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Bread Machine Whole Wheat Rolls: Good for Slider Buns, Too

Preview: These bread machine Whole Wheat Rolls make great slider buns for your favorite sandwiches. The recipe is designed for mixing in a bread machine but you can use a stand mixer or mix by hand instead.

What if you could make whole wheat rolls your whole family would eat? Even better, what if you could mix them up in a bread machine? Of course, you can’t bake rolls in a bread machine, but I promise it won’t be hard to shape them yourself and bake them in the oven.

After trying several recipes and various modifications, this is the recipe I like best. If you are into whole wheat, give these a try.  Although light, they are sturdy enough for sandwiches or sliders.

bread machine whole wheat rolls

We like to use these Whole Wheat Rolls as slider buns filled with sloppy joe filling. If you make 8 rolls instead of 16, they make good hamburger buns, too.

whole wheat rolls as slider buns

Ingredients and substitutions:

  • WATER: I like to use spring water if I have it because chlorine and yeast aren’t such good friends. Otherwise, tap water is fine. (room temperature)
  • EGG: The recipe is written for a large egg, also at room temperature.
  • SALT: Table salt or sea salt is a good choice. If you want to use Kosher salt, add an extra 1/4 teaspoon.
  • HONEY: Honey and whole wheat are a great pairing. You could substitute sugar or maple syrup.
  • OIL: A light-flavored oil such as avocado oil, or vegetable oil.
  • FLOUR: Bread flour and whole wheat flour make a good combination. Whole wheat needs all the boost it can get from bread flour. You could sub all-purpose unbleached flour for the bread flour but your rolls may not rise as much.
  • VITAL WHEAT GLUTEN: This will help make your rolls lighter. It’s especially helpful when you have this much whole grain in the recipe. However, it’s optional.
  • YEAST: I use nothing but bread machine or instant yeast (same thing). It is formulated to dissolve quickly.

FAQ about these Bread Machine Whole Wheat Rolls:

Can I freeze these rolls?

Yes. Double wrap the rolls after they are baked and cooled. Best if eaten within a month.

How is the best way to store whole wheat rolls?

Ziplock bags seem to work best. The second choice would be a bread box. Do not refrigerate.

How do I keep whole wheat flour from going rancid?

Store the flour in your refrigerator or freezer. Make sure you allow the flour to come to room temperature before adding it to the other ingredients to make bread.

Can I substitute whole wheat for the white flour and have 100% whole wheat rolls?

If you don’t mind small and dense rolls, I guess you could try it but I don’t recommend it.

How to make whole wheat rolls with a bread machine:

Step #1: Add all ingredients to your bread machine in the order listed. Select the DOUGH cycle. When the DOUGH cycle is done, check the dough. It should be doubled in size. If not, leave the dough in the machine with the lid down until it rises to double the original size.

Step #2: When dough has doubled in size, turn out onto a floured surface.
Dividing dough with a bench knife.
Step #3: Divide dough in half with a knife or bench scraper.
portioning the dough
Step #4: Divide each section in half until you have a total of 16 equally-sized portions of dough.
forming the dough into balls
Step #5: Form each section into a ball.
placing the balls into pans
Step #6: Place 8 balls in each 8-inch pan.
covering the dough balls during the second rise with cheap shower caps
Step #7: Cover and allow the dough to rise again until almost double. These rolls are slow risers. They make take 30 minutes to a couple of hours depending on the ambient temperature.
rolls after the second rise--ready to bake
Step #8: Rolls are ready to bake.
baked rolls
Step #9: Bake at 350˚F for 10-12 minutes or until rolls reach an internal temperature of 190˚F. Remove the pans within 5 minutes and allow them to cool on racks to prevent soggy bottoms.

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p.s. I have removed the sloppy joe recipe from this post. You can still see the recipe here.

Yield: 8 rolls

Bread Machine Whole Wheat Rolls Recipe

Bread Machine Whole Wheat Rolls Recipe

These Whole Wheat Rolls are sturdy but soft and tasty, making them suitable for buns or mini-sliders.

Prep Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 3 hours


  • 3/4 cup warm water (170 gr)
  • 1 large egg (50 gr)
  • 1¼ teaspoon table or sea salt (6 gr)
  • 3 tablespoons honey (63 gr)
  • 3 tablespoons oil (37 gr)
  • 1 1/2 cup bread flour (180 gr)
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (170 gr)
  • 1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten (optional) (9 gr)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast (7 gr)


  1. Add ingredients to bread machine in order listed.
  2. Set for the DOUGH cycle and press start.
  3. After 5-7 minutes, lift the lid and check on the dough. If the dough is too wet (sticking to all sides) add flour 1 spoonful at a time until the dough begins to hold its shape. If too dry, (bouncing against the sides) add water 1 spoonful at a time until dough sticks to one side at a time. (See this picture tutorial if you are new to using a bread machine.)
  4. When the DOUGH cycle is complete, check the dough. It should be doubled in size. If so, remove it from the pan. Otherwise, leave the dough in the pan until it rises until double the original size.
  5. Remove the dough onto a floured surface. Divide the dough in half, then each half in half. Continue until you have 16 total balls for dinner rolls or slider buns. Only make 8 portions if you want larger buns.
  6. Shape into balls. Fill 2 8-inch or 9-inch pans (round or square) with balls,
  7. Cover the rolls with a clean tea towel (not terrycloth) and place in a warm place to rise until double. This may take 30 minutes to an hour depending on the ambient temperature.
  8. Bake at 350˚F until golden brown--about 10-12 minutes.
  9. Optional: Brush rolls with butter after removing from the oven.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 roll

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 223Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 276mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 7g

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Friday 11th of December 2020

Oops, I just added bread flour instead of AP flour to the wheat roll recipe! What will happen?


Wednesday 12th of May 2021

@Paula, I am confused. Your recipe calls for bread flour not all purpose flour. Is this right?


Friday 11th of December 2020

They will still taste good but they might not rise quite as much as you hoped. I would proceed and hope for the best.


Monday 28th of September 2020

How long would I bake this if I wanted to make a loaf of bread instead of the rolls?


Tuesday 29th of September 2020

Hi Debi,

Good question. I haven't tried it. However, I would start here: Bake 30-40 minutes in an oven preheated to 375˚F. Test with quick-read thermometer and make sure the internal temperature comes to 190-120˚F. I'm guessing it will be delicious. Here is another recipe from this website that is similar and set up to be baked as a loaf.


Wednesday 10th of June 2020

Ketchup... Catchup... Catsup... We call them TOMATO SAUCE in Malaysia 🤭🤭🤭


Tuesday 7th of April 2020

Yes. The is a normal amount of time for the DOUGH cycle. It surely wasn't kneading all that time. Kneading and mixing only lasts 20-25 minutes. The rest of the time was allowing your dough to rise in a nice warm place. Hope you love the rolls!


Tuesday 7th of April 2020

My Bread Machine's dough mode takes an hour and 30 minutes is that a normal amount of time to knead the dough? The rolls look great and can't wait to try!

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