September 30, 2015
Homemade burger buns came to mind as I drove home yesterday in the pouring rain. As I approached the grocery, I decided to make my own buns and intentionally drove right by the store. Getting out of the car in the rain one more time, just to buy buns, was not appealing.
It is kind of crazy that in all of the years I have been making bread, I have never made burger buns! We have made cinnamon rolls, soft pretzels, sausage bread, and all kinds of bread, but never burger buns.
As soon as I reached the house, I googled recipes for hamburger buns and found the recipe from King Arthur Flour. You know we have a Zojirushi bread machine. Jon-Michael and I were just talking about how long I have had it. We have lived here eighteen years and I had it a few years before that. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have used it! If you don’t have one, you need one!
Using the bread machine is so incredibly easy. You put the ingredients in the bucket, lock it in place, and turn it on. The work is done for you. The dough cycle takes two hours. You can time it so the dough is ready about a half hour to an hour before dinner depending on the time needed for rising. I will say that I have not baked the bread inside the machine very often. The bread takes on the shape of the bucket and that is not usually the shape I want. Taking the dough out and shaping it into loaves or buns is my preference.
On this day, the burger buns were made earlier in the afternoon. Timing them to be warm for dinner was not an issue.
This is what the dough looks like straight out of the bread maker canister at the end of the dough cycle.
This is what the buns looked like fresh out of the oven. After the dough had risen for an hour, a little butter was brushed on the top of each one. They went into a preheated 375° oven. When the buns were taken from the oven more butter was brushed on top, leaving a soft golden crust. Don’t they just look delicious?
Well, they were soft and delicious! Dave said they were better than the store bought! Will and I just looked at each other and raised our eyebrows. Dave’s compliments are few and far between! This will definitely be a recipe used often.
Obviously, these burger buns can be made by hand the old fashioned way and I am sure they are just as good. For instructions for mixing by hand click here►King Arthur Flour burger buns.
If you have a bread maker, the recipe is here►Homemade Burger Buns.
Twelve average sized buns can be made or eight larger buns. Even if you only try this to avoid the rain, like yours truly, this recipe for homemade burger buns is definitely one you will be glad you tried. Who knew? Homemade Hamburger Buns – Soft and Easy!