Homemade Hamburger Buns

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Ok, so we were making hamburgers earlier this week but I didn’t have any hamburger buns. Now, I could have run to the store BUT we didn’t have that in our budget. So I scoured my family cookbooks for any hamburger bun recipes. I came up empty. So off to Pinterest I went! I wasn’t expecting anything perfect, just an easy, quick recipe. One that wouldn’t taste or look too bad. I came across this recipe (http://www.3boysunprocessed.com/easy-homemade-hamburger-buns/) and it looked completely doable. The only thing I changed was that I used self-rising flour instead of bread flour, since I didn’t have bread flour. Next time I will use bread flour, as my buns didn’t look as fluffy as hers.

However, my husband was still impressed and said the flavor was great! So guess who’s not buying hamburger buns from the store anymore? THIS GIRL! 🙂 I LOVE when I find a great homemade recipe that can replace a store-bought item.

Here’s a quick recap of the recipe:

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 and 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (or 1 package)
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 and 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 and 1/4 cup warm water
  • 4 and 1/4 cups bread flour + more for dusting ( I used self-rising flour)
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds for topping ( I didn’t have these, so I omitted)
  • 1 egg for egg wash (I thinned my egg wash with a Tablespoon or two of water)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. To make the dough: place 1/4 cup warm water in a mixing bowl and sprinkle with 2 and 1/4 teaspoons yeast. Mix together and set aside for about 5 minutes to allow yeast to activate (it should be “foamy” or really wet looking).
  2. Add butter, honey, salt, and additional 1 and 1/4 cup warm water. Turn mixer on, and add 4 and 1/4 cups bread flour. You will end up with a sticky ball.
  3. Turn ball of dough out on a lightly floured surface and knead until ball is smooth and soft. Lightly grease outside of dough ball (I used olive oil, as she did in the original recipe), and place back inside mixing bowl. Cover and let stand for 1 hour (I like to cover and place my rising dough inside my oven, NOT turned on).
  4. To Finish: Press ball of dough down gently, then roll into a log. Cut log in half, then cut 4 rolls out of each half (or 5 if you want smaller rolls). To shape each roll pull sides of dough down and seal at bottom. Press firmly against lightly floured surface with the palm of your hand while rolling ball of dough in a circular motion. This is a very forgiving dough, so if your balls aren’t perfect, don’t sweat it!
  5. Allow dough to sit another 45 minutes, brush with egg wash, then place in a 400 degree oven and bake for 16-17 minutes or until golden brown.

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