Thursday, March 2, 2017

Making the Best Hamburger Buns from Scratch

I've been making this recipe for hamburger buns in my bread machine since 2011.  Have you noticed how the hamburger buns in the grocery store have gotten smaller and smaller?  Making your own hamburger buns from scratch means you control the size and the quality.  Once you start making your own hamburger buns you won't want the buns from the grocery store ever again.

How to Make Bread Machine Hamburger Buns

Bread Machine Hamburger Buns
Homemade Hamburger Buns
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Making hamburger buns at home is easier than you may think, especially if you are using a bread machine.  I use my bread machine to prepare the dough for these hamburger buns using the dough setting.

Once the dough is ready I shape it into rolls and then bake the rolls in the oven.  It couldn't be easier. All you need to do is add the ingredients to the bread machine in the order listed in the recipe.  Your dough will be ready to shape into buns in 120 minutes.

The recipe I converted and tested in my bread machine is from the bakers at King Arthur Flour, Beautiful Burger Buns.   Check the original recipe if you prefer the conventional preparation method.

For your shopping convenience, I've included affiliate links in this post to two kitchen tools that I find indispensable when baking bread: my bread machine and my kitchen scale.  These links are for the same models I use in my kitchen and love.
Make Perfect Hamburger Buns with Your Bread Machine

Bread Machine Hamburger Buns

Hamburger Bun Ingredients
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 
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 Tablespoon bread machine yeast

First, measure out the lukewarm water.  You'll want to decide on the right amount based on the time of year and humidity.  Use 3/4 of a cup in very humid conditions.  I also like to measure my flour by weight.  If you don't have a kitchen scale yet, please consider getting one.  I use mine several times a week and wouldn't want to be without it.

Measure Flour with a Kitchen Scale
Weigh Your Flour
If you are using a bread machine, add all the ingredients to the machine in the order they are listed in the recipe and select the dough cycle.  After 120 minutes, the dough will have been kneaded and have 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 it on the counter.

Form Your Hamburger Buns
Roll the Dough on the Counter

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

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

Brush Hamburger Buns with Butter
Brush with Butter
Bake for 15-18 minutes, until the buns are nicely browned.  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.

Soften the Crust with Butter
Brush Hamburger Buns Again with Butter to Soften Crust
Once cooled, slice the buns and top with your favorite burger.  These buns are terrific for sandwiches, sloppy Joe's, or pulled pork, too.

You can get the original recipe for these delicious Beautiful Burger Buns by clicking the link.  For King Arthur's step-by-step directions check out the post at King Arthur's Baking Banter.

My Essential Tools List
My Bread Machine

My Kitchen Scale

You might also like other bread machine recipes:
Bread Machine Foccacia Bread
Honey Oat Bread
Hearty Flaxseed Rolls
Pizza Dough

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