Homemade Burger Buns

hamburger buns

I can’t help myself.  I just love trying out new recipes.  Even though burger buns are super cheap at the store, it is so fun to make them yourself.  Plus it gives you a new appreciation and understanding of how they got made in the first place.

Oh, and did I mention they taste amazing! 

burger buns

Another phone pic!

The funny thing is, I was making the buns during the work week, so I started the dough before I left for work.  When I got home at lunch I rolled them into balls.  When I came home at 4:30 they looked like this:

burger buns rise

Luckily I was able to reshape them and let them rise for a minute while the oven preheated.  So don’t let them sit too long!

burger buns

Homemade Burger Buns
makes 8 buns
  • 3 tbsp. warm milk
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tsp. instant yeast
  • 2½ tbsp. sugar
  • 1½ tsp. salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2½ tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
For topping:
  • 1 large egg beaten with 1 tbsp. water, for egg wash
  • Sesame seeds
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the milk, water, yeast, sugar, salt and egg.
  2. Add the flours to the bowl, and mix until incorporated.
  3. Mix in the butter.
  4. Switch to the dough hook and knead on low speed for about 6-8 minutes. The dough will be somewhat tacky, but you want to avoid adding too much extra flour which will create tough buns.
  5. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, 1-2 hours.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  7. Using a dough scraper, divide the dough into 8 equal parts. Gently roll each portion of dough into a ball (you can use a little flour to help) and place on the baking sheet, 2-3 inches apart.
  8. Cover loosely with lightly oiled plastic wrap or a towel sprinkled with flour and let rise again, 1-2 hours, until puffed up and nearly doubled.
  9. Set a large metal pan of water on the lowest rack of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400˚ F with a rack in the center.
  10. Brush the tops of the buns lightly with the egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  11. Bake the buns about 15 minutes rotating halfway through baking, until the tops are golden brown.
  12. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Source:  The Perfect Burger Bun by Annie’s Eats

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