This super easy recipe for hamburger garlic bun bread makes buttery garlic bread in 20 minutes. Perfectly crispy and toasted, brioche garlic bread is a tasty appetizer and easy side for pasta dishes, a hot bowl of soup, or to dip into sauce. Yummy!
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What is hamburger bun garlic bread?
As the name of this recipe implies, hamburger bun garlic bread is made with classic butter garlic spread slathered on burger buns and baked to crisp perfection.
Garlic bread comes in many forms and sizes. And while I love traditional garlic bread with a loaf of French bread, there’s surely more than one way to make and enjoy it – like this scrumptious garlic bread with hamburger buns.
Hamburger buns are perfect for garlic bread. They maintain a soft, buttery interior and boast a crispy exterior. The delicate crumb soaks up all of the garlic butter spread without becoming soggy or chewy. It’s also an excellent opportunity to use up leftover hamburger buns.
I always have a pack of burger buns laying around in my pantry, which comes in handy whenever my family demands garlic bread for dinner, but we’re out of regular bread. This happens more often than I care to admit.
If you never had brioche garlic bread, you’re missing out, and you definitely need to try it. It’s so, so good! And for more garlic bread ideas, try this olive oil garlic bread.
Why you’ll love this recipe
Here are all the reasons why you should make space for hamburger bun garlic bread on your dinner table.
- Perfect garlicky taste and crunchy-soft texture: Brioche buns are the perfect base for garlic bread. They bake up crisp on the outside while staying soft and buttery inside, infused with garlicky goodness in every bite.
- Easy to portion: Using hamburger buns allows you to control how much bread you use and avoid leftovers + food waste. If you’re serving 4 people, use 2 buns.
- Simple to make: Everyone has hamburger buns around. Turning them into garlic bread is a quick and uncomplicated side dish for any night of the week.
- Quick: This easy garlic bread recipe takes around 20 minutes to make from start to finish, so it’s ready for any meal you’re preparing.
- Versatile: You can customize garlic bread with brioche buns to your own taste. Make it cheesy? Go for it! More garlic? Load it up! Check out the variations section below for more ideas.
Going by the name of this recipe, you can probably guess what’s in this dish: burger buns, garlic, butter, and herbs. Here’s a quick overview of each ingredient. You can find the exact quantities in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.
- Hamburger buns: There are so many options! Plain hamburger buns, sesame burger buns, potatoes buns, hot dog buns, ciabatta rolls, Kaiser rolls, and English muffins will all work. However, good old brioche burger buns are the absolute BEST. Feel free to make the recipe with regular, extra-large, or mini/slider buns.
- Butter: I used 1 stick salted butter, which you can sub for 1 stick unsalted butter + 1/4 tsp fine salt. Soften your butter to room temperature before you begin. You want it soft and spreadable but not melted.
- Garlic: 3 garlic cloves infuse the bread with delicious garlic flavor in every bite without being overpowering. I prefer fresh garlic, but garlic powder works too (see the FAQ section below for more info).
- Herbs add depth to the flavor and balance the garlic flavor. You can use fresh and dried herbs such as parsley, oregano, or basil. If using fresh herbs, add 1 tablespoon; if adding dried herbs, include 1 teaspoon.
How to make hamburger bun garlic bread
Hamburger bun garlic bread is super addictive, and you’ll love how easy it is to make. Let’s go over the super simple recipe step-by-step:
Step 1: Preheat oven
- Position a baking rack in the center of your oven and preheat to 350°F / 180°C / gas mark 4.
- Line a large, shallow baking sheet or cookie tray with parchment paper (baking paper) or aluminum foil.
Step 2: Make garlic butter spread
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir together the softened butter, minced garlic, and herbs. Set aside.
Step 3: Prep buns
- Most hamburger buns are pre-sliced, but if not, slice the burger buns in half using a long, serrated knife.
- Arrange the buns on the prepared baking sheet with the cut side facing up.
- Spread the butter garlic mixture evenly over each brioche bun.
Step 4: Bake
- Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
Step 5: Broil
- Move the baking sheet 4 to 6 inches / 10 cm to 15 cm from the broiler and broil for 1 to 2 minutes, until the edges are crusty and golden brown.
- Watch closely so the rolls don’t burn. This step is optional.
Step 6: Serve
- Garnish with fresh herbs if desired and serve warm. Enjoy!
Tips for the best brioche garlic bread
I hope you’re excited to try making garlic bread burgers. But before start mixing and roasting, let me share a couple of my favorite tricks and tips!
- Use fresh ingredients. This is probably a no-brainer, but brioche garlic bread is only as good as the ingredients you’re using. For one, avoid stale, dry hamburger buns and don’t use old, yellow garlic because it tastes bitter and pungent.
- Soften the butter. Soft butter will mix so much better with the garlic and is easier to spread. I recommend taking the butter out of the fridge 30 minutes before starting. If you’re in a pinch, warm the butter in the microwave on medium power for a few seconds.
