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Sesame seed hamburger buns
Main ingredientsFlour, milk, yeast

A bun is a type of bread roll, typically filled with savory fillings (for example hamburger). A bun may also refer to a sweet cake in certain parts of the world.[1] Though they come in many shapes and sizes, buns are most commonly round, and are generally hand-sized or smaller.[1]

In the United Kingdom, the usage of the term differs greatly in different regions. In Southern England, a bun is a hand-sized sweet cake, while in the north of Ireland and Northern England, it is a small round of ordinary bread.[2] In the Republic of Ireland, a bun refers to a sweet cake,[3] roughly analogous to an American cupcake.

Buns are usually made from a dough of flour, milk, yeast and small amounts of sugar and/or butter. Sweet bun dough is distinguished from bread dough by being enriched with sugar, butter and sometimes egg. Common sweet varieties contain small fruit or nuts, topped with icing or caramel, and filled with jam or cream.

Chinese baozi, with savory or sweet fillings, are often referred to as "buns" in English.

List of buns

Main article: List of buns

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See also


  1. ^ a b "bun". Cambridge English Dictionary.
  2. ^ "bun". Oxford English Dictionary (Online ed.). Oxford University Press. (Subscription or participating institution membership required.)
  3. ^ "Butterfly buns". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 2023-07-13.