The Best Burger with Homemade Buns

I thought we had come up with the perfect burger recipe. However, I was wrong. We have now elevated it to a point that I am shocked I even made it. How? Homemade burger buns. Get ready to hear lots of “mmm’s” and say goodbye store bought buns. Seriously, these are the best buns I have ever tasted. Perfectly toasted, buttery, soft, with just a hint of sweetness, and they can be used for any type of sandwich, or even eaten alone as toast! Yes, it was so good I ate a toasted bun by itself with some melted butter. I regret nothing.

First, I’ll let you in on our favorite way to make burgers. It’s a double stack of mouth watering yum. We make 3 ounce balls out of ground chuck and sprinkle on some freshly ground pepper and salt. Then, use the bottom of a small cast iron skillet to smash them into thin, crispy patties.

After we flip the patties, we slap a slice of White American cheese on each one, as well as bacon underneath the cheese of the top patty. Stack up the patties, top with sliced up red onion, a thin slice of tomato (my favorite knifes* to get super thin slices), and this super tasty secret sauce (his videos are awesome, highly recommend). Our burger is complete (almost…).

It needs a bun to go on! You’ll need to start making the buns earlier in the day, or make them the day before and simply slice and toast before using.

First, gather all the dough ingredients: all purpose flour (my favorite*), lukewarm water, egg, sugar, salt, instant yeast, and butter. Mix and knead all of these ingredients. This can be done by hand, in a mixer, or my favorite method, in a bread machine*.

After you’ve achieved soft, smooth dough, cover the dough and let it rise for about 2 hours, or until it’s nearly doubled in bulk. Please keep in mind that there are many variables in yeast baking (how you knead the dough or what kind of yeast you use), so there is no definitive time that can be specified exactly; but the dough will always double in due time, then you can move forward with the recipe.

Carefully deflate the dough, flatten out, then divide it into 8 pieces.

Shape each piece into a round ball. Place each ball on a parchment lined baking sheet, then flatten them out until they are about 3 inches across.

Cover again, and let rise for about an hour (until noticeably puffy).

Melt 3 Tablespoons of butter. Brush the buns with about half of the melted butter and sprinkle on sesame seeds (or use an egg wash if you want the seeds to stick better, mine fell off a bit, but it was a sacrifice I was willing to make for more butter).

Bake the buns in an oven preheated to 375 degrees F for 15 minutes, or until golden. Remove the buns from the oven and brush again with the remaining melted butter.

Place your gorgeous buns on a wire rack to cool and try to contain yourself from immediately shoving one in your mouth.

Then simply slice the buns in half, throw them in the oven for a minute or two with a sliver of butter on top to get them hot and toasty, then layer up the patties and toppings. Get ready to say “mmm.” Bon Appétit!

Homemade Burger Buns

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Soft, buttery, perfectly toasted, vaguely sweet buns that can be used for any type of sandwich, or even eaten alone as toast!

Ingredients

  • ¾ to 1 cup water (less in summer/humid air, more in winter/dry air)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 ½ cups bread flour, sifted
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon instant yeast
  • plus 3 Tablespoons of melted butter to brush on the buns (omit from dough)

Directions

  1. Mix and knead all of the dough ingredients. This can be done by hand, in a mixer, or by my favorite method, in a bread machine.
  2. After you’ve achieved soft, smooth dough, cover and let rise for about 2 hours (or until it’s nearly doubled in bulk).
  3. Carefully deflate the dough, flatten out, then divide it into 8 pieces.
  4. Shape each piece into a round ball. Place each ball on a parchment lined baking sheet, then flatten them out until they are about 3 inches across.
  5. Cover again and let rise for about an hour (until noticeably puffy).
  6. Melt 3 Tablespoons of butter. Brush the buns with about half of the melted butter and sprinkle on sesame seeds (or use an egg wash if you want the seeds to stick better, mine fell off a bit, but it was a sacrifice I was willing to make for more butter).
  7. Bake buns in an over preheated to 375 degrees F for 15 minutes, or until golden.
  8. Remove buns from the oven and brush again with the remaining melted butter.
  9. Place buns on a wire rack to cool.
  10. Slice buns in half, then pop them in the oven for a minute or two to get them nice and toasty again before devouring.

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