Saturday, May 21, 2011

Making Perfect Hamburger Buns

Homemade Hamburger Buns
It was another rainy day in New England, one of the many we've been having lately.  With my plans to work in the yard and garden dashed I decided to try my hand at baking a batch of hamburger buns. The bakers at King Arthur Flour had recently posted a recipe for Beautiful Burger Buns that they said were rated the best bun recipe by their readers. 

With raves from the Baking Banter readers and my trusty bread machine at the ready, I decided to give these buns a try.  Pulled pork was on the menu for dinner.  Homemade buns were certain to be a welcome addition.

King Arthur Flour's Beautiful Burger Buns
Burger Bun Ingredients
Makes 8 large buns

  • 3/4-1 cup lukewarm water (depending on humidity)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 3-1/2 cups (14.75 ounces) all-purpose unbleached flour (I used King Arthur)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 Tablespoon bread machine yeast

I made these buns using my bread machine.  The King Arthur Baking Banter site walks you through the manual directions if that's how you want to do it.  First I measured out the lukewarm water.  I opted to use 3/4 of a cup because of the very humid conditions.  You'll want to decide on the right amount based on the time of year and humidity.  I also opted to measure out my flour by weight because of the humidity.  The 14.75 ounces was a little less than 3 cups.

Weigh Your Flour
If you are using a bread machine add all the ingredients to the pan of my bread machine in the order they are listed in the recipe and set the machine on the dough cycle.  After 120 minutes, the dough was kneaded and had completed its first rise.  Divide the dough into eight portions and roll each into smooth round balls by cupping your fingers lightly around the dough and rolling on the counter.

Roll the Dough on the Counter

Place the dough on a parchment lined baking sheet, gently flattten each bun using the bottom of a measuring cup, cover and let rise for one hour.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F near the end of the hour.

Flatten the Dough
 After the hour, brush each piece of dough with melted butter.

Brush with Butter
Bake for 15-18 minutes.   My buns were browned and ready after 15 minutes.  Brush the tops of the buns again with melted butter.  This makes the tops of your buns soft.  Remove the buns from the pan to cool on a wire rack.

Brush Again with Butter
Once cooled, slice and use with your favorite burger or as in my case, pulled pork. 
You can get the original recipe for these delicious Beautiful Burger Buns by clicking the link.  For King Arthur's steps by step directions check out the post at King Arthur's Banking Banter.

You might also like my recipe for bread machine Foccacia Bread.



  1. Nice! Now I have to put a bread machine on my wish list!

  2. Your burger buns ARE beautiful! Thanks for showing other bakers how easy making your own burger buns can be. Once you make your own, it's hard to go back to the store bought variety! Irene @ KAF

  3. Mine are rising right now. Going to try your technique :)

    1. Good luck, Aimee. I hope yours come out great!


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