Hamburger buns are in just about every house come summer cookouts. I know in our house come winter time when the cookouts are over, store-bought hamburger buns are nowhere in our pantry.
So what do we do when we feel like eating a burger in the middle of December and we don’t feel like driving all the way to the store…
Make our own.
They truly aren’t difficult at all. Especially if you have a stand mixer. Using a mixer just saves so much time and clean up.
Unlike some other doughs that require you to add ingredients in a particular order, just toss everything into your mixer with a dough hook attachment and turn it on. I usually run it on low until the flour gets incorporated and it won’t fly out all over the counter (speaking from experience). Turn the speed up a few and continue kneading for a few minutes.
Besides the simplicity of this recipe, since you’re forming the dough yourself, you can make them any size you want or need. If you have typical, preformed burger patties, make the size this recipe calls for. If you’re making sliders, you could probably divide it into 14-16 buns.
- 170 to 227 g Water room temperature
- 28 g butter at room temperature
- 1 large egg
- 418 g Bread Flour (or All Purpose Flour)
- 50 g sugar
- 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon instant yeast
- 43 grams melted butter
- Mix all ingredients together in a stand mixer. Start on low speed and continue kneading until a smooth, soft dough forms.
- Cover the dough. Let it rise until doubled in size. Typically 1-2 hours depending on room temperature.
- After doubled in size, gently deflate the dough. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces if cooking regular burgers. If your burgers are larger or smaller, adjust the size of your dough balls accordingly.
- Shape each piece into a round ball. Flatten to about 3″ across and place onto a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover, and let rise for about an hour. They won’t quite double in size, but you will notice they become larger and puffy.
- Brush the buns with about half of the melted butter. Add any sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or any other topping you want. Sky’s the limit.
- Bake the buns in a preheated 375°F oven for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden brown. Remove them from the oven, and brush with the remaining melted butter. This will give the buns a satiny, buttery crust.
- Cool the buns on a rack.