Soft Onion Sandwich Rolls


This is it! I've been through many recipes to come up with this one for perfect onion buns. These are great for BBQ beef sandwiches. If you prefer plain rolls, omit onion ingredients.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins


  • ¾ cup lukewarm milk

  • 5 tablespoons lukewarm water

  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 3 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 3 tablespoons dried minced onion

  • ¼ cup instant potato flakes

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 (.25 ounce) envelope active dry yeast

  • 1 egg white

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • ¼ cup dried minced onion


  1. Place milk, water, butter, salt, sugar, onion powder, 3 tablespoons dried onion, potato flakes, flour, and yeast into the pan of a bread machine in that order, or follow the order recommended by the manufacturer if different. Select the Dough cycle and press Start.

  2. When the cycle has completed, remove dough from the machine and knead on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 8 equal pieces and form into balls. Gently flatten the balls until they are 4 inches in diameter. If they keep shrinking back, just let them relax for a minute before flattening. Place on a baking sheet and cover loosely with a towel. Set in a draft-free place to rise until doubled in size, about 40 minutes.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  4. Whisk together egg white and water in a cup. Brush over the tops of the risen rolls and sprinkle with 1/4 cup minced onion.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.

  6. Cool completely then slice in half horizontally before using.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

260 Calories
5g Fat
46g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 260
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 487mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 179mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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