I’ve partnered with SocialStars and Johnsonville to share these Everything Burger Buns. Take your summer grilling to a whole new level with homemade buns and Johnsonville Grillers! #SausageFamily
I ate a lot of bagels back when I was in college. You see, bagels weren’t on the regular menu in our house growing up. So once I discovered the joy of a lightly toasted bagel with cream cheese, I was hooked. That, and the bagel shop on campus was conveniently located right next to the bus stop.
I’d often grab a blueberry bagel with plain cream cheese after my 9:00am Econ class. That is, whenever I’d actually make it to my 9:00am Econ class. Hah…I kid. I went to class…most of the time. I just didn’t find Economics very interesting. That blueberry bagel would be a good brunch, and I’d head off to my next class. Sometimes I’d get wild and crazy and go with a cinnamon raisin bagel. But only on Fridays.
And then I met my wife. Every once in a while, we’d go out on Saturday morning for a bagel and a coffee date. But she’d always order an everything bagel. I remember thinking who in the world would want something savory so early in the morning? I’d stick with my classic lightly toasted blueberry.
But one day I was feeling a tad adventurous, and I took a nibble of her everything bagel. Hmmm. Not too bad. I kinda liked it. But I went back to my blueberry bagel. Over time, my taste buds have changed, though. And now I love a good everything bagel with a nice hot dark roast coffee in the morning. Lightly toasted with plain cream cheese, please. None of that crazy new-aged flavored cream cheese for me.
I love to bake. I guess you could call it a passion. There’s something so relaxing and satisfying about baking. And I really love baking yeasted breads. Probably because I love eating bread, and it’s hard to beat a good loaf of homemade bread! I also love to grill. In the summer, our grill pretty much stays lit for months on end. (And then it goes into hibernation mode once the winter snows arrive.) So making homemade hamburger buns is a natural fit here. Grilling and baking combined? Sign me up for that one!
Earlier this week, I grabbed a box of Johnsonville Grillers at the grocery store. The weather has been warming up nicely here, and I knew I’d want to get out and grill up dinner one night. I picked up the Cheddar Cheese & Bacon variety because, well, cheddar and bacon. I love me a good burger, but Grillers are a nice alternative to hamburgers. They are 100% pork…think bratwurst in a patty form…and they come in 6 different flavors. All ready to go straight onto the grill. Nice and easy dinner right there!
But with a delicious savory dinner, I knew I needed a delicious savory bun. I almost grabbed a pack of onion buns from the store, but then it hit me. Why not make my standard burger buns with an everything bagel topping. Everything Burger Buns. Why is this not a thing yet? It totally needs to be! And honestly these weren’t difficult at all to make. I normally go with just the classic sesame seed topping, but I just pulled out the minced onion and garlic along with some poppy seeds and salt. Everything burger buns coming right up!
While the buns were baking in the oven, I tossed the Johnsonville Grillers on the grill. I was pretty proud of my timing on this one. The Grillers were coming off the grill right as I was slicing open the Everything Burger Buns. Laura walked in the door with Robbie, and dinner was basically done. We served these sausages up with a batch of macaroni salad that I had made earlier in the week. Needless to say, dinner on the grill was nice. I’m ready for the summer grilling season to arrive in full force now!
Everything Burger Buns
For the Buns
- 3½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp active dry yeast
- 1½ tsp salt
- 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
- ¾ cup milk warmed to room temperature
- 2 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil
- 1 large egg
- 1 egg yolk
For the Everything Topping
- 2 tsp dried onion flakes
- 2 tsp dried garlic flakes
- 2 tsp poppy seeds
- 2 tsp sesame seeds
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 egg white
- 2 Tbsp water
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
- Using a countertop mixer, add flour, yeast, salt and sugar; stir until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, oil, egg and additional egg yolk until well combined. (Tip: Save extra egg white as it will be used later!)
- Pour liquid mixture into bowl of countertop mixer. Using dough hook attachment, mix for 3-4 minutes on medium-high speed. (Note: The dough should pull away from the sides of the bowl. If it does not, add more flour 1 Tbsp at a time until it does. Likewise, if there is flour still at the bottom of the bowl, add more milk 1 Tbsp at a time until dough comes together.)
- Transfer dough into a large oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm location until dough has doubled in size (~60-75 minutes).
- Turn dough out onto floured countertop and fold several times. Divide dough into 10 equal pieces. (Note: A kitchen scale is a great way to ensure equal sizes.)
- Shape each piece into a tight ball and then flatten each ball into a 3” disk. Place disks on parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover and place in a warm location to rise until almost doubled in size (~45-60 minutes).
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- In a small bowl, combine onion flakes, garlic flakes, poppy seeds, sesame seeds and kosher salt. Stir until well combined.
- Whisk together egg and water to create egg wash. Brush tops of buns lightly with egg wash and sprinkle with Everything Topping mixture.
- Bake buns at 375° for 12-14 minutes, or until tops of buns turn light golden brown.
- Remove buns from oven and immediately brush with melted butter. Let buns cool completely before slicing.