October 17, 2011

Homemade Hamburger Buns


Homemade Hamburger Buns

I’m not a bun eating kinda girl when it comes to hamburgers and hotdogs. So I usually let CycleGuy go out and buy whatever he wants. Only problem is that I then look at the ingredients and don’t like what I see.

I’ve been thinking of making my own after CycleGuy started using my dinner rolls for his burgers. And today I finally got a recipe together that is worthy of posting! So without further adieu, I bring you …..

Homemade Hamburger Buns

  • 2 Tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water (110° to 115°F)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I use King Arthur)

Preheat oven to 425°F

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. I let it dissolve for about 3-5 min.
  2. Add oil and sugar; mix lightly and let stand for 5 minutes.
  3. Add egg and mix lightly.
  4. Add salt and 3 cups of flour to form a soft dough. Add the additional 1/2 cup slowly if dough is still very sticky.
  5. Turn dough (which will be a bit sticky) onto a floured surface. Flour your hands too.
  6. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 3-5 minutes.
  7. KEY STEP: Do not let rise at this point.
  8. Divide into 12 pieces; shape each into a ball.
  9. Place dough balls aprox. 3 inches apart on greased (or parchment lined) baking sheets.
  10. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
  11. Bake at 425° for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  12. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

Makes: 1 dozen.

Time: aprox. 45 minutes

Now, for the additions: I have a Blendtec blender and so I used it to grind some wheat (yes, I’m weird and I have a 50 pound canister of wheat that I bought at Costco. It was something like $14 and it seemed like a good deal. And it’s pretty cool to grind my own wheat, but I’m no Ma from Little House on the Praire.) I substituted 1/2 cup of wheat flour for the all-purpose and it gave it a slightly nutty flavor and a wheat-y texture. Not sure if you could use all whole wheat flour but it will be an experiment for another day.

If you’re not a bread baking kind of person, these are really easy and they taste fantastic. Really, you can do it! The dough will be sticky at first but after a few minutes kneading you’ll see it become smooth.

Give ’em a try and you may never go back to store-bought buns again. I thought it would take more time but it was pretty quick. Took me longer because the water was too hot and I had to wait for it to cool down so I didn’t kill the little yeasts.

I’d love to hear how they turn out for you. There’s still plenty of time to enjoy a burger on the grill, so make these soon! Then you’ll be an expert and can make ’em any time (and totally impress your friends!).

You can make these in a stand mixer using a dough hook and let the mixer do the kneading.

These buns will also be good with BBQ too, so plug in that slow cooker and get some beef or chicken going and you’ll be the house to be at for dinner!

Note: These can be made with Kosher ingredients and will be Kosher-parve. Yay! Dairy-free burger buns!!



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Peggy Banks October 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Love it! Please post this, and anything else you may have, in my link party at



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