As a general rule, food is cuter when it’s miniature. Mini cakes. Mini brownies. Mini sandwiches. Mini burgers. Something about handheld food makes it significantly more appealing than it’s full sized counterpart. Handheld mini patties are easy to make – finding burger buns to match, however, can prove to be a challenge. Readers, rejoice, I’ve found the solution – just make your own. Super quick and easy, and obviously SUPER tasty. 

Homemade Slider Burger Buns

make it vegan by using non-dairy milk and coconut oil!


1 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy, you choose!)
2 tbsp butter or coconut oil, melted
2 tbsp granulated sugar2 tsp instant dry yeast
1/2 tsp salt

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, with a bit more for kneading

1 tbsp cooking oil (your choice of canola, vegetable, olive, etc.)

1 cup water

1 1/2 tbsp baking soda

2 tbsp butter, melted 

2 tbsp of toppers (sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried onions, or a mix of all three!)


Oil a large clean bowl and set aside. 

Heat milk gently until 100F and pour into another large bowl. If the milk is too hot, or if you don’t have a thermometer, wait for it to cool to approximately body temp. 
Whisk in sugar, sprinkle yeast on top. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.
Add butter and half of the flour. Stir to make a batter. (It will be lumpy, don’t worry about it!) 
Add in salt and remaining flour and mix with a spatula or with your hands. 
Once it starts to come together, knead in the bowl until it becomes a ball. Dust your countertop with flour and knead an additional 2 to 3 minutes. 
Put dough into oiled bowl, cover with a damp towel and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until doubled. Meanwhile, heat water to a near boil, add to a small bowl and whisk in baking soda to dissolve. Set aside. 

Once dough has doubled in size, turn out onto a work surface and cut into 6 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball. 

Preheat oven to 450F.
Submerge one by one into the baking soda solution for 10-15 seconds, then transfer to a parchment-paper lined baking baking sheet. Sprinkle with toppings.
Bake for 9 to 12 minutes until golden brown. 
Remove from oven and brush with remaining melted butter. 
Serve immediately or store in an airtight container.