“Those are some nice looking buns.”
That’s what my husband said when he walked into the house the other day. Not sure exactly what buns he was referring to , but I’m going to guess it was the ones that were fresh out of the oven and cooling on the counter. What can I say? The man loves his carbs.
A lot of people might find it ridiculous to make your own hamburger buns. Yes, I’m aware you can buy a bag of them for 99 cents, but once you taste a homemade bun, you’ll never go back! These buns are thick and sturdy, perfect for holding lots of hamburger toppings, but yet soft at the same time. They also freeze really well, so you can make a lot at time, and pop them in the freezer to use as needed. If you’re grilling out this weekend, kick your regular grill fare up a bit and make these, you won’t be disappointed!
- 3 tablespoons warm milk
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 teaspoons yeast
- 2½ tablespoons sugar
- 1½ teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 3 cups bread flour
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- 2½ tablespoon butter, softened
- 1 egg, whisked
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
- In the bowl of your electric mixer, combine the warm milk, water, yeast and sugar. Let it sit for 5 minutes or so until your yeast is bubbly. Add the egg and mix with the paddle attachment. Add the flour, salt and mix together to combine. Then add the butter and mix for about 1 minute. Switch to the dough hook and mix on low speed for about 5-7 minutes until the dough is slightly tacky. If it's sticky, you'll want to add more flour (1 tablespoon at a time) while it's kneading. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and let rise for about an hour or until doubled in size.
- After the first raise, divide the dough into 8 equal pieces, and form each piece into a ball. Place each ball on a large sheet pan that has been lined with parchment paper or a sil-pat. Press down slightly on the ball because you want it to be wider rather than taller. Let these proof for 30 minutes to an hour or until almost doubled.
- Combine the egg and water and whisk until combined, then brush the egg wash on top of the buns. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and/or poppy seeds. Bake at 400 degrees F for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Transfer to a rack to cool completely.