Homemade Hamburger Buns

For Mothers’s Day this year we went to my parent’s house and had a barbeque with my Uncle Andy, Aunt Connie, my cousin Cristina and of course their dog, Cesar. My Mom wanted to keep it simple so we made hamburgers, hot dogs, creamed corn, spinach dip bread bowls, and crab salad for dinner. We made dirt cake and nutella cheesecake for dessert.  Cristina and my Aunt made chocolate croissants and they were super good too. But I am incapable of truly keeping things “simple”.  I like to make things far more complicated than necessary. Kelly and I decided we would try homemade hamburger buns and hot dog buns. Buying them at the store is just too easy.

We ended up with one fail and one success. Not too bad. The hot dog buns were really dense. Just way too much bread for a ‘lil hot dog! I get nervous when making bread that I am going to mess it up. And I’m sure that is what happened to the hot dogs. Someday I will try them again though. The hamburger buns on the other hand, were a real success. They were light and fluffy and most importantly tasted very fresh. I definitely prefer the homemade buns to the store bought ones. It just doesn’t seem right when the store bought ones can sit on my counter for a month and still be “fine”.   Although the homemade ones won’t last a month, they taste much better!

Here is what you'll need

Add the water

The milk

The yeast

The sugar

The salt

And the egg

Mix, then add the bread flour

And the all purpose flour

Mix, then add the butter

The dough should look like this

Oil a bowl

Place the dough in the bowl and coat with oil

Cover and let rise

Divide the dough into 8 and shape into balls

Let rise again, then brush with egg white/water mix

Sprinkle with sesame seeds

Bake in the oven above a baking sheet with water

Eat immediately!!