Homemade Hamburger Buns

You'll never buy store-bought Hamburger Buns again! #homemade

If I was tied down by pirates and forced to pick, I would have to say that my top two favorite kitchen activities are baking and grilling. (This is really hard for me to narrow down as I enjoy all sorts of kitchen-related activities!) Just recently, I’ve put in some quality time in front of the grill making these Fall Off the Bone Pork Ribs and Smoky Whiskey Barbecue Burgers. Likewise, the oven has been working overtime lately, and one of my favorites is this French Herb Bread. So today’s Homemade Hamburger Buns post is particularly exciting as I get to combine my love of baking with my love of grilling!

Once you start making your own Homemade Hamburger Buns, you’ll never go back to the store-bought version. These buns also store well in the freezer (up to a couple weeks), so I typically make extras and then freeze a few for later. I’ve used these buns for hamburgers, but they are also great for cold cut sandwiches, grilled cheese, and pulled pork. And the best part about these buns is that you can play around with the spices that you add on top. (Or you could get really crazy and mix the spices directly in with the dough!)

You'll never buy store-bought Hamburger Buns again! #homemade

Like any homemade bread, these Homemade Hamburger Buns require a bit of time. But I would guess that the process only requires about 30-45 minutes of actual work. The rest of the time, the yeast is just hanging out and having a party while the dough rises. This recipe does include a small amount of butter, which I have found adds to the overall flavor and texture of the finished buns. Homemade bread is an amazing thing. It’s awesome to see what happens when just a few basic ingredients are mixed together and given some time to do their work!

You'll never buy store-bought hamburger buns again! Make them yourself!

And here’s a fun baking tip: if you want your buns to have softer edges, then just place the unbaked buns about ½” to ¾” apart. The buns will expand during the 2nd rise and also during baking, so they will end up touching on the sides. Then you can simply rip them apart once baked, and you’ll end up with wonderfully soft edges. But if you prefer buns with a uniformly harder crust all the way around, then just spread the unbaked buns apart a bit more (1.5”-2” should be plenty). One more baking tip for you: spray a little bit of water across the tops of the buns before adding the seeds. Your goal here is not to soak the buns, but rather give them a light misting. The little bit of water will help the seeds stick to the dough.

Homemade Hamburger Buns

Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 cups warm water
  • 2 tsp instant dry yeast
  • 5 cups bread flour (recommended brand: King Arthur Flour)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2.5 tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp jalapeno flakes

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a countertop mixer with the dough hook attached, add the water, yeast, flour, salt, sugar, and butter. Mix on low speed for 1 minute, then increase to medium speed for 7 minutes. The ingredients should be fully combined, and the dough should feel relatively smooth and elastic to the touch. (Note: the kneading can be done by hand, but it should be kneaded for about 12-15 minutes.)
  2. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and put in a warm (80-85 degree) location for 1 hour.
  3. After the dough has risen, push the air out with your hands and cut the dough into 10 equal-sized portions. (Note: It is much easier to divide the dough into even pieces using a kitchen scale. Just weigh the entire dough and divide by 10. My buns are typically about 100g each.)
  4. Press each piece of dough into a flat disc, and then fold the edges in until you create a small, tight ball of dough. Place the dough pieces about 3/4" apart on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and place pan back in a warm location for 1 hour. (Note: Sprinkle a little cornmeal or flour across the tops of the buns before covering. This will help the plastic wrap release a bit easier later!)
  5. Combine the seeds and jalapeno flakes (or other choice of spices). Lightly spray the tops of the buns with water and then sprinkle with seed mixture.
  6. Bake at 450F degrees for about 18-20 minutes, or until buns are golden in color. (Note: buns will be very hard when they first come out of the oven, but they will soften as they cool.)
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