 buns



  • 20 g (2tbsp) strong white bread flour
  • 100 ml water


  • 350 g (scant 3 cups) strong white bread flour
  • 7 g (2 tsp) fast action yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 50 g (1/4 cup) caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk powder (optional)
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) full fat milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 50 g (scant 1/4 cup) softened butter

To Glaze:

  • 1 egg, beaten with a splash of milk
  • sesame seeds


  1. To make the tangzhong, place the flour in a small saucepan and gradually whisk in the water. Place over a medium heat and cook, whisking constantly until it has thickened to a wallpaper paste-like consistency. Remove from the heat, scrape into a bowl and cover with clingfilm directly on the surface, set aside to cool.
  2. Place the flour, yeast, salt, sugar and milk powder in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, lightly stir together and make a well in the centre. Add the egg, milk and tangzhong to the well and mix on a low speed until it comes together into a dough.
  3. Add the butter and mix on a high speed until the dough is very stretchy and comes away from the sides of the bowl, this can take about 15 minutes, even in a stand mixer.
  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl, cover with clingfilm and either place somewhere warm to rise until doubled in size, about 1-2 hours, or in the fridge overnight.
  5. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Divide the risen dough into 8 equal pieces and shape each piece into a ball on a lightly floured surface. Spread the balls out well spaced apart on the baking sheet and loosely cover with oiled clingfilm. Leave to rise for about 1 hour until puffy.

  6. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200C/400F/gas mark 6. Brush the risen buns with the beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for about 20 minutes until deep golden, the internal temperature should reach 94C.

  7. Transfer the buns to a wire rack to cool before serving, store in an airtight container.