Homemade Hamburger Buns
Homemade hamburger buns…mmmm! I have tried many different recipes for these, including brioche buns that you have to mix for 20 minutes. In the end, this is my favorite recipe:
2 Tbsp active dry yeast
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp warm water
1/3 c vegetable oil
1/4 c sugar
1 tsp salt
3 to 31/2 c all-purpose flour
In a small bowl mix water, yeast, and sugar. Let stand for 10 minutes until foamy. Mix with other ingredients in stand mixer and knead on low for 3-5 minutes. Cover with a towel and let rise for approximately one hour or until doubled in size. Punch down dough and shape into 12 balls, adding flour if necessary to keep the dough from sticking to your hands. Place 3 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Bake at 425 degrees for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown.
This is changed a bit from a recipe a friend shared with me. You can find the original recipe here. I have done it without the one hour rise as well, and they are still very good. I just prefer to let the dough rise a bit before baking. People get really stressed about rise times. What if I have to go pick up my kids from soccer and it ends up rising for an hour and 45 minutes? That’s fine. When you’re making bread, you really don’t need to be that specific with rise times. Things can rise for a lot of extra time without it affecting the dough. Just pay attention to how much yeast and how much sugar are in the recipe – these make things rise faster. If you have to make the dough well ahead of time, you can do that and put it in the refrigerator which will make it rise much slower.
I love making homemade hamburger buns because they’re very easy and inexpensive and they bring your meal to a whole new level.