- Don’t skimp on the butter spread. This is not the time to hold back on the butter and worry about your waistline. The spread is enough for 4 regular-sized brioche buns, so be sure to slather it on thick.
- Bake + broil: Some recipes suggest only baking; others say to just broil. But for the very best garlic bread, you want to do both. Baking melts the butter and ensures it sinks into every cranny of your bun. And broiling gives you those crunchy, browned edges and toasty aroma.
- Adjust the garlic amount: 3 cloves are the amount my family enjoys, but feel free to add more/less if you’d like and make it your own.
- Roasted garlic: For bonus flavor, make the dish with roasted garlic. Love and Lemons have a tasty roasted garlic recipe.
- Parmesan garlic bread: Spread the garlic butter on the buns and sprinkle with 1 cup parmesan cheese. Then bake and broil following the recipe instructions. Watch closely, so the parmesan doesn’t burn.
- Cheesy garlic bread buns: For cheesy garlic bread, combine 1 cup freshly grated cheddar cheese and 1 cup freshly grated mozzarella cheese in a medium mix bowl. Apply the butter garlic mixture to the brioche buns, top with the cheese mix, and bake.
- Taco seasoning: Try adding 1 teaspoon taco seasoning to the butter spread. It may seem strange, but the aroma is awesome.
What to serve with burger bun garlic bread
Serve garlic bread buns as a side dish with all of your favorite meals. We love it with salad, soup, pasta, steak, and BBQ. Cook up a hearty chicken soup, one-pot pasta, or meatballs, roast some garlic bread hamburger, and you’re in for a tasty treat.
Can I make this recipe with garlic powder?
Absolutely! If you’re out of fresh garlic, simply stir 1 to 2 teaspoons garlic powder into the butter mixture and prepare the hamburger roll garlic bread as outlined in the recipe.
Can I use regular bread?
Of course! Feel free to slather the butter garlic spread on whatever bread you have available. French bread, baguette, ciabatta bread, sourdough bread, artisan bread, and toast will all work fine.
Can this be made in an air fryer?
Yes! It only takes 5 minutes to roast a batch in the air fryer. Here’s what to do:
- If your air fryer requires preheating, preheat to 350°F / 180°C.
- Assemble the buns as described in the recipe.
- Arrange the burger buns in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Don’t stack the buns, so they toast evenly.
- Air fry at 350°F / 180°C for 4 to 6 minutes. Depending on how crispy you like your garlic bread, you can adjust the time.
How do I make gluten-free garlic bread?
You can make this recipe gluten-free by using the appropriate hamburger buns. You can either buy gluten-free burger rolls or create your own with this recipe from Gluten Free On A Shoestring.
How to store hamburger bun garlic bread
Store leftover hamburger bun garlic bread in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Be sure to seal the container well. Otherwise, moisture will enter and make the brioche buns soggy.
How to reheat brioche garlic bread
- Oven: Reheat in a 350°F / 180°C / gas mark 4 for oven for 3 to 5 minutes, until warmed through and crisp. Be careful not to over-toast it.
- Microwave: When using the microwave, don’t reheat for longer than 10 seconds. Microwaving longer than that will dry out the buns and make the rock hard.
Making garlic bread buns in advance
Because garlic brioche rolls come together quickly, it’s best to roast them fresh. The only thing you can make in advance is the garlic butter mix. Simply store it in an airtight container in the fridge and consume it within a few days, or freeze for later.
Can you freeze garlic bread buns?
Yes! To prepare for freezing, spread the garlic butter mixture onto the buns, place them on a lined baking dish, and flash-freeze in a single layer.
Once frozen, move the buns into a freezer-safe container or bag before storing them in the freezer. You can freeze the buns for up to 2 months.
When you’re ready to eat, bake them straight from frozen and add a few minutes of baking time.
- 4 hamburger buns (plain brioche buns are best)
- 1 stick / 1/ 2 cup / 115 g / 4 oz salted butter (or unsalted butter + 1/4 tsp salt)
- 3 garlic gloves
- 1 tbsp fresh herbs (e.g., parsley, oregano, basil)
- 1 tsp dried herbs (e.g., parsley, oregano, basil, rosemary)
- Preheat oven. Position a baking rack in the center of your oven and preheat to 350°F / 180°C / gas mark 4. Line a large, shallow baking sheet or cookie tray with parchment paper (baking paper) or aluminum foil.
- Make garlic butter spread. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir together the softened butter, minced garlic, and herbs. Set aside.
- Prep buns. Most hamburger buns are pre-sliced, but if not, slice the burger buns in half using a long, serrated knife. Arrange the buns on the prepared baking sheet with the cut side facing up. Spread the butter garlic mixture evenly over each brioche bun.
- Bake. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
- Broil. Move the baking sheet 4 to 6 inches / 10 cm to 15 cm from the broiler and broil for 1 to 2 minutes, until the edges are crusty and golden brown. Watch closely so the rolls don’t burn. This step is optional.
- Serve. Garnish with fresh herbs if desired and serve warm. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 168Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 206mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g