I’ve never really been into those store-bought burger buns. They are just too soft and they don’t have that satisfying chew to them…. Am I saying that right? You know, that chew you get from a good burger bun? Yeah, you probably think I am crazy right about now, I’m sure. Just humor me, okay?
These buns are super simple to make, even for anyone who is timid about using yeast, is buttery and has that “chew” I am so obsessed about. It’s the perfect burger bun. Plus, since we use quick rise yeast, the rise time is cut in half meaning you get to enjoy this buns sooner. Score!
And by the way, when I say this is a simple buttery burger buns recipe, I mean it… cause I’ve had burger bun recipes come out more like biscuits or too dense or the dough was just not easy to handle and I HATE that. Burgers are great and are so much fun. (By now, you should know how much I love burgers), so making some buns should be just as great and fun. Top them with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, cheese, onion, garlic… whatever! The choices are endless and it is all delicious!
- 1 cup very warm water
- 3 tablespoons milk, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons quick rise yeast
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 3 cups bread flour
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoons salt
- 3½ tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature cut in pieces
- In a small bowl, add the water, milk, yeast and sugar together and mix until yeast is dissolved.
- In a large bowl, mix the flours, salt and butter together. Using a food processor (or a pastry cutter), cut the butter into the flour until coarse crumbs form.
- Dig a well in the middle the flour and slowly add the yeast mixture. Mix well using dough hook or with your hands.
- Turn the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead the dough for about 5 minutes. The dough should still be a little sticky, but fairly easy to manage.
- Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic (Note: Lightly grease the plastic so the dough doesn't stick to it). Allow it to rise for about 30 - 45 minutes.
- Deflate the dough by gently punching it down. Break the dough into about 8 equal chunks. Roll out each piece of dough and form a bun. I do this by rolling it into a ball and slowly shaping it with my hands.
- Place the buns on a pan lined with parchment paper and allow them to rise again for another 15 - 20 minutes.
- While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 400 degrees and make your egg wash by beating one egg with a tablespoon of water. Place an empty heat-resistant baking pan at the bottom of the oven.
- Lightly brush the tops of the buns with the egg wash and top with your desired toppings.
- Open the oven and put 1 cup of water in the baking pan at the bottom of your oven. Place your burger buns in the oven and let them bake for 15 - 20 minutes, or until the tops are a nice golden brown.
Bonus Burger Recipe:
- 1 lb ground beef
- 10 strips of cooked bacon, finely chopped
- 4oz cheddar cheese
- 1/2 tablespoon dehydrated garlic (or garlic powder)
- 1/2 sweet onion finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 1 packet of ranch dressing powder
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup milk
- Mix the above ingredients together and form into 8 patties. and grill. Top with more cheese
- Toast the burger buns slightly and lightly butter the insides. Place the patties in the buns
- Top with lettuce, tomatoes, carmelized onions, and condiments of your choice (try some tapenade!)