We’ve been having a heatwave where I live right now, so it’s the perfect time for barbeque! Throughout BBQ season, I like to have homemade burger buns on hand. We use them for traditional hamburgers, veggie burgers, or even pulled pork. I find the homemade buns taste better than most store-bought and don’t fall apart as quickly when you are eating them.
I shared this recipe last year but thought I would share it again with a YouTube video to go with it!
I keep the yeast amount in my recipe down to 1 tsp with a bit of a longer rise time for the first proof (2 hours). This is so that the bun tastes of bread and not overwhelmingly of yeast. In both the video and recipe below, I recommend kneading the dough for 10 minutes, but I have kneaded for 5 minutes before and the buns have turned out fine. Though I tend to make most of my bread in the stand mixer because I can get it kneaded to the consistency that I want without breaking a sweat, I’ve also made these buns by hand many times. You can keep the buns plain on top or sprinkle them with sesame or poppy seed (or both!)
Here is the YouTube video below followed by the recipe:
Easy Burger BunsThis easy burger bun recipe takes very little work to make and are absolutely delicious! Top them with sesame seeds or keep them plain!
- Meanwhile, in large bowl, whisk together flour and salt.
- Add yeast, sugar, egg, oil and water.
- Stir yeast mixture into flour and mix to combine into a shaggy dough.
- Knead dough until smooth and elastic, about about 10 minutes.
- Place dough in a large greased bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 2 hours.
- Divide dough into 8 equal portions. A digital scale can help to make accurate, equal portions of about 84-85 grams each.
- Form each piece into balls, by stretching the top of the dough around the sides and under the bottom. Using cupped hands, pull the dough in circles to create a strong surface tension. This will ensure smooth bun tops.
- Using the palm of your hand, flatten each round into a uniform disk shape.
- Place on lined baking sheet. Spray the tops of your disks lightly with vegetable oil spray, cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 425F.
- After buns have risen, brush the tops with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds if you wish.
- Bake for 8-12 minutes until golden brown on top.
- Let cool completely on pan.
- Best if served same day as cooking, or you can slice the buns horizontally and keep them in the freezer.