I enjoy baking, and there are some types of bread that I think I can usually do pretty well. But I’ve never been happy with my hamburger buns. Every bun recipe I’ve ever tried has come out dense and dry. Until now, folks. Until now.
I have discovered (with the help of Apron Appeal, via the NY Times) the best burger buns of all time. OF ALL TIME. If Kanye West ever came to my holiday BBQs, I’m sure he’d agree too.
The Best Burger Buns Of All Time
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 tsp yeast
- 2 1/2 tbs sugar (Yes, tablespoons. No, they aren’t too sweet.)
- 3 tbsp buttermilk or milk (I used half and half this time. It was what I had.)
- 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 egg
- 3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tbs butter.
For Topping: 1 egg, sesame seeds.
Step 1: Make Your Dough
Mix water, yeast, and sugar. Let sit until the mixture gets all frothy.Next, add your milk, salt, and egg. Blend together. Add three cups of the flour.Mix. Then add the butter. Then, slowly add some of the additional flour until the dough is tacky, but not too sticky to handle. She’s a wet dough, mate. You might not need the full 4 cups.
Step 2: Let It Be
Put your dough in a large greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Let it sit for 1 to 2 hours. I put my dough in the laundry room, and it doubled in less than an hour.
(Don’t worry if your dough isn’t as puffy as mine. I made a double batch!)
Step 3: Prepare Tray And Shape
Put your dough on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper so your buns do not stick to the tray. Parchment paper is a bit on the pricey side, but I recently found out that you can actually reuse the same piece over and over. Cut the dough into twelve equal pieces and shape into buns.
Step 4: Let It Be
Your shaped buns need to rest for another 1-2 hours until they are doubled in size. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Step 5: Turn Your Oven Into A Steam Oven
Fill a casserole dish or cake pan with water and put it on your oven’s bottom rack. Your buns will steam as well as bake. That’s extra deliciousness right there.
Step 6: Egg Wash And Seed Application Procedure
Once buns have risen, mix egg and one tablespoon of water. Brush onto the tops of your buns, and sprinkle on sesame seeds.
Step 7: Let It Bake
Your buns need to bake on the middle rack for about fifteen minutes.
As God is my witness, I’ll never eat disappointing burger buns again.