Friday, April 26, 2013

How to Make Your Own Hamburger Buns

So last week Hubby was craving for a good burger. Although KL has a whole bunch of new burger places, we were too lazy to go out just for a burger (and queue!), so I told Hubby I will make him one at home.


Meeting the criteria of a good burger


One of the criteria for a good burger is having good burger buns. For convenience sake, in the past I've always used burger buns out of a plastic pack. This time, I up the ante and made my own burger buns. This recipe, adapted from The Kitchn caught my attention since the buns looked soft and fluffy. I don't always have luck making bread/buns as they sometimes don't rise but no problems on this occasion as my burger buns rose beautifully.

Texture-wise, it was as I imagined it to be - soft and fluffy, and it remained soft even on the next day. I used these buns to make two different types of burgers (recipes which I will share later). If you want the burger buns to taste even better, just lightly toast it with some butter on a frying pan.

These burger buns are very easy to make, and most importantly, they taste great - would definitely make my own burger buns for now on. These buns would also be great with any of your sandwich fillings.



Nice and soft buns


Burger buns all ready for our Burger Night!




Homemade Hamburger Buns
Recipe adapted from The Kitchn
Preparation time: 15-20 minutes (plus 1 1/2 hours rising time)
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes
Makes 8 buns

Ingredients
1 tablespoon active-dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup milk, at room tempeature
1 large egg, at room temperature
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups (15 oz) all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon butter

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl, if mixing/kneading by hand), stir the yeast into the warm water and let it sit until dissolved, about 5 minutes.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk the milk, egg, oil, sugar, and salt until combined. Add this to the yeast mixture (from Step 1) and stir well. Add all the flour and stir until it forms a shaggy dough - if it's still very sticky, then add 1-2 tbsp flour gradually until you get a shaggy dough.



3. Using your stand mixer, knead on low speed for 10 minutes. Similarly, if you are kneading by hand, do it  for 10 minutes until the dough feels smooth, slightly tacky, and springs back when poked.

4. Return the dough to the mixing bowl and cover with a cloth/cling film. Let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about an hour.



5. Dust your work surface with a little flour and turn out the risen dough on top. Divide the dough into 8 portions and shape each into a tight ball. Transfer the balls to a baking sheet and let rise until they look puffy and hamburger-sized, roughly about 30-40 minutes.



6. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.

7. Melt the butter and brush it over the risen hamburger buns. This helps the top of the buns brown and keeps the crust soft. Bake the buns until golden, about 15-20 minutes.



8. Let the buns cool to room temperature before slicing and using. They are best if eaten within the next day or two, but will keep in an airtight container on the counter for up to a week.



Hubby gives these burger buns his stamp of approval :D



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*This recipe was featured on Fabulous Food Blog Recipes on 26 April 2013.

32 comments:

  1. Oooo...impressive! Looks so good.

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    1. Thank you! Happy it turned out so well :D

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  2. These look great Yen! I shall plan a burger nite at home too with home made buns! :)

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    1. COOL! Hope u have a wonderful Burger Night!

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  3. Homemade bread always the best, you buns look light and fluffy, well done!

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    1. Thanks Sonia, it gives me the confidence to bake more bread again.

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  4. wah kudos yen! they look good enough just to eat on its own. I can imagine mine slathered with butter and trickled with condensed milk! MMMMM!

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    1. Haha yeah, I am going to make it and fill it with my regular sandwich fillings.

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  5. wow... the buns certainly looks great!! And what makes me smile from ear to ear is the burger order list... WHY SO CUTE? got extra topping some more! HAHAHA... your burger brings them so much fun la~~~ <3

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    1. Baby C and I made the burger order sheet in the afternoon together... hehe ;)

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  6. Hope the hubbie knows how lucky he is to have a wife who bakes burger buns and everything when he gets a burger craving :)Homemade bread is wonderful, and makes all the difference!

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    1. Yes! Certainly won't buy it out from a pack anymore. This one's quite easy to make.

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  7. Lovely buns! Nothing beats homemade!

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  8. the buns look soooooo good, really! definitely as attractive as those served at the burger outlets. and the burger as a whole, with the egg and meat, looks deliciously tempting too :D

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    1. Aww thanks Sean! I wanna try adding some charcoal and make charcoal buns next time :D

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  9. look so nice~
    craving for burger too^^

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    1. Thank u! You can try making it at home too.

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  10. Your hubby is lucky. I wish someone would make me burgers at home!

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  11. looks amazing, definitely on my to-try-list :)

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  12. HI Baby Sumo, your burger bun look excellent. Very well baked, soft and fluffy.
    2 thumbs up for you. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  13. I love soft buns for hamburgers! Hard or crusty ones just don't seem right for them and these look really good! :D

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  14. Such soft buns and homemade!! Love the Burger night note...super cute

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  15. Wow home made Hamburger! Can we try? hehehe

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  16. Have menu for your dinner some more! XD

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  17. wow! You even take the effort to make the bun! If it was me, I would have been too lazy!

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  18. Homemade bun is the only way! I have a brioche burger bun recipe that I use Everytime. Sinful but so delicious!

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  19. Yen, these buns are good for breakfast. Looks soft and fluffy, well done :)

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  21. When's the next Burger Night ? Those are pretty good buns ! And not only for Burger Nite ! Your first photo makes me drool :D

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  22. Yen,
    Your homemade burger buns looks soft and nicely shaped. I am like Anne, drooling over your first picture. Love the yolk oozing out of the buns.. Yum yum
    mui

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