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Homemade Hamburger Buns

Can you believe that Memorial Day is right around the corner already? I’m having a little trouble computing that May is coming to a close and that the kickoff to summer is in just a few days. I think it’s partially because we’ve been spoiled over the past couple of weeks with several warm and sunny days…but it could also be that the farmers market season starts up again in less than two weeks! With my first year as a small business owner under my belt, I’ve made some exciting changes for this year, and I’m really looking forward to everything that my second year making handcrafted confitures will bring. In the meantime though, I made these homemade hamburger buns for our Memorial Day celebration, which I adapted slightly from King Arthur Flour’s recipe. After getting annoyed one too many times with the packaged buns available at the grocery store that are too small and soft to hold up to a decent burger, I decided that I had to try my hand at making my own. I was happy to find that it wasn’t very hard at all; you simply need to plan ahead to make sure you have the time to let the dough to rise. And, even if you’re not feeding a crowd, you can easily wrap up the leftover buns and pop them in the freezer for later. Enjoy, and have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend!

Adapted from here.

In the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attached, combine all of the ingredients except the egg wash and seeds. Knead the dough for about 7 minutes on low speed. If the dough is too dry, add more water one tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together. If you’re not using a stand mixer, combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Turn out the rough dough on to a floured surface, and knead the dough by hand for about 10 minutes. Once the dough is smooth and elastic, place it in a large greased bowl and let it rise until doubled in bulk, about 2 hours.

After the dough has risen, gently deflate it and divide it into 7-8 equal-sized pieces. Shape each piece into a smooth ball, and then place the pieces on a piece of parchment paper. Flatten each piece until a little over 3″ wide, and then cover the pieces and let them rise again for about an hour. After the second rise, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Whisk together the egg white and water in a small bowl, and then brush the top of each bun. If desired, sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Bake 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely on a wire rack before slicing in half.

Use with your favorite burger, and enjoy!

Posted by on May 24, 2013.

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10 Responses

  1. Gosh, these look picture perfect! I’m so impressed. I have yet to try making my own hamburger buns, but you make it sound so easy. I am pinning this and hopefully trying it! :)

    by Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! on May 24, 2013 at 11:17 am

  2. These look great! Will have to try this recipe for summer barbecues!

    by nessa on May 24, 2013 at 11:22 am

  3. They look delicious! really impressive. We will have to try this soon.

    by Lorie on May 24, 2013 at 1:32 pm

  4. Wow! These look perfect. I’ve never tried to make burger buns before but I’m adding it to my summer to-do list. I hope mine look as beautiful as yours do!

    by Allison on May 24, 2013 at 11:51 pm

  5. I’m totally obsessed with homemade burger buns now. These look perfect.

    by Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie on May 28, 2013 at 10:35 am

  6. These are gorgeous buns, Tracy. It’s a goal of mine to learn to make Fuddrucker’s buns. I bet this would be a good start.

    by Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies on May 31, 2013 at 9:58 am

  7. Tracy, let’s make a deal – I’ll do all the grilling if you bring the buns!

    by Casey@Good. Food. Stories. on May 31, 2013 at 6:03 pm

  8. I LOVE making hamburger buns at home. Even though buying hamburger buns is dirt cheap, I would rather have one homemade. This looks great!

    by ATasteOfMadness on Jun 3, 2013 at 12:48 pm

  9. These look so good with their golden brown top. I am terrible about making my own buns, simply because I can’t find a recipe that gets it all right. Maybe it’s just my technique. These look pretty perfect, though.

    by Shaina on Jun 5, 2013 at 11:04 am

  10. These look great! So soft. I find when baking yeast breads, adapting King Arthur recipes never lets me down.

    by Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) on Jun 11, 2013 at 8:05 am

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Hi there! I’m Tracy, and I live in upstate NY. My husband and I met in college and have been married since 2005. Canning, baking, writing, photography, and even cleaning (yes, cleaning – it can be oddly relaxing), are all things that I enjoy. This blog brings all of those passions together – but more than [...]more